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#14094 of 23397 buying experience
Sep 03, 2004 (5:44 am)
I have to compliment the dealer and staff that i worked with buying Nicole.
I did my homework ahead of time, lots of visits to various websites, consumer reports pricing info, reading this message board for weeks, asking several questions, test drove and then had the salesman drive so I could ride in the back seat.
I originally planned to buy from Carmax in Atlanta, it didn't seem like any dealers here would come close to their price. I emailed almost all the dealers within 2 hours of my house, told them the carmax price and asked if they could come close. a couple replied with the sticker price, a couple called with $800 - $1200 over Carmax.com. I finally talked to Landmark in Springfield IL, via email and phone. He started at $500 over carmax, I told him I'd go $300, we had a little discussion over the yellow vs red (they had a little more cost in the yellow one since they had traded another dealer for it) I wound up with red and he told me about a $500 incentive for using Chrysler financing, that I hadn't seen anywhere online. With the recent rebates and the financing rebate, I wound up at $22,800 (+tax, title, yada, yada, yada) $200 less than I thought I'd be paying at Carmax.
2004 Wrangler Unlimited
Auto Dimming Mirror
7 Speaker stereo
I had a friend drive me over to pick up my jeep, they were expecting us, all the paperwork was ready, and they did an excellent job explaining it (I'm a loan officer myself, I like to know what I'm signing). The salesman knew I had driven 4WDs for a long time so I was familiar with that, but he explained all the jeep features, removing the top, the seats, radio, suggested speed for switching to / from 4WD.
They knew their product, and their competition, I can't say that for any of the other dealerships I talked with.
ps, I'm refinancing my chrysler loan ASAP with my credit union 3.5% they said it was fine, i just had to start out with the chrysler financing to get the additional $500. on top of that our credit union does "courtesy mortgages, making the interest tax deductible.
#14095 of 23397 Re: buying experience [jeff62301]
Sep 03, 2004 (5:54 am)
Welcome to the Red Jeep Club. I joined only about a day before you so I know how you feel. Except for the part about the dealer showing you how everything worked. I bought mine from the used inventory of a Mazda dealer. I showed him how to put the top down!
I hope you're having as much fun as I am.
#14096 of 23397 Re: Sahara or Rubicon [bballjones]
Sep 03, 2004 (5:56 am)
Not much difference in the way a Rubicon rides on the road, but don't forget that it weighs about 300 pounds more than its cousins. Rather like having a really big passenger riding with you full time! The effect is more noticable in terms of fuel consumption than ride comfort.
Sep 03, 2004 (5:59 am)
"I had a friend drive me over to pick up my jeep, they were expecting us, all the paperwork was ready, and they did an excellent job explaining it (I'm a loan officer myself, I like to know what I'm signing). The salesman knew I had driven 4WDs for a long time so I was familiar with that, but he explained all the jeep features, removing the top, the seats, radio, suggested speed for switching to / from 4WD.
You are a loan officer?
Do you wear a mask and ride a white horse?
Are you the "Loan Arranger?"
Tom <dodging thrown objects, such as rotten vegetables>
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Sep 03, 2004 (6:13 am)
Thanks for sharing the info on your deal. There hasn't been nearly as much discussion about the deals people are getting as there was back before I bought Thelma Jane.
OK, I guess technically there is a separate forum for that now, but I would rather just see that topic covered in here, like everything else we talk about.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#14099 of 23397 Re: Deal Details
Sep 03, 2004 (7:30 am)
I think I touched on this a little but I'll fill in the details now (since you asked).
I first saw my Wrangler advertised on the DarCars of Silver Spring MD website. I think it was advertised as $18,500. I filled out the little web form and almost immediately received a reply telling me it was $17,500. I thought that was a great price for:
2004 Wrangler X - Columbia Edition
Upgraded Wheels (Columbia Edition Stuff)
Red (Not extra $ but important to me)
No one who sees it can believe it's used because it's really not but it technically was and the price reflected that.
I had a good experience with the dealer but in reality all they did was fill out paperwork and hand me the keys. They didn't really 'sell' me the Wrangler. You all took care of that!
It was about the lowest pressure buying experience I've had and I think I got a good deal. If I didn't you can say so for other people's benefit. It won't hurt my feelings now that I've become attached. It's not a money thing any longer
I still can't believe it's mine.
Sep 03, 2004 (7:36 am)
Sounds like a good deal to me, but I don't care if someone GAVE you a vehicle, there would be someone who would come along and say that you could have gotten a better deal.
The most important thing is that you have that baby and you are extremely happy with it.
For Pete's sake, it WAS new for all practical purposes, and if you can get a new Columbia Edition for $17,500, I don't see how in the world you could have done any better than that.
Just keep posting and telling us how much fun you are having! I love reading about how people are enjoying their Jeeps.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#14101 of 23397 Re: Sahara or Rubicon [bballjones]
Sep 03, 2004 (7:46 am)
I had always wanted a Sahara before the Rubi came out. When I finally talked myself into buying I test drove both.
No comparison! The Rubicon won out immediately. The gears make it feel much more torquey, and the Sahara doesn't come with the disc brakes all around. The ride is a little stiffer because of the heavier duty shocks.
Also, just look at them side by side. The Rubicon is much more aggressive and sits nearly two inches taller.
I ordered mine with all the options you find on the Sahara, leather wrap, cruise, 7 speaker stereo, digital compass, dimming mirror, dual tops...
As Tom said, the GSA tires on the Sahara are quiter and have better on-road manners than the MTRs on the Rubicon, but the MTRs are not that noisy. I was shocked at how little noise they made. I've had performance radials on sports cars that were much louder.
04 is also the last year for Sahara.
#14102 of 23397 Re: I'm Hooked!! [jeff62301]
Sep 03, 2004 (8:58 am)
“Nicole Kidman” She must be one sex Jeep to be named after her.
Sep 03, 2004 (9:08 am)
loan arranger IS funny, tsjay