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Old 02-18-2014, 05:34 AM   #1
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Buying my first JK today and need help

I'm going today to buy my first JK. I have done my research but if anyone can maybe help me out on features I should get and some maybe I don't need to pay extra for would help greatly.

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Welcome to the forum! The *you must buy a Rubicon or risk surrendering your man card* folks will be along in a few I am sure.

What amenities do you like? Are you a "give me manual rolldown windows anyday" kinda guy or do you prefer more creature comfort? Where do you plan to to drive the Jeep and what do you want it to do? Mall, play in dirt fields, run sideways over really big rocks? What is your budget? And importantly, what color you eyeing?

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What JK model are you going for?
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I'm going today to buy my first JK. I have done my research but if anyone can maybe help me out on features I should get and some maybe I don't need to pay extra for would help greatly.
If you are looking at a Sport, the 24S package will give you power windows, locks and mirrors as well as alloy wheels and bigger tires. Connectivity package is nice. It lets you connect your phone via Bluetooth to your radio. Sirius was worth it to me. Including it in the radio only cost me $20 more than I already spend in a year for it in my truck. Get a hard top if you will ever want one. There are plenty of aftermarket options for soft tops, but hard tops are expensive to buy later. Of course, A/C is damn nice all the time.
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If you are looking at a Sport, the 24S package will give you power windows, locks and mirrors as well as alloy wheels and bigger tires. Connectivity package is nice. It lets you connect your phone via Bluetooth to your radio. Sirius was worth it to me. Including it in the radio only cost me $20 more than I already spend in a year for it in my truck. Get a hard top if you will ever want one. There are plenty of aftermarket options for soft tops, but hard tops are expensive to buy later. Of course, A/C is damn nice all the time.
I test drove a saharrah yesterday at the lot it had the mopar fox 3 in. lift kit with fuel rims and 32 in. tires. It was a manual i really liked it. I really dont know if I should go with an automatic or manual. Its going to be a daily driver but where I live there are plenty of places to go off roading which I will do plenty of.
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If you live in the city get a auto. Trust me lol
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make sure it does not have 3.21 gears. Number one new buyer mistake is failing to find out what gear ratio you have and getting stuck with 3.21's. Most other changes can be made easily not gears.

The only ones who tell you that 3.21's are ok made the same mistake and did not research first. I was one of those people.
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Nothing wrong with going off-road with an auto. In many cases it's easier. I prefer it, though others prefer a manual.
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Any Jeep can be a good Jeep, really depends on what you intend to do with it. Spend some time on Jeep's website and look through all the options. Do be aware that not all options are available on all models.

As for manual vs auto, pick the one you like the best. Both have good and bad points to them. For me, had to be manual. I can't speak to your needs.
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Ive drove a manual since I got my license. For off roading which would be better manual or auto
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make sure it does not have 3.21 gears. Number one new buyer mistake is failing to find out what gear ratio you have and getting stuck with 3.21's. Most other changes can be made easily not gears. The only ones who tell you that 3.21's are ok made the same mistake and did not research first. I was one of those people.
I'm going with the 3.73 gear
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Ive drove a manual since I got my license. For off roading which would be better manual or auto
well they just completed the big King of Hammers Race and the majority of racers were driving automatics. Manual vs automatic discussions have been known to cause fist fights and hair pulling so be careful.
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well they just completed the big King of Hammers Race and the majority of racers were driving automatics. Manual vs automatic discussions have been known to cause fist fights and hair pulling so be careful.
Alright will keep that in mind. I will also try not to start a riot with that question. Lol
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Here is my advice, being one of the first questions you asked was about off-road, do your self a big favor and get a rubicon. There are a lot of people that get bent when it is recommended that a prospective buyer skip over the sport and sahara but it is surely just because they are trying to justify their mistakes. I originally bought a sport and less than a year later bought a rubicon. Learn by the mistakes of others.
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Here is my advice, being one of the first questions you asked was about off-road, do your self a big favor and get a rubicon. There are a lot of people that get bent when it is recommended that a prospective buyer skip over the sport and sahara but it is surely just because they are trying to justify their mistakes. I originally bought a sport and less than a year later bought a rubicon. Learn by the mistakes of others.
I looked at the rubicons. I just want to stay in the 500 to 550 a month payments.
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I can add the following advice after owning my first Jeep for only 7 months...

