I sold my 2011 JKU in the spring and miss it. Went and looked at an 07 today, just a regular JKU (X or Sport or whatever) with an automagic tranny.
First, it's a beater. The guy that has it took it on a partial trade for a Dodge truck, and knows nothing about it. It's modded, Schittybilt bumpers, some sliders, corner guards, 35s, cut fenders, etc. Idiotic high lift mounted across the windshield. That's all fine, well, fixable. It's obviously been wheeled.
Anyways, took it for a quick test drive. CEL was on (didn't bring my scanner), gas cap warning was displayed, bad exhaust leak was obvious on start, sounded okay otherwise (but that's hard to say). Driveability wise it had zero power. You could plant it and it would slowly clime to redline, and I mean slow. Trans would shift when you let off, and would row gears as normal when not really on the throttle, so I'd say the transmission is likely fine. There was a Procal in the glove box too, so you'd assume they programmed it for the tires.
Seller claims the driveability issue is intermittent. Said they had it out, etc, and it did that sometimes, but has driven it only a couple hundred kilometers. He also said when scanned it indicated it had a "bad 02 sensor" but that it had been changed. Seller seems honest to me, his story makes sense and he was not at all offended when I told him the thing was "a pile of shit" and agreed he got had on the partial trade.
Anything OTOH that's a massive no-go on that? I'm guessing it has some major vacuum leak, or the exhaust leak is throwing out the O2 reading bad enough that it's going into limp (assuming these things do limp, never had mine do it when I owned it). I know the 3.8 wasn't known for being great, but this thing only has 100,000km on it (that's like 60K miles for those reading under the influence of Cheetos), so I'd assume it should still have life left in it.
I'm guessing the gas cap warning is because the EVAP canister is probably smashed to bits or just not there?
I'm probably going to go back with my scan tool and a pair of coveralls to actually look under it.
2011 JK Unlimited. It's orange. I've been told it's 'Ugly as sin' by somebody on Facebook. - SOLD
2018 JK Unlimited Rubicon. It's tan.