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Old 05-01-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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trade a 2011 for a 2013 or keep what i have

i just bought a 2011 jeep wrangler unlimited 70th anniversary edition loaded from a girl one owner with 18,000 miles on it and i just put a 3.25 lift kit with xd rims and 35 12.50 17 BFG KM2 tires on the jeep is silver all over hard top and all. went to the dealer to get a water leak fixed and they said they would trade me a bone stock 4 door or base model with a auto tranny and hard top and my jeep and 3,000 dollars. i would have to start all over to get the lift and tires and wheels thats another 3,500 dollars or so to get it like i want. i am going to regear my jeep to 5.13 gears. what to do. my 2011 jeep is sharp.

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Why didn't you buy new in the first place? If you got a smokin' deal on the 2011... then why would you want to spend more. Keep it.

If you just have $$ to blow, then yeah, the 2013 > 2011.

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Old 05-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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2013 baseinvoice price for Sport Unlimited: 25,902 + 1100 for auto + 700 hard top = $28,000

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ad-161113.html


2011 70th Ann 19,000 miles = $30,000

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Tell them you're interested, but in a straight swap and the only plus will be you keeping your lift and wheels and tires, and that they will install it on the new one for you to be included in the straight swap.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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Having a new Jeep and caring for it is nice. If you plan to keep your wrangler for a very long time, or forever, then I say take the trade. Do your mods again, etc etc, and keep the '13 forever.

Don't give them cash + your jeep.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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well i got a good deal on this 2011 jeep and i had read some not so good things about the 3.6 engine. a jeep like i have with everthing on it and leather seats cost alot more and they are offering me and a base model for 29,400 and my jeep is lifted and they want 3,000 dollars to trade. a jeep like i have is anywhere between 35,000 and 40,000 dollars. like i said i am going to regear my jeep if i dont trade and they want it like it sits lift tires and wheels. so yall would not give any money or just keep what i have done fixed up this is the last one i will buy
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Do this. First, figure out what a fair price for the new Jeep is, using Tread Lightly, USAA, etc. Then, figure out what a fair trade-in value for your Jeep is, using KBB, NADA, etc. This will give you a ballpark of where you are at, whether the deal is close to being good or not.

Also, drive the new one. I have to say, I found the Pentastar pretty persuasive. I am not sure I would be ok with the 3.8. Everyone is different.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #8
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well i got a good deal on this 2011 jeep and i had read some not so good things about the 3.6 engine. a jeep like i have with everthing on it and leather seats cost alot more and they are offering me and a base model for 29,400 and my jeep is lifted and they want 3,000 dollars to trade. a jeep like i have is anywhere between 35,000 and 40,000 dollars. like i said i am going to regear my jeep if i dont trade and they want it like it sits lift tires and wheels. so yall would not give any money or just keep what i have done fixed up this is the last one i will buy
You'll like the 3.6 much more than the 3.8. Better mpg and more power. The dieing heads of 2012 won't apply to a new wrangler.

I would do the trade, but no cash, because its nice to own a new vehicle. You won't even notice the price of the re-modding if you do them now and then enjoy the jeep for 10 years.

You really can't go wrong either way.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:48 AM   #9
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I would consider the trade too, but I'd keep the wheels/tires you just bought, although I would not have the dealer swap the lift - I wouldn't trust them to do it right. If you have a dealer that can do it right, so be it. I would not pay $3000 difference though, and I would check the difference in your payment interest - new cars generally get a better rate, you may save money on interest too. Insurance may be a bit different too, but it shouldn't be much. Honestly, I don't think you'll see much difference in mpg. The Pentastar is the only big reason I had to trading to a JK, and the new heads seem to be doing good now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #10
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I traded my 2011 for the 2013 I have now. Of course most of my friends and neighbors were just shaking their heads.
It's really all about the new powertrain vs the old one. The 3.6/wonderful 5-sp auto I have now compared to the weak 3.8/terrible 4-sp auto in the '11.
After I purchased the 2011, I was way less than happy with the performance. I was frowning and saying this thing needs at least another 50hp.
Then the 2012 comes out with 285hp and a vastly improved trans and I was cursing my unlucky timing every time it drove the old one and had to mash the peddle just to maintain speed over every highway overpass. The horrible gas milage as a result of needing to keep the peddle down so much just added to my displeasure.
Finally I just bit the bullit and got the one I wanted and have never regretted it.
Yes it was a money loss doing that. I had to write it off to just the unlucky timing that happens sometimes in life and move on.
No more frowns while driving now and it's 3 mpg better at the pump. The new one is a 2-door Ruby with the auto/4.10s so it is actually a rocket ship...
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:25 PM   #11
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So what did you decide?I'm in this exact same situation myself. I have a 2011 Mojave and tossing around the idea of trading for a 2013. Only difference is I have a 6 speed so I don't know if its going to be worth it.

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