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Old 08-22-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Buying First Jeep ('07 JK?)

I have been looking at jeeps for a while in both areas that I reside and feel that I have found a very good deal and I don't want to pass it up.
Nice 2007 Wrangler 4wd Low miles!
I have already talked to him and I am going to buy it as long as everything is ok on the test drive.

Is there anything I should look at specifically other than the 4 wheel drive and rust? Anything I should feel for on the test drive, or specific questions to ask?

Please let me know what you all think and if I am getting as good of a deal as I think I am.

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Old 08-22-2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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The price seems to high for that and here's why. A new 2010 JK with a 5 year warranty with zero miles is $21,165 msrp. You could get this Jeep for surely less by offering the dealer around $20k out the door. I just bought a 2010 JK with a hardtop brand new for $21,500 (all tags, title, dealer fees, state tax included). That means that I actually paid the dealer around $19k for my new Jeep with hardtop. Espicially now that the 2011 are coming in, the 2010 prices are falling even further. My local Jeep dealer here in NC has used Jeeps with less mileage and the years are 09-10 for around $18k.

KBB doesn't mean anything because neither the dealer or an individual really cares about that number. The dealer will charge what he wants and list the KBB if it benefits him and an individual will do the same. Look at what people are really paying for this Jeep in your area here at edmunds.com You can price it the same and find out what you can expect to pay for it. Not sure if you've looked into getting a new one, but if your paying that much for a used one from this person I would definitely give it another look. You can get a lower mileage newer Jeep for what your willing to spend.

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Old 08-22-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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Either that Jeep has a small 1 to 2" lift or those are not 32" tires.
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Auto or standard? Check to make sure it is a 4wd as some sports were 2wd. The 2wd model will have no transfer case shifter.

Auto has an overheating problem so taking it off road esp in sand may require the addition of a tranny cooler. Standards have had a jump out of first problem but not on 07 as far as I'm aware. The original owner would be covered under warranty on that but not sure if a subsequent owner would be. Although, if under 36,000 the original factory warranty would still be in effect and problems with the tranny would be covered. Those are the two major issues.

Look for signs of leaking roof. Lift the floor mats and check for moisture. There have been some problems with leaking hard top roofs, not so much with the soft top. But these problems are solvable.

The price looks a little high, do some on line shopping to check that you are getting a good value. The miles on it seem low so maybe that is why the asking price is high? Plus some of the modifications done may explain the higher price. Still, do some comparison shopping.

Once you decide to pull the trigger try to stay focused on ownership and having fun rather than what you paid for it. I paid top dollar for mine new and then the economy tanked and I'm sure I could have done better on my purchase price. I look only at the fun that I have been having since my purchase. In my opinion, the money I spent has been worth the ride.
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make sure it's got a rear D44. THERE ARE 07's out there with a D35, I've seen them while hunting down my current JK. if you want big tires on the thing, try to get a tow package 07 X. they had 4.10's in those days.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the help and info so far! I started looking at '10 models just now, I never realized how close the price was. The only thing is the extras and mods I will want to do. Now I can also give more thought to getting a manual transmission.
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Manual is the way to go with a Jeep. The auto's have over heating issues sometimes when on the sand I've heard but I haven't any hands on experience with this. I love my 2010 JK sport with 6 speed manual. Better MPG, more fun, better acceleration, more control on loose traction, and simpler longer lasting engine components. Did I mention there cheaper than the autos?
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Thanks for the help, heading to the dealer tomorrow to test drive an auto and a manual in between classes!
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i just bought a 07 jk sport a few days ago cost 23k over here in australia so in the states i wouldnt pay over 20k for it. jsut me but when i bought mine i checked for rust crawled underneath made sure there wasnt any chips in the metal on anything important. check for any sign of water leaks. and i bought a softtop so i made sure all the seals were good. and thats about all i checked.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:46 PM   #10
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I bought a 2007 Sahara a year ago with 20K certified miles for $22K. It is a six-speed, 2-door with the towing package (4.10 gears), both tops, and 18"wheels. It is a Chrysler CPO vehicle from the local Phoenix Jeep dealer. CPO good for 7yr/70K miles. Have put on 6K miles driving and another 8K miles towing behind motor home. Great vehicle.
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I got my 2007 "X" for $17k cash deal with 15,000 on the clock. Tow, D44, etc...I love it!

That is a Sahara but seems a bit high as mine has that "S" package that gives it all the goodies a Sahara has (without the 18" wheels/tires) I have the 17" tires on mine although I will need to get a better snow tread for the winter...those stockies sucked in the snow and ice.
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The one he's looking at is auto... it is 4WD (you can see the transfer stick in the pics )
it's also got BOTH hard and soft tops, some interior accents that add up quick, and the front bully setup with KC's. Aftermarket tires... It's not stock at all, it's had some goodies added to it already, and a really fair amount of them at that.

Granted, for a sesoned jeeper, that's usually not considered to be all that good a thing, but I think the OP oughtta look at how much each of those little upgrades cost and factor that in. Especially if he likes all the goodies

The dual hard/soft top alone is a really good selling point IMHO... and tires are a pretty large expense that almost EVERY new jeeper faces right out the gate...

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Cap cost on my 2010 was $21k................

Get a New one guy. Do some shopping.
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The one he's looking at is auto... it is 4WD (you can see the transfer stick in the pics )
it's also got BOTH hard and soft tops, some interior accents that add up quick, and the front bully setup with KC's. Aftermarket tires... It's not stock at all, it's had some goodies added to it already, and a really fair amount of them at that.

Granted, for a sesoned jeeper, that's usually not considered to be all that good a thing, but I think the OP oughtta look at how much each of those little upgrades cost and factor that in. Especially if he likes all the goodies

The dual hard/soft top alone is a really good selling point IMHO... and tires are a pretty large expense that almost EVERY new jeeper faces right out the gate...

Just sayin...

This is good advice I think. Consider what it is about the jeep that you like. Some of those mods will cost. On a new jeep, the dual top group compared to the hard top alone with the soft top added after sale is $1600.00 on a new jeep 4 door and $2400 on a jeep that has the soft top stock for the purchase of the hard top, at least that is what the adjustments were in 2008. I suspect they haven't gotten any cheaper. Remember that is for a 4 door though.
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Well I have been doing some shopping, school started today but I made time to wander to the dealer. I test drove a '10 Mountain Edition and fell in love with it, tomorrow I head back with my father to talk turkey with the dealer and get him to cosign for me. I will be sure to post how it goes and then pics if I pick it up! I am very excited, anything in particular I should be wary about for the Mountain Edition?
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driving away in this tomorrow providing my credit is good!
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make sure it's got a rear D44. THERE ARE 07's out there with a D35, I've seen them while hunting down my current JK. if you want big tires on the thing, try to get a tow package 07 X. they had 4.10's in those days.
The one he's looking at doesn't look like it has a tow pkg, so most likely it's got a D35.

As for the auto's overheating, I've never had an issue with it. Then again I've got the stock cooler and I don't wheel in sand.

Look under the Jeep. I mean really get under there and look around. Check the gas tank skid for signs of hard wheeling, check the frame rails near the rear bumper. Look for deep scratches and rust. Check out the front of the Jeep. All the bars up front (except the sway bar) should be straight. Look for anything that is broken or close to breaking.


Take it to a mechanic and spend the 100 bucks or so on an inspection. It's money worth spending before you drop 20 grand (more after interest).
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