1) 2dr vs 4dr - give this ALOT of thought. The driving experience is 90% similar, but the 4dr IS much more practical.

2) Color - make sure you get the color you'll want around for along time.

3) Gears - yes, make sure you get 3:73 or 4:10 unless you plan on leaving it stock - and since you're already on this forum, you won't.

4) Plan on spending $5000 - $8000 on "extras" and do NOT begin to mod until you're ready to do it all at once. Once you start a build, it snowballs.

I bought a black 2012 Sahara 2dr (with 3:21) with full intention of leaving it stock. I bought a leveling kit a week later, and the list started growing. 7 months into ownership, I decided to trade it in on a Granite 4 door with 3:73. Now I can comfortably proceed with my build as money allows - knowing I'll have this one a long time. (right?)
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And the Rubicon vs Sport debate really (especially if you intend to modify), really just boils down to how often you plan to "flex" the suspension. For normal dirt trails, fire roads, etc, I think both are equally capable.
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I looked at the rubicons. I just want to stay in the 500 to 550 a month payments.
Rubicons are the same essential price as a sahara depending on equipment. I would get a totally stripped down Rubicon and call it a day. Save up more for a bigger down payment would be the best advice.
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Here are a few things I looked for when I went shopping:
1. Gears 3.73
2. Transmission Auto
3. ext Color white, silver, black
4. Radio FM/AM with Aux(this is a must have, I leave an old ipod in the Jeep), or Sat with Bluetooth (Nice to have)
5. power windows and doors (I was looking for a 2 door, so not really important to me)

That's how I shopped for mine, ending up finding a used one and save a bundle of cash. It had all items 1-4 with Satellite radio and Bluetooth. It also came with a hard and soft top from the previous owner.

Make a list of the features that are important to you and stick to them, use auto trader and Cars.com to find new or even used ones.

Good Luck!
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IF you need 4:10's, it's my understanding you have to get it as an OPTION on Rubicon only - (or Willys Wheeler?). No 4:10 option for Sahara or Sport. But it sounds like 3:73's are fine for up to 35's, depending on terrain.
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Lastly, if you are shopping for NEW, the Jeep build and price website is actually pretty darn accurate (as far as nearby dealer inventory goes). When comparing multiple, it's easiest to look at the window stickers.
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So true

