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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

I think I've talked myself into buying a WK2 vs. buying an old WJ for the piece of mind and reliability. Now the debate is between the V6 and V8. Subaru isn't a consideration for me. My wife really wants a jeep and I do too. I drove the outback and didn't really like it.

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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

V8...not only will you enjoy driving it more, but your resale will be better. Think of it this way...let's say you're planning on putting 80k miles on it. You're spreading that work over 8 cyl instead of 6 so you'll have less wear

I'd also suggest taking a JKU Sahara out for a spin while you're at the lot. Mine is as comfortable if not more comfortable of a ride than my old WJ. They have come a LONG way in comfort over the years. Nothing like the TJ used to be. I've had to put quite a bit of highway seat time in with mine since I got it, and after having driven a TJ, an XJ, a WJ, a KK Liberty, a new Cherokee, and a WK1, I would say that the ride quality of the JKU falls somewhere between the KK Liberty and the WK1 Grand.
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

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V8...not only will you enjoy driving it more, but your resale will be better. Think of it this way...let's say you're planning on putting 80k miles on it. You're spreading that work over 8 cyl instead of 6 so you'll have less wear

I'd also suggest taking a JKU Sahara out for a spin while you're at the lot. Mine is as comfortable if not more comfortable of a ride than my old WJ. They have come a LONG way in comfort over the years. Nothing like the TJ used to be. I've had to put quite a bit of highway seat time in with mine since I got it, and after having driven a TJ, an XJ, a WJ, a KK Liberty, a new Cherokee, and a WK1, I would say that the ride quality of the JKU falls somewhere between the KK Liberty and the WK1 Grand.
Thanks. I think I'm sold on the V8. I had it in my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 QC and loved it. I am a bit torn between the JKU and WK2. I've always wanted a wrangler with a 6spd manual but with all of the driving I do and amount of time I sit in traffic (30 miles each way to/from Boston every day) not to mention client travel I'm wondering if I'd be comfortable in the JKU. Only way to find out is try it. My wife wants the look of an SRT8 so if I go with the WK2 I'll upgrade the exhaust and wheels. If I were to go the JKU route I'd want to go with a small lift and either 33s or 35s (preferably the latter). She doesn't think that the JKU fits a "business professional". I'm a management consultant (corporate finance & organizational strategy) so I'm always out at clients but rarely do I have clients in my car.
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

I love the look of the WK2 in SRT trim too...

Doesn't fit a business professional? Totally disagree. I'd agree with her on the TJ or older, but not on the JKU. I'm a manager...and in my JKU I "manage" to get to work when other can't due to snow
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

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I've got the 2003 WJ with LPG Autogas conversion and thankfully as I have done around 50k in 3 years in it not including my other cars... and running on Petrol in UK is insane at around 16mpg I get out of mine.

Great BUT all bushes start going, mine's on 141k miles... body work fine but had to replace front wings due to rust... rest of jeep is fine though. However, it's not been cheap to run by any means... and the American built quality doesn't match what Europe has to offer. However, I do love this thing... something about it that makes me smile.
Remember our Euro spec WJ's were assembled in Austria under Mercedes Benz ownership. Build quality, that's a subjective subject, I do all my own spanner work and personally I cant fault the WJ build for the price you pay, plus that really reduces the ownership costs.
I've never heard of anyone replacing wings before due to rust, although the years are creeping by now. Maybe they were poorly repaired after a previous accident ? I run the 2.7 crd so mpg isn't a real concern. Generally they are tuff old boots that seem to be lasting well.
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

I have had my 04 Freedom Edition WJ for quite a few years. It is no means a daily driver or even a weekend driver anymore. But when You get in the supercharged V8 it's always getting a little heavy foot action. It has never left me stranded but I also try and take care of it.
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Loved my WJ and never had major issues with and I traveled a lot. Drove her till she died on me (high mileage, engine wore out)
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

Situation has changed a bit and I'm back to searching for a WJ. I'm still looking for one under 100k miles - searching for a special edition v8 but fine with the same model in i6. I'm going to buy it before I turn in my tdi. Going to bring it to a mechanic to go through before I trade the tdi in. What should I have them do? All fluids - transmission, doffs, transfer case and oil? Anything else?
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Check the engine coolant as well, change it if its not clear anymore or even a rusty colour.
I would also change the brake fluid, that should be done every two years, but many just forget about it.
Also check the plugs and replace them when worn and put a new air filter on it. For the 4.7 its also important to check the PCV valve or just change it with a new one, since they are cheap. The PCV system is very important for the 4.7, to prevent sludge formation.
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Re: Thinking about buying a WJ. Advice requested.

Here are the four that I'm currently looking at :

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE === ONLY 67 K ===4WD=== EXCELLENT CONDITION

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo* LOW Miles*6 Cyl.*4X4*

Cars for Sale: Used 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 4WD Limited, SOUTH ATTLEBORO MA: 02703 Details - Sport Utility - Autotrader

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...ink=true&Log=0

Leaning towards the last one even though it is a 2002 but it has a complete service history and it looks like someone took really good care of it. How much should I budget for initial maintenance and then annual upkeep?
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