Ive heard some bad things about jeeps lately but Im still very interested in a JKU.
It will be a DD but also a light offroad toy.
I know the 2012s have a different drive train but I dont know much about either drivetrain as far as reliability and durability.
Most reviews I have seen are strongly opinionated so I was hoping to get some real world answers from actual owners.
Anyone care to comment on the matter? Also, is the 2012+ drivetrain worth the extra money? I can find 07-09s under $20k pretty easily which is what I would rather pay.
2012 here. Within the first 12,500 miles or so the heater core failed. Apparently, Chrysler had a shitty supplier which was allowing heater cores out the door with manufacturing debris still inside them, or so I was told by the stealership. My service advisor told me Chrysler had since gotten a new supplier and I was getting a heater core from the new
That was a mess. Not only did my heater core have to be replaced, but also the radiator, hoses, and everything else. The engine also had to go under some massive 12-hour flush or something. Luckily, this was covered under warranty, otherwise it would have been $2,000 out of my pocket. Other than that, I have not had any issues. I now have 18,600 miles on it.
When I was in the market, I drove a 2011 and 2012 and the 2012 is most definitely the more powerful one...by a lot
, but if you think you're going to get a 2012+ and think it's going to be fast, you're kidding yourself, even the 3.6L is underpowered for this vehicle.
I average between 18-19 mpg in mixed driving most of the time. I have a Rubicon with a manual transmission.
FWIW, this is my first Chrysler I've ever owned, and like you, I was skeptical; hell, I'm STILL skeptical. I signed the papers and as my wife and I were walking out, I said to her, "I can't believe I just bought a Chrysler..." While I'm still not a Chrysler fan, I have no regrets thus far, as my Jeep's been one hell of a lot of fun. I would buy another.
Now, this is the bad news. My Jeep is the worst handling, most unstable, and worst-braking vehicle I've ever driven. This damned thing follows every crack in the pavement, is unresponsive, and when there's a retaining wall right next to you (think: construction zone) and the road is bumpy, it's white-knuckle driving all the way. I honestly have NOTHING good to say about the overall driving dynamics of a Wrangler. Had I been buying vehicles based on nothing but driving dynamics, I would have ran far away from the Wrangler, and FAST
You will make A LOT
of compromises with a Wrangler. You will find stupid details such as a glovebox that won't hold an owner's manual, and goofy little details akin to such. Then, you'll discover the swing-out tailgate will be rendered useless if you ever decide to put a hitch-mounted bicycle rack on the back of it. Sure, take the spare tire off and it'll open, but...
The bright side to all of this is that none of it will matter once you have the tops out or the top down. You'll forget about all its shortcomings and find every drive is an adventure, whether it's to the grocery store, work, or an insurance seminar.
The fact of the matter is that you will never find a cooler vehicle than a Jeep, PERIOD.