Ok, so my story is a bit length so bare with me folks.
So i took the plunge into buying my first American car and got a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport.
I currently own a 2006 Land Rover LR3 fully loaded (ex has possession at the moment) and I also own a very babied fully loaded BMW M3 that sits pretty in my garage all winter. So with the ex driving my winter car, and the winters here in Chicago getting worse, I decided I needed to buy an economical winter car to drive around.
My budget going into this was about 20K (did not want to finance). So I started looking around at some used SUV’s and then I came across the sexiest piece of machinery I ever seen. It was a 2012 JWU Sahara. This thing was sexy!! It had every option. It also had a price tag of 38K which was well over my budget.
Anyway, to make a long story short. I went ahead and bought the base model, figured I’d drive it around for a few months then trade it in for what I really wanted (Fully loaded Sahara).
Drove the Jeep for 2 days and I just could not bare with the NO power windows, NO Keyless entry, NO remote start, etc,. I even got laughed at from my BMW friends when I had to roll down the windows...It was driving me crazy!! I took the truck back to the dealer with 200 miles on it and asked what it would cost to trade it in for the Sahara. At this point I was willing to dish out the extra cash. After 2hrs of welling and dealing I was told I’d lose 5K off the bat!! So what did I do???
4 weeks later and I’m at 5K in mods and have gotten everything I wanted in my Jeep and love this thing to death!!
Here is the list so far:
1. Factor power latches w/wiring harnesses - $540
2. Factory power windows/ bezel and factor switches - $600
3. Viper Alarm with Remote start (5704) – $900 includes labor to wire doors and windows
4. 5 Brand new Sahara 18” wheels and tires (craigslist) - $1000
5. S Package factory knobs - $60.00
6. Pioneer Avic Z130BT, IPod adapter, rear camera - $1000
7. 4 - 6.5 Polk Audio Speakers DIX650 - $180
8. Polk Audio PA300.1 AMP - $150
9. Polk Audio 8” MM840 SVC Sub, Factory Infinity Sub Enclosure (ebay) – $200
10. Limo Tints - $200
The way I see it is my Jeep out the door was close to 27K. The Jeep I really wanted was 38K, maybe 40ish out the door. I spent 5K on the things I wanted and I still have 7K left over for future mods like 35’s and a lift kit!
The ex can keep the Land Rover….I’m a Jeeper for life!!!
When I was reading over the list, I wondered why you didn't just order it that way, then I got to the bottom and read the last part, thats pretty substantial savings and wise to not pay for options you don't want. Congrats!
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Great you realized the blessing in disguise. I took mine off lot fully loaded so I won't bitch too much, but if I did it again I would order Sport with Dana 44 and 4.10 gears and build her up proper the way you’re doing.
I guess I am the opposite.
I had to order a rubicon because I wanted one without the power windows, door locks, keyless entry, or nav system, etc. (all the ones on the lots seem to be fully loaded). All i wanted was dual top and tinted windows.
Delivery date next Tuesday and can not wait.