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Old 06-12-2019, 09:14 PM
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Need some advice for a used wrangler as a second car

Hello all I’m looking for some advice on which years to focus my research on for a used wrangler. I am going to use it as a second car and mostly drive it up north and in the winter randomly. My girlfriend is frowning on riding in it for long trips because they are not the most comfortable on the highway (when taking it up north). Also was looking Sahara vs sport, reading that the Sahara might be a smoother ride. Or is it worth getting the sport for cheaper and upgrading the suspension. My friend said to get a 2013 or later due to a better engine that was in it. Looking for under 20K, and from what I have been reading either a 2007 or 13-16 (excluding 2014). Any help would be appreciated.

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For what its worth, I was in the same boat as you a couple months ago. I had recently just turned in a lease and needed a second vehicle for weekends, as I have a company vehicle that sees all my seat time during the week. I scoured for quite some time, and read the reviews both good and bad on all the years, models, engines, etc... I finally decided that in my price point (20k and under like yours) I was going to have to sacrifice something. You can't have your cake and eat it too! I ended up with a low mileage (48k) 2010 Sahara 2 door. I've been nothing but pleased with it to this point. I had concerns about the 3.8. I read of the issues of oil consumption, lack of power, etc...but to this point and 1500 miles in not have that has been an issue. It seems to have more than enough pep for around town driving, and the few times I've been out on the interstate for longer trips, I've had zero concerns. If I were you, I would focus less on the year, and more on the model and body style you desire, as well as one that is cleaner with as little rust as possible.

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Skip the '07. The 3.6 motor and refresh was well worth it. Sahara vs. sport is completely dependent on your comfort level. With the ease of part upgrades and Craigslist sellers you can get sahara shocks and tires without breaking the bank too. Not much different otherwise under there. Good luck hunting and buying .
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Agree - look for 2013-2017 un-modified.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:25 PM   #5
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Hello all I’m looking for some advice on which years to focus my research on for a used wrangler. I am going to use it as a second car and mostly drive it up north and in the winter randomly. My girlfriend is frowning on riding in it for long trips because they are not the most comfortable on the highway (when taking it up north). Also was looking Sahara vs sport, reading that the Sahara might be a smoother ride. Or is it worth getting the sport for cheaper and upgrading the suspension. My friend said to get a 2013 or later due to a better engine that was in it. Looking for under 20K, and from what I have been reading either a 2007 or 13-16 (excluding 2014). Any help would be appreciated.
That's strange, I had the same conversation with a friend on Facebook who was asking the same question, and that was my response. I don't have a lot of input other than that, except to say you found the right forum to ask your question. There are so many knowledgeable people here it's mind boggling....

Good luck on your search....
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I would look at the Cherokee or Liberty I think its called for what you are doing.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:04 PM
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Haha. Yea I have a Cherokee trail hawk and got rid of it. The transmission in it was terrible.

Thanks for the help I’ll look for a 2013-17. Also from what I’m reading it’s pretty easy to get items replaced to make the ride a little smoother (I.e shocks)
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Get one with the 3.6 - you will be glad you did!
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There is no reason that a wrangler shouldn't be as smooth driving as any other body on frame solid axle truck. The toyota 4 runner and almost any small pickup has a solid rear axle and independent front suspension. Your biggest ride quality improvements will be a longer wheel base and less aggressive tires.

You need to look at 2012 or newer for the 3.6l V6, not 2013.
I would consider an unlimited for the longer wheelbase.
I would buy one with a hardtop.
I would replace all 4 brake pads and rotors.
I would choose either an all-terrain or all-season radial for smooth driving.

I can tell you that the 5 speed auto in my 2012 rivals my Acura transmission for smoothness when driven normally, it is really amazing.

I recently bought a 2012 unlimited rubicon and am constantly amazed how nice it drives on the highway with 32" mud terrains. It is much smoother than my previous TJ and YJ.

For the most part, the Sahara is an appearance package. I would look for one with 3.73 gears if you can find one. I would also suggest slightly smaller tires for better on-road performance.

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