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Old 06-15-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Shopping JKs in the near future - what are the best years?

My wife has always been unimpressed with my XJ. I recently showed her the Ursa Minor J30 roof tent for the 4-door JKs and suggested that would be the goal of my next vehicle. She was okay with that as she loves to camp.



Today we were at a local state park and on our way out there was JKU topless/doorless on 37s parked next to us. She got a proverbial stiffy over it, so that was all the okay I needed to begin researching my purchase.

After thinking newer would be better and winding up with a self-destructing cylinder head and weaker front axle in my 2000 XJ, this time I will pursue due diligence in researching a JK. I'm looking for suggestions on years or options that will give me the most reliability.

I'm aware of the t-case shifter linkage issues on the earlier models as I installed an aftermarket shifter linkage for a friend a few years back. I know lack of power was a complaint as well, but I don't know the specifics. Any tips you can share would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-15-2014, 07:20 AM   #2
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In 2012 they upgraded the engine with a lot more HP. Highly recommend the new engine. I have 2011 and a 2013 and the difference is remarkable.

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In 2012 they upgraded the engine with a lot more HP. Highly recommend the new engine. I have 2011 and a 2013 and the difference is remarkable.
The 2012s and early 13s have issues with the heads, but 2013 seems to be a good choice in regards to added power and reliability.
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One of the things I'm seeing is how well the JKs hold value. The price difference between an 07 and a 14 built to my specs was only about $7,000. With the depreciation as slow as it is, I'm probably better off just buying new and getting what I want, from the look of it.
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Id look 13 and up as well to take advantage of the higher output 3.6L, and the 5 speed auto (if an auto is desired) as it has a much steeper 1st gear compared to the 4 speed auto behind the 3.8L.
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One of the things I'm seeing is how well the JKs hold value. The price difference between an 07 and a 14 built to my specs was only about $7,000. With the depreciation as slow as it is, I'm probably better off just buying new and getting what I want, from the look of it.
This sounds like a good decision and is usually suggested in these type of threads. Since JKs hold their value buying new is usually only a few thousand more $ and you get a full warranty.
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One of the things I'm seeing is how well the JKs hold value. The price difference between an 07 and a 14 built to my specs was only about $7,000. With the depreciation as slow as it is, I'm probably better off just buying new and getting what I want, from the look of it.
Started out looking at a use wrangler as it was a 3rd vehicle for the family.
Ended up buying new after comparing price of new vs used.

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Old 06-15-2014, 05:24 PM   #8
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That definitely simplifies things as long as there are no glaring issues with the current model year. Of course, we may be into the next model year before I'm ready to make an order.

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