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Unread 10-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Looking at an 08 this weekend.

Hey guys how's it going? I'm looking at an 08 laredo this weekend and was wondering if there was anything specific I should check out before purchasing? Ive had an xj for the last 7 years, got a 92 when I was 16 and then a 99 when I turned 19. I love the thing but ive lifted it and put 32's from a JK on it with intentions of offroading. Over the last 2 years ive started putting in a lot of highway time as well as getting into car audio very seriously and I think its time to upgrade to something a little more road friendly. I was looking at 05 to 07 wk's that had the hemi and all the options, but once I got a peek at the interior of the 08-10's ive decided thats what I want. This means ill be picking up something like a low optioned laredo. I found a beautiful 2008 that is perfect for me, white exterior, gray/khaki (I believe thats what the color combo is called) interior with 80, xxx miles 3.7 4x4. Ive negotiated the price to 12,400. Does that seem like a solid price? Anything specific to that year I should check for? The guy selling it is the second owner and he purchased it with 8000 miles. Here's a picture. (Im getting it with the factory wheels not these aftermarket ones).



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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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welcome to the wk world . you've been around so i'm sure you had a look at the buying a wk/xk sticky http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/b...-read-1458434/
all i can add is take it for a good test drive and make sure that 3.7 is for you so you don't regret it like some have .If you test drove a 4.7 or hemi in any year you should have something to compare it to .
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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Listen for any clunking when shifting through the gears or while driving over bumps. Shift it into 4Lo and make sure no messages or codes pop up and that it functions properly. What are your plans with the vehicle? If you plan on lifting and some bigger tires I would suggest the 4.7L or the 5.7L HEMI. Only reason is that some people wish they would have gotten a bigger engine to have more power to move bigger tires and not be sluggish. As far as MPG's are concerned there is a slight difference between the 3 engines but it isn't much in my eyes for the power and extra features you can get with a HEMI limited. I'm getting around 13.9 MPG's hand calculated with a 2 inch lift,32" tires,roof rack, and even my spare tire sitting up top with my Hemi limited.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 09:03 AM   #4
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3.7L = single speed transfer case = no 4 low .
also in 08 the 4.7 was redesigned 305 hp and 334 ft lbs .
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Unread 10-22-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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This car looks great, but I'm going to pile on with the engine issue. In the year I've been on here I've read plenty of posts from 3.7 owners who get buyer's remorse and ask about swapping in a Hemi, but I have yet to read a post from a Hemi owner who wants to swap in a 3.7. I'm sorry, but this is a much heavier rig than you're used to, and the big engine doesn't eat that much more gas.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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Alright guys thanks for the advice. Im looking at an 08 laredo with the 4.7 tomorrow instead of the white one with the 3.7. The one im looking at tomorrow has nav, heated leather, dual climate' and also 80k miles. Ill make sure to listen for clunking while test driving. Since I have realized I dont offroad nearly as much as id like to think I do, this jeep will most likely be lowered an inch or two and get some nice wheels. Sorry Jeepforum. Lol
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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Alright guys thanks for the advice. Im looking at an 08 laredo with the 4.7 tomorrow instead of the white one with the 3.7. The one im looking at tomorrow has nav, heated leather, dual climate' and also 80k miles. Ill make sure to listen for clunking while test driving. Since I have realized I dont offroad nearly as much as id like to think I do, this jeep will most likely be lowered an inch or two and get some nice wheels. Sorry Jeepforum. Lol
Nothing wrong with lowering! We accept everyone here. It's your Jeep you do as you want with it The 4.7 is a pretty solid engine, I think you would be happier with that than the 3.7
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