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Old 07-20-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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should a new driver age 16 have a jeep wrangler?

My almost 16 year old is dying for a wrangler and I've read how the gas milegae is bad and the ride is rough- is it safe for a 16 year old- when i tell other parents that's what she wants- they all say-No way!!!

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I got one
my dad sold it to me
honestly, it has its positives and negatives. For me, yes it is bad on gas, but if I had a Trans am I would be getting 10 mpg (the way I would drive it)
it is slow and I love driving it. As long as they are mature to handle it, I'm sure they will be fine.

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and how old were you when you got it?
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I got one
my dad sold it to me
honestly, it has its positives and negatives. For me, yes it is bad on gas, but if I had a Trans am I would be getting 10 mpg (the way I would drive it)
it is slow and I love driving it. As long as they are mature to handle it, I'm sure they will be fine.
I agree with RBNm, I would feel safe with my son driving one. Fact is he's driven mine plenty for a couple of years now. He just graduated HS.
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i was 17 when i got mine and i love it! all depends on the maturity level, think of top heavy if lifted, and being a mainly open vehicle not very safe if in an accident
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A car is dangerous for a 16 year old. Period. Any car. I had a mustang at 14 and wrecked it several times, plus speeding and racing tickets. I'm sure you could find horror stories associated with every car out there. Hell, my mom's Maverick went 105 miles an hour and shimmied like hell. Kids are scary brave and take stupid chances no matter what.

Jeeps are no more or less dangerous than any other car with an inexperienced driver behind the wheel. Buy her what she wants and what you want to give her and let the other parents use their opinions on their own purchases.
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a nerly stock wrangler isn“t as dangerous for young drivers as most people say.
I had a YJ when i was 16 and there never was a problem. i didn“t have more accidents than the other young drivers with other normal cars.
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Buy her a 59 cheby impala. That was my first car..... I totaled it!

That thing was a BOAT!!! (a missle carrier, I think!!!)


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i'd be less worried about a girl, i think when my boys are old enough they can drive a jeep if they want.

i'm gonna take out the front driveshaft without them knowing though, and see how long it takes before they call me stuck in a field, after i tell them not to take it off road. although, at age 5 my oldest would already know by looking at it if it was missing.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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I honestly have never understood the concept of getting a child what they want for their first car, even more-so getting them a new one. 16 year olds are inmature, impulsive, and apt to make poor decisions, regardless of what their parents think. I think that all kids should be started out with a tank, regardless of fuel economy. Once they've proven that they are responsible enough to maintain their grades and responsibilities, and maintenance and care for the vehicle, then maybe it's time to help them into something more their liking. My parents bought a $300 77 Buick Electra 4 dr with a 403 for me to drive when I was 17. I totaled it in a major accident my senior year. I was not an inmature or irresponsible kid. Looking back though, I do see that I was inexperienced even though I felt I was quite an accomplished driver. I had been driving my grandad since I was 12. I ended up driving my moms Escort S/W the rest of the year until I got a job and purchased my 1st car on my own.

When I look at my friends that were started out the way I was compared to the friends that were handed what they wanted at 16, I see a huge difference in the amount of care, maturity, and responsibility that was taken towards their vehicles and other things as well.

Just my .02 though. To each their own.
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Oh, I bought that 59 cheby myself. It was the ONLY way I was gonna get wheels.
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i bought my own jeep about 3 months into having my lisence, the worst i have done is spin it around on a snow covered road, but i have been driving everything we have since i could reach the pedals/levers. the stock jeep i think is very stable at speeds, and handles fairly nice considering what it is. i say left them have the jeep.
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everybody is different. some can't drive worth crap and and some, like myself, were excellent drivers at 16. Depends on the kid and its your decision since your their parent. But yeah, the jeep is a safe vehicle in the right hands and if they and their passengers buckle up and have common sense. An unbuckled passenger will fly right out the side of the jeep on a sharp left hand turn with the doors off.
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and how old were you when you got it?
I just turned 17
it was my first car (well Jeep lol) and I had been saving up for a couple years
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:59 PM   #15
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ive been driving my jeep around since i was atleast 14.. been driving it ever since.. still got it and im 20
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I would rather see 16 year-olds saving for college than gas, tires, insurance and maintenance. Not to mention repairs and collision damage. Unless there's some compelling reason for a 16 year-old (it would have to be a good one), they don't need a car. Focus on studies, grades, college and other essentials.
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I would rather see 16 year-olds saving for college than gas, tires, insurance and maintenance. Not to mention repairs and collision damage. Unless there's some compelling reason for a 16 year-old (it would have to be a good one), they don't need a car. Focus on studies, grades, college and other essentials.
how do you know hlsess is not really wealthy, and want to spoil his kid..

I did not get my own car until I was 18. When I look back I was a irresponsible driver.. A good driver but I love speed and was stupid.. If I had a jeep I would have got less tickets..

heck just make her pay for her own gas in a jeep it will teach her to slow down to save gas.

anyhow to answer your question.. yes a jeep is safe if you dont take it on crazy 4 wheeling trails.. but at 16 years old plus she is a girl. I doubt she will use it for offroad...

I think at that age she just want to have the top down with friends in the back blasting the music.. Heck thats the best part of growing up.. just to pack your friends in a car and drive.. I cant remember the last time I had more than 3 people in my car or jeep... most of the time i ride solo..
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Hell, my mom's Maverick went 105 miles an hour and shimmied like hell.

haha my mom had a maverick!
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I would rather see 16 year-olds saving for college than gas, tires, insurance and maintenance. Not to mention repairs and collision damage. Unless there's some compelling reason for a 16 year-old (it would have to be a good one), they don't need a car. Focus on studies, grades, college and other essentials.
i disagree, yes, I do think that kids, such as myself should be worried about school. However, i don't think thats all they should be worried about. And to save for college you usually need a job, and most kids can't just take their parents car every night to go to work. And it all depends on the driver. I consider myself a safe driver. The only times i have ever really messed around were in a snowy parking lot in my van by myself and at eastin a jeep you won't ever get stuck in the snow while messing around just my 2 cents
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My 17 yr takes my jeep anytime he can get it. He is responsible and I would trust him with his friends also. I usually make him drive the suburban to school mainly because he drives less than we do with gas at $4/gal. He probably would be more likely to caution me about driving than me towards him. We started he and his sister in a 93 toyota camry for the first couple of years of driving. My daughter got a new car 2nd yr of college and my son will probably get a new car after completing his first yr (he'll befurther away).
What I am getting to is that the jeep wrangler is a very sturdy vehicle and I would not hesitate to put either of my children in one. We have a neighbor that has a purple wrangler with BARBIEJP as her license plate. Her parents got it for her 16th b-day. They have been rally pleased at how she has handled the vehicle (lifted w/32's). Again it really comes down to the driver and the ideals you have instilled in them. Good luck
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Both my kids learned on my 98 Cherokee's 5 speed, my son bought a 89YJ and ran that for over a year then we got 2 TJ's, one for him and one for my daughter. I wanted them both in something that was solid as a rock. My son got hit head on at a stop sign, his 89YJ was pushed back 30ft with the brakes locked, bent grill and fender, the inifinity that hit him was totaled. Daughter was coming