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Ive heard some bad things about jeeps lately but Im still very interested in a JKU.
It will be a DD but also a light offroad toy.
I know the 2012s have a different drive train but I dont know much about either drivetrain as far as reliability and durability.

Most reviews I have seen are strongly opinionated so I was hoping to get some real world answers from actual owners.
Anyone care to comment on the matter? Also, is the 2012+ drivetrain worth the extra money? I can find 07-09s under $20k pretty easily which is what I would rather pay.
 

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I DD my JK on 40's and it's never let me down in the mountains or on pavement.

I wouldn't even consider a JK with the 3.8 turd unless you plan on replacing it.
Though, I do prefer the old interior better than the new.
 

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I had a 2012 with CONSTANT issues, finally the tranny went out on me at 25k miles I had only had 35s on for about 7k. That was the last straw for me especially after warranty was refused.
 

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Ive heard some bad things about jeeps lately but Im still very interested in a JKU.
It will be a DD but also a light offroad toy.
I know the 2012s have a different drive train but I dont know much about either drivetrain as far as reliability and durability.

Most reviews I have seen are strongly opinionated so I was hoping to get some real world answers from actual owners.
Anyone care to comment on the matter? Also, is the 2012+ drivetrain worth the extra money? I can find 07-09s under $20k pretty easily which is what I would rather pay.
2012 here. Within the first 12,500 miles or so the heater core failed. Apparently, Chrysler had a shitty supplier which was allowing heater cores out the door with manufacturing debris still inside them, or so I was told by the stealership. My service advisor told me Chrysler had since gotten a new supplier and I was getting a heater core from the new supplier.

That was a mess. Not only did my heater core have to be replaced, but also the radiator, hoses, and everything else. The engine also had to go under some massive 12-hour flush or something. Luckily, this was covered under warranty, otherwise it would have been $2,000 out of my pocket. Other than that, I have not had any issues. I now have 18,600 miles on it.

When I was in the market, I drove a 2011 and 2012 and the 2012 is most definitely the more powerful one...by a lot, but if you think you're going to get a 2012+ and think it's going to be fast, you're kidding yourself, even the 3.6L is underpowered for this vehicle.

I average between 18-19 mpg in mixed driving most of the time. I have a Rubicon with a manual transmission.

FWIW, this is my first Chrysler I've ever owned, and like you, I was skeptical; hell, I'm STILL skeptical. I signed the papers and as my wife and I were walking out, I said to her, "I can't believe I just bought a Chrysler..." While I'm still not a Chrysler fan, I have no regrets thus far, as my Jeep's been one hell of a lot of fun. I would buy another. :)

Now, this is the bad news. My Jeep is the worst handling, most unstable, and worst-braking vehicle I've ever driven. This damned thing follows every crack in the pavement, is unresponsive, and when there's a retaining wall right next to you (think: construction zone) and the road is bumpy, it's white-knuckle driving all the way. I honestly have NOTHING good to say about the overall driving dynamics of a Wrangler. Had I been buying vehicles based on nothing but driving dynamics, I would have ran far away from the Wrangler, and FAST!

You will make A LOT of compromises with a Wrangler. You will find stupid details such as a glovebox that won't hold an owner's manual, and goofy little details akin to such. Then, you'll discover the swing-out tailgate will be rendered useless if you ever decide to put a hitch-mounted bicycle rack on the back of it. Sure, take the spare tire off and it'll open, but... :pissed:

The bright side to all of this is that none of it will matter once you have the tops out or the top down. You'll forget about all its shortcomings and find every drive is an adventure, whether it's to the grocery store, work, or an insurance seminar. :beer: The fact of the matter is that you will never find a cooler vehicle than a Jeep, PERIOD. :koolaid2:
 

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I own an 08 since new, and it has 75k on the odometer. I have had 2 issues with it. I have recently found out the the thermostat housing is plastic, and in the desert heat of the middle east, it doesn't like not having a true gasket and will crack. New one is in the mail, thank you Amazon and prime membership + free shipping to FPO boxes. Second one was a PITA at first, the top windshield header leaked on 3 different occassions, and after threatening the service guys with a nice christmas present, they took several days and fixed it, hasn't leaked again in 3 years.

