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Buying a 2007, anything to look out for before purchasing?

Hi All,

After several years without a Jeep my wife and I are finally buying another. 2007 Unlimited X, 4x4, auto, hard top, no lift, 64,000 miles. Anything I should look for before purchasing it. I have not seen it in person, going to look at it on Saturday. Anything I should look for as far as common problems? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Hi All,

After several years without a Jeep my wife and I are finally buying another. 2007 Unlimited X, 4x4, auto, hard top, no lift, 64,000 miles. Anything I should look for before purchasing it. I have not seen it in person, going to look at it on Saturday. Anything I should look for as far as common problems? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Be sure its not one of the very early production models with the D35 in back.

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How do I check that and why? ( if there is a short answer for the why)
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I'm not 100% sure but I don't think they put any D35's in the 4-doors.

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The "why" is because the D35 is a turd (short answer).

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Hi All,

After several years without a Jeep my wife and I are finally buying another. 2007 Unlimited X, 4x4, auto, hard top, no lift, 64,000 miles. Anything I should look for before purchasing it. I have not seen it in person, going to look at it on Saturday. Anything I should look for as far as common problems? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Check all the tsb's and recalls for that year.You can do that right here on JKO.Just go back to the forums list,scroll down till ya find 'tsb's and recalls'.Print them out if you need to,then check with the dealer your thinking about buying it from and see if and what has been done.Then there is carfax to check for wrecks etc.Choose wisely.......

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Tow packages should have 4:10 gears

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cracked exhaust manifold. if from a jeep dealer... and its cracked, try to have em replace it as part of the deal. that'll get you by another 15-30,000 miles with no exhaust leaks.

have dealer run VIN for compliance to recall/tsb. the list here is good, but best was to be sure if its been resolved is a VIN check.

check for oil leak along front of engine where oil pan meets the front engine cover. (bad castings early on)

if all is well, drive the hell out of it. welcome back to a Jeep.


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check the top of the roof, if someone overtightend the hardtop screws they will poke thru the top (by the soundbar). maybe try to get them to add the oem tranny cooler (for free)

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Look under at the skids to make sure it wasn't beat to crap!!!!
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Clock springs are an issue on the 07's but Chrysler extended the warrantee to 10 years 150,000 miles on them.

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Tow packages should have 4:10 gears
Hrm, did not know this. Probably explains why the Jeep seems peppy with the 33's still. (compared to other non tow package jeeps I test drove)
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The Nov. 2011 issue of JP magazine had a good article on what to watch out for in a used JK. CLICK


1. blown or leaking steering stabilizer.
2. Bent sway bar end links, sway bar brackets, LCA bends, cracks, etc.
3. If the top of the front tires appear angled inward, could be bent inner C's
4. bad ball joints, known to fail with as little as 20,000 miles
5. faded plastic bumpers, fenders, door handles, etc.
6. cracked fiberglass hardtop.
7. thin paint is an issue so look for rust on windshield brackets, door hinges, inside cowl vents.
8. Cheap plastic was used in the construction, so look for: Interior-broken plastic retainers around door panels, trim pieces. Exterior-fuse box hinge, hoses, wire looms. Interior plastic on dash scratches easily.
9. Broken plastic pieces in the shifter mechanism to the transfer case.
10. Broken or damaged evap canister. From factory hangs low between the driveshaft and exhaust. Aftermarket sells a skidplate or a kit to move it above the rear axle.
11. If lifted, look for cracked or torn boots on the driveshafts.
12. If it's a Rubi, make sure the lockers are working. Lockers only activate in 4L.
13. The 3.8L is notorious for consuming oil.
14. Leaking water pump.
15. Water leaks in from roof or doors.

My 2007 with 72K miles has already experienced #s 1,4,5,6,7,8,11,13,14 and 15. But I still love driving it.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99˘ a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
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