Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
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I was in your shoes 3 months ago. I had the option to buy new and get almost what I wanted. Problem was, finding that perfect one. The dealer pre-order ones around here were either higher end Sahara's, or basic Sport's. Nothing wrong with basic, but I wanted AC and a hard top. A lot of the ones I looked at lacked one or the other. AC is nice in the summer, if you are fortunate enough to get stuck in traffic, or the bugs are bad. Hardtop I'm not really crazy over, except for the winter. Back in the fall, I had the soft top on and there were some early, cold mornings I'll tell you. The little bit of insulation that the hardtop does offer makes a big difference in retention of heat.
The best advice I can offer is patience. I looked for mine for almost 4 months. Everything was either not what I wanted, too much asking price for the jeep I would be getting or sold before I looked at it. I was ready to pretty much give up on what I wanted when I found mine on Autotrader one night at supper. The price was awesome, it was not only what I wanted, but what I really wanted (being a Rubicon and all) and it was even the color I thought I would never find. My area isn't really heavy populated or a Jeep haven, so finding an oddball like mine was a dream. What I'm saying is do NOT compromise. If you do, you might end up driving it and thinking "Damn, I wish I had (insert option)"
The new engines don't hate the 3.21 gearing as much as the 3.8's did, but I would certainly look for one with the 3.73 option. The need for a limited slip is debatable; mine has an open diff in the back (unlocked) and I have yet to get into a situation in the snow where I thought a limited slip was needed. On road, they have a pretty good traction control system so it corrects fairly quick. Plus, a 2 door is so short that the ass end whips out quick. Over the past week, we've had about 16" of snow fall, plus 2 days that were freezing rain, which made the driving kinda messy. But, even with the stock BFG mud terrain tires, I wasn't nervous driving.
Go out and test drive the shit out of everyone you can. Don't let dealers talk you into things you don't need, or out of things you want. You never know, you might have your mind set on a soft top, but get in one and freeze your arse off. Or be perfectly happy. You've got a good idea what you're looking for, just have to find one to fit the criteria.
It really is fun and exciting to be buying one. Sometimes it's stressful as hell, but as long as you stay patient you will end up with the perfect Jeep for you.
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