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Old 05-07-2017, 06:17 PM
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Quality of JK and JKU Models

Still waiting on my custom build to be done. Reading these forums I always see people posting with issues on their Jeep. Almost makes me kind of paranoid about moving to a Jeep.

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Old 05-07-2017, 06:22 PM   #2
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I've owned a YJ, a TJ, and now a JK... I can tell you the JK is hands down the best quality I have seen from Mopar. Fit and finish is better, the materials feel better, less issues (although I admit I may have been really unlucky with my two older Jeeps), less rattles and things just tighter overall.

I've always loved my Jeeps... but I'm much happier with the JK. No puddles under this one everywhere I park.

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Old 05-07-2017, 06:36 PM   #3
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Keep in mind that a small percent of jeep owners actually read these boards. An even smaller number post. And then an even smaller number complain about quality. And people tend to post negative experiences on car boards and not positive ones. Generally people don't go to a car website to say "My car worked fine today." or " I love the quality of my car." They post to report a problem in hopes of getting advice. (This site is actually an exception - most posts are actually positive and want to discuss mods.)

Bottom line - the quality is good and you will love your jeep. I ordered as well and it arrived a month ago. I have checked it over in detail and am very pleased with the build quality for a $34k car.
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First off, don't believe anything Consumer Reports says about the Wrangler! I swear they are owned by Toyota/Honda as they have nothing bad to say about those companies, ever. All of the issues they complain about I have not seen in my JKU as of yet and don't figure I will. I do agree w/ MrNewEngland that the build quality of the current JK seems to be the best of the Jeeps so far. I have no idea what the JL will be like, but I do assume there will be bugs for the first few months.....
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Keep in mind that a small percent of jeep owners actually read these boards. An even smaller number post. And then an even smaller number complain about quality. And people tend to post negative experiences on car boards and not positive ones. Generally people don't go to a car website to say "My car worked fine today." or " I love the quality of my car." They post to report a problem in hopes of getting advice. (This site is actually an exception - most posts are actually positive and want to discuss mods.)

Bottom line - the quality is good and you will love your jeep. I ordered as well and it arrived a month ago. I have checked it over in detail and am very pleased with the build quality for a $34k car.
...and that's kinda what I thought. I just get paranoid after ordering a $45 first time Jeep.
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First off, don't believe anything Consumer Reports says about the Wrangler! I swear they are owned by Toyota/Honda as they have nothing bad to say about those companies, ever. All of the issues they complain about I have not seen in my JKU as of yet and don't figure I will. I do agree w/ MrNewEngland that the build quality of the current JK seems to be the best of the Jeeps so far. I have no idea what the JL will be like, but I do assume there will be bugs for the first few months.....
I won't even say how I feel about consumer reports. I'll just say it's not good. Several years ago I did like how you could buy the invoice price guides for vehicle companies.
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Don't buy a jeep , they are horrendous. Want to know how bad they are? I spend all day looking at parts to make it "better". I mean if my wife knew how much time I spend on this forum, quadratech and extreme terrain, she would be very angry. Thank god she doesn't notice because she is always reading Quadratec catalogs.
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Don't buy a jeep , they are horrendous. Want to know how bad they are? I spend all day looking at parts to make it "better". I mean if my wife knew how much time I spend on this forum, quadratech and extreme terrain, she would be very angry. Thank god she doesn't notice because she is always reading Quadratec catalogs.
She sounds like a keeper if she willingly reads the Quadratec catalogs!
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The JK is much better than older Jeeps, but the overall quality is not fantastic. The problem is that Jeeps are built with modularity in mind. Everything seems to be easy to swap out or change - the tradeoff being that most of the jeep doesn't have a 'premium' feel, even though we are paying premium prices (key point). If you just rap your knuckles on plastic, the metal body, or anything in the dash it gives a hollow thunking sound. Other 35k-45k vehicles would feel much more solid and substantial. Don't get me wrong, the JK arguably the most capable stock 4wd currently made and its got it where it matters. However I do feel like FCA is making wide profit margins and cutting corners when possible.
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Over all I am very pleased with both our Jeeps. The 08 Liberty had the gas tank burping issue which was covered under an extended warranty campaign dealing with that issue. Other than that it was perfect. My 2016 Rubicon has been great so far. My only beef is the Takata air bag will eventually be recalled, other than that no complaints. I hope I don't jinx myself.

