So Im very interested in buying a JKU in the near future. Ive been shopping around on craigslist looking for good deals and I have several questions.
Im more than likely looking at an 07-09 just because of the price range I am hoping to stay in ($18k or less would rock, but I could afford new if it were worth it).
So my first question, how high is to high when it comes to milage? Pretty much every jeep under $20k is close to or above 100k miles. I dont know enough about them in terms of reliability to determine if that is too much or perfectly fine as long as it has been maintained and not wheeled hard.
I also really want an automatic, are there any known problems with automatics, particularly higher milage ones?
Do auto door lock/windows only come on certain models? If so, is it possible/cheap to upgrade to them later on if I find a jeep with manual?
Lastly, I want a hard top but lots of the JKUs I see come with soft tops. How much would a hard top run me if I were to buy one separate? I saw one site that had the 3 piece freedom top listed at around $2600 which seems awfully high. Are there many of them used for sale often? I mainly want to gauge whether or not I should hold out and find a wrangler that comes with one or consider aftermarket if the price is right. Also, are the hard tops and soft tops easily interchangeable? I would love to have a hard top for winter and most daily driving, but switch to the soft top for some trips and nicer weather.
Any tips/advice for a future owner? Im coming from a manual 2007 Mustang GT so I know its going to be very different.
edit: Oh yeah, one more thing. With my mustang lots of places sell take off leather for the seats (like when Shelby, Roush, or Saleen upgrades them they sell the stock leather skin). Are there similar things or the JKUs? I paid like $400 for leather/suede skins for my seats and ripped out the cloth and replaced them at home so I have super nice seats for WAY less than OEM prices. Ive seen a few newer wranglers with really nice interiors.
Last edited by AXIS; 09-28-2013 at 12:56 PM.