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Old 02-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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budget decisions and compromise

I have never been a Jeep owner, but I have always wanted one and I'm finally in a position that I can consider making the leap.

I have been on a dozen dealer sites including USAA car buying service and Carmax and I have pretty much memorized the inventory for my price range in the Houston area. (don't want to go over $21,000 if I can help it)

I know I want a Wrangler Unlimited, automatic and I know that I would prefer Power Windows... other than this, what should I be looking out for? I have no real plans to go off road although I'm sure Ill be tempted eventually. this is going to be primary a daily driver for road use.

I also know that I would prefer something newer than older. 09, 10, 11ish.

My question is, what are some things I should be looking out for. What are red flags to stay away from and what are the gems. I realize this is a loaded question and if there is a better place to post this, please let me know and I will do so.

I noticed almost none of the JKU's in my price range offered cruise control, is this not a common feature? this is a prime example of that I am talking about. not sure what is not standard.

Any learning experiences are welcome.
  • What was your biggest surprise after making the purchase?
  • what features do you wish you had that normally come standard in other cars?
  • is there anyone out there disappointed with their jeep?
  • common problems to expect

any advice or input is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Stay away from the 3:21 gear ratio...look for 3:73 or 4:10

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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Stay away from the 3:21 gear ratio...look for 3:73 or 4:10
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I was very surprised on how it cornered!!! almost as good as my mustang did!!!!!
I have just about everything, I say "just about" because there is always room for improvement!!!
Disappointed?????? Never!!!!! I love my jeep!!!!

JEEP = Just empty every pocket.

Once u get started u can't stop!!! I spend most of my evenings and weekends in the gargage working on my baby!!!
My wife has a new car, but the jeep gets the gargage and hers is outside!!!!!!!

It took me over a year to find the one I wanted. So take your time and do your research.
Every model has advantages and disadvantages, but you have taken a good step coming here. There are some really savy guys here, me not being one of them!!!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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With your price range, i'd go with the Sport S package and get the 3.73 gears. I'd say that would be a pretty good deal at 21K.
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Stay away from the 3:21 gear ratio...look for 3:73 or 4:10
You are not the first person I see post something related to the gear ratio. Great start, thanks. Is there a quick way to tell the ratio? what is wrong with the 3:21?

and why is 3:73 better than 4:10?

anything else? thanks
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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also, how many miles is too many miles? at what point does the "Bargain" become a mad idea?
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Ok here a reality check. I love my Jeep, but I'm also willing to admit that it is the worst SUV that you can buy for road use only. One of the questions you asked was is there anyone dissatisfied with their Jeep. The answer is a big yes. While most people on this forum love their Jeeps, we also see a fair number of first time jeep buyers who have come to realize that the rough ride, limited space, noisy, and antiquated design is not for them.

Take one for an extended test drive before you buy one. Better yet, rent one for several days to verify that it fits your lifestyle.

As I mentioned I, and most of the members on this forum, love jeeps. Hope you join us, but do so with your eyes open.

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You are not the first person I see post something related to the gear ratio. Great start, thanks. Is there a quick way to tell the ratio? what is wrong with the 3:21?

and why is 3:73 better than 4:10?

anything else? thanks
I don't see any issues with the 3:21 gearing if you don't plan on SERIOUS rock crawling or towing. Living in Kansas, it's 8 hours to the mountains so I went with the 3:21 and no lockers. Despite the fact that I travel over rock covered hills (not a trail, just a pasteur), nearly dry creek beds, and unmaintained mud roads on a weekly basis, I have yet to come close to needing 3.73/4.10 gears. I do it in stock tires too. OTOH, if you love the look of big aggressive tires, gear up! You need that gearing to turn those behemoths.
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Start with a YJ or a TJ, then after a year move to a JK. It will seem as smooth as a town car. A friend was telling me that her girlfriends husband just got an older Jeep. She said it was an assault vehicle, because when she got out of it she was fully assaulted.

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