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Unread 08-07-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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In the market for a JKU - engine questions

In the market for a JKU (keeping the TJ that has been rebuilt beyone any reason of sanity). Don't want to go new but would if I found the right one. I want to hold out for a Rubicon.

I am looking for some advise on the engine differences between 2011 and 2012. Is it worth it to go with the 2012? I am leaning toward automatic, so my wife can drive it. How are the the transmissions through these years? I have a 2012 durango with the pentastar engine and the trans is my only complaint.

Thanks (hopefully I'll have some pics up soon of the new JKU)

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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:55 AM   #2
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I have a 2011 jku Sahara. We traded our 08 town and country because of its crappy tranny, just to find out that Chrysler stuck a modified version into the 07 to 11 jeeps!!

I am running 35's and have had them for the last 24 k miles with no complaints. I did regear to 5.13's.

My friend bought a 2012 jku rubri, and I personally did not see what the hype is all about on the new 3.6 liter. I will tell you the 3.8 has great low torque, but sucks passing towing a 2000 lb boat.

I would got with an used 2013 model, as I heard many complaints about the pent star motor having issues in the 2012 wranglers. Also, you get the much better automatic tranny!

We are now in the market for a grand, and I was hoping for the diesel, but the 46k price tag is unreasonable for me. I am not sure what Jeep is thinking. Why I base model diesel?

Good luck. Spend the extra money now, than later on repairs.
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