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Old 08-27-2019, 09:48 AM
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What to look (out) for? New to Jeeps

I drove my daughter-in-law's '15 Wrangler Rubicon and I'm hooked. Now we're looking for a used Jeep, 2012 or newer.

Besides the typical used car stuff, are there any "popular" issues to look for?

I must be getting wiser in old age. I typically buy a vehicle, then join a forum. Been lucky so far.

Last Jeep I had was a AMC 87 Cherokee 4.0 LOL!

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From '12 - '18 all JKs will have the 3.6 motor and more importantly the better auto trans. The different years are mostly the same and seem to be solid. The '14s seem to have more radiator issues and also the oil filler. Those seem more rare in the later years.
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Rust is a big one on Jeeps depending on where they come from. Go prepared to crawl under the Jeep and check.

Watch out for modded Jeeps. Many people buy the cheapest crap they can find. They're only looking for height or "the look" and don't care or in many cases don't even know about suspension geometry or which parts need to be upgraded to run larger/heavier stuff. Cheap and Jeep is a recipe for disaster.

If I didn't know Jeeps and was in the market I would be looking for bone stock.

Don't expect to shave thousands off of the price. Wranglers hold value really well.
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The only thing I can warn you about is not specific to any model of Jeep. It has to do with 'good intentions' of NOT getting bit by the mod'ding bug. I have yet to meet a Jeep Wrangler owner that didn't have every intention of avoiding this expensive affliction. The only way to avoid this pocket emptying situation after you buy your Jeep, is to buy a shipping container, put it behind your garage, place your jeep in it, put a $100 lock on it, take the key out to the nearest lake and throw it in. Never look at or drive your jeep. Never go on the trail with any friends that have jeeps, never notice or look at anybody else's jeep and you MIGHT be ok. Other than that, THE BUG WILL BITE!! There have never been a vehicle in the history of the automobile, that have had so many aftermarket parts available for MOD'DING. Other than a week old, brand new, factory fresh jeep, you will almost never find two that look alike. That's because the mail/ups/fedex doesn't get things to you faster than a week.
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The only thing I can warn you about is not specific to any model of Jeep. It has to do with 'good intentions' of NOT getting bit by the mod'ding bug. I have yet to meet a Jeep Wrangler owner that didn't have every intention of avoiding this expensive affliction. The only way to avoid this pocket emptying situation after you buy your Jeep, is to buy a shipping container, put it behind your garage, place your jeep in it, put a $100 lock on it, take the key out to the nearest lake and throw it in. Never look at or drive your jeep. Never go on the trail with any friends that have jeeps, never notice or look at anybody else's jeep and you MIGHT be ok. Other than that, THE BUG WILL BITE!! There have never been a vehicle in the history of the automobile, that have had so many aftermarket parts available for MOD'DING. Other than a week old, brand new, factory fresh jeep, you will almost never find two that look alike. That's because the mail/ups/fedex doesn't get things to you faster than a week.
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Buying a Pre-Owned Wrangler

We just bought our first Jeep in May. We had already started attending a local 4WD Club before making the purchase and this was very helpful. First there are model years that are less "good" than others and secondly, you will get advice from people who use their Jeep like you are wanting to. Some advice we got:
1. Buy as stock as you can; your build will be yours and you will know what was done and with what quality of components.
2. Check the drive train and find out what the axle ratio is. A 2.1 is great for mileage but you may not appreciate the engine lugging on trails and most Lockers require a lower (higher number) ratio. We had to re-gear.
3. Really inspect the under carriage for leaks, seeps and damage.
4. Test drive the Jeep and remember to engage all the 4WD settings and listen and feel for anything resembling vibrations, thumping ETC.
5. Ask questions and advice from Jeep owners.


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Ugh so that’s what happened to me? 😉
Yep! And nobody warned you, did they??? Me either.
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