Used Car of the Day: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Sometimes, when new cars are too expensive, you can buy lightly used for a little bit less money. This 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon might qualify.

For $43K, you can get into a Wrangler with a manual transmission and the Recon package.

Other features include power locks and windows, keyless entry, remote start, leather seats, heated front seats, automatic climate control, the usual Rubicon off-road features (front sway-bar disconnect, front and rear locking differentials), LED headlights, black hardtop, and steel bumpers.

The Recon package adds things like 35-inch tires, a winch mounting plate, aftermarket skid plates, a four-inch lift kit, premium audio, new springs, and 4:10 axles.

Our seller is in Ohio. Check out this Jeep here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 02, 2023

    Second picture: Do you like pegboard storage? (I don't.)

    • Flameded Flameded on Feb 24, 2023

      Certainly appears practical in this application...

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Feb 02, 2023

    I learned a long time ago to never buy a heavily modified vehicle. Far too many people lack the necessary mechanical engineering skills to know when they've screwed something up.

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    • Tom Tom on Feb 24, 2023

      Lou_BC what you are telling is a disaster. I've decided to go for a 2017 Recon Edition but with a factory lift of half inch. When reading other JK related posts it should be more than I'd normally need for a sort of family off-roading in the mountains all seasons really which is what I'm going to do. I've seen a bunch of Sports, Sports S, Sahara being sold at cheap but decided to put some extra $'s and go for a full package with Recon Edition and I hope this was a wise thing to do :-)

  • MaintenanceCosts "But your author does wonder what the maintenance routine is going to be like on an Italian-German supercar that plays host to a high-revving engine, battery pack, and several electric motors."Probably not much different from the maintenance routine of any other Italian-German supercar with a high-revving engine.
  • 28-Cars-Later "The unions" need to not be the UAW and maybe there's a shot. Maybe.
  • 2manyvettes I had a Cougar of similar vintage that I bought from my late mother in law. It did not suffer the issues mentioned in this article, but being a Minnesota car it did have some weird issues, like a rusted brake line.(!) I do not remember the mileage of the vehicle, but it left my driveway when the transmission started making unwelcome noises. I traded it for a much newer Ford Fusion that served my daughter well until she finished college.
  • TheEndlessEnigma Couple of questions: 1) who will be the service partner for these when Rivian goes Tits Up? 2) What happens with software/operating system support when Rivia goes Tits Up? 3) What happens to the lease when Rivian goes Tits up?
  • Richard I loved these cars, I was blessed to own three. My first a red beauty 86. My second was an 87, 2+2, with digital everything. My third an 87, it had been ridden pretty hard when I got it but it served me well for several years. The first two I loved so much. Unfortunately they had fuel injection issue causing them to basically burst into flames. My son was with me at 10 years old when first one went up. I'm holding no grudges. Nissan gave me 1600$ for first one after jumping thru hoops for 3 years. I didn't bother trying with the second. Just wondering if anyone else had similar experience. I still love those cars.