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Old 07-16-2016, 04:50 PM
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Howdy all. First post, and just about to pull the trigger on a stock 2010 Wrangler Sport- 2 door. It has just under 36k miles, the top and doors have never been removed and new tires put on just 3 weeks ago. I'm looking to purchase at $17k. Seems like a good deal according to KBB. Paint, interior are just as perfect as can be. Guess aside from getting my wife's approval, just looking for some helpful nudges to do this. I don't know a lot about jeeps, not a huge off road guy. I don't plan on making any modifications. In the last 3 years I bought a 2007 Porsche Cayman, and just sold my 1966 Mustang Coupe. I'm only 44 but must be doing an early mid life crisis thing. Live in SF, NM- the high desert. We get our share of decent snow storms so the 4x4 will come in handy. Other than that, it will be my daily driver to and from work (about 10 miles round trip). Any thoughts, comments that I should be aware or concerned about? The seller (2nd owner) has taken great care of it. Oil changes every 3000 miles. Just nervous I guess. Thanks for any advice.

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Hey Michael,

Sounds like you've done your research, and the car sounds good. Of course sounding like a good deal and actually being one are often completely different things....I'm sure you know that.

If $17K is your max budget, that's your business. If you're financing, wouldn't you get a better deal on a new one? In the US, new cars are so cheap.

Personally, if I was looking for a used car, I'd want to spend no more than $10K. If I was looking to spend $17K, I'd be more inclined to shop new. Just me though. Good luck with your decision.

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Hey Michael,

Sounds like you've done your research, and the car sounds good. Of course sounding like a good deal and actually being one are often completely different things....I'm sure you know that.

If $17K is your max budget, that's your business. If you're financing, wouldn't you get a better deal on a new one? In the US, new cars are so cheap.

Personally, if I was looking for a used car, I'd want to spend no more than $10K. If I was looking to spend $17K, I'd be more inclined to shop new. Just me though. Good luck with your decision.

Oh yeah, welcome mate!

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Thanks. Yeah, $17k is all in our budget right now. I can get something else but the miles go waaaay up and the overall paint, body aren't great. I've done the craigslist, ebay, cars.com. and then $300-$400 in shipping. I've also considered a Toyota Tacoma but again, in my budget, we're talking 120,000 plus in mileage. Decisions, decisions.
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Thanks. Yeah, $17k is all in our budget right now. I can get something else but the miles go waaaay up and the overall paint, body aren't great. I've done the craigslist, ebay, cars.com. and then $300-$400 in shipping. I've also considered a Toyota Tacoma but again, in my budget, we're talking 120,000 plus in mileage. Decisions, decisions.
I hear you. Maybe you'll get a break in the price. I see some guys post up a link to the sale, or photos of it and ask for opinions. That may help, I don't know. But only do that for the jeep, not the Tacoma! LOL
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Howdy. Well, I went with my gut instincts and pulled the trigger on this 2010 Sport. Very, very happy with my choice, so far. It's only been a couple of days. Have enjoyed learning how to pull down and put back the soft top. Will definitely take a few times to get this down to an accurate and an ideal amount of time. Took the doors off today and had a blast cruising around with my boys.

I do (of course) have a couple of questions. I don't want to be overly paranoid and sometimes reading a lot of different scenarios, the paranoia tends to set in pretty quickly.

1. After a few minutes of driving (20-30 minutes) I feel what is best described as a knock that feels as if it's coming through the steering column and into the steering wheel. It doesn't feel horrible (no wobbling etc.) but it's noticeable. The jeep has 36k miles on it. Should I be really concerned? Have this looked into ASAP? Talking a big amount of $$$? I will say, I not mechanically inclined- not a lot (any actually) know how. My bad.

2. From the previous owner, I have a safety recall on the airbag. Looks like it still needs to be addressed-which I'll get to. Anything overly concerning about this one? Looks like the costs will be covered.

I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this group and I'll try to not be a pest, a worry-wort etc. Always a bit of a gamble buying a used vehicle without any warranty in place.

Thanks in advance.
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