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Old 02-27-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
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Advice for Wrangler Purchase

As you can tell by my username, I am considering purchasing a wrangler -used. Right now I have my eye on a couple '08 Wranglers but was curious of any pitfalls I may be getting into with a Jeep. I've always wanted one but also need something reliable. From reviews I read online, I feel I cannot trust them. Most of the online reviews are about lack of power/speed, wind noise or people switching from a land rover to a Wrangler and complaining about it not being as nice. Really?? I don't expect a wrangler to match a Land Rover in the comfort department, be a rocket off the line or expect it to be whisper quit. IT IS A JEEP! It is meant to go anywhere, just not as quickly. But I do want it to be reliable.

Are there any particular year models, known issues or things to be cautious of with Wranglers?

Any advice or help is greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-27-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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Avoid first model year runs….2007 and 2012 (new engine).

The 2012-13's had some engine issues but that should all be solved now.

Other than that most online reviews will be negative. Most people don't post their happy stories online.



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Old 02-27-2014, 08:14 PM   #3
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Wife had a 2010, we bought it with around 20k miles on it. She loved it initially but love turned into hatred due to frequent service visits so we got rid of it the moment the warranty expired.
I have a 2012 which spent more time in the shop than any used junk I owned before... and no it did not have the cylinder head issue (yet). In a month or so I'm hitting the 36k mark and I'm seriously considering getting rid of it.
Having experience with other Chrysler products, the best you could do is to put about $1,500 into a Jeep Fix savings account and enjoy your ride... Quality issues aside, nothing beats a Jeep on/off the road!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:13 PM   #4
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I had an 06 Tj and loved it. I never had any issues with it. Everyone who road in it thought it was noisy but I didn't since it was my first jeep and it had a soft top so I got used to it and it never bothered me. I drove it for about 60,000 miles, when I got it, it had about 65,000 already. I upgraded to a 2012 this past summer, two door. When I got it, right away I had to bring it back to the dealership for the cylinder head issue which I didn't know about that being the issue with the 2012's. Now some are being recalled for some hosing issues. Just some things you should be aware of if you were to get a 2012. It is really quite, at least to what I have been used to and also I think a lot nicer on the interior than they once were. So I would say do it. Jeeps have been known to be reliable and hold their value. Just make sure you make the right choice between a two or four door if you have a family or plan on expanding.
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Wife had a 2010, we bought it with around 20k miles on it. She loved it initially but love turned into hatred due to frequent service visits so we got rid of it the moment the warranty expired.
I have a 2012 which spent more time in the shop than any used junk I owned before... and no it did not have the cylinder head issue (yet). In a month or so I'm hitting the 36k mark and I'm seriously considering getting rid of it.
Having experience with other Chrysler products, the best you could do is to put about $1,500 into a Jeep Fix savings account and enjoy your ride... Quality issues aside, nothing beats a Jeep on/off the road!
What were the frequent services visits for on the '10?
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:09 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the replys so far. I also have a question about this "death wobble"...is it just as simple as replacing the steering dampner? Its title sounds way worse than just a simple shock replacment
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If you are relying on those "reviews", stick with a Honda and you will be much happier. If you want a Wrangler buy one. They don't have one of the highest resale values on the market for nothing.
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I looked a lot at used JK Wranglers before buying my almost-new used 2012. What I found were lots of troublesome 2007s and 2008s that had electronic gremlins or powertrain noises (water pump, lifters, rod/crank bearing knocks, etc) and many had low miles. The 2009s-2011s I looked at were all mechanically good regardless of mileage on them. When you look at ANY used vehicle older than 3yrs, you run the risk of paying for previous owner neglect. The exception is if you buy from the original owner and they have evidence of good maintenance.

That said, 2007-2010 will look alike and have the same features. In 2011 Jeep upgraded the interior but kept the same powertrain. In 2012 (and to still current with 2014s) the new and much-needed 3.6 Pentastar and Mercedes WA580 5spd automatic was added. The Pentastar was "new" to the Wrangler but was NOT that brand-new itself, having been in production in multiple product lines for a while already.

Some 2012s had a manufacturing defect in the cylinder head causing a misfire, no engine failure or leave-you-stranded type of thing, and easily fixed. The difference in price between an older JK and a used 2012+ is not that large. I almost jumped at a 2011 but glad I got the 2012. The interior of 2007-2010 compared to the 2011+ is no contest as the new interior looks good and very functional; you'll spend more time inside driving it than looking at the outside, so think about how happy you'll be in one interior vs the other.
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My 2008 JK at 67000+ miles is all smiles & no issues.

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If I were looking at used JKs, I'd be concerned with cheap aftermarket add ons or mods that may fail or whether it was beat up offroading. I'd have a reputable offroad shop have a look at any potential purchase, if you aren't knowledgeable in the area.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:21 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone...bought a 2010 2 door sport. Now the fun begins...
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:29 PM   #13
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2007 jk & 2012 jk

hi, I have owned many jeeps, I think 7+, also owned 07 & 12jk-s,
very few problems with 07 & only 1 bad battery all fixed under warranty.
Now if u go off road, I am sure it is possible to do a little damage, but that is part of the fun. Get any jeep and go find some mud!

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