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Old 06-23-2012, 12:14 PM
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Need advice buying '08 Rubi $19900

Buying my first Wrangler and after talking with the dealers pricing a new one isn't going to work with my budget. So I'm looking used 2008-2010 and found a 2008 Rubicon, 6-speed, dual tops, A/C. Otherwise stock. It's at a Mazda dealership, traded in 2 months ago and the sales person knew the owner. As per Carfax, its a one owner vehicle with no issues to report. They have it listed at $19,995.

Only has 50k miles on it. Test drove it and put it through 4hi, 4low, and front/rear locks engaged. Shifter moves around like mad in 4th gear when I was accelerating on the highway. Maybe I'm just used to my short shifter on the VW I drive now. Is that pretty common with the Wranglers. I've seen it in a few others I've test driven.

I noticed the transmission seal seems to be leaking, not sure if thats a big problem. Sales person claims there's nothing wrong with it and it has been fully inspected by their mechanics etc., but not sure how much mazda mechanics would know about the inner workings of a Rubicon.

So I was hoping to get some advice. I understand some work may have to be done. But at that price if I can talk them down a bit even, I can afford to put $2k into it.

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Old 06-23-2012, 12:20 PM   #2

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if there is nothing wrong then why is there fluid leaking out of it.. keep looking....


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Old 06-23-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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if there is nothing wrong then why is there fluid leaking out of it.. keep looking....
I agree, keep looking.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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Looking at the pics it's definitely seen some trails which is all fine, but it doesn't look like it was very well cared for. And the dealer saying it's fine even though there's an obvious leak tells me they aren't gonna take very good care of you.

If it was me, I'd keep looking.

I also never owned one but have read about oil consumption issues on the '08's. Can't remember if '09 had it or not.

If you need to go used you might want to consider getting a TJ. That 4.0L motor was well established and proven long before the rubicon even came out and you'll get a much better deal on one bc it isn't the "latest" model. '08 was the first year for the jk so like just about everything out there, issues arise on a first year of a new model. Same thing happened when the tj came out in '97 although it was mostly suspension related due to being the first year for coil springs. And that was fixed with a recall if memory serves.

If you want to mod eventually mods for a tj are often a bit cheaper and easier to obtain too. Just something to consider. I owned 2 and they were very nice jeeps. I hated to see them stop using that motor.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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I would keep looking as well, be patient and you'll find one you love that doesn't leak fluids
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$19,995 plus tax, doc. and license fees=too much for a vehicle that may have more potential problems than just a couple leaks. Hmm, why would the dealer not address the leaks before putting it on the lot?

For a few grand more you could have a brand new 2012 Sport with a 100k powertrain warranty nicer interior and a more powerfull engine. Especially with the 2013's around the corner there will be some great deals on the 2012's.
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Well that is exactly why I went with a brand new "2012", because the resale was way too high on used Jeep's. I got the least expencive I could find, then did all the mod's myself.

It did have the tow package with 3:73 rear end, window tint, EVTS (tracking system), Hard Top, Full Hard doors, ect... Not much more than that for $24,115.99 on line price.

Here is a shoot after a couple of Mod's:

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Not to mention the interest rate which is so much higher on used. They wanted 6.0 APR and I almost walked, but they got right in their minds, when I said my bank would loan me the cash with a my signiture for much less. Got a 3.74 APR. Don't know where that figure came from, but I took the deal...

Used would have been way over 10% APR!

Give and take, Right?

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Old 06-24-2012, 03:27 AM   #8
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Oh, yeah payments per month: $405.89 for this one. I'm quite sure you were going to pay much higher for this wreck!

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Same problem I ran into this passed month. The used Jeeps has huge price tags and the interest was much higher than a new one. I bought my first jeep ever last week, not knowing what I'm going to do with it I just have always wanted one. It was new car time so I went with this. A 2012 wrangler sport with many options I wanted for a few hundred bucks more than a used one. I have added ACE slider. I guess it's good that jeep holds there resale value. But I just was not paying that much for a 3 year old used jeep. Good luck I know it tuff out there.
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I'm not a fan of buying new, but I also bought a 2012 new after seeing how high the resale value of used Jeeps (and lack of inventory) was. I would avoid this Rubi and buy a stock Sport and make it yours as time/money permit.
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Some great advice here ^^...
Nothing to it but to do it.

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2008 Rubicon

First of all it could be a good buy at the right price. Pull out the dipstick and smell the oil, if it smells burnt at all walk away, even if the oil been changed recently and has been run hot it will usually smell. If the dealer is flexable enough take it to a trusted jeep mechanic or a jeep dealer if you don't have a mechanic. Determine what repairs are needed and see if the Mazda dealer will fix or reduce the price. Also check on a warranty, a good purchase on a used jeep. If you can get the former owners name then give them a call, they will usually give you a heads up on the vehicle.
The vehicle is 6 model years old and the price is a little high, if you really like it make a low,reasonable offer. If they have had it for 2 months they may want to move it out.
Anyway, get a flashlight and spend some time inspecting it for yourself,looking for signs of abuse and needed repairs.
Good luck and happy hunting.

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