I paid a little more than 36K for my original 2008 JKUR. Then in 2012 got a 2008 JKR for 20K... it was clean. That probably went for about 33K new. So, I would say that the jeep had held its value pretty well. We got the second one used because we just couldn't afford to swing a new one at the time we got it and my wife's car was beginning to cost us too much. I do most of the service on her jeep now and have managed to keep costs down nicely. I've done a brake job on it and replaced a rear axle seal, bearing and retainer ring. Next up is a new set of sneakers for hers at about $1K. These are things that you have to be aware of buying used.
The JK vs the JKU since we have both, I have to say that I like the JKU hands down over my wife's JK. Yes, hers is more peppy than mine because of the weight factor and hers has a much better turning radius both reasons that she loves her Rubicon. We just came back from Maine almost up into Canada. An almost 8 hour drive with 3000 lbs in tow. All of our camping gear and lots of fun things that we take alone for weeks at a time when we go. That wouldn't be possible with a two door. When I got the 4 door, my son was 12. It was a great replacement for my soccer dad caravan and worked extremely well as a family vehicle. I still wouldn't trade it in for a two door. Whatever falls off of it, I will upgrade/fix/replace. It has taken a licking from me and is still ticking. I'm not real easy on my vehicles but then again I don't abuse them as much as some do offroading. So, as a family vehicle I highly rate the four door. It is hard to go wrong with it and I got my wife's endorsement from the getgo on it. I've had so much fun driving it that she eventually got one 5 years after I got mine. She loves hers.
Participate in life....Keep movin'....Go there....JK'n it.........Do it! Jeep #1: Red Rock 08 JK Rubicon 4dr, 6 sp manual, Stock Mud Tires, MyGIG Upgrade, Hard Top, after sale BestTop SunRider Soft Top, Congo Cage Rack, Mopar slush mats Jeep #2 Black 08 JK Rubicon 2dr, 6 sp manual, both tops, some chrome...uggg (my wife's jeep) Jeep #3 White 92 YJ (my son's jeep) A great quote from a good friend: "All hail click clack and master jk'n." Click and clack are my idols!