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06-27-2013 09:00 PM
rstecher Honestly, the best Wrangler for the original owner, is a 2009 JKU Sahara. Other than the annoying steering shaft rattle, and the low power 3.8, they look and run really well. But the real benefit is the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty for the 09. Frankly, as long as Chrysler continues to honor that warranty, I'll be driving Satan through the ice before I get rid of it!
06-27-2013 08:39 PM
socal-jk Buy the nicest newest you can afford. If you are looking at a used 2012 (if you can find one) and an older 3.8 DO NOT drive a Pentastar. Nothing wrong with the 3.8 sure they may burn oil but unless its a quart in 800 miles a used motor or reman is cheap. They will wheel just fine but if you drive a Pentastar you won't be happy with a 3.8.

Don't worry about a cylinder head issue. I have a '12 if it crops up it will happen WELL before your powertrain warranty is up.

As with anything used prior care is critical. If they have no receipts, looks neglected, or it has mis matching tires or off brand tires or parts run away. These are all signs its been owned on a budget and not received good care.
06-27-2013 06:58 PM
Xena1
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Originally Posted by Miser View Post
Seriously?
Yes, Foam is better grade in 2012, a bit stiffer but better. Fabric is more durable. Overall better unless one likes a cushy woos like seat.
06-27-2013 05:24 PM
Miser
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Originally Posted by Xena1 View Post
I own both a 2012 and a 2013. I find that the seats in the 2012 are far better than the 2013. Better foam and better material. Just my $.02!
Seriously?
06-27-2013 03:58 PM
TrueNorth
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Where exactly can '07s and '08s be had "dirt cheap"? In my travels I've found that no jeep is dirt cheap and the 07 and 08 models are so high I might as well buy new.
I've never seen an 07 up for under 20K here in the PNW. Even bone stock with high miles.
My buddy paid 24K after trading his TJ in for a brand new 2012 Sport so I'd agree with buying new vs. used.
06-26-2013 11:02 AM
wmshay6
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Originally Posted by MI JeepSkate View Post
the 3.6 has more power, but head problems. the 3.8 is an old hunting dog who rambles around the woods and sometimes impresses you. im pleased with my jeep by all means. i picked my 10 sport up for under 20K with all options and 29,000 miles. but they say the 2007's and 2008's are the best because you can pick them up dirt cheap with slightly higher miles
Where exactly can '07s and '08s be had "dirt cheap"? In my travels I've found that no jeep is dirt cheap and the 07 and 08 models are so high I might as well buy new.
06-26-2013 10:11 AM
Xena1
Seat material

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Originally Posted by mateo View Post
2013 does have the best seats!
I own both a 2012 and a 2013. I find that the seats in the 2012 are far better than the 2013. Better foam and better material. Just my $.02!
06-25-2013 08:44 AM
igivup I'll have to vote for the '09,2 door. By then they had most of the electrical gremlins worked out, and the oil consumption had been addressed. It's not perfect, but it is pretty reliable. After that they just sort of started producing them like Skittles to appeal to the masses. They are all good in they're own way, but most like the one they have.
06-25-2013 08:27 AM
lovemachine I'm still tempted to have a $350 a month headache. The JKU's are sooo nice looking...
06-25-2013 07:53 AM
Argent
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Originally Posted by GCMatt View Post
I went to look at new Jeeps, and I've gotten several letters from the dealerships about "DIRE NEED FOR USED JEEP GRAND CHEROKEES!!!"

Yeah, I'm SO sure they are interested in my 145k mile, 2001 Grand Cherokee. They just want to get you to sell them your 2007 so you'll buy a new one.
Don't be so quick to dismiss - my friends Dad got one of those letters about his 2006 SRT Grand Cherokee (80K miles)...they actually offered him 20K for it....he no longer owns it :P
06-25-2013 07:41 AM
lovemachine Since I have been shopping for a good deal on a JKU to trade my TJ on, I have to say, this thread worries me.

It seems like no matter what year I get, I'll be destined for $350 a month headaches....
06-24-2013 06:26 PM
ninjaturtle0 2013
06-24-2013 06:00 PM
JPi4.0 08. Second model year. You just can't go wrong with that. I've been to the dealer zero times. They all are great but I'm especially fond of the 08!
06-24-2013 05:53 PM
TrueNorth I'm happy with my 07.
We've been through alot together and she's never let me down.
Certainly don't miss my car payment but I'm sure I'd miss my Jeep if I gave it up.

Brand new, 07;

Lil'Snow;

Lil'Mud;
06-24-2013 05:40 PM
JKralph
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Originally Posted by MTH
Reliability wise, I believe it's statistically the 2010s.

I'm sure the 3.6 platform will eventually take over. Probably 2013s or 2014s eventually.

2007, 2011, and 2012 were years of major changes, so they're statistically more problem prone.

