Originally Posted by Jclilk
Ok so I'm selling my 86 CJ7 for a JK. Im looking at 2 JKs but don't know which to go with. '08 Jk Rubicon or '13 JK sport new? Please help me I've heard 08 jks got a bad engine or w.e idk I'm confused
Generally the 07-11 JK have better value because you don't pay for the large depreciation of the 13JK when you drive it off the lot.
Rubicon tends to hold their values more than the Sport or Sahara so you may pay premium for the Rubicon.
Highly modded vehicle doesn't mean it's better unless you intend to buy a readied modded vehicle for rock crawling or for similar hard pursuits. Who know what gremlins are lurking underneath the running gear after the hard life the previous owner put it through.
If I am shopping for a used JK, I would be looking for a low mileage 11 Rubicon with minimal or zero mod. There is one lady at work who has a similar vehicle so if I buy that Rubicon, I would buy a babied JK Rubi and I am less likely to experience bad mechanical hiccup due to some bad monkey wrenches. A 12JK is too new with potential engine problems. A 13JK is a brand new vehicle and I avoid buying brand new vehicle based on the financial hit, unless it comes with a killer deal. Due to the popularity of the JK, Jeep isn't giving away killer deals anymore.