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Old 01-22-2020, 05:14 PM
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Considering trading in my 2007 JKU with 134,000 miles on it for a 2011 JKU with 68,000 on it. My issue is it seems too good to be true. They only want 20k for it and it’s loaded I’ll post the parts list below. It even has chromoly axle shafts that aren’t on the list.

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Keep in mind most after market mods bring back a very small % in the actual sale price of used Jeeps imo. Of course the right buyer might want all those mods and be willing to pay more. I stayed away from JK's that were heavily modded when I bought my 2016 because I don't have the expertise of knowing all the mods have been done professionally. I could be buying someone else's headache which I didn't want to do. If my JKU is going to be modified (which it is) I prefer to be sure it's all being done professionally. When I sell it I expect little return for regearing, a quality lift, kenwood head unit and many other quality after market mods I'm doing.

Just be careful and make sure that all the mods on that jeep have been properly done. I'd want to take it for a VERY long drive, perhaps have it overnight to make sure everything works and rides like it should.
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Keep in mind most after market mods bring back a very small % in the actual sale price of used Jeeps imo. Of course the right buyer might want all those mods and be willing to pay more. I stayed away from JK's that were heavily modded when I bought my 2016 because I don't have the expertise of knowing all the mods have been done professionally. I could be buying someone else's headache which I didn't want to do. If my JKU is going to be modified (which it is) I prefer to be sure it's all being done professionally. When I sell it I expect little return for regearing, a quality lift, kenwood head unit and many other quality after market mods I'm doing.

Just be careful and make sure that all the mods on that jeep have been properly done. I'd want to take it for a VERY long drive, perhaps have it overnight to make sure everything works and rides like it should.
The place that owns it owns a fairly well regarded local Jeep shop the owner actually built it up a bit more than that lost shoes and used it as his daily for a while. I’ve realized that I can’t afford to spend the time and money on mine to get it to the point this one is at which is why it’s appealing to me. Long run I think it’ll save me money.

The taking it for an extend time is definitely good advice I’ll need to see if he’s willing to do that.
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So did said dealer actually do the work?

Is there any paperwork to show who did what on the Jeep?
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So did said dealer actually do the work?

Is there any paperwork to show who did what on the Jeep?
It’s mainly a mechanic shop so by the time I get off work they are closed so I really only know what he told me about it when I went in to get a quote on some work for my Jeep and have since decide I’m interested in it. I called and he said they have all the paper work on the parts and he’ll show me when I come in over the weekend.
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Itís mainly a mechanic shop so by the time I get off work they are closed so I really only know what he told me about it when I went in to get a quote on some work for my Jeep and have since decide Iím interested in it. I called and he said they have all the paper work on the parts and heíll show me when I come in over the weekend.
Oh that is good, I would suggest to review the paperwork and report back with your findings.
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If I was going to trade I would be looking for a 2012 and up. I went from a 2009 to a 2012. The additional HP of the 2012 and up 3.6 is well worth it!
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Itís mainly a mechanic shop so by the time I get off work they are closed so I really only know what he told me about it when I went in to get a quote on some work for my Jeep and have since decide Iím interested in it. I called and he said they have all the paper work on the parts and heíll show me when I come in over the weekend.
I would also be interested in how the mechanic shop ended up with it. Did something break that was costly to repair and and the mechanic shop bought and repaired it for sale?

If you want a built Jeep, drive it and see how you like it. Remember that just because it is new to you, it is not new, so budget for repairs of those expensive parts.

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I would also be interested in how the mechanic shop ended up with it. Did something break that was costly to repair and and the mechanic shop bought and repaired it for sale?

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Agreed. That’s exactly how it usually happens
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Appraise the Jeep you are buying as if it wasn't modded.
That's what a dealer will do in reverse.

Private sale is different. Local Jeep Shop? not sure about that.

Too good to be true? = RED FLAG
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Agreed. Thatís exactly how it usually happens
As someone with several family members who own auto repair shops, I disagree with this. This is usually pretty rare. The most common way a shop will come to own a car is via mechanics lien. This is usually due to the custumer not being able to pay the bill or not willing to, whether it be for the repairs or not paying it timely and the "storage" fees add up making it too expensive.
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I’ve heard good things about the 2011 JKU and it’s more affordable than post 2011 JKs. I will definitely get a lot more info on the parts and who exactly built it all, asking how they got it is good advice. I was looking at the car fax and it looks like the prior owner was a dealership so I’m wondering if the shop it’s at now bought it to flip? Either way I’ll come back with my findings tomorrow or Saturday
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2011 still has the 3.8L and if the auto, a 42RLE.

What you get in a 2012+ is a 3.6L and the NAG1, which is a far better engine/trans combination.

That being said, if that jeep is geared right, it won't be too bad driving. I'm still not a 3.8L fan but there are many out there that are fine.
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I'm still not a 3.8L fan but there are many out there that are fine.
Yea the 3.8 in my 07 is very sluggish in part that’s do to no regear on 33s and I suspect it’s just a turd😂 this one has 4.88 gears and a manual so in theory it should be pretty good plus the 3.8 is a little more refined than the one in an 07.

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