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Old 04-13-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Safest year for daughter

We bought a new 2008 Wrangler Sahara for my daughter a few years ago. On Sunday she was in a serious accident. When the other car hit her she rolled 5 times, then crawled out of the window, ran over to the guy and chewed him out. Just a couple of scrapes and bruises. The seat belt and roll bars saved her life. The jeep is a write off now.

Question is now, she will buy another Jeep, just which year? She LOVES the older models but I hear they roll even easier than the newer ones. We live in the country (in Canada) and the snow can be brutal. She also loves to spend time in Toronto so it has to be city friendly too. Lots of highway miles as well.

The most important feature is safety, so advice is very welcome. Thank you!!
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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Thank God she is ok.

My feelings are that safety improvements have been made with each new Jeep model.

For what she will be using it for, I would go for another JK.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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thank god she is ok.

My feelings are that safety improvements have been made with each new jeep model.

For what she will be using it for, i would go for another jk.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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woah....5 times? glad she is okay. I would get another jk...put some 35" tires to put some more weight, front and rear steel bumpers, and bullet proof glass, and a strengthened roll cage, add On-Star, and 10 point seat belt system with 10 extra airbags....shoot, if it was my daughter I'd probably just buy her an H1 and call it a day after that accident.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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I love your daughter's spunk and tenacity. Really glad that she is okay. I agree with the majority here, make it another JK.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
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buy her another one.. sounds like it was a blessing for her
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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Get another JK and install one of these, just to be on the safe side.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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If you can afford a 2012 JK i'd get that. Definently have her go test drive a few and look at as manny as she wants till she finds the "right" one. But at the same time I wouldn't consider the TJ/LJ any more dangerous to drive then a JK(U).. A 2004 LJ would be a great pick up if you/she could find one. Best Jeep ever made IMO.. Even with that said though about the LJ I'd still lean to the more refined JK for her.. If she loved her 08.. She is gonna smile from ear to ear all day long and then some in a 2012 with the new trans if she goes with a auto and the 3.6.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:49 AM   #10
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My stock 2006 TJ has a stance that at least two foot shorter than any JK it's a bit narrower. But it's not a fararri and should not be driven as such. Her crash aside. Any vehicle will roll with enough force and coaxing!! I have had no problems with my TJ and it's a great driver and very stable and safe!
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:13 AM   #11
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The newer ones also come with side-impact airbags as an option. Might be worth it.

Or you could get her a Marauder.

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Jk first then a Tj/LJ. I feel that at stock height a jk is higher but also wider and heavier. So it should still be more stable along with the airbags and other nice features. Glad she was okay
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:58 AM   #13
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WOW, I'd get the exact same jeep she just had. Rolled 5 times, no problem.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #14
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Glad to hear she is ok....
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
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Go with the JK, and like others have said steel bumpers and maybe even an aftermarket rollcage! Glad she is ok I rolled a vehicle before and let me tell you 1.5 times was a doozy I can't imagine 5.

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