Originally Posted by SAFD3160
What's a fair price for a pre 2012 JK? With around 70-80k miles
When I was shopping last year, private sale JKs (2dr) 2008-2009 with manual trans 6spd and 60,000-70,000 miles on them were selling
for about $16,500 to $18,000 depending on condition. Rubicon models were getting about $4000 more than that, all else being equal in comparison. These were actual sale post-sale prices (I did a lot of follow up on JKs I shopped) from private sellers. The 2007s I looked at were all rough, high milers and still got $14,000 to $15,000.
Dealership asking prices on used JKs are typically $2000-$4000 higher than what a private seller was asking or willing to take and you can figure most dealers might come down $1000 or $2000 if you wave cash at them on used JKs. I almost bought a loaded used non-Rubi 2011 JK at a dealer until I found a lightly used 2012 JK Sport private sale for less than the dealer's bottom line price on the 2011. Shop, shop, shop!
If you're shopping older JKs, the 2009-2011 years have most bugs worked out.Most 2007s and many 2008s that I found
had lots of issues, too many to mention. The 2007 had rear drum brakes and for 2008+ they roll with rear disc brakes. IMHO the 2009-2010 are the best used value for older JKs. However, if you find a good 2012 from a private seller, I'd take it far and away over the older ones now that I've lived with my 2012 for a while.
The 2011 have the same mediocre powertrain (3.8, 4spd auto or 6spd manual) as the 2007-2010 but the 2011 gets you the nice new interior. Many 2011s are overpriced, IMHO, and some
sales jerks will try saying that the 2011 is "all new" with the 300hp V6. Good luck!