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Old 01-03-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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2013 JKU or 2008 JKUR

OK, I'm shopping for a new Jeep to replace my totaled '06 LJ. I decided to step up to the 4 door, but feel like I may still be in sticker-shock from the price of JKU's. I have been shopping used, but at the advice of the forum's I went and shopped new today. I don't have many necessities, but I do have many preferred options, and this is where I am confused now.

The dealership near me had a 2013 Sport with hard top, automatic, PDL, PW that they were selling as "used" with 39 miles. They said the previous purchaser's financing didn't pan out, so they had to return the car. I haven't gotten a firm price on it from them yet, but I'm thinking I might be able to get them down to the $27K range. The only problem is that it seems completely boring to me--plain steal wheels, white with black top, base stereo, basically the same JKU I just rented in Hawaii.

I'm comparing this in my mind to a similar JKUR that I have been eyeballing online, located about 2 hours away. 6oK miles, black on black with black rims, lifted (3" or less by looks), navigation, nice tires. I love the looks of it, love the extra features of the Rubi, love the stance. And they are asking $1000 less than I think I can get the 2013 for.

So I think I need to drive down tomorrow and check out the 2008 that I can't stop comparing the stock 2013 to, but I'm looking for opinions here. Is the rubi a good price? Too much risk compared to the 2013 which is practically new? I'm being very indecisive here, and looking for other educated opinions. I plan to drive down soon to check out the Rubi, but want to know what others think.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:01 PM   #2
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I dunno. It's one thing to have a 2008 that you have owned for awhile and know it is in good shape. It is another thing to drop that kind of coin on a used one and have no idea how it has been treated. I'd get the '13, personally. I don't really mind a "boring" vehicle though, and 16" tires are cheaper anyway. If I wasn't in a Rubicon I'd have a base Sport, no Sport S or Sahara for me.

Personally, I would make sure I got the 3.73 gears too, especially in a JKU. Let us know a bit more about your planned usage and any mods you might do to the new one and you will probably get some additional insight.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:06 PM   #3
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I have a '10 that I love, but ain't no way I'd pay that much for a five year old Jeep with no warranty. Especially with the new interior and engine.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:47 PM   #4
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Thanks. This will be my daily driver and weekend family trip through the snow to the mountain cabin car for myself, wife, daughter, and two large dogs (Hence the 4-dr). I will do some off-roading and trail riding, but am a relative newbie to off roading.. Most of my off road driving now is just in the mountains or hills to shoot with friends. The '13 has 3.21, the '08 must be 3.73 or 4.11 since it's A Rubi, but also the less powerful 3.8L. (It's also an auto). I guess I'm just having a hard time shelling out what JKU's cost, knowing that I'll want to dump more money into a lift and tires right away. Maybe I just need to get used to the idea...
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drive them both. On some hills. The 3.6 and better auto trans are SOOO much better than the 3.8. I stepped up to a JK from my TJ, and went with an '11 telling myself "it can't be as bad as everyone says". After the first camping trip with the wife and not a lot of gear, I realized just how bad the 3.8 and 42RLE was. The transmission just couldn't find a happy gear, but then it never could in a TJ either so no suprise it hates living in a JK, LOL. We test drove a newer 3.6 the night we got home. A Sport can always be upgraded, and the D30 in the JKs is a far better axle than the D30 in the TJs.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:50 AM   #6
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I say get the 13. You'll have a warranty and get to build it how you want it. It'll take time but you'll have so much more satisfaction driving a rig you built yourself.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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No question....get the 13. The Rubicon is 6 years old now and has 60k on it. The old interior and engine. No warranty either.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:01 AM   #8
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Definitely go with the 13 and add a slight lift along with black rims and new tires and you will have a vehicle that you will like.
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If the 08 was a lot cheaper maybe it would be worth looking at. I had fewer issues with my 08 then I have with my 13 but I do like this engine better. I would go for the new jeep warranty and lord knows what the previous owners did to the 08.
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Take the 13' , honestly.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:57 AM   #11
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13 hands down all the way.
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Thanks guys, I am starting to see a unanimous trend here, and I think it's working. I made the 2 hour drive this morning to check out the Rubicon, hoping to find what you all expect-a 5 year old car that is not in as good of shape as a new car. I think i am probably romanticizing the actual vehicle based on pictures on the Internet, when the vehicle is probably not in the shape I have been picturing it in my head. I hope it makes it easier, and feel like less of a "compromise" getting the '13 in bone-stock. Certainly don't want to regret a near 30K purchase. But as you all point out, the engine, interior, warranty, an peace of mind from doing the work myself probably make the extra cost of future upgrades worth it. Now I just hope I don't find a pampered, meticulously maintained rubicon and have this dilemma in my hands anymore.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #13
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I say keep looking until you find something you don't question. You're questioning both of these Jeeps, which to me means you're not sure you really want either of them.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:11 PM   #14
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When evaluating the cost, consider the improved fuel efficiency of the Pentastar, lower maintenance costs on a new vehicle, and lower interest rates on new vehicles.

OTOH, consider the relative depreciation of the two and insurance costs, both of which may favor the older vehicle. There are probably other factors I am forgetting as well.

And don't forget - there are very few places you can't get to with a Sport or Sahara, and most of them aren't places people are inclined to take a 20k+ vehicle.
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Thanks guys, I am starting to see a unanimous trend here, and I think it's working. I made the 2 hour drive this morning to check out the Rubicon, hoping to find what you all expect-a 5 year old car that is not in as good of shape as a new car. I think i am probably romanticizing the actual vehicle based on pictures on the Internet, when the vehicle is probably not in the shape I have been picturing it in my head. I hope it makes it easier, and feel like less of a "compromise" getting the '13 in bone-stock. Certainly don't want to regret a near 30K purchase. But as you all point out, the engine, interior, warranty, an peace of mind from doing the work myself probably make the extra cost of future upgrades worth it. Now I just hope I don't find a pampered, meticulously maintained rubicon and have this dilemma in my hands anymore.
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