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Old 07-25-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Hello - I am a new member. I bought a beautiful 2010 Wrangler Sport 1.5 years ago with only 9100 miles on it. Basically brand new. Anyway, my son has his permit and I am thinking of a used Wrangler for his first vehicle. Is this a bad idea for a new driver? (my wife has concerns). I would like to stay around 8-10,000 dollars. What suggestions do you folks have as far as year, mileage, engine type, etc.. Thanks for your feedback.

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Old 07-25-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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Both of my daughters first vehicle was a '90 Jeep wrangler. It was stock height with 30" tires manual. Never had the first issue with them driving it and both are now able to drive pretty much anything you put them in, manual or not. I never worried about them flipping it over any more than most any other SUV out there and they didn't. It's more about how the kid is mentally. Is he responsible, or will he do stupid stuff? If he's liable to see how far he can push it, then get him something that can't be pushed till he matures. If not, then go for the jeep.

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Old 07-25-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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I was 16 when I got my jeep as my first vehicle. After driving it for two years I can tell you that I love my parents for giving me this vehicle as my first. As far as safety (assuming that is what your wife is concerned about), Id say they are pretty safe vehicles. I can't think of many vehicles that come with a stock roll-cage.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #4
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Why not. Has a roll cage, does not go too fast, can't pile more than three friends in there. Convertables are cool. (I think he would like the soft top versus the hard.) Reletively easy to learn simple repairs and maintainence.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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My first vehicle also - been driving it about 3 years now. Extremely easy to learn and understand, quite safe, and a lot more fun than the average vehicle. I'd say a 4.0l 6 Cyl TJ (97-06) is your best option.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:12 PM   #6
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I bought a 2000 TJ with a 6" lift and 35" tires as a toy for myself and then my oldest daughter started driving and I let her drive it and everyone thought that I was crazy. Well after she rear ended two people and then she was rear ended buy a drunk driver doing 30 mph while she sitting still and not a scratch on her or the TJ I think that putting her and our next daughter in it was a great decision. Plus everyone in our town knows the jeep and they can't get away with anything.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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ive had a jeep as my first vehicle for two years now. wouldnt trade it for anything in the world. it fast enough, but not too fast so speeding tickets are not an issue. itll get me anywhere safely, and its simple enough that i can do mechanical fixes on the side of the highway if need be

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