Ive been looking at getting a jeep for sometime and finally narrowed my search down.
I found a 08 Rubicon at Carmax, it is loaded, hardtop, nav, all that. It has 35K miles and they want 25,998. Has anyone on here dealt with Carmax before? I looked over the carfax and it was a leased car. That was the only thing out of the ordinary. Also it still has a bumper to bumper, but the lifetime power-train isnt there. Does anyone have a aftermarket warranty company that you could recommend? Thanks.
Not knowing what all your Rubi has, other than what you've mentioned above, here are some Ballpark Retail Figures from Edmunds, Kelley and NADA:
Edmunds Retail: $26,070
Kelley Blue Book: $28,165
NADA Blue Book: $27,250
Now, the above quotes were selected with Auto Tranny, Nav, Hard Top, A/C, & Power Windows/Locks. If yours has these, then you're doing good on Price, but still have room to negotiate a little, if they really want to sell it. Make sure you, or a friend, climb all over it, especially underneath, and look for rust, dents, missing skid plates, leaks, etc. A Rubi's made for one thing... Off-Roading, so just make sure it was USED... but not ABUSED!
As far as a Warranty goes, check with your Bank or Credit Union. Since mine is Financing my Jeep, I purchased the Power Wrap Coverage from them, which knocked .25% off of my Finance Rate. It was still cheaper than the Dealer's in the end.
Best of Luck, and PLEASE let us know what you decide to do.
I can't offer personal experience with CarMax for used vehicles. But I do have an older brother who has been in the used car business approximately forever. He tells me that CarMax is selling a concept and that their prices are typically not the best. Take it for what it's worth.
I just picked it up yesterday. I got it for 25K, with 35K on it. It is a 6spd, nav, hard top only, tow package, etc. I got an extended warranty for 6 years. Now I have to look into some engine mods, cai, exhaust, chip, possibly a throttle spacer (ive read conflicting reviews on that subject), and possibly new gearing for when I get a lift and tires. I will be more then happy to take any personal reviews of exhausts, chips, and throttle spacers. Thanks.
Here on WF we like pictures of new Jeeps. Got any pictures yet?
Many of the posts here on this forum liken throttle body spacers to snake oil. Good for the supplier selling them but the benefits to the user are minimal and I would think twice before I bought one. To increase the effect on torque at the axles, the consensus seems to be that re-gearing produces the most effective results over messing with the engine or exhaust or intake. All of which have pros and cons.
A lot of people who post on this forum seem to change exhaust components not to increase HP but to make the jeep more trail worthy because the stock exhaust tends to get crushed the higher the trail difficulty is.
Whatever you end up doing to the jeep, hang on to your wallet. There are so many options out there and so little time or money do really get into it. If money is no object, then there is a lot in store for your jeep.
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My advice is-forget any engine mods (for now), exhaust is good either a Borla/Gibson/ MBRP (good) or have a Flowmaster 40 cat-back put on--they all sound great
If it's an '08 Rubi, then you've got 4:10 gears, Ok till you decide what size tires you want, then TRY, before buying gearsets (2) at least $ 1400 bucks and unless you're good at it-have it done, you should also have e-lockers front/back
The ECM chip is a good idea, depending on your NEEDS, I don't have one and I pull a tailer and mix rocks/sand
Probably a good idea would be to just run the idea by this forum and you'll get some good advice from them that have done it
I just got an 07 2DR X with 16 K miles on it. I got it for $20k and they really wouldn't negotiate a price at all. They did throw in a couple little bonuses like free oil changes for a year and such, but nothing substantial.