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Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

Long story but my VW TDI is being bought back by VW. Need to buy a used vehicle under $10k to save some money and due to some other issues. I had a 2007 WK V6 and absolutely hated the engine but it was an otherwise good car. I also had a 2000 XJ I6 and purely loved the 4.0.

So question is - I drive 25k miles per year and have two little kids. Would you purchase a used 2005+ WK with under 100k for $10k or buy a used 2004 WJ with under 100k for $7k with $3k put aside to tackle repairs.

At the end of the day money isn't that tight but I'm trying to save money in general and put money aside for my kids (i.e. hockey, camp, etc.). I'm fairly handy with a wrench and can do brakes, tune ups, etc. but don't really want to take on big projects.

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Old 12-08-2016, 01:01 PM
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

IMO, I would go for the WK because it's design, driving, handling, and safety are better than any WJ. In essence, more modern.
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

WK Have to go V8 the 3.7 V6 Is garbage.

WJ inline 6 or v8 Same MPG lol Inline 6 is impossible to kill.
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Old 12-08-2016, 07:38 PM
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

As much as I love the WJ, the WK has better safety features like side curtain airbags so if safety is a big concern go with the WK. A quick nationwide cars.com search of 08-10 WKs with your search criteria only returned one Laredo located in NJ but there are a bunch in the 11k range nationwide.
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As much as I love the WJ, the WK has better safety features like side curtain airbags so if safety is a big concern go with the WK. A quick nationwide cars.com search of 08-10 WKs with your search criteria only returned one Laredo located in NJ but there are a bunch in the 11k range nationwide.
Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ - side curtain airbags Wj's could of had Side curtains also..
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Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ - side curtain airbags Wj's could of had Side curtains also..
Didn't realize that, thanks for correcting me, that renders my last comment null

Still when it comes to carting around the kiddos I would still take the more modern vehicle, even though I loathe the cheap plastic interior in the WK.
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Didn't realize that, thanks for correcting me, that renders my last comment null

Still when it comes to carting around the kiddos I would still take the more modern vehicle, even though I loathe the cheap plastic interior in the WK.
Oh i agree. I love my 99 WJ but never put the Kiddo in it No Child tethers.

I made some but using 1 TON eye bolts and drilled them through the floor to make it work. But 03 to 04's have them.
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Oh i agree. I love my 99 WJ but never put the Kiddo in it No Child tethers.

I made some but using 1 TON eye bolts and drilled them through the floor to make it work. But 03 to 04's have them.
It's amazing that what was deemed perfectly suitable and safe back then is now considered unsafe more or less.

Thats impressive, they hold up well?
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

Buying any Jeep with over 100k on it is a complete crapshoot, and the maintenance and repairs are quite costly. By far, the most costly to maintain and troulbesome vehicle I have ever owned is the WK. I might suggest looking at a more reliable brand, i.e., Toyota. I've owned a few Toyotas and sold them with 200k, running great and no failures to any major component, and not nickel and diming to death with little parts, like the WK needs either.
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

Thanks for the feedback guys!

With regards to the focus on more reliable brands, what are your thoughts on a 2010 Nissan Pathfinder? From the research I've done it sounds like other than the some radiator issues they are otherwise good.
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

I currently have an 05 WK LTD, 4.7L. I like the WK well enough but if I had to do the buy over again I'd get an 04 WJ either LTD or Overland or whatever high end WJ I could get. The reason I have the WK is because I had an 03 WJ Laredo and was T boned by a woman that ran a stop sign. She hit the Jeep right at the front of the driver's side rear wheel well. The Jeep spun, flipped up into the air landed on the roof then continued to roll on to land on all fours with the driver's side tires blown off the rims. There wasn't a body panel without some sort of damage. I had my wife and two grand nieces in the Jeep. Everyone was seat belted. We all walked away with very minor injuries. Of course the WJ was totaled. The woman hit us going around 30mph. The interior compartment retained its integrity.


Oh,....I'd get one with the 4.0L six as well. Not the V8.
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Re: Used WK vs. WJ - need a vehicle to replace my TDI

Glad to hear eveyone was ok. I prefer the styling of the WJ and agree with you that the 6 is preferred even though the mpg difference isn't there. I've heard the v8 is good if it has been maintained.
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