I'll be turning 16 in a few months and lately have been looking into the Jeep Wranglers and although I probably won't get my own car until I'm at least 17, I figured this was the right place to get some advice from the experts. I ask because my parents and I are talking about it and so, would the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited be a good first car? If I did get one, it would probably be a JK and I would use it for both off-road and going to school and getting from place to place. What are y'all's opinions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
If you got the money and are responsible is say its fine. It does take a certain level of respect though. You have to be aware that you are not driving a sports car. It is not fast, has a rough ride, and extremely small wheel base which makes it a little squirrely at highway speed. Also your parents will hate you for the gas mileage lol. All of this is coming from a fellow 16 year old by the way. I got my TJ a few months ago and have a lot of fun with it. I just don't care about going fast and everything is fine. I started off looking for a JK myself but after looking at a few used ones they all looked very plasticy, cheap feeling, and expensive. I couldn't find a JK under $20000 aka way out of my price range. All the while the TJ's started to grow on me. In the area I live in Jeeps are really expensive for some reason so I couldn't find a TJ for under $16k. Finally a jeep popped up on craigslist so my dad and I checked it out. A dark green 04 Sport with 62xxx miles on it with a tow package and new rims. He let us drive it for a week to see how we liked it. My dad talked him down from $13500 too $11000. Bought it within a week. Insurance is pretty cheap for wranglers (surprisingly) but they are killer on gas. I have a good paying job and my parents give me a tank a month so its not really a big deal for me though.
For a first vehicle...go for a decent older Jeep...YJ or TJ probably and don't dump a lot of money into it unless you've got full coverage insurance and you let your insurance know about all your mods ahead of time so they will cover them in the event of an accident. The reason for this?
It's a scary fact...but a very large percentage of teens total their first vehicle within their first few years of driving. That's why most parents don't go all out and buy their kid their dream car for their birthday even when they can afford it. They know they're likely going to wreck it.
So get something cheap that you can wreck and not be completely devastated if/when it happens...and then use it to learn about Jeeps, get into off-roading some, and practice wrenching on. As you gain experience and stop wrecking...then that'll be a good time to upgrade to that newer lifted Rubicon you've been drooling over. lol
Also keep in mind...if you buy a Jeep as a DD, off-roading really takes its toll on a vehicle and you may be left without a vehicle to get you to/from school due to breaking things while off-roading. Mud can play a lot of hell on a vehicle as well...bringing out every squeak and rattle. I'm not saying don't do it...just keep in mind, for a daily driver, it'll really decrease the quality and reliability of your vehicle and you may be working on it a lot more often to make up for that.
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I def. agree to get an older Jeep
You are a kid... you don't want a brand new JK out there. I would get one (a TJ or YJ) for my kid (If I had one ), but it is also based on maturity. My baby was my first vehicle, and I am soooo glad I got her. She was slow (saved me from a lot of tickets), hell of a lot of fun, and chicks love 'em
Another good thing about a jeep that is a bit order is it already has that first nick or scratch. That way you can fly down dirt roads like I do without getting the first ding on the precious paint job lol
Thanks for all of the great advice. I am definitely going to look into some of the older TJs and YJs. Some things I had not yet thought about were brought up and now I understand why an older Jeep is probably the better choice. Thanks again.
I personally think that a Jeep would be a good first car. Most likely if you get in a small fender bender there would be less damage to your car than the other (most cases) which could be either bad or good depending on who is at fault. I turned 16 in August and got my TJ about a month ago and I love it and have not had any problems with it. Plus they're fun, attract a lot of attention, and they are very easy to customize. Good luck!
I would say a Jeep would make a great first vehlicle.. My first ride was a Cherokee.. I loved and miss that Jeep.. Like others have said your better off going with a used Jeep first.. Weather you end up with a XJ, ZJ, or TJ.. None would be bad choices..
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