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Old 03-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Alright, I did a little browsing and tried searching (wasn't working for me, most likely the internet here at work tripping things up) so I will just post and take the flames if this has been discussed before.

I have been a jeeper for a while, had a 97 TJ SE and 99 TJ Sport (traded last year for a Calliber for my wife) The truck I inherited from her is falling apart and I want to get back in a Jeep again. Seeing as we will be having kids in the next couple years, I am really leaning towards a JKU. The problem is, anything within in my budget is upwards of 100k miles. Now on a TJ that wouldn't scare me as much but I have very little experience with the JKU and V-6. This Jeep will mostly see DD duty to and from work, very light wheeling (for now) and maybe a trip to Michigan and back (I live in Alabama) once a year. So my question is, how have they held up? I am looking at mostly stock Jeeps, so being beaten to death off road won't be an issue, and I know what to look for in that case any way. I just want to know how they have held up, as I am wanting to get something I won't have to drop too much money into for the next couple years maintenance wise.

tl:dr Looking at JKUs, budget dictates Jeeps with 100k miles or more, how well do they hold up past that point?

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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When it comes to longevity on any vehicle but it seems especially these 3.8 litre engines that are being taxed as far as power, service records and/or knowing the owner would be a big plus.

I know there are a lot of these engines out there in the mid 100k mile range but personally I would be leary unless the original owner had well documented service records or you knew them personally and how they took care of it.

With this engine being a little on the anemic side, people tend to push it a little harder than other vehicles that can move down the road with less effort.

That said, if you could find one that was more of a weekend driver with less miles and most of them on pavement that would be a plus. I am expecting to get a lot of miles out of mine but then again I am anal about how I maintain mine and I am sure there are others that are the same way, you just have to find one of them.


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Old 03-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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Yeah, that was kind of what I was figuring. Unfortunately I will be buying from a dealer, so I won't know the person, and a Carfax only shoes so much, but I suppose I will just have to really pay attention to the details on the test drive, ect.

Thanks for the reply.
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Soccer mom jeeps are the best ones to buy. If someone takes really good care of the outside and doesn't wheel, then it's most likely that they keep up with the oil changes and fluid changes.

There are also several guys here with over 100 on their JK's
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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In the good old days you could ask the dealer for the previous owners number so you could call and ask questions. I miss those days sometimes.
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