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Old 01-12-2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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New Jeep: JL or JK?

We are looking to buy in the first half of this year. Should we wait for the new model (JL) or take advantage of (possibly) discounted JK models? Price is one consideration, but we're also looking at the availability of aftermarket products, and the concern that a new model will have more "bugs" than the older version.

This will be our first Jeep. It will be used as my commuter, a toad, and occasionally "off road"--which for us would mean logging roads.

I can't think of a better crowd to weigh in on this. Your thoughts?

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Old 01-12-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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I had a 12 JK. 5 years, 70K miles, no issues.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:02 PM   #3
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I don’t own a Jeep and was intrigued by your question because I didn’t know the difference between JL and JK. Am sure there are plenty of articles out there but I found one at cjponyparts.com that makes a compelling argument for the “new” model. Good luck with your decision.

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If I didn't have a Jeep and was shopping for a new one, I'd go for a JL. BUUUTTTT, I'm not getting rid of my JK to get one.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:16 PM   #5
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The JL is available thus no need waiting

Best bet is to drive them and see for yourself if you think the JL is worth it. Base vs base price approx $3k more for the JL and to some there are some pretty big updates to the JL

Depending on what you are looking for, Mopar has their full product line available thus if whatever you want isn’t available from your company of choice, possibly mopar is a option.

I wouldn’t expect any more of a deal vs normal price on the JK, many seem to want to get the last of the JK for whatever their reason is thus still in demand.

1st year can have issues however one would hope by now issues should be minor. I wouldn’t worry about it, if you like it get it

As stated going for a test drive of each model is best. Another great place for info on the vehicles is wranglerforum
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The reviews I have seen are positive on the JL. No big technical or off-road capability improvement. But more refined and comfortable on-road. Suggest to drive both and draw your own conclusions as to the value difference for the added dollars.

As for add-ons. The JK if course has a zillion available. The JL will soon too. As for known issues - TBD for the JL.

I'm keeping my TJ Rubi - thanks. (-:
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We are looking to buy in the first half of this year. Should we wait for the new model (JL) or take advantage of (possibly) discounted JK models? Price is one consideration, but we're also looking at the availability of aftermarket products, and the concern that a new model will have more "bugs" than the older version.

This will be our first Jeep. It will be used as my commuter, a toad, and occasionally "off road"--which for us would mean logging roads.

I can't think of a better crowd to weigh in on this. Your thoughts?

Thanks
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Might want to check availability of towing equipment such as brake systems, tow lighting & towbar base base plates. May not be available for a few months due to design & testing.
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"concern that a new model will have more "bugs" than the older version."

Not trying to throw a scare into this but there was another thread which said that the new "JL" has incorporated the same Electronic Power Steering system that caused the "wobble" situation on the Cherokee. I actually sent an email to Jeep requesting information.

I'm also looking at the JL
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You are not really see JK prices going down because of the JL. JL does offer a lot more options for the engine and the diesel option sounds interesting. However, I have no desire to get rid of my '08 JK as it does just fine. But, drive one of each, figure out what model and trim you like best. They are getting plusher.
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The JL is available thus no need waiting

Best bet is to drive them and see for yourself if you think the JL is worth it. Base vs base price approx $3k more for the JL and to some there are some pretty big updates to the JL

Depending on what you are looking for, Mopar has their full product line available thus if whatever you want isn’t available from your company of choice, possibly mopar is a option.

I wouldn’t expect any more of a deal vs normal price on the JK, many seem to want to get the last of the JK for whatever their reason is thus still in demand.

1st year can have issues however one would hope by now issues should be minor. I wouldn’t worry about it, if you like it get it

As stated going for a test drive of each model is best. Another great place for info on the vehicles is wranglerforum


" The JL is available, no waiting"
Of all the reading and research I've done, the JL is not available 'till the end of the month and that's at limited dealers. May I ask where you see a new JL available? According to most of the inside sources, the JK is still being produced into the '18 model year but, only for a short while, 'till the JL is in full production. And, not only that, the Jeep plant will ONLY be producing the UNLIMITED (four door model) in the first line production, around all of January and, into Feb. Then, it will start producing the standard two door model. This is according to either Road and Track or, one of the other bigger name mags.

As for the engine options, again, according to sources, the diesel version is not available 'till later and I can't remember about the turbo 4 cylinder 300HP version. The Pentastar V-6 285HP is supposed to get some sort of enhancement(s) but, that's not confirmed yet, according to latest reports.

OP,
Over on one of the JK forums, there's a thread running around that shows a full video of a person explaining all the new aspects, changes, alterations, body, interior, tops and more of the brand new JLs. I've spoken with our local Jeep dealership and, they don't have clue as to when the first JL is to be shipped to them. Yes, orders have been placed but, this is a new model so, it remains to be seen when the show room floors will have one.


Now, I don't keep track of each and every dealership across America so, my sources can be way off and, maybe it's possible that there are, in fact, some new JLs available as we speak. But, according to many on the JK forums, no one has one yet. I personally like the new JLs, the body, especially the dash etc. has some new enhancements that bring the Jeep even more into the modern world.

As far as "Bugs" in the new model, well, I wouldn't worry too much about that. First off, yes, there's changes to the Jeep Wrangler but, it's not like the thing was just invented. It's still a Wrangler but, with some slight changes here and there. If we were in a position for a Jeep change, I'd get one (when available) in a heartbeat. Besides, even if there's some "bugs", Jeep will handle fixing whatever's any form of an issue, without worry.
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I have to replace the tracker soon and will be looking at the new one. Looks like the soft top is really easy to put down.
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Scott, I think you are exactly right. I work at a large metro C-D-J-R store and we have not received one yet. They have just started shipping to dealers, so it will be a little while before the pipeline is filled. The new JL will undoubtedly be somewhat more refined than the JK it is replacing. Going forward there will be some new engine options.

Myself, if I were looking for one of these, I would probably wait and get the new JL, just because its new. I'm sure there will be some teething issues, but hopefully they will be minor and few. New product launches have gotten much better over the years.

Having said that, to the OP, I don't think you would go wrong with either vehicle. Get whichever one fits your budget and timing.
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Scott, I agree we have been waiting to see the 2018 model and so far they have not been available here in Southern California(at least at our local dealers). The 2017's are getting scarce here, as big dealerships who traditionally have about 100 in stock, are down to a handful.
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I knew this was the right crowd to ask. Thanks to everyone.

I'm leaning towards the JL. I haven't seen any JL's at our local dealers yet. We'd like to have the new jeep, rigged for towing by April, but can wait longer if needed.
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