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Old 10-12-2018, 08:33 PM
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Advice on buying a Wrangler Rubicon with 38K miles??!!

So there is a dealership near me selling a 2015 white four-door Wrangler hard top auto with just under 39k miles. I’m going to look at it tomorrow. I kind a wanted a slightly used wrangler under 20k but this seems to be a good deal and it’s a Rubicon.


Is this too many miles for 3.6 wrangler? I never had this engine so I don’t know how long they usually last and I think the factory warrantee only goes up to 60k right? Like I said I wanted a wrangler with lesser miles but I might be able to pick this up for a good price. Do you think I should go for it? I know it’s not a ton of miles but I do drive a lot so I’m going to rack up miles. What do you guys think? Thanks

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39K miles is a baby. Have a good mechanic you trust check it out for you. Then decide if it is worth buying or not.
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I know if I get it for a good enough price, I can always buy an extended warranty but from the factory but I don’t know how long they usually last? So any help would be awesome. Right now the price is 33,125 But I’m hoping they could go to 32k or so.


Same dealership also has a 2016 wrangler sport with 12,000 miles for 31,941. So it’s a lot cheaper and lesser miles but it’s a base sport not a Rubicon. Would you go for the sport with lesser miles or go for the Rubicon with a little more miles? Thanks guys
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39K miles is a baby. Have a good mechanic you trust check it out for you. Then decide if it is worth buying or not.
The dealership is a factory jeep dealership. So I’m guessing they went over it already. If it was a private party or a small mom and pop dealership then I would have it checked out but it’s at a official jeep dealership so
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I guess that I’ve never had a Wrangler with a 3.6 engine so I don’t know how long they usually last. I’ve had a couple of 4.0 grand Cherokees and regular Cherokees and I know those engines go for ****ing ever Lol
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The dealership is a factory jeep dealership. So I’m guessing they went over it already. If it was a private party or a small mom and pop dealership then I would have it checked out but it’s at a official jeep dealership so

I'd still have it checked out. Just because it is on a dealership lot doesn't mean it is problem free. I've seen many vehicles on dealership lots, that had problems, some very high volume lots too. I sold cars for a living.

I own a Rubicon so I'm a little biased toward them.
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What will you use the Jeep for? Do you plan to off road? Mods? I would not set your target price to so high. How long has it been on the lot? When I purchased mine the dealer was asking 36K. My starting was 30K and I ended up purchasing for 32K. I ask to drive it home to show my wife. Had the Jeep all day 9am - 6:30pm. Your results may vary. I use this tool to get current market value. All you need to do is type in the VIN.
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What will you use the Jeep for? Do you plan to off road? Mods? I would not set your target price to so high. How long has it been on the lot? When I purchased mine the dealer was asking 36K. My starting was 30K and I ended up purchasing for 32K. I ask to drive it home to show my wife. Had the Jeep all day 9am - 6:30pm. Your results may vary. I use this tool to get current market value. All you need to do is type in the VIN.
. Thank you so much for that. I do drive a lot on the highway but I want to start getting into more camping/overlanding with the jeep and wheel it and sleep in it. My current truck isn’t meant for that lol. So I’d probably say Like 60 to 70% highway and the rest off road
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The price difference is only about $1400. Assume carefree lifetime miles are 100,000 (conservative estimate based on longevity before moderate repairs required to extend overall life). So the sport has 20% points more "care free" miles.


I have a 2015 jku sport with 26k miles and like it. If I could wave a magic $1400 wand that would convert it to a rubi while adding 20k miles, I wouldn't. Not because I don't think it's worth it, I'm happy with what i have and cheap.

If you like the added features and you can afford the price difference, go for it and disregard the mileage difference.

Also consider what your plans are for modding the jeep. If you took the sport and but $1400 in mods, would you like it better than the rubi as it currently sits? But remember, a sport will always be a sport and a rubi a rubi; barring major $$$$ investments.
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. Thank you so much for that. I do drive a lot on the highway but I want to start getting into more camping/overlanding with the jeep and wheel it and sleep in it. My current truck isn’t meant for that lol. So I’d probably say Like 60 to 70% highway and the rest off road
To answer your question, the 3.6 has proven reliable.

I’m not poo pooin getting a Wrangler, but if you’re going camping, make sure you can fit you, friends/family, and gear in it before buying. I loved my 2 door, and drove it for 4 years, but the urge to get a travel trailer, and actually be able to bring all my gear and dogs, lead me back to a full sized truck. Other reasons too.
Many trucks can’t go where Jeeps can go, but Jeeps can’t tow/haul what trucks can, you gotta decide what’s right for you.
I’m looking forward to loading up this am, and going down to check on my food plots, and work more on the blind. Had I been loading up the Jeep, I’d be dreading piling the crap up, and having to pick and choose what I can/can’t bring. I sure wouldn’t be able to bring the 4 bags of quickcrete and the 2x6x10s I have for this project! But that fits my life, not everyone else’s.
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I have a '15 JK Rubicon with a manual transmission with 57,000 on it. I bought it sight unseen from an online place in Dallas in May '16. It only had 6,800 on it. I put oil in it and I drive it. That's it. I just had a glitch that, I think, is a clock spring (steering wheel buttons and horn won't work) so I'll fix that soon.

But I just drove it to Yellowstone and back from Savannah Georgia doing 75 - 80 the whole way. No problems at all. The engine seems solid to me.
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Ask the dealership if it is Certified Pre Owned... FCA has a Certified Pre Owned process that once it is checked and passes the over 100 check inspection it has a service Contract. Yes there is a fee/charge for Certification; I definitely think is worth the $$. My 2016 JKU is certified and the contract covers up to 7 years from the original retail sale date. My advise is ask the question.
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Rubicon for the win.

If you're not gonna have it checked out, do a thorough job yourself. Get under it and look at the pumpkins and transfer case, tranny. Check all the fluids. Open the hood w it running and listen. Take it for a drive where you can get into 4hi, 4 low, unlock the sway bar, lock the lockers.

If you plan on keeping for over 100,000 miles, the miles you got there aren't a big deal imo. Bought mine w 85,000 on it, just turned 170,000.

I've spent some money on repairs but not as much as I've put into it for mods.

Never regretted getting the rubi, was looking for a sport. Didn't think I could afford a Rubicon, just happened to find one for a hair more than what I was finding sports for.
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Just make sure you check the car fax and have someone trusted look it over. The mileage shouldn’t be an issue as long as it wasn’t beat on
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Don't focus on the miles on the motor... the 3.6 isn't known as a million mile motor, but it will last much longer than the rest of the vehicle.

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