I am looking into trading my 2000 Sahara for a new Jeep JK. I JUST broke 100k miles, but I think it's getting about time to move on.
I have not been at all rough on her, or gone offroading (other than some slow trips through PA woods, running through fields, etc.). I've always easy on the engine, and taken good care in tuning and oiling. However, in the last 15-20k miles I've replaced the radiator, some plumbing, and other misc parts totalling somewhere over $1k. My girlfriend's family owns a dealership, and my father has several Jeep clients, so I have a couple 'ins' to get a deal on a new Wrangler. Suprisingly, it looks like I get get a fair trade-in value for my 2000.
I'm 24, out of school for about a year now, and lucky enough to be an analyst for one of the largest real estate firms on the planet. Naturally, I don't have a large savings yet, but I'm not living on my own, either. So I'm not concerning myself with apartment/electric/water bills. I will be taking out a loan for the larger chunk, but I need a little support from my folks with the money-down.
I've also considered being much more practical and conservative, and buying a Toyota Corolla S, but I'm fairly certain I will need 4x4 in the winter here (NJ/PA). I thought about a new Tacoma (no real use for a pickup, though), Rav4, Liberty... but I just don't think I can part with the open-top summer fun/freedom of a Wrangler. It's somewhere deep inside me, and I know I'd kick myself if I parted with it for a Libby. Honestly, I've never been a big fan of Libby's. My girlfriend has a nice limited ed., but I have more complaints about them than I do praises. I guess I'm stuck in my ways, that's what being spoiled with a Wrangler at a young age will do to you. Funny thing is, in my neighborhood alone I know of 6 or 7 YJ & TJ owners, 3 or 4 are younger than I am.
Right now it all depends on two things; what my parents will loan me upfront, and what my girlfriend can trade for at her dealership. Today she found a 2dr rescue-green X (probably my fav color), but its in upstate NY, and doesn't look like its still available. My g/f was gently
hinting at the flame red Ruby they do have in stock, but I don't want to pay an additional $85+ a month for 5 years!
I think the X (S package) is a good compromise; I can get the 6-cyl, hard and soft tops, P245/75R16 tires with allum wheels, cruise (lot of highway driving to see my g/f!), and the fog lamps/tow hooks are a nice touch. I won't be doing heavy lifting, so I don't need the Ruby features, nor the Sahara.
Too bad there aren't any rebates out there on the JK right now. I looked at the Libby cost after rebates, but again I need that top off in the summer, and something I am going to be happy with (since I don't have to live check-to-check I have that option).
Last comment: my g/f said she'll be sharing my debt in a couple years, so I better be happy with what I get! (She's the best!)
What are your thoughts on my situation? Any suggestions? Please chime in!!