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post #1 of 8 Old 07-16-2020, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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New to the world here...seeking advice/thoughts

Hey all, pretty much since I could drive like many I've always wanted a Wrangler but was never in the position to get one, then the Unlimiteds came out and then really wanted one but again haven't been in the position for various reasons. Well, the time has come that I am in the position, this would be a weekend type ride used mostly for around town and fun weekend type trips. What are the opinions on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. It has clean Carfax and looks in solid condition. It has 102k miles on it, asking 17.9k. My questions are; what should I be looking for in terms of mechanical issues, etc, what maintenance items should have been done so I know what am I in store for if they were not done? And lastly, any thoughts on the price point/risk 100k miles are appreciated. Hoping this is the right forum!

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-16-2020, 08:54 AM
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Honestly, you should be able to get a 12+ for that kind of money. Personally I would look for a 12+ because of the better engine/transmission combination. The NAG1 with the 3.6L Pentastar is far superior to the 3.8L and the 42RFE transmission.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-16-2020, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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thank you, it is good to know about the 12+, believe it or not they are pretty tough to come by in the NJ area. I was considering driving over 2hrs away to see this one, maybe because I am looking for the Sahara's in the 15k-20k range (with no reported accidents). I'm not really in rush but more impatient than anything .
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That price range shouldn't be an issue but as you said, you might have to travel a bit.

Patience is the key, they pop up all the time. The further south or mid west you go will yield a more rust free JKU and would be worth the trip.

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thank you, and I am willing to travel and I am also opening up my search parameters. I found a nice 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport w/ 118k on it asking 16,995k. Is there sweet spot for mileage? For example, many times people get rid of their cars 90k-100k miles just before timing belt etc needs to be replaced, etc. Is say 110k - 130k better in that sense or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-16-2020, 01:00 PM
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Well, my 12 has 103K on it now and it hasn't had any engine issues since the replacement head was put on it at 25K. The head was due to a defect that all 12's and some early 13's had and almost all of them have been replaced. The ones that haven't are under warranty until 150K miles.

As far as the timing belt life, I, myself, wouldn't be worried about it before 200K.

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thank you!
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-16-2020, 08:10 PM
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That price range shouldn't be an issue but as you said, you might have to travel a bit.

Patience is the key, they pop up all the time. The further south or mid west you go will yield a more rust free JKU and would be worth the trip.
X2 on this. When I bought my wrangler years ago, I looked at countless vehicles in the Dallas/ft worth area for almost 4 months. Ended up finding mine 6 states and 1100 miles away.

Continue to go look at as many as you can, best way to educate yourself.

I am multi-talented, I can talk and piss you off at the same time.

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