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Old 11-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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First JK Search - Any Advice?

I will be getting a 2013 or 2014 JK Sport some time this next two weeks. (I cannot start to look until after Monday and I will probably make several trips out of state due to the higher prices and lack of selection locally.)

1. I am in Mississippi. Where to look? The place I have some limited experience with is a dealer in Hot Springs. Any particularly evil place come to mind in that town? If it is a problem to name names on this forum, please message me your experiences with a particular dealer.

2. Did the ticking issue that caused so many left side heads to be replaced in the Pentastar in 2012 get fixed?

3. The prices on 2013 and 2014 Sports are easily within a couple of hundred bucks of each other, which is not something I am going to worry about. So, with that in mind: 2013 or 2014? Is 2014 a further refinement of the breed or one of those years where "they messed up a good thing"?

4. What cons to look for in the JK? I have driven a TJ for the last ten years and have never even looked inside of a JK. Do those front fenders come off easily? First mod will be flatties.

5. Can the JK, with its larger stock tires and better ground clearance over a TJ, accept 33x12.5 tires on MT Classic Lock rims? These have a lot of (or a little) backspacing, giving my TK a very wide stance. I have a 3" lift and run these with zero rubbing or other issues on my TJ. Will the stock JK take this tire size if there is that much backspacing? I am not interested in lifting this JK for some time. But the stock tires and rims look pretty bad, like the 27" ones that came on the TJs back in the day.

6. ANY further observations, warnings or advice in locating a really nice JK Sport would be great. Like: Is there a D44 option for the rear? What other options are out there for the Sport version? Is there a Jeep/DC website with all the color choices and options listed? I have never bought a new Jeep, so this is all a learning process, despite my ten years of Jeeping. I bought mine used at a Honda dealership. It was only six months old, and sitting there amongst the traded-in Fords, Chevys and other Hondas if fairly shouted BUY ME NOW! Which is exactly what I did, too. Loved it. But I have never worked with a DC dealership for a purchase. Will I be financially raped? Will I lose my Man Card? Help!

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Bump.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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So far I am looking seriously at a 2013 Sport with a hard top, stick and AC with horrible pimp-looking rims that has been on the lot for nearly a year. (I suspect the ridiculous rims to be putting off customers more than anything else.) It is billet silver with black interior and looks to be very nice.

My only requirements are AC, hard top, and stick.

This one is listed (new) at $25, 850 or so.

I can walk in and get that with cash. The dealer is less than five hours from me. Too far for a random test drive, but close enough to get it.

Would it be worth it to try and get my local dealership to ship it here? Can they even do that? And if he does, am I committed to buying it at that point?

It seems to me that if this is new there are no worries about the dealership beyond price if I never will go there again for service. It is not like a used vehicle where a lot of dodgy crap can happen or be intentionally hidden by the dealer. It is new.

So is buying from this guy in another state as safe as buying from my local Jeep dealership?

And are taxes going to be very different if I buy from an out-of-state dealer, or is is safer to have my dealer get it from him via a search, again, if they can do that?
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Not to be a dbag but the search button is your friend. OK maybe a little bit. Lol.

Seriously though this forum among others is a wealth of information and just about if not every question u have can be answered.

There are so many things to consider when buying a new one that I could not possibly answer them all.

I will briefly answer your questions.

1. No clue

2. Yes

3. Very little difference. Get a left over 13 for cheaper.

4. JK leaks,Shakes, rattles, buzzes drinks gas, drives like a tank and has the aerodynamics of a brick. That being said it will be a huge strp up from the TJ and has the most SPG (smiles per gallon) of any vehicle i have owned. Yes the fenders among most everything else is easily removed.

5. U will need more backspacing.

6. No d44 option on sport or sahara. Get at least 3.73 gears for bigger tires.

The biggest plus is u will meet many new people. By that I mean the service reps, managers at the dealership based on the frequency u will be there.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Do an inventory search on Jeeps site and when you find the one you want go to your local dealer and tell them you want 2% under invoice for that Jeep and you want them to go get it.Be reasonable do a search in 100 mile radius ,dont expect your dealer to go fetch one from another dealer 5 hours away. While they might do it you should search closer first.
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Simple warnings about driving out of state to buy. Happens here all the time when people drive from Shreveport to Dallas to buy, only to find out the deal isn't so sweet afterall, but dealership thinks they can stick you simply because you have driven a long way, and are dreaming of driving home with your new ride. That's the first issue about traveling to get your new Jeep. The second issue is taxes. Who collects them? Does the dealership collect the taxes and pay the state of Mississippi, or are you responsible for going to your local DMV and paying the sales taxes in total just to register your Jeep. You need to make sure to clear that up before you even start talking to an out of state dealership. Big city/high volume dealers= no problem. Little "country" store it might be an issue.

I had a 2000 TJ, and when I drove my JK for the first time I could not believe how quiet, smooth, comfortable, and civilized it was. As my wife said; "GREAT, we finally have TWO cars." She didn't understand when I told her it wasn't a car, but you get the point.
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I would go 14, they changed the filter to one that has a anti drain back valve for quieter start ups. The cylinder head issues have been resolved as far as i know. And the 14's dont have auto trans line issues (if your going automatic trans) as far as i know. I have a 13 and dont really have any problems with it though knock on wood. All the new jk's come with dana 44's in the rear, and dana 30's in the front. 33's will more than fit with flat fenders i know guys that run 35's no lift and flatties. Just make sure the wheel has a sufficient backspace. Good luck on your purchase!

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