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Old 08-09-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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2011 or 2012 Wrangler Sport

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Before I run out and pick up the two door 2011 Sport I am supposed to get today, I wanted to see what the general consensus was between that model year and the 2012 and up. I know they changed the engines between these years.

Does anyone have any input either way, positives and negatives of both? Is it better to fork over the extra cash for the newer engine?

Appreciate it.

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Old 08-09-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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The 3.6l is worth every penny over the 3.8l, at least the same fuel mileage and way more power

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:07 AM   #3
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Or better yet, if you could purchase a 2013 you will steer clear of cylinder head issues associated with 2012 MY.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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The smart thing to do is to drive them both and evaluate your budget. I'm happy with my 2011, but those with the 3.6 seem to hate my engine. Don't let others decide for you...
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Thanks fellas, the 11 I drove was a standard (first one in a looooonnnng time) and I was happy with its performance. Still feel they are asking a little much for it.

I'm sure every year will have some problems. Just wasn't sure how sturdy the 3.8 engine was since they only made it for a few years.

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I personally have no real hate towards the 3.8 at all. I have one in my 2009 and it has been super reliable. No oil usage etc. It's a Jeep and not a sports car and the 200+hp it has is enough for me. Would I like 80hp more? Sure I would definitely take it but depending on the price difference between the two and the condition of the Jeep.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:26 AM   #7
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I like my 2011. Haven't heard more than one person say the 2012 engine was better (he said it but owned and had driven neither lol). If you feel the price isn't as good as it could be hold out tho. Even if you love the vehicle you'll kick yourself for not getting a better deal on it. It is possible to love the vehicle and feel good walking away feeling like you got a great deal as well.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:37 AM   #8
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Well here's the skinny, my wife and I are starting to begin a new chapter of wanting to explore more of the off road world and I just wanted to make sure when it comes to capability that there isn't anything I'll really be missing out on when it comes to one or the other.

So if there really isn't THAT big of difference may as well start on something a little cheaper I guess.

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:19 AM   #9
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Thanks fellas, the 11 I drove was a standard (first one in a looooonnnng time) and I was happy with its performance. Still feel they are asking a little much for it.

I'm sure every year will have some problems. Just wasn't sure how sturdy the 3.8 engine was since they only made it for a few years.

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The 3.8l is a good engine, may have only been in the wrangler for a couple years but they used it in the vans for many many years with good results
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:16 PM   #10
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I have an 11 2 dr automatic and the engine is fine. In fact a little more power than my 4.0 had with the same size tires and 3.73's. Sure it could stand a little more gear and horsepower, but at the end of the day it is still a Jeep. Buy what your budget allows and enjoy!
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #11
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When I got my 12 they had just come out. I drove both a 3.8 and a 3.6. The 3.6 won me over.
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Easy question: have you actually driven both? I considered a 2011 for the $$$ savings. Took me 5 minutes in the 5 speed tranny 3.6L 2012 before the 2011 was no longer a consideration. I had an older model Jeep and am not a 3.8 hater- but the performance was night and day. Add a better interest rate on a newer vehicle vs. the cheaper 2011 and the payment was the same. Yes- the 2012 has head issues but you're looking at a 100K warranty on it at this point. May be too late but go 2012.
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2012 hands down but make sure it was built in late 2012.
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Thanks fellas, the 11 I drove was a standard (first one in a looooonnnng time) and I was happy with its performance. Still feel they are asking a little much for it.

I'm sure every year will have some problems. Just wasn't sure how sturdy the 3.8 engine was since they only made it for a few years.

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We've had an '09 since new and its worked great. Does it lack acceleration when on the highway cruising at 60, sure. Is it a problem, no, you just plan and drive accordingly.

We also have a '14 and there is a difference in power and acceleration. Is it nice having the extra power, yes, but if I were considering an '11 versus a '12 there are many other factors to consider as well. The engine just being one of them.

It really comes down to your driving style and expectations. I would definitely drive both and see if the acceleration would really matter to you. As I mentioned there are many other factors to consider. Good luck!

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