The fit and finish of both vehicles is fine, and I can be very picky. Next vehicle if all goes as planned will be a Jeep GC Trailhawk.
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I originally intended to keep my truck and buy a Jeep but the wife found this huge house she wanted so I told her I'd give her my Jeep payments for the house. So I'll trade in my truck for now. I also was going to wait until after the move but a local dealer emailed me asking if I still wanted a Jeep. When I sent him the specs I wanted he said I would have to order it with $300 down(refundable if I change my mind) and he'd sell it to me for $40,699 when the MSRP is $45,115. Couldn't pass up that price.
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I have to ask, do you have a particular reason you want to get a Wrangler? Are you planning on doing a lot of off-road exploring with it, or is it going to be a street vehicle used for just daily driving? I have a 2013 JKU and so far it's been pretty good as no real issues have shown up, but then I only have 15k miles on it, as I mostly only use it when I go exploring in the dirt. I knew I wanted to play in the dirt and always wanted a jeep. But, if I was not going to go in the dirt, I would not have considered the Wrangler at all. It is noisy, not great gas mileage, tap any body panel and feels like you can put a dent on them very easily, and overall, not really that comfortable when compared to other vehicles in the same price range. And, in my opinion, they are a fairly ugly brick going down the road when completely stock. But if you are going offroad, and are not afraid of doing a little (or more) trail damage or getting "pin stripes" on a 40k + vehicle, then go for it. Just remember though, the OTD price you pay is not the real cost, because if you get into it, you'll always be spending money on upgrades.
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I think the "quality" of a wrangler is pretty good overall. Now is it as nice, comfy and plush as my Grand Cherokee no. But I would say the quality is equal overall. Now I do agree with BajaYeller on the "cheap" fell of the Wrangler. It reminds me of a Mercedes G wagon. High dollar for low tech but will go anywhere.
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First off, don't believe anything Consumer Reports says about the Wrangler! I swear they are owned by Toyota/Honda as they have nothing bad to say about those companies, ever. All of the issues they complain about I have not seen in my JKU as of yet and don't figure I will. I do agree w/ MrNewEngland that the build quality of the current JK seems to be the best of the Jeeps so far. I have no idea what the JL will be like, but I do assume there will be bugs for the first few months.....
If it matters, CR tends to toe the liberal line that's all about energy conservation, almost nothing about function. Where Jeep is one of a dying breed with body on frame construction and everybody else sports a unibody construction, that makes Jeep different ... and Jeep gets singled out as needing to be more like them.

Don't believe it; you have every right to choose what you drive for whatever those reasons might be, whether it be a Prius (*egads!*), a Jeep or a Maserati. We have chosen wisely.
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I have to ask, do you have a particular reason you want to get a Wrangler? Are you planning on doing a lot of off-road exploring with it, or is it going to be a street vehicle used for just daily driving? I have a 2013 JKU and so far it's been pretty good as no real issues have shown up, but then I only have 15k miles on it, as I mostly only use it when I go exploring in the dirt. I knew I wanted to play in the dirt and always wanted a jeep. But, if I was not going to go in the dirt, I would not have considered the Wrangler at all. It is noisy, not great gas mileage, tap any body panel and feels like you can put a dent on them very easily, and overall, not really that comfortable when compared to other vehicles in the same price range. And, in my opinion, they are a fairly ugly brick going down the road when completely stock. But if you are going offroad, and are not afraid of doing a little (or more) trail damage or getting "pin stripes" on a 40k + vehicle, then go for it. Just remember though, the OTD price you pay is not the real cost, because if you get into it, you'll always be spending money on upgrades.
Main reason I want one is you can customize them in so many ways and, of course, the off road factor. My dad and his father have been driving jeeps and my dad's getting older and while he's still around I think it would be fun for us to have a vehicle to work on together and go places together. I have a work vehicle so I won't put a lot of miles on my personal vehicle. I'll be doing some off road except for nasty mud.
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I have a 2016. It's okay. The electronics really seems poorly executed, as you'll see with your radio, bluetooth. And the throttle calibration. Look underneath for small areas where paint is missing and get ready to hit it with rustoleum. The engine sounds rattly.

Other than the whiney crap noted, I love getting the top and doors off. Turns any drive into an 'experience'.

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