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WTB Jeep Wrangler for 16 year old

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  1. backfenceata

    backfenceata TS Member

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    Looking for a nice wrangler for 16 year old girls first car. I am in southern IL . Needs to be an auto trans and a sharp color. PM or e-mail me with what you have. Thanks, Kirk
     
  2. backfenceata

    backfenceata TS Member

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    Thanks, we are also concerned for safety, she is also looking at the mustangs,small motor , auto trans . I am goeing to do more research. Kirk
     
  3. Tripod

    Tripod Well-Known Member

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    I with Eddie on this one. Better safe than sorry always.
     
  4. capvan

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    I owned one for 8 years. I was 50 when I bought it.

    Fun vehicle. Take the doors off, take the roof off and you can have a blast. Maybe too much so. Never rolled it over, but came close a couple of times. It's the mental attitude you get behind the wheel of one of these. Sure is zippy, but will slide on wet grass. No traction, no weight.

    Just my 2 cents...YMMV

    cap
     
  5. g7777777

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    I had a friend that bought her(only child) daughter something like this. Daughter was at a party and got her feelings hurt about her boyfriend. Left the party and was driving and ran off the road and rolled.

    Her mother was called and told you better get to the hospital- when she arrived- not a visible mark on her daughter but her daughter was dead

    Buy her a used mini van- she wont be tempted to let guys drive that or speed around it in

    Mini Vans are some of the safest vehicles on the roads.

    None of the soccer moms want those after they have about 70 thou on them

    not joking

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. RLC323

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    Buick LeSabre. Be the Dad, not her best friend. 16 year olds usually make mistakes behind the wheel. In a Jeep that mistake could be fatal.
     
  7. charlie01

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    Probally a jeep cherokee might be a better choice. Longer wheel base, good in the winter and with a straight six, a very dependable engine.
     
  8. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    All things considered, all rigs will rollover under the right conditions. If you are serious about this as a first rig, drill into your kid Jeep are fun BUT will get you in trouble QUICKER then any other rig on the road!

    I've always wanted one myself, finialy at the ripe old age of 52 I got one! My days of needing a pickup were over so I found a nice 92 Wrangler Renegade! Great ride, I know when not to "push" it! And that only comes from years of experience in logging and cattle ranching!

    Find a nice one and buy it! BUT if your daughter has shown she doesn't obey previous instruction from you or her mother, DON'T DO IT!
     
  9. Texas Crew'd

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    Well I put my daughter in a Jeep wrangler as her first vehicle. I also put in a poison spider full roll cage. TJ after 96 or 97 have a lower center of gravity. The vulnerable area is the sides. T bones accidents suck in Jeeps. Do searchs on death rates in vehicles and insurance ratings as well as crash est results.

    Make it a 5spd and she'll be able to drive about anything the rest of her life.

    Go with a six cyl and you will also learn to work on jeeps. The little yellow light will drive you nuts. Aslo if you plan on doing any highway driving a hardtop is a must. It like sitting in a jet engine doing 60 in a soft top.

    Tons of info on the Jeep forum.

    Both sold with no tears shed
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  10. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    My wifes nephew's mother bought him a used BMW 525 for his first car. He wrecked it. Sad to say his life is over. He suffered brain shear. He has the memory of a 90 year old with Alzheimers. If your daughter is still in H.S. what does she need a car for?.
    Tell her the following, you & her save the money till she graduates. With the money that you will save on gas, insurance, maintenance,etc. for close to 2 years she'll have a good car

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  11. CalvinMD

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    Yup...whoever it was that said be a dad not a buddy has it right..as a member of a family that lost 2 teenage drivers my advice is buy them a minivan or a smaller engined 4 door sedan...it removes the temptation to do anything stupid for the sake of "lookin cool"...a nice older Monte Carlo 6cylinder is a safe, economical, peppy..cheaply insured ..and did I mention SAFE car...I'd rather be sitting around with them in 20yrs with THEIR kids and them ragging you about that big old behemoth you made them drive as a first car...they'll thank you for it in the end
     
  12. wolfram

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    I would also advise against the Jeep as a first vehicle. Actually any of the true 4x4s lack the handling and safety characteristics that she should have.

    The late model Mustang would be a pretty decent choice. They are cool and they handle really well plus they have alot of desireable safety features. Word of caution though, even the V6/auto trans base model still has plenty of get up and go. Another good choice is the late model Ford Fusion. Not quite as cool or peppy as the Mustang but very reliable and it has front wheel drive which will be a huge plus if there is some foul weather driving in her future.

    Good luck and kudos for thinking an important decision like this through.
     
  13. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    my 2 cents is also the same to stay away. try an all wheel drive subaru, chevy equinox, any of the 4 wheel drive vehicles are good. Jeep XJ--older models wagons, ford explorer or escape. They like 4 wheel drive but make sure that you tell them it is NOT 4 wheel stop. A good driving school is great for kids to learn to drive. Try something like mid ohio racetrack in lexington ohio. They have a teen driving school that teaches car control and NOT racing even though it is on a race course. Check the web site. Really great experience for young and old alike. I think it is www.midohio.com motordoc
     
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    Buy her the biggest, sturdiest Mercedes with the most airbags you can afford!!
     
  15. CalvinMD

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    I had to build my first "cool" car...I drove a 67 BelAir station wagon with a 250ci I-6 and 2spd powerglide that my grandparents gave me...it was a great car and got me around and never got away from me ..I was a way better driver after I made the move to the cool car..a 68 Malibu 396SS 4spd...still drove the wagon alot afterwards cuz it went further on a tank of $.55 per gallon low test...plus it had working AC!
     
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    I got my first daughter a Pontiac Trans Am. Big engine,fast rear end and the gas mileage was bad. A year later I traded it in on a 280 Z. Both were automatics, fast and she never had any problems. I guess I was lucky.

    I got my next daughter a one year old used Pontiac Fierro. Nice small sporty looking rear engine car that only sat two.

    What ever you decide to get check on the insurance as it may be cost prohibitive. Responsibility is a must. Ray
     
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    Whats wrong with the bus?....There is absolutely no good reason for a 16 yr old to have their own car....Putting your child in a death trap so she can be popular is stupid.
     
  18. need to shoot more

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    I have two daughters both turning 16 this week( not twins but one is adopted)
    I have had anxitey over this. Driving school is a must when ? I am going too hold off as long as I can.
     
  19. rw993

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    All three of my offspring learned to drive my '85 GMC 3500 quad cab 4x4 before they could drive anything small, light, fast, or unstable(read:Jeep). I have a 74 CJ5 and know of what I speak. After the "training" period, they were provided with a vehicle that had a straight stick so they would have a driving experience as opposed to a steering and stopping experience..... Worked pretty well....

    RW
     
  20. wolfram

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    I guess the need for own and driving a vehicle at 16 years of age depends a lot on the part of the country you are in and what your lifestyle is. Out here in big open country, having your own transportation is a must - no such thing as public transit. Also it is something associated with growing into an adult - pretty important stuff.

    That being said, I do fear the day that my daughter solos. I will do everything I can to prepare her for it but I will still worry.
     
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