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Old 01-13-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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I'm a new user looking at getting a 4 door jeep wrangler JK (manual). From my own research I've seen and heard nothing but owners having a blast in their jeeps and seen what they're capable of and am very interested in getting one. However, I've also heard that jeeps run into a lot of problems later in their lifetimes. Looking for owners' input on this topic. Are they reliable vehicles (I plan on being pretty rough with it), and do they maintain value??

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Old 01-14-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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There have been several articles on the web recently that rank the Wrangler as one of the best vehicles for retaining their value. Not sure if you're considering new or used but I bought a 2009 with 47,000 miles on it in August and haven't had any issues to speak of.

The passenger rear auto door lock doesn't work but that's the only issue I've had.
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I'm a new user looking at getting a 4 door jeep wrangler JK (manual). From my own research I've seen and heard nothing but owners having a blast in their jeeps and seen what they're capable of and am very interested in getting one. However, I've also heard that jeeps run into a lot of problems later in their lifetimes. Looking for owners' input on this topic. Are they reliable vehicles (I plan on being pretty rough with it), and do they maintain value??
In comparison to 90% of vehicles they hold their value extremely well, just look at used ones on the Web. Alot has changed in the last 5 years so longterm reliability is sort of unknown especially with the pentastar v6... If your primary focus is on a reliable cheap to fix a wrangler might not be the best choice... The rougher you get the more expensive they become. In the end it's a Chrysler product, not a Honda civic
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My wasn't that insightful.

Ignore the people who simply tell you "to search" without offering any information. You will find most people here to actually be helpful.

Wranglers have been at or near the top in vehicles that hold their resale value for several years. IMO that says more about reliability then any reports or surveys.

Page 8 - 10 Cars That Retain Their Value When You Sell in Five Years - TheStreet
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I'm a new user looking at getting a 4 door jeep wrangler JK (manual). From my own research I've seen and heard nothing but owners having a blast in their jeeps and seen what they're capable of and am very interested in getting one. However, I've also heard that jeeps run into a lot of problems later in their lifetimes. Looking for owners' input on this topic. Are they reliable vehicles (I plan on being pretty rough with it), and do they maintain value??
Because owners are having a blast in their Jeeps they put them to more riggers than the average SUV. Those same owners that use their Wranglers as off road vehicles tend to spend more time making their JK's capable of the demands of offroading. So its not a question of how well the Jeep stays together as how well did the owner keep it together. Its the same with any automobile platform, a Corvette that sees track time regularly will have been maintained better than a street Corvette because generally the owner understands that a track day Corvette needs the extra attention. Of course I am speaking in general terms. Not all people service their vehicles properly no matter what type of vehicle. If you are buying used than look for one that hasn't been in an accident and doesn't look like it was in a fire. Rust and water damage are also things to consider. A new one will stay in pretty good form as long as it is maintained. Whether you off road or not, maintanence is key.
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My wasn't that insightful.

Ignore the people who simply tell you "to search" without offering any information. You will find most people here to actually be helpful.

Wranglers have been at or near the top in vehicles that hold their resale value for several years. IMO that says more about reliability then any reports or surveys.

Page 8 - 10 Cars That Retain Their Value When You Sell in Five Years - TheStreet
Pretty sure you've done that before…let me look through your history before you delete it and deflect blame so you can continue to act as if you walk on water.
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Pretty sure you've done that before…let me look through your history before you delete it and deflect blame so you can continue to act as if you walk on water.
In reality people should search before they ask, asking the same thing over and over just makes it harder to find something as there's a ton of useless threads... Sure we're all here to help but often google is faster and easier, if you can't find it there then ask here
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Pretty sure you've done that before…let me look through your history before you delete it and deflect blame so you can continue to act as if you walk on water.
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I guess we scared off the OP. Good job everyone, that didn't take long.
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I guess we scared off the OP. Good job everyone, that didn't take long.
Those type of first posts usually indicate someone who doesn't stick around.
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Technically, we don't require people to search. Yes, at times it can seem like the same questions get asked (and answered) over and over and over again....but our official policy is to not require them to search. We don't want to drive away new members.
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If it's a repeat topic it helps to post one of the more recent threads for them to look at. MTH was always good at that. The search function works well but it can be an issue if you don't know what it is that you need to search for.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:56 PM   #14
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I have always driven foreign cars, and today I ordered a Bright White Rubicon X. I have done a lot of research, and found Jeep's hold their value extremely well, roughly 58.1% based on 5 year ownership. I passed up looking at the X-5, and wanted just a fun to drive, go anywhere vehicle, and Wrangler was the perfect answer, combining luxury with off road capabilities. Can't wait for it to arrive.
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welcome! glad you've decided to join the jeep family Mark.

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