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Here is my advice, being one of the first questions you asked was about off-road, do your self a big favor and get a rubicon. There are a lot of people that get bent when it is recommended that a prospective buyer skip over the sport and sahara but it is surely just because they are trying to justify their mistakes. I originally bought a sport and less than a year later bought a rubicon. Learn by the mistakes of others.
I bought a brand new JKU Sport in 2012 and this year upgraded to a Rubi!! I couldn't be happier. Its has 4.10 gears and a bunch of options that were important to ME. For off-road, the Rubicon is by far the best platform! Dana 44s front and rear is huge if you are going to install a lift down the road. Just make sure that is has the 4.10 gears and the rest is all personal preference!!! Additionally, the Rubi's hold their value much better than the Sports and Sarahas. To me, having on board nav, a hard top and remote start was more important than leather, heated seats. At the end of the day, do what makes YOU happy and you can't go wrong! Good luck and enjoy your new purchase!!! Happy Jeeping!!!
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Everyone is going to tell you what gear ratio to get (based on what they do and what they like). If you are using it as your DD, and do most of your driving on paved or dirt roads, do the occasional off-road, and are concerned about fuel economy, then 3.2 : 1 will do just fine. You'll get decent mileage for your everyday usage. If you are moderately into off roading then 3.73 : 1 will suit you better. And if you are more interested in lifting the Jeep, mounting large tires, and are seriously into off roading, then I'd suggest 4.10 : 1 for your ride.
I have 3.21 gears, ride regular roads and dirt roads - logging trails in Vermont and have no problem. My JK is stock and needs nothing for what I use it for. I'll be riding it down to Florida this year, and I'm glad that I have 3.21 gears, as the Jeep fuel tank is small, so I want to squeeze all the economy I can out of it.
Good luck with your choice, and your new ride!!
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I'm a fan of extended warranties because I drive 30K mile a year. In most cases you can talk the dealer down on an exteded warranty. My jeep dealer wanted $2,800.00 for the 100,000 mile extended warranty and I ended up getting it for $1,100.00. They have a lot of profit margin in the warranty packages.
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Thanks everyone for all the info. Imma keep all this in mind. I go at 1 pm eastern to go find one I have already been approved so hopefully I will be driving home in one. I will definitely post pics
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I bought a 2014 JKU Polar which is based on the Sahara. I thought I needed manual transmission because so many people said it was better for off-roading. Well, I drive my Jeep in weekends and mostly on the road and didn't want to deal with shifting even though I know how to drive a manual so I got an automatic. I took it off roading this weekend and didn't once think I needed a manual. There were enough other things to worry about. As far as what features you get on each model and whether a Rubicon is what you need is up to you. All Wranglers have 4wd Lo which seems like the most important thing. After that it seems that larger tires and a lift will have the most impact so you'll want those for any model you get. Maybe others can chime in on the value of lockers which come on some models and are an option on others. That may be the best selling point of the Rubicon. I think the amount you pay extra for a Rubicon gives you features that would be more expensive to add to other models later so there is a value there.
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The "only a Rubicon is offroad capable" cavalry has arrived!

Now in retrospect do I wish I had gotten one-sure cuz lockers are well cool. But am I sitting home crying that my front Dana 30 will break if I look at it wrong? Nope. I am out dragging it over rocks EVEN (gasp!) still on stock tires. I bet my lowly Sport with 3.73 has seen bigger rocks than many of the mall-crawling Rubicons afraid to scratch their paint. When it breaks I will upgrade. Maybe trade on a Rubi. However, in the meantime, especially as a noob, at least I am dragging my lowly investment over rocks and it is going to go out kicking and screaming what a wild fun ride it has been.
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This is the one I test drove yesterday day 2014 JKU with molar fox lift and fuel rims
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I just placed and order and agree on a lot that is said so far.

2dr vs 4 dr - for me, I chose 2 dr. Just personal preference, no other reason.
Auto vs manual - I chose manual. I'm an old fart and my first Jeep was manual.
Package - I did get a Rubicon. I want to drive, not wrench (at least for the first week. )
Interior - I went with power windows, etc. My left knee hit right at the crank on the manual window. If yours does to, it will drive you crazy, trust me.
Color - yes, get exactly what you want.
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The "only a Rubicon is offroad capable" cavalry has arrived! Now in retrospect do I wish I had gotten one-sure cuz lockers are well cool. But am I sitting home crying that my front Dana 30 will break if I look at it wrong? Nope. I am out dragging it over rocks EVEN (gasp!) still on stock tires. I bet my lowly Sport with 3.73 has seen bigger rocks than many of the mall-crawling Rubicons afraid to scratch their paint. When it breaks I will upgrade. Maybe trade on a Rubi. However, in the meantime, especially as a noob, at least I am dragging my lowly investment over rocks and it is going to go out kicking and screaming what a wild fun ride it has been.
Ha. Thanks for that. I would love to get a rubi I will test driving a few today so I guess I will see. I have done my research if I dont get a rubi my main thing is to get the 3.73 gear

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