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So Im very interested in buying a JKU in the near future. Ive been shopping around on craigslist looking for good deals and I have several questions.

Im more than likely looking at an 07-09 just because of the price range I am hoping to stay in ($18k or less would rock, but I could afford new if it were worth it).

So my first question, how high is to high when it comes to milage? Pretty much every jeep under $20k is close to or above 100k miles. I dont know enough about them in terms of reliability to determine if that is too much or perfectly fine as long as it has been maintained and not wheeled hard.

I also really want an automatic, are there any known problems with automatics, particularly higher milage ones?

Do auto door lock/windows only come on certain models? If so, is it possible/cheap to upgrade to them later on if I find a jeep with manual?

Lastly, I want a hard top but lots of the JKUs I see come with soft tops. How much would a hard top run me if I were to buy one separate? I saw one site that had the 3 piece freedom top listed at around $2600 which seems awfully high. Are there many of them used for sale often? I mainly want to gauge whether or not I should hold out and find a wrangler that comes with one or consider aftermarket if the price is right. Also, are the hard tops and soft tops easily interchangeable? I would love to have a hard top for winter and most daily driving, but switch to the soft top for some trips and nicer weather.

Any tips/advice for a future owner? Im coming from a manual 2007 Mustang GT so I know its going to be very different.



edit: Oh yeah, one more thing. With my mustang lots of places sell take off leather for the seats (like when Shelby, Roush, or Saleen upgrades them they sell the stock leather skin). Are there similar things or the JKUs? I paid like $400 for leather/suede skins for my seats and ripped out the cloth and replaced them at home so I have super nice seats for WAY less than OEM prices. Ive seen a few newer wranglers with really nice interiors.
 

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the problems ive had at 70k i wouldnt buy one with that much mileage. find one with power windows /locks , it wont be a easy take putting them in
 

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It's going to be hard to find an automatic JKU with power options and a hardtop in the price range you are looking. Jeeps hold their value very well so if you really can afford new, I would. 12+ has a different engine and a new automatic trans that is light years better than the old one.

there are routinely hard tops on craigslist for about $1000-1500. Used soft tops are usually a lot cheaper. If you buy a Jeep that came with a hardtop from the factory it will already be wired up for the wiper and rear defroster. If not you have to buy an install kit, but I think its under $200.

I own a soft top, and IMO it's the only way to go. Easy to put up and down (however I own a 2 door, never messed with a 4 door) and you really don't get the Jeep experience unless the top and doors are off. My top is pretty quiet, does a good job insulating and doesn't leak except in heavy downpours.
 

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I went through this with my daughter's vehicle. She really wanted a jeep. I started the search for a used 2 door JK in good shape. Best deal I came across was an 09 2 door with 59k on the odometer for 16900. I was going up Friday to look at it. Figured I would offer him 15 or so for it. He sold it that Thursday for his asking price of 16900.

Jeeps hold their resale amazingly well. I ended up buying my daughter a new 2 door (no power locks/windows) for 22k. It was truly a base jeep. Only thing added to it was an automatic tranny. A friend of mine has an 07 in that cool dark gray/blue color. He keeps getting letters from the dealership offering him 18500 in CASH for his vehicle. My advice would be to suck it up and buy new. Save your money and pay up the difference.
 

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My buddy just traded his 39K mile '09 JKU Auto Rubicon in for $18K to a dealer, so deals can be had. It was fully loaded, never wheeled, and in perfect condition.

He picked up a '13 2-door Rubicon.
 

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Same reasons as everyone else I've been buying new jeeps. Last year ('12) it was a JKR and a JKUR. The interiors of the new jeeps are so much nicer than the older ones too. Plus the vvt power is really nice.

If I was going to do heavy mods for extreme trails, then I'd be looking for the cheapest jeep available. Btw, Lately I've been looking for a salvage jeep and even those are relatively expensive.




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Do you guys think there are any deals on left over 2012s or 2013s at dealerships?
I built a base jeep with an auto and hard top and it priced it at like $28k. Do you guys think I dealer would come off that price much?
 

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You won't find any 12's unless you look for used. There aren't many changes this year from the 13 to 14 model year so I don't expect there to be too much of a price difference. It all depends on the dealer. Some will blow out old models and some don't.
 
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