I'm FINALLY buying my first Wrangler!! I couldn't be more excited. However being such a newb I'm really at a loss for making an educated decision. I was hoping some upper classman could help!
My intention for the jeep: definite off roading
2008 Sahara Unlimited: 6,000miles
JK Suspension with upgraded shocks & steering stabilizer
Front and rear skid plates
Upgraded Mickey Thompson tires with hub centric wheels ($2857.95)
Super Winch EPi 9.0 ($549.95)
Alpine stereo w/ GPS and new speakers
Best price 24,900
2011 rubicon: 4,000
Best price: 33,000
Also if you guys have any key questions I should be asking the dealer??
SO much appreciated! I'm so excited to join the community!
To be completely honest, I'm pretty sure its some rich kid ganja dealers. There's two lock boxes installed, one on dash an one in console. Also there's evidence of a radar. The kid used to work at the dealership(BMW) he just traded it in for an X5
33k for a used '11 Rubicon is a bit high, seeing as how you could get a brand new one roughly for the same price (if you fought the dealership hard enough). If these are your only choices, get the '11 and start by asking for it at 26k.
Prices are too high. You want a 2012 or 2013 so you will have the new engine. Hunt around and get a super deal on a new 2012. You should get at least 5000 off on sticker and special financing! Save money and get a new one!
I'm not saying that's what I paid, $32K was sticker. That's what they start at with the options I got. Just glanced at a few dealers around here, most are around the same still.
JKU Sport hard top
I remember at the time seeing a few for $29K, but they came with the 16" wheels and no max tow so came with he 3.21 gears.
When I got it, I figured I'd do some fire roads, etc. I had no idea that in a year I would put around $10K in mods. Would've gotten the Rubi if I had known. Got a front Rubi D44 in May and going to throw a locker in the rear soon.
I paid 25K for my 2010 Rubi Auto with 23K miles recently. This was also certified pre-owned with a year left on the bumper to bumper, so yeah, 32K is way high.
Very glad I got a Rubicon, as I don't have the time to spend modifying a vehicle, at least not for several years until I scale my job back or retire. Also, a thought on the navigation: all of my other vehicles have factory Nav and I would never buy another one with factory Nav given a choice. Even a simple Garmin is as good or better, let alone some of the more advanced options and they can be updated much cheaper.
Another thing to consider if you're considering buying a used one that's around $30K, is to compare the payments to a new one.
With a used vehicle, you might have a lower price, but won't get a good financing deal. Check the APR on the used one, might make sense to pay a few thousand more for new if the payment ends up being the same.
That's what I found when buying mine. I was considering a used one, but the payment ended up being the same as a new one because of the financing.