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Old 07-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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JK Purchasing Advice

I currently have a 2005 TJ that my wife and I both love. We are expecting our first child so I'm wondering if it isn't time to move up to a JK Unlimited for a little more room and ease of loading the little one.

I'd like to know if there are any years and/or issues that I should watch out for and stay away from. I would eventually like to have 2 1/2-3 inches of lift (if I don't find one already lifted). It would be my daily driver and would see light trail duty in occasion. Also, what are good prices for years with reasonable mileage?

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:31 PM   #2
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I was looking for a clean used Jeep when I purchased mine. Shopped all around. Couldn't find a clean used one. Bought a new Unlimited and we are very happy with it.

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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The best deal IMO is to buy new if you have it in your budget. The JK's hold there value really well. It's not impossible to find a fair deal on a JK, but the 2012 and up have the 3.6 and better auto transmission. Probably can find a good deal on the 2013 models that dealers will be clearing out soon for the 2014 models. Good luck
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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I hadn't really thought about buying new because we'll be replacing my wife's 16 year old Blazer with a new vehicle for sure. I seriously doubt ill get a deal that would make it work.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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i paid 23k for my new jk sport, so i would imagine you could get a jku sport for 25k or so right now.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the good words about the JKU. That's exactly what im looking at. The good thing is if the numbers worked I wouldn't have to do much wife convincing. She loves our TJ as much as I do. So I've got that going for me. It's all a numbers thing and finding one that's clean.

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