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Old 12-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Used 2011 JKUR advice

I'm seriously considering this Jeep for sale in Las Vegas (see link below). I've never owned a Jeep before, but have always wanted one, especially on orange one.

I'm just looking for general advice in things to watch out for on used 2011 Jeeps. Any particular things I should be wary of?

I know this one has a lot of miles, but from the carfax it looks like it was used to commute from Vegas to Elko which is a couple hundred miles away. It's probably going to need new tires soon, but that's okay because I planned to put on new rims and duratracs anyway. It looks to me like it's pretty stock, so I don't have to worry about botched lifts or anything like that.

They're asking $27,881. Plus they charge doc fees and tax and stuff. KBB looks to be $30k+, so it seems like a decent asking price.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 12-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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2011 was the last model year to use the 3.8L engine before Jeep switched to the 3.6L Pentastar engine, which is considered a significant upgrade. (I drive an '07 with the 3.8 and get along fine with it, but opinions vary greatly.)

I'd suggest doing some research into the engine to decide whether you want to save a little more for a 2012 or newer or take the plunge on the '11.

(I'm sure others will chime in with the usual check-list of what to look for in a used Jeep. Whatever you get, good luck!)

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Old 12-24-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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I'm seriously considering this Jeep for sale in Las Vegas (see link below). I've never owned a Jeep before, but have always wanted one, especially on orange one. I'm just looking for general advice in things to watch out for on used 2011 Jeeps. Any particular things I should be wary of? I know this one has a lot of miles, but from the carfax it looks like it was used to commute from Vegas to Elko which is a couple hundred miles away. It's probably going to need new tires soon, but that's okay because I planned to put on new rims and duratracs anyway. It looks to me like it's pretty stock, so I don't have to worry about botched lifts or anything like that. They're asking $27,881. Plus they charge doc fees and tax and stuff. KBB looks to be $30k+, so it seems like a decent asking price. Thanks for your help! Used 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlmtd Rubicon For Sale in Las Vegas NV | PN7075A
Looks nice. However a lot of folks save all their stock bumpers, wheels and tires and return a JK to stock when trading in. Any chance you can get it on a lift? Take a look under and check out the condition there? See a lot of bumps and bruises? I agree with ^^. Test drive a 12 before you dive in, big difference in engine! And some first year engine issues too. But it does look pretty sharp! Have fun, enjoy the Adventure! Offer them $24,000 and give them 48 hours to think on it, you just might save enough to get those Duratracs for free!
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Thanks for the input! Yeah, I've read about the engines, but never actually driven one. That's a good suggestion. I'm not much of a speed demon and don't pull anything, so I didn't think it would be a big deal for me on the trail.

Great suggestion about not being able to tell stock by the appearance.

Too bad they don't have mango tango on a 2012.
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Too bad they don't have mango tango on a 2012.
They have Crush!
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #6
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I understand the 2011 had an undersized auto tranny cooler...
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I understand the 2011 had an undersized auto tranny cooler...
Hmm never heard that but possibly. Luckily, since its already plumbed for a tranny cooler it would be no problem at all to replace it with one that is larger if the need arises. Without towing a tranny cooler is overkill
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To the OP. I have owned an 08 and a 13 with the same gearing. The 08 engine is a dog compared to the 13. My advise is look for a 12 or later.
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I've read about the engines, but never actually driven one.
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I bought a used 2011, been great so far with no problems. Bit sluggish, yeah but not bad compared to some trucks I've owned. The only time I really notice it is if I'm trying to race out of a stoplight, other then that it's been fine. The price they listed for it seems pretty good for a Rubicon, but I agree get under it and see if it's been off-roading or had parts removed. I checked mine, never been off road - heck still had the factory soft top folded up with the hard top on.

Everything, including the Doc fee is negotiable. In your State there are no minimums or maximums, mine wanted $150 and we negotiated that down to $30 - it's paying somebody for paperwork, I figure that's part of the price. I've walked from other dealers that try to stick to a high Doc fee.

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