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Buying A Lemon JK

I used to own a 2011 JKU Sport and traded it in on a 2014 GC SRT. Needless to say I now drive a 2015 F-150 and I am looking to get back into a JKU. I have kicked myself in the a$$ everyday for selling my 2011.

I have found a used 2015 JKURHR in the color that I want, that they no longer offer, but the carfax states it was a lemon/manufacturer buyback car for the reason of a leaky roof our door seal. The carfax states that after it was bought back that the door seal has been replaced.

My question is, would buying a car with a scarred title that states it was a lemon scare you away from it? It still has 20,000 miles left on the original warranty for bumper to bumper coverage, and they are extending the factory warranty out another 12,000 miles or 1 year for the leak issue in case it reoccurs.

I haven't found to many used 2015 JKURHR in the color I am looking for and not sure how many were even made in said color.


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Old 01-26-2017, 01:00 PM
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Re: Buying A Lemon JK

1. You should NEVER consider buying a lemon car. There is a reason why someone went through the trouble of getting rid of it.

2. What color are you referring to? We could help find it for you.

I'm sure the discount on this lemon is appealing but chances are it'll be nothing but trouble that will cost you more in the long run.
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1. You should NEVER consider buying a lemon car. There is a reason why someone went through the trouble of getting rid of it.

2. What color are you referring to? We could help find it for you.

I'm sure the discount on this lemon is appealing but chances are it'll be nothing but trouble that will cost you more in the long run.

1. I agree with you that it was someones problem to get out of it. I know sometimes people have buyers remorse, and that is the only legal way to get out of it. It was a water leak issue, but it is a Jeep. Every Jeep I owned had water leak issues.

2. It is sunset orange. If you could help find one that is a reasonable price with less than 30,000 miles on it, that would be fantastic.


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They want 40k for a buyback?

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Re: Buying A Lemon JK

Yep, it would definitely have to be a sweeter deal than that. Just wondering what thoughts were before I spend/waste my time negotiating.


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AFAIK a jeep has never been sent back to the factory for repair, Buckeye.

In following the forums, Ive realized that most dealers have no idea how to fix a water leak. I keep seeing that they replace door seals. Rarely does a door seal, if ever, leak here in the factory. Windshield setting, header seal, etc can all appear to be a bad door seal. Hell, you can get a leak at the back of the jeep and it puddles up on the front footwell. If the dealer says it was repaired by changing a door seal, I'd be apprehensive.

Would I buy a lemon jeep for a water leak? Sure. But my brother is the water repairman here at the factory. I know I could get it sorted and save a bunch of money. Would i recommend it? That's up to you. It better at least be dirt cheap.
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AFAIK a jeep has never been sent back to the factory for repair, Buckeye.

...my brother is the water repairman here at the factory.

If a Jeep has never been sent back to the factory for repair then why does the factory have a "water repairman"???

Talk about a cushy job!













I know they does other things but I thought it was funny...
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If a Jeep has never been sent back to the factory for repair then why does the factory have a "water repairman"???

Talk about a cushy job!










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Nope. He does nothing but repair leaks.

There is a big @$$ (technical name) water tunnel that all jeeps go through on their way out the door. After they are blasted with water they are inspected for leaks. Any leakers are sent to the water repairman.

It may be hard to believe, but FCA takes leaks seriously. There are quite a few engineers, mentor and techs that are here every day going over leaks. They have no problem finding and repairing them. That's why I can't believe dealerships have so much trouble fixing leaks. The repair process is documented and avaliable to them AFAIK
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Re: Buying A Lemon JK

So what did you end up with?
I have a 2016 JGC Summit and Im thinking of getting a used JK (2011-2012). I saw one at my local dealer for 22K with 46k miles, one owner and a clean carfax with 20 service records that were all oil, lube and regular maintenance.
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It may be hard to believe, but FCA takes leaks seriously. There are quite a few engineers, mentor and techs that are here every day going over leaks. They have no problem finding and repairing them. That's why I can't believe dealerships have so much trouble fixing leaks. The repair process is documented and avaliable to them AFAIK
Don't the sales districts still have a "water repairman" that makes his/hers rounds of the dealers, to work on the most difficult water leak problems?

The Wrangler water leak bible has been posted a few times. I wonder if printing out a copy and offering it the service manager might help?

http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm...2&d=1400375183
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Re: Buying A Lemon JK

I have a 2017 Rubicon JKU that has a bad wind noise above the passenger side sun visor. It doesn't rain much in Arizona and Southern Utah so I don't know if it leaks or not yet. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the roof seal on the right side. When I it picked it up it was obvious that they never test drove it because the noise was worse. The service writer said, "that's strange, lets replace the windshield." I said let's not. So how do you get a hold of this leak guru?
BTW, I'm 85 miles away from the closest dealer, but if the tech makes house calls I'm only 30 miles from Zion National Park.
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