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Old 03-06-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Hey all! New to the forums, because I'm thinking about buying a JK. I live in Queens, just outside of New York City. Because of living in the city, I haven't owned a vehicle in about 6 years but recently moved into a place with parking. (yay!)

Always wanted a Wrangler. (Because duh!) I'm definitely the tinkerer type. I figure it would be a good option for NYC since it's easy to parallel park because of the short wheelbase and overhang (right?), doesn't need to be garaged, and is rubber all around so don't need to worry so much about dings. But, I'd love some feedback on what to look out for (common rust spots, unreliable options, weak spots for thieves, etc.) and what other resources are out there.

I'm thinking about buying from a dealership just so I can have a warranty for a little while. This make sense or better buying private?

The Jeep would be parked probably 6 days out of the week, outside but in a locked lot. (Daily commute is via train station in walking distance.) Driving would be on weekends to see family/friends and for chores. (And maybe a little mudding!) What should I do to keep it in good shape if not daily driven?

Any automatic/manual tranny battles I should know about? I'd love own a stick again but don't know if it's worth it, especially when offroading where a torque converter can be advantageous. Any major maintenance or mileage differences?

Any thoughts on how to best handle insurance?

Total unashamed noob question: Does every JK come with a hard and soft top or do you need to purchase the soft? And if so, I should expect any seller to have both?

Appreciate anything you can offer. I'm off to scour other similar posts. When I had my car (Nissan 240sx) I found the forum community to be a fantastic resource for everything. Hope this works out and I can give something back to the community! Thanks!

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Old 03-06-2014, 08:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Good luck with your quest.

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Old 03-06-2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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Not an expert, but I can help with a few of your questions.

My 2dr JK turns like a go kart and would be a joy to parallel park.

If your budget allows, I would suggest buying from a dealership for any possible warranty (probably just factory).

Typical car maintenance should work for driving the jeep 1x-2x a week.

I have a manual and love it. It is all personal preference, you will love whichever you get.

Don't know a darn thing about insurance, sorry.

Most jeeps come with a soft top OR a hard top. You can buy a new soft top for $500-600 and a new hard top for $2500. If it is going to be parked outside that often I would suggest the hard top.

Welcome to the forum!

Also, those 240sx's are some sweet cars. My brother and I share a 1990 300zx TT with 43k on it and I love that thing!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:31 PM   #4
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As far as security, being where you are, I would suggest a keyed hood lock as well as a locking gas cap of some sort. Both can be found by several jeep aftermarket dealers on line. Hard top will be much more secure than a soft top.

I would buy from a dealer new and get the warranty. Also in my past experience, city driving with an automatic will probably be far more comfortable than a manual.

Good luck on your new adventure!
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:59 PM   #5
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Thanks Brian and Mike! It wouldn't be parked in any bad areas for long (my new place is in a VERY safe neighborhood) but locking hood and gas cap sounds like a good idea no matter where it will be anyway.

And yeah I loved my 240sx but the 300zx's are well known as one of the best cars ever produced when talking about all-around value and achievement of engineering goals.
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