Only 2 complaints. Underpowered and the steering on road. Granted off road, its great to have that nice detent, as bumps don't snatch the wheel as bad, on road, you need a small detent to not sweat so much. And a lift does make it worse.

When I get back, it will have either a RIPP or a LS.. I am leaning toward the RIPP.. If you are aiming used, a SC or swap is almost a must. Or, if you want to wait till mid '14, the '15 model will be out and they are supposed to have a diesel option...

Side note, thank god for a jeep.. Out here where I am stationed, these bastards will run you over in a tank, oh, and thank god for body armor on my jeep and myself! :th_pray:
 

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I've got 4 of them. 2 '08 JKUs, a '12 jk and '12 JKU.

The '12s are nice vehicles. The power is better and I like the interior amenities compared to '08.

No problems with them. All of them have modified suspensions so the handle well on the road. All beefed up axles and have been re-geared.

They run with hard tops, or with a sunshade. I don't like the folding soft tops.

It would be interesting to see the stats of issues. No one I wheel with has had manufacturing issues/quality issues with their jk. It could be that there are lots of reports of issues because there are so many of them on the road, like several million, Even a small percentage of a number this large means lots of jeeps with issues.

Reliability generally isn't an issue for the vast majority of jeeps.



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I've got 4 of them. 2 '08 JKUs, a '12 jk and '12 JKU.

The '12s are nice vehicles. The power is better and I like the interior amenities compared to '08.

No problems with them. All of them have modified suspensions so the handle well on the road. All beefed up axles and have been re-geared.

They run with hard tops, or with a sunshade. I don't like the folding soft tops.

It would be interesting to see the stats of issues. No one I wheel with has had manufacturing issues/quality issues with their jk. It could be that there are lots of reports of issues because there are so many of them on the road, like several million, Even a small percentage of a number this large means lots of jeeps with issues.

Reliability generally isn't an issue for the vast majority of jeeps.



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Off the topic, but why would you own four JKs? I'm not being a smartass, I'm just asking.
 

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I am going to venture to say that it is for those rare and elusive 4 day weekends! One a day everyday... JK!!
 

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Wife drives a '12 JKU. I drive a '12 JK. Both of us DD. I have zero complaints about my JK. Wife likes her JKU and I get no complaints from her on it as a DD. Her's is more like a mall crawler, where mine is the one we take on the trails.

Either one holds our Great Pyrenees in the back (of course I have my back seat out in mine).

Other then gas mileage (to be expected). I think both our Jeeps are GREAT DDs.
 

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Wife drives a '12 JKU. I drive a '12 JK. Both of us DD. I have zero complaints about my JK. Wife likes her JKU and I get no complaints from her on it as a DD. Her's is more like a mall crawler, where mine is the one we take on the trails.

Either one holds our Great Pyrenees in the back (of course I have my back seat out in mine).

Other then gas mileage (to be expected). I think both our Jeeps are GREAT DDs.
I'd agree, they're not bad DDs. Prior to buying and driving one, my salesperson told me the Sport isn't too bad but the Rubicon rides really rough. I drove the Rubicon and commented to the salesperson how comfortable the ride was; "It rides like a Cadillac!" He just gave me a puzzled look.

Coming from a 2005 STi, anything by comparison would ride like a Cadillac! I don't find my Rubicon to be a rough or uncomfortable ride. My wife also commented on the ride quality and how it was fairly decent.

I've driven the Rubicon on several longer trips and I've never found ride comfort to be an issue. Yeah, the seats could be better, but as far as the ride quality and room, it's been decent.

As for noise, I have the hardtop in, so it's not too bad. I have a softtop but I've failed to getting around to installing it within these past two seasons, so I have no idea how loud the vehicle is with a softtop. :cwm13 My biggest complaint is how much "turbulence" enters the vehicle with the front windows down; it's crazy! :suicide: I have to put down the rear windows to kinda "balance" things out, so that's a pain in the ass, but otherwise, it's okay.

