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Old 01-24-2020, 02:19 PM
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Looking for a used and new to me Jeep. Any particular year or model that I should scratch off the list because of problems?

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If you want to avoid the bigger issues, I would suggest going with the newest, least-modified and lowest mileage example you can justify- buy the best you can afford. It is less expensive to buy a Jeep with many of the factory options you are looking for than to retrofit things like power windows/locks etc. to a base model Jeep. Likewise, if you plan on a big aftermarket build for your Jeep, it doesn't make sense to pay up for a Rubicon if you plan on replacing many of those Rubicon-specific parts in your build.

Because the Jeep JK is like a DIY Lego set with tonnes of aftermarket parts available, many modifications are possible. If the previous owner has done lots of mods to go for the big tire look, you'll have work to do to determine whether it was done correctly, and with good quality parts. It is usually cheaper to go for a stock Jeep and research your own mods than to pay good money for someone else's build when portions have to be re-done to get a safe, good riding Jeep that works as-intended.

2011 and newer have upgraded interior, and the 2012 and later have the 3.6 (slightly more horsepower than the older 3.8). 2015 and newer 3.6's have a better track record in terms of cylinder head issues, though they can appear on newer JKs also. 2018 was the last JK available (sharing showroom space with the new JL that year), with the last few JK model years likely to show the lowest mileage and have a portion of factory warranty remaining. Your budget and goals will narrow it down for you.
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:59 AM   #3
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My 2007 JK Runs Great!

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Looking for a used and new to me Jeep. Any particular year or model that I should scratch off the list because of problems?

I bought a used 2007 JK back in 2011. It had 16,000 miles on it, and just last week, I rolled it over 50,000 miles. I got really lucky in that my ride ran perfectly for the first 6-7 years that I owned it. But while the actual mileage is still pretty low, it appears that certain Jeep parts simply wear out after 12-13 years.

After giving me zero maintenance problems, in the past 2-3 years I've had to replace the ERG valve, catalytic converter, rear shocks, starter and a few other odds / ends. All total, I've spent $2-3K on it over a period of 2 years. But if that gets me another 10 years of problem-free driving than I'll be perfectly happy.

My advice is to take your time and CAREFULLY examine any potential used Jeep. There is ZERO rhyme or reason to pricing of used Jeeps. IMO, Jeeps are like high-performance sports cars. People buy them and then beat the hell out of them; it's easy to find something with transmission issues, bad rear diffs or even frame damage from being taken off-road. Have a mechanic examine it before putting down any money.

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I've owned 2007, 2010, 2016 and 2018 JKs...no issues on any model year. You've seen/read about the differences...just watch out for rust and heavily modified trucks. Lots of amateur mechanics destroy engines and suspensions trying to save $$ with at-home, highly technical mods best left to professionals. That said, a well- and/or professionally-modified Jeep can be a great value in the resale market.
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I recommend buying one that has no modifications and crawl underneath to inspect for scrapes on the axles, skid plates and frame to see if it has ever been off-road.

The 3.6 is a more powerful motor, just avoid the 2012 year or at least ensure the head issue was resolved.
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