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12-02-2016 10:04 PM
Originally Posted by tripplec View Post
My son is looking for one but knowhere near that old. Retiring his 2002 Explorer 2dr Sport which is getting taken over by rust. Paying well over 20k for one even 5-6 years old when a new 2016 was listing in a local paper for $31k makes not sense as I indicated. Just pay the difference and go with full warranty and latest everything on it. LOL

Anyway, its currently on the short list unless he goes with another SUV as the 4 door with the 6.5ft box is getting pretty big.
My brother buys a new truck every 5 years, and has done so for the last 30 years. He's never been without a vehicle payment, and his latest one is running him in the $600 range per month. It's insane to do that!!

My son was in the market for a smaller truck, and had his heart set on a Ranger, until I showed him a 1992 S10 for $1000 with 80K miles on the clock...all from the original owner, who is in his late 80's. The old guy had the frame sprayed with thinned motor oil twice a year, and it shows. Other than the sun fade, the truck is as near perfect as you could get. 4X2, 4.3L, automatic, long bed, interior is perfect with no wear seen in the seat (the guy was short and light-weighted). We picked it up and took it to the mechanic for a full going through, r/r anything that may need taken care of, and to get a safety and emission check.

Anyway, with as low as the price of the Compass is new, especially with end of year rebates and such, you can't afford to pass them up.
12-02-2016 07:30 PM
tripplec My son is looking for one but knowhere near that old. Retiring his 2002 Explorer 2dr Sport which is getting taken over by rust. Paying well over 20k for one even 5-6 years old when a new 2016 was listing in a local paper for $31k makes not sense as I indicated. Just pay the difference and go with full warranty and latest everything on it. LOL

Anyway, its currently on the short list unless he goes with another SUV as the 4 door with the 6.5ft box is getting pretty big.
12-02-2016 07:23 PM
Stringplucker ONly some pickups are over-priced used. I have a habit of buying bricknosed Ford trucks on the cheap, putting a few hours worth of work and minimal money, then selling them at a small profit. I have one that I bought for my wife with the overall final price in mind...$3500...counting purchase, parts, and and paid labor I needed. I'm at $3100 now and have a hell of a mechanically fit truck that will get a roll-on paint job soon. It has 78,000 miles on it, and I only paid $600 for the truck originally. 1989 F250 4X4 that came with a 4" lift on it. I've already been offered $2000 over my total investment, and turned it down. It all depends on if you're willing to physically pay for it by wrenching on it yourself.

As for the new. You get a vehicle that has all those miles to drive before the warranty runs out.

***EDIT*** Mine is the 2.4L 4X4 with 6-speed Autostick. I'm just over 4000 miles on it, with about 75 of it being back road dirt and gravel. The 4X4 offers a lower gear ratio that give you much better control. I really enjoy the simplicity of operation...much better than the old style of getting out, locking the hubs, pulling the lever, rocking a bit from reverse to 1st to fully engage before being able to use it. LOL
12-02-2016 04:22 PM
tripplec I bought a used 2008 SF LImited a couple years ago but I would not pay more than a certain amount 1/3 max of new. I forked out for powertrain warranty just in case. Paying more than half the cost of a new makes no sense especially as it gets older. The Compass is not a costly as other SUV which also switched to the CVT tranny. (suburu!! Yuck). There has to be a really big difference to entertain used and Pickups are a joke used so overpriced.

Good luck, Hope you find a good one with good discounts should be abundant.
12-02-2016 04:05 PM
NorthStar Craphell, yeah especially after my horrendous experience with used cars.. several times.. Screw it... time to go to the dealership and figure some stuff out. Thank you for beating it into me that it's the only worth it way to go LOL

They should hire you as a darn salesperson man !

I'll try to get you some referral cash
12-01-2016 06:09 PM
tripplec Nothing conflicting!! LOL

It it were me buying I would not buy used if for a few thousand more I could be riding in a brand new fully warrantied vehicle. You are pretty much guaranteed maintenance free for a long time. You know its not been abused and some can be. Its worth more when you catch up to the millage of the used one. Check at various dealers what they're offering and or call but go look only at them in the showroom and test drive so you know what you'd want at minimum. Don't go for the smaller engine fuel consumption will be Higher!! Yes the sales guy will tell you otherwise. In the real world the bigger engine is what you want and should be part of the package. Once you see it inside and out, driven at least one with the powertrain 4x4 and 2.4L automatic etc you can work from home to decide who will offer you the best priced package. Double check all the options you expect to be there. Use your computer to make a table of a check list of MUST HAVES!!.d

What can I say even a few years old that is not a lest half the price of a new one is TOO much. You on the hook for most repairs and problems.

NOTE: Some used vehicles are rock solid by reputation proven after even 100k on them with no issues. While other suffer a lot and in poor shape at the end of warranty. Not much life left. Compasses don't have a longevity reputation at all. Another good reason to start new if the price is acceptable.
12-01-2016 05:58 PM
NorthStar Lol now I'm getting conflicting responses !!

Okay someone help me weigh out pros and cons here..

Maybe more discounts
0% financing

Seemingly new
Potentially cheaper (could be damaged)
Definitely interest for financing

This is much easier come to think about it..
11-30-2016 06:57 PM
tripplec It would have to be a lot less than that as their are normally heavy discounts on new vehicles and that is the price point you want the discount on older used ones to reflect FROM and not the MSRP. For the small difference you get full warranty on a 2016 and the latest technology. A lot of dealers pushing 2017's with heavy discounts so you have to look around. New may also mean you don't drop a large amount of cash it you can also get 0% financing that you would not get on a used one. $5k off a used one is nothing. Don't get taken!!!
11-30-2016 04:51 PM
NorthStar Thanks for the advice @tripplec and @lmh1

I would definitely be looking for maybe a 14' or 15' if I end up going used. But if I can find one for $4-$5 off, it only makes sense. Like you said, still basically brand new, so why not. If I buy brand new, I'll be losing that money and more as soon as it leaves the dealership lot lol.
11-30-2016 01:56 AM
lmh1 Personally I have had decent luck finding relatively fair prices on used compass's from dealerships, most still with factory warranty, basically brand new but $4,000-$5,000 or more, cheaper than new. The started making automatics an option again in 13! So I would recommend 13-16's.
11-29-2016 08:16 PM
tripplec If you are looking at used stay way from any before 2012 inclusive for sure and look at those with a real transmission (6 speed automatic I believe they finally switch to). CVT a know for problems super expensive to replace.

I would not buy one privately as you really have to know the fault with many of these to ensure you not buying problems. Get one from a Chrysler dealer with guarantees on the powertrain. test everything else out is working for all the options built in. The newer version are from what I have seen being here on the forum for many years are much improved but some may be omitting software updates to the vehicle computers but get that done via work order then everything is up to date. A 4x4 version w/2.4L is the minimum you should look at with of course a real automatic transmission.

good luck
11-29-2016 07:08 PM
Soon to be Compass Owner

Sooo Winter is coming soon and it seems I need a new vehicle. New to Jeep in general, and haven't really had anything in the past that went well with Winter so I figured I'll go to the guys that got Winter down right. That and, I think my dealers have some incentives going on like 0% financing and up to $5000 in total discounts. I really like the High Altitude Edition because of the power sunroof, bigger wheels, and the leather.

Not too sure if I should really buy brand new though. Anyone have any thoughts to chime in on this?

Anyhow, Thanks for having me on the boards!

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