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Unread 06-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Buying a 07 jk

So basically I'm sick of the problems with my wk and keep coming up constantly and I've always wanted a wrangler. I found a 2007 wrangler x with 60,xxx miles for $16,000. Is this a good deal? What should I be looking for in it, under it, or around it? Appreciate any help I can get!

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Unread 06-13-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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Crawl under it and look for leaks or recent work.

Also, Kelly Blue Book it.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Okay Also it is a 3.8 v6. Any problems with this engine or drive train?

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Unread 06-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Oil consumption is common. The 2012 and newer has a little better engine and a lot better transmission.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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You're sick of problems with your WK ?

Now you're buying the first year JK/w 60k miles and almost 7 years old/ECM controled auto?/stick?/clutch/balljoints/ top leak/wind noise ??

No Warranty !

For 7/8K more, you can getta 2012/2013/w warranty and minimum/no miles !

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Unread 06-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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You're sick of problems with your WK ?

Now you're buying the first year JK/w 60k miles and almost 7 years old/ECM controled auto?/stick?/clutch/balljoints/ top leak/wind noise ??

No Warranty !

For 7/8K more, you can getta 2012/2013/w warranty and minimum/no miles !

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Oh trust me if I could afford a 2013 I'd have one lol. So basically your sayin it's not worth it?
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Unread 06-13-2013, 08:18 PM   #7
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I purchased a 2007 Sahara with 99,000 miles on it in March 2013. No problems, lot of mods added. Unit had a slight shimmy @ 45 - 55 mph. Just installed the Upgrade Bolt Kit for the LCA's and TB's front and rear. No more problem, running 285/75/16's (32.8" tires). Purchased kit on Ebay for $ 50.00. As for the oil usage it uses about a quart every 3000 miles. It now has 105,000 miles on it. I paid $ 12,500. Jeep came with New sot top, New floor carpeting and New tires all around. I think I got a very good deal. Jeep was owned in Myrtle Beach for the 1st, 3 - 4 years. The Track Bar bolts and Lower Control Arm bolts are item # 171057141109 on Ebay, great item very easy to install in less than an hour for front and rear.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #8
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I purchased a 2007 Sahara with 99,000 miles on it in March 2013. No problems, lot of mods added. Unit had a slight shimmy @ 45 - 55 mph. Just installed the Upgrade Bolt Kit for the LCA's and TB's front and rear. No more problem, running 285/75/16's (32.8" tires). Purchased kit on Ebay for $ 50.00. As for the oil usage it uses about a quart every 3000 miles. It now has 105,000 miles on it. I paid $ 12,500. Jeep came with New sot top, New floor carpeting and New tires all around. I think I got a very good deal. Jeep was owned in Myrtle Beach for the 1st, 3 - 4 years. The Track Bar bolts and Lower Control Arm bolts are item # 171057141109 on Ebay, great item very easy to install in less than an hour for front and rear.
I wish I could find one in NY for that price! Everything up here is over priced. 16,000 for an 07 is a little cheaper than most I've seen around here. Thanks for the info!
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Unread 06-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #9
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Nope, I don't mean "not worthit", almost any JK/JKU is worthit-whatever, but


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Oh trust me if I could afford a 2013 I'd have one lol. So basically your sayin it's not worth it?
I'm just pointing out that the 07 was the "Trial" model and most of the TSBs/recalls are from problems with the o7/08 and as I said, this one is stock/USED and won't have any warranty coverage--you don't state whether it's an auto/stick and there could be a lotta problems right there-

I'm just saying that I wouldn't buy a stock 07/08 now, even with low mileage !

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Unread 06-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #10
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Nope, I don't mean "not worthit", almost any JK/JKU is worthit-whatever, but

I'm just pointing out that the 07 was the "Trial" model and most of the TSBs/recalls are from problems with the o7/08 and as I said, this one is stock/USED and won't have any warranty coverage--you don't state whether it's an auto/stick and there could be a lotta problems right there-

I'm just saying that I wouldn't buy a stock 07/08 now, even with low mileage !

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Ah okay it is automatic by the way. Like I said I don't know much about wranglers besides the fact I have always liked them lol.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:03 AM   #11
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I just did this back in Feb. I had an 05 WK with 110k miles, and sold it to buy my 07 JKU with 53k and I've never looked back. I have 0 regrets and love my new (to me) Wrangler. So far (knock on wood) the only issue I had was the fuel spitting back out when filling up the tank, which was taken care of by the dealer because is was a TSB.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:43 AM   #12
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I just did this back in Feb. I had an 05 WK with 110k miles, and sold it to buy my 07 JKU with 53k and I've never looked back. I have 0 regrets and love my new (to me) Wrangler. So far (knock on wood) the only issue I had was the fuel spitting back out when filling up the tank, which was taken care of by the dealer because is was a TSB.
Finally something good! Lol I'm goin to look at it today and if its all good hopefully ill be getting it
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Unread 06-14-2013, 09:53 AM   #13
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I have an XK commander(basically same as the wk) and I have had my JK since Nov 06 currently about 78K miles.

The only major problem with the JK was I had replace the engine at 58K. It burned (or magically made disappear) several quarts in 3000 miles and then both head gaskets started leaking. I was able to find an engine out of a 2011 with 20 miles on it and swapped that in and have been good since. No other major issues and not really many (if any) minor issues. Just been lots of fun. If you are going from a Hemi WK you will very much miss the power but if you have the 3.7 I think you will be very happy with your change.

As far as I know, there isn't really anyway to verify the jk you are buying isn't an oil burner. When I torn my old engine down I couldn't find anything that would be the culprit. I didn't have the tools to check cylinders for roundness but the ring gaps did look like they were close to lined up, gaps may have been slightly large.

If there seems to be a lot of black around the tail pipe it might be an indication. Also, check the back side of the TB butterfly and see how bad it looks. A lot of people are finding that using mopar combustion cleaner and changing the PCV are helpful with the oil burners. If you find the engine pinging it probably means it has been burning oil. I don't think you should run synthetic in them either, that seemed to make mine burn more oil (personal opinion here, just my experience running mobil 1 and switching to GTX).

16K doesn't seem like too bad of a price, in my area they are selling for a lot more. I could probably sell mine for what I bought it for.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:12 AM   #14
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Honestly go with a hardtop if possible they are so much more comfortable.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:12 AM   #15
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The 3.8L V-6 with an auto is going to make you wish you kept the Hemi. The overdrive gear in the auto tranny is like .69:1. Terrible gear ratio. You will find that the 4.10 axle gears with 32's is still too high.

I regeared to 5.38s (with 37's) and supercharged mine. All is good now. More power than I know what to do with (besides snap axles and twist driveshafts in half).
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