I have to say the biggest issues I have are the ridiculously vague steering and the wind buffeting inside the vehicle with a window even ever so slightly open. The seatbelt also slapped against the side panels with the windows down, which I remedied by going to Walmart and picking up two of those little black fuzzy seatbelt pads for about $5 each. They worked like a charm! ;)
 

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I have an 07 with 134k on it that has been lifted, wheeled, and generally beat on since around 70k. No real issues to report.
 

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Off the topic, but why would you own four JKs? I'm not being a smartass, I'm just asking.
Just go look at his posts and you'll see!

He wheels the shit out of his stuff and it's a family event!!
 

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I have a 12 jkur, have had a couple issues with the vehicle. the only major mechanical was a total buss failure in February. I am probably on the higher end of milage as far as the 12's, my only mods have been for protection, recovery, and prevention. my dealer and Chrysler have been wonderful handling all the issues, I feel like Chrysler has gone out of their way to keep me happy but it is still bothersome to have as many issues with what many still consider a new vehicle.
 

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My 2012 JKU just ticked past 25k miles with no issues (except that it's hard to keep clean).
I came from the world of lifted IFS trucks and therefore had different expectations of ride quality than say...someone who's been driving soccer mom sedans or SUV's. With that said, I thought the Jeep drove like a dream off the lot and just as good once I started modifying.
If you research the shit out of a vehicle (any vehicle) you are more likely to read about problems the merits. As the old adage goes, people are more likely to share their displeasure than...well you get it.
Lastly, there is not much reliability data available for a year old vehicle other than the previously mentioned real world gripes. Time will tell...in the meantime, I'm having a blast with my first Jeep.
 

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I have an 08 JKR and the only issue I've had are ball joints (which is normal) and its gone into limp mode a couple times after some really hard runs offroad. I really push the edge with mine and its never let me down offroad. For being pretty.much being totally stock it performs very well offroad

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I have a 13 JKUR and am totally happy with it. Not had any issues and I hope I dont. In all the reading ive done it seems the 12's had more issues? Mayeb because of the drive train redesign? I know it came out of another vehicle but the adaptation doesnt always go as planned.

I didnt buy a 12 because of the head issue.

The parts are frigging expensive for the JK's compared to my LJ. Geez.... I miss my LJ but I Love the room I have now! So does the family!



My daughter wants me to buy it back for her to drive in a year.

Anyway, my JKUR will end up like this one. It appears its going to be a slower process. :(

I didnt like the interiors in the 09 and older. I kept banging my right knee on that center dash console rib that ran down from the radio. They did away with it in 10. I also prefer the engine and tranny over the 3.8.

I dont think you will have any issues honestly. I dont think there is a perfect vehicle out there.

My 09 chevy pu had to have the cam and lifters replaced at 24k, my LJ had the tranny replaced at 48k and my suv had the tranny replaced at 69k. All under warranty.

My LJ was covered as it sits in that photo for a $100 ded.

I rolled the suv in to the shop literally at 69,998. I paid my $100 ded and got a new tranny.

Having a postive relationship with your dealer is essential.
 

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Pretty much a DD with very few mods. Running 32s at stock height.
Plenty of time in the woods but not much hardcore stuff

Aside from normal Maintenance:
Replaced radiator cap (warranty)
Replaced Rear Brake Rotors (after extended warranty expired)

Solid 18-19 MPG
 

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only had the rear axle replaced after the rear locker stopped working at 10K miles.
Now i have 50K miles and Its been pretty good (knock on wood).
 

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I have 2008 JKU rubi, auto, 93K miles on it and I just supercharged it.

I have not had anything go wrong with this jeep that had anything to do with Chrysler...all my brakes have been my own. Motor and tranny still run fine.

Yes, the 3.8 is weak and even weaker when you add weight and big tires. The SC makes it a pleasure to drive.

37's and 3.5" RK lift, drives great on the road. I don't DD it but I easily could.
 

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had an 07 and a 2012. I put 30,000 miles on the 07 before upgrading to the 12 (upon which I've put 20k miles on). I've never really had a mechanical issue with either JK. I've broken things on the trail, but that's about it.

I enjoy the power of the 2012 a lot more than the 07. But it's still lacking - especially when towing.
 
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