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Unread 05-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Looking for a new Unlimited - Reasonable Prices - Rubicon or Not?

Ok, I'm not new to Jeeps, but I haven't had one since an Early model TJ. I've had 3 YJs and 2 TJs... I'm looking to go back to the world of offroading again as I love it, but I need to take a long a special needs child and a small portable wheelchair. That means a 4-door without question. That limits me to a JK. So, here are my questions:

What is a reasonable price to pay for an 07-08 JK with a hard top? I'm looking to start something with low miles - 40K or less - so I have some longevity in it. I'm strongly leaning toward an automatic. Is it a better idea to get an X or Sport and do a little building or get a Rubicon and just drive it as is?

Essentially the off-roading will be light to moderate so 33s or 35s with a very mild lift will be more than sufficient. 33s and lockers will do quite a bit, but with the longer wheelbase, I might want to go a little bigger to help reduce the high-center possibility.

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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I would want to know if the 07/08 has an oil burning issue. Some of these years seem to be using all the oil up with in the 3-5 k range leading to failure if not checked alot.

Power level of these years and more if a auto, gear changes are in most cases a must. at 35"s for sure.

4d do need more lift and tire to not do the beached whale. Its a very long wheel base and the belly hanges down about 3 inches from the rails.
The skid for the tank on all Jk's gets a real work out.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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If you want <40K miles, you will most likely be looking at 09 and up (likely 10 and up) or else paying a premium for low mileage.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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If you want <40K miles, you will most likely be looking at 09 and up (likely 10 and up) or else paying a premium for low mileage.

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Pshh for a JKU you're going to be paying a premium regardless. They hold their value despite the fact that every Tom, Dick, and Harry has one.
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Unread 05-15-2013, 08:10 AM   #5
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I would want to know if the 07/08 has an oil burning issue. Some of these years seem to be using all the oil up with in the 3-5 k range leading to failure if not checked alot.

Power level of these years and more if a auto, gear changes are in most cases a must. at 35"s for sure.

4d do need more lift and tire to not do the beached whale. Its a very long wheel base and the belly hanges down about 3 inches from the rails.
The skid for the tank on all Jk's gets a real work out.
Thanks. I wasn't aware 07/08 had oil burning issues. I know the engine is a dog , especially with bigger tires. Ill have it re geared by Pyle brothers in houston as they do great work.

After reading about rub icons having an insanely low ratio in the t-case, that may not be the way I want to go...

Maybe a Sahara 09,then to get away from oil issues and keep cost reasonable? I will take it off road once a month or so and it will get a mild workout so I'm guessing ill have to go 35s with the long wheelbase...

Reasonable prices for an 09 Sahara hard top with under 45k would be what?
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Unread 05-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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$25k plus? All depends on the area. Try craigslist or autotrader and compare.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #7
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I would go to Jeep Master's in Austin off of first before downtown. They did my regear and it turned out good. Bo is really cool and the guy that does the gears I think is Dewy which has been doing it 20 years. He had both my axles regeared within half a day.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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Most 07's and some 08 engines were made in Mexico which is why they either had oil consumption issue's due to weak oil control rings or you had spun rod bearings from poor machine work. Since that time Jeep moved the engine assembly back to Toledo once they realized Don Pueblo had no business building engines lol.
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