Let me tell you I love my kk but I'm pissed to find out that Jeep made a wide range of changes from 08' to the 09's. Recalibrated the brakes, steering, and pretty much completely redid the rear susp with new struts, springs and roll bar. I am currently leasing my 08 and am thinking about buying it, however, I feel the 09's and on are better and am also considering going with a different car. Has anyone driven an 08 and an 09 or 10? Notice any difference?
i have a '10 and haven't driven an '08, but from what i understand, jeep made alot of changes on all of their models for improvement from '08-'09, and then still some from '09-'10. Unless the dealer is giving you a price thats hard to turn down on your '08, i would at least take a 2010 for a test drive and see if any of these differences are that noticeable to you.
Just my opinion, but if it were me I wouldn't worry about it and go aftermarket. Aftermarket parts will be much better than stock on any model year as long as you get good aftermarket parts of course. There is plenty of info on this forum on where to get good aftermarket parts.
If you plan on keeping it all stock then yeah, the 09 and 10 years are going to be better, but the newer model years will almost always be better. Just go aftermarket and I think you will be pleased.
i have an 08 limited and my friend has 09 sport, i like 09 much better suspension and handling wise, my 08 with 18 inch stock rims is all clunky on the uneven pavement and it feels like shocks are shot even though they are not and it really pisses me off, it being bouncy and making suspension noises. since i bought it im thinking about just changing the shocks once its out of warranty to the aftermarket ones. didnt notice much difference steering/braking wise