But all of those are just odds. The vast majority o any year will be problem free. And when it comes to used vehicles, much depends on the prior owner.
w00t 2010

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Originally Posted by flharleycop
Id say the 2015 is the best model the new small block v8 gets better MPG and has more power.
Quote:
Originally Posted by kbwwolf

I almost called the dealership after reading that. Almost. Jesus...


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Originally Posted by kjeeper10
Rofl

The thread title is "what is the best year. Not "what year you drive is the best"

With that being said, 07-11...... 2010 iirc IS known to be the most reliable if you're going Pre owned
07-08 are known to drink oil.

To early to make a judgment on the newer 3.6. We are still waiting for KB's 12 to start ticking
2010 is the best year AND the year I drive, what a coincidence.

In all seriousness, i tend to agree with earlier posters, that this is kind of a difficult question until we gain better hindsight. That said, 2010
06-24-2013 05:31 PM
Old Dogger
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Originally Posted by mateo View Post
2013 does have the best seats!
X2, and comfort is important for this 79 year old Coot...........
06-24-2013 04:17 PM
xxxxxxxxxxxtklein42 [QUOTE=kbwwolf;3891470]
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Originally Posted by andy 1965 View Post
the black one's are the fastest [/quote

I smoked some poor sap in an orange one the other day...but I was on my motorcycle, I think. Still...
Sounds like thats not the only thing you were smoking. I think
06-24-2013 03:57 PM
mateo 2013 does have the best seats!
06-24-2013 01:26 PM
Miser As of current, the 2013s are bullet prof, but the long term verdict is still on hold!
06-24-2013 09:09 AM
nobndry
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Originally Posted by mth View Post
reliability wise, i believe it's statistically the 2010s.

I'm sure the 3.6 platform will eventually take over. Probably 2013s or 2014s eventually.

2007, 2011, and 2012 were years of major changes, so they're statistically more problem prone.

But all of those are just odds. The vast majority o any year will be problem free. And when it comes to used vehicles, much depends on the prior owner.
+1
06-24-2013 07:56 AM
RoadiJeff Since the 2014s aren't out yet I will say that 2013 is the best year.

Pre 2012's are underpowered. Starting with the 2012s they had the newer 3.6L, 285 hp engine. However, the 2012's had head problems which were fixed with the 2013s. No major widespread problems with the 2013s have been reported.
06-24-2013 07:48 AM
TOK 2013. That is what I have, but let me explain!

I was in the market late 2010, but had some misgivings about the 3.8. I read somewhere that the new engine was coming. It didn't happen in 2011, so I waited. 2012 was going to be my year, then I read about the head issues and reluctantly waited again.

Finally, in 2013 it seems that everything is in place. 85 much-needed horsepower over the 3.8 and the glaring issues seem to be resolved. More time needs to pass before I can honestly say 2013 was a banner year, but its looking good.

At times, it was *really* difficult pushing my purchase back so many years (I nearly cracked and bought a clean used TJ), but I knew I'd be keeping whatever I bought for the long term.
06-24-2013 07:16 AM
gunut
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Originally Posted by Andy 1965 View Post
2013. The black one's are the fastest

HEY ....I HAVE A BLACK 13 [Oscar Mike].....guess it will have to break in B4 it gets real fast....because as of now its nothing to wright home about..
06-24-2013 05:16 AM
kjeeper10 Rofl

The thread title is "what is the best year. Not "what year you drive is the best"

With that being said, 07-11...... 2010 iirc IS known to be the most reliable if you're going Pre owned
07-08 are known to drink oil.

To early to make a judgment on the newer 3.6. We are still waiting for KB's 12 to start ticking
06-24-2013 01:26 AM
insylem 2013 is the best year because that's what mine is!
06-24-2013 01:05 AM
ohioviper 2013 3.6 no head problems.
06-24-2013 12:38 AM
MI JeepSkate the 3.6 has more power, but head problems. the 3.8 is an old hunting dog who rambles around the woods and sometimes impresses you. im pleased with my jeep by all means. i picked my 10 sport up for under 20K with all options and 29,000 miles. but they say the 2007's and 2008's are the best because you can pick them up dirt cheap with slightly higher miles
06-23-2013 10:24 PM
jwann01
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Originally Posted by m998dna View Post

I wouldn't take those gestures seriously ...

x2... a simple ploy to get someone on the lot to trade an older Jeep for new Jeep.

I have one dealer that calls and sends letters wanting to buy Jeeps I don't even own anymore - basically junk mail.

.
I don't take those gestures seriously. My jeep is far from stock and I would never get what I have put into it by selling it.
06-23-2013 09:29 PM
flharleycop
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Originally Posted by kbwwolf View Post
I almost called the dealership after reading that. Almost. Jesus...
LOL
06-23-2013 07:46 PM
Doctorsti 2014, ask next year and it will be 2015
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