JL "2018" or JL "2019" ?

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Good morning everyone,

I have two questions:

- What are the differences between a JL "2018 and a JL "2019"?
- Is a JL built in October 2018 already a model "2019"? whereas the VIN code refers to "2018"?

Thank you for your opinions and answers.
Steph
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There is no major differences. I believe there was a small change between Sahara’s but am not sure what(might be related to the safety package). I think ACC was added for 2019. 2018s ran late so an October build is most likely a 2018.
 
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Thank you for your answer :)
 

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Even if the two vehicles were built only a week apart, the 2018 will have lesser resale value a few years down the line. I'm not sure what that dollar amount will be, but it will be there. Also, the 2018 has that "first model year" stigma to it.
 
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You're right, and that's what I'm thinking :angry:
 

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The lower resale value due to model year should be reflected in the purchase price.

I.e., imagine two identical JLs, same equipment, condition and mileage, one a 2018, the other a 2019: the 2018 should be priced lower. So in the end that should make little difference to you.

I recently purchased a NEW 2018 JLU for 22% OFF MSRP, precisely to account for the depreciation due to model year.
 

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The lower resale value due to model year should be reflected in the purchase price.

I.e., imagine two identical JLs, same equipment, condition and mileage, one a 2018, the other a 2019: the 2018 should be priced lower. So in the end that should make little difference to you.

I recently purchased a NEW 2018 JLU for 22% OFF MSRP, precisely to account for the depreciation due to model year.
Same here, Aldo. I purchased my 2018 in July, 21% below MSRP.
 
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Thank you for all your comments and explanations
 

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We were shopping a 2018 JLU Sahara and a 2020 JLU Sport S. Both about the same price although the Sahara was better equipped obviously. Having owned a 2018 JL 2dr we decided to go with the 2020. Got as far away from the first year build issues as we could. So far extremely pleased with our choice.
 

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You will be able to order a 2021 in 6-7 months. That means in 7 months your “new” 2018 Jeep will be 3 years old. I would not buy it as I didnt want a first model year. Many folks don’t care. Buy it only if it is an amazing deal.

there was a large change to the 2.0 turbo engine between 19 and 20. FCA no longer has BSG (the 48 volt battery, mild hybrid) in anything but the Sahara.
 

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Resale will always be dependent on how long you keep it and how popular a model becomes. Most people avoid a first year model, but most 64 1/2 year Mustangs are worth more than a 66.
Get a crystal ball and look ahead. Let us know what you find out.
 

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“First year stigma” may be a thing here (to some) but to the 99% of the general public thats just not a consideration. Especially when there are virtually no mechanical changes and some simple research shows the issues that showed up on some ‘18’s are also in some ‘19’s. Mileage, color, mods, service history and usage etc are always the determining factor. The difference between a 2019 trade in and a 2018 is peanuts.
 

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Obligatory "I have a 2018 with no issues so far" post lol

Just anecdotal, I know, but like the guy above me said, for most people the stigma of first model year isn't a thing. Forums can really mess with your mind and give you perceptions that aren't true. For me, it would be a money thing. If I could save 22-25% by getting a 2018, heck yea I'd go with the '18 unless there was some kind of feature I really wanted that wasn't available.
 
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