I pretty much agree/w rainmn--
I have to laugh at the thought that the JK is a "high quality" vehicle.....sorry.
I've owned over 40 cars and trucks, and of that list, the ones I'd consider "high quality" didn't need ball joints, water pumps, intake manifold gaskets, door lock actuators, calipers, etc........all before 55,000 miles. My JK has needed all of that list and them some.
Sure they hold their value well, but I think this is due more to the fact that there isn't any comparable vehicle. TJs held their value well too - I owned 4 of them.
I'll get crap for this I'm sure, but if almost anyone else made something comparable to the JKU (4 door, 4wd, removable top / doors), I'd buy it.
Matter of fact, I was gonna be oneof the first to buy a new Hummer H4, but you know how that went-
I've handled all of the MINOR problems myself, but my engine doesn't use any oil and the intake gaskets are still operating, no coolant fluid dissappearing and no ticks, or ignition troubles-
I've corrected any auto tranny fluid leaks or "overheating" problems so thats OK-changed gears so the auto tranny is highly operational
I've corrected rain leaks and upper wind noises, so thats OK
My steering wheel is setctr/ caster adjusted/toein correct and ride handling is superb, so at this point--
So after ALL THAT, I also wouldn't callit a "High Quality" vehicle-
I consider my jeep at this time very satisfactory/extra functional and not equaled by any stock vehicle-but
Still not "High Quality"-