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Old 03-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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First car?

Hi everybody,

I'm a student in Syracuse, New York. This summer I will be making a lot of money, and I plan on buying my first car. I'm 20, so I've been driving for about 4 years.

My dilemma is I'm not sure what car I want to get. Would a Wrangler be a good choice? It snows a lot here and I'm sick of sliding around in my mom's Kia Forte. I will primarily be using it to commute to and from school (about a 20 minute drive) with some drives to Buffalo, NY on occasion.

Here are some of my concerns:
  1. Loudness - I like to listen to tunes when I drive, and I've heard that wranglers are pretty loud.
  2. safety - I hear that Wranglers are a little iffy on the highway in terms of handling. Can someone expand on that a little?

That said, they are beautiful vehicles and I can't wait to get out and test drive one.

So, is a Wrangler a good first vehicle?

(even though you guys may be slightly biased)
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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First off its not a car lol, there not too loud, I only have a soft top and can hear the radio fine. Their pretty safe, I'm on 35's and never came close to rolling it on the street


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Old 03-15-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I grew up driving a Wrangler in high school. Never had any issues with noise, only potential problem is sometimes it can be a little difficult to hear the radio/music with the top down. I never noticed it with my first Wrangler, but with my current JK I'm actually upgrading the sound speakers to improve it.

I've never had any issues with safety. To put it simply I drove my dad's Jeep when I was 16-19 and never flipped it or even came close, and I took it offroading while trying to show off to my buddies at 16...yeah not a smart idea.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Unless your doing 100 in a soft top, its quiet. I got a Wrangler as my first car and am still lovin it years later.

The handling is fine unless you got her up on monster tires, on stock tires or anything under 33's it will handle like any other truck.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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Never ever call a jeep a car
Im a Vet and bled for my beliefs and was willing to die for them, what have you done for yours?
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:39 PM   #6
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1 jeeps not a car

2 there loud but you can still listen to the radio..

3 dont take it above 80 and you should be fine on the highway.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:46 PM   #7
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OMG! My first "car" was a 77 Renegade stick! I'm on my 5th one almost 30 years later...Go with the Jeep!
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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Anybody know why my jeep doesn't have to much stability when I drive it I just bought it it's my first jeep
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #9
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Anybody know why my jeep doesn't have to much stability when I drive it I just bought it it's my first jeep
It is because it is a Jeep. But seriously, what kind of stability issues are you having? Make sure your swaybars are connected and tight, tires inflated properly, suspension is in good shape, and make sure you don't expect it to drive like a Miata.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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It's a great vehicle choice, lots of fun and great to have around in the winter and especially if you run snow tires instead of your spring-summer-fall tires. Seriously, save the money for a set of snow tires (Yokahama Geolandar I/T are incredible!), they are SO worth it for those of us who live in snow country and actually have to go places regardless of what the winter has done to the roads. Yes, you can get away with your regular tires in the winter, but the snows are worth it. I have 13 consecutive years of Wrangler use, and having run all-terrain, mud-terrain, and dedicated snow tires over the years, I am convinced about the value of the snows.

The noise is not an issue. It really isn't bad. Tires make a big difference - A/Ts and snows are relatively quiet, M/Ts (especially when half-worn) are noisy. Top down on the interstate, yeah, that's loud, but heck, so is windows-down on the interstate in your mom's Kia.'s not a Miata. Accept it, respect it, and go about your business. Run good shocks (they make a huge difference, read up about it before you buy, though) and use your brain. Wranglers handle fine in stock form, and handle as well or better when properly modified for their intended use.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:46 AM   #11
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the jks with a little bit wider stance are more stable than past models, i had a cj back in the seventies that i drove cross country more than once, handling at around 80mph was a bit challenging and i learned all you need to know about sun burns and wind burns. imho, jeeps are a great do anything vehicle.

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