bought it in early 2013, used, had 140 000km on the counter, and a carproof incident with a value of 1200$... side hit front passenger side... 1200$ here in Qc is like fender+bumper+hardware+labor. The parts are pretty expensive compared to the US side of the border... anyways...
1 year in, I added a 3" Zone Offroad kit (1000$ installed price and the alignment shop told me they were not able to get it straight!) and about 1 year later I added a set of 35x12.5r15 Wrangler MTR Kevlar ...about 3 months later I got the Smitybilt tire carrier replacement for up to 37"..that's been holding the 35"s very well since!.. added a few details along the way too like a 13" antenna, the tail lights armor...(only 2 winters and it's already rusting it's way to the garbage can!), redid the front grill to include gutter gards between the slots and bedlined the windshield brackets since they'd get scratched alot in the woods.. at the end of that summer, when I had to put my winter tires back on which are on the oem 18" rims, 31.5" tires, I got my first DeathWobble at about 90Km/h and not in a place where you want those things to happen! not that I'd want it to happen again but you know, a straight line is easier to deal with than in a turn... just sayin'... so got it to the garage and they said : ball joints, tie-rod, drag-link need to be changed... 2500$ later I get told the same thing from their alignment shop that nope, can't get it on the dot either!!! .... hmmmm and well, ever since I got that lift kit, something's been off in the handling on the road... so I start digging as much info as I can on the components involved... one day I asked my gf to turn the wheels while I watch... I almost puked!.. the oem track bar was bending!!! and no, not slightly! it was BENDING!!!... so called the shop and was told it was normal and to change my steering damper... !???! ...finally decided to order a Currie Enterprise front trackbar
What a relief!!! the handling was almost perfect!!! ...and has been pretty much ever since...except... huhu...so winter is over, back to the mighty 35" season! hehe... all got smoothly.. except for that weird grinding noise I hear from time to time.. oh wait...every time I break... oops....the rear disk driver side is almost glowing... ok but this I can do myself right?... well, almost! took help of a friend and my gf's car for a new caliper! the cylinder blew up and was broken in pieces stuck in there... the pad was on metal and grinding the disk.. very ugly stuff!!! ... so changed all 4 disks and all pads except for the hand break one... looked good. Took me 12h total ... still learning so.. cost, 500$ ...not bad. By the end of the season, my front started to shake pretty bad but it wasnt another DW.. just shaking.. alot! Back to the shop : front passanger side ball joints need to be changed, cost : 30$ ...hehe, yeah I take those 3 year warranties ...you know just incase this!
...6 months later, on dry pavement with the winter boots on, I hear a weird metal noise... ggRrrRrr... stop and park to have a look and arff... tie-rod and steering damper are both bad...the damper leaked and the tie-rod is slack...back to the shop, they start to growl a bit about it not being normal since all bars have been changed in the past 2 years... so they do the work but I'll need to send them an alignment proof at a place of my choosing... so yet another shop....recommends yet another alignment shop... get there and 20 minutes after the Jeep is on the machine, the guy comes to me and says : Hi, you have a problem! Your front diff is bent!!! Front passanger side, the top is bent inwards... I almost puked on him! you know reflex... so went back home and went back to digging....looking... digging.. comparing.... and it might just be the knuckle.. which would make more sens... at least to my wallet!!! but hey, Jeep! Just Empty Every Pocket right!? Besides... I love my JeeP!
184 000Km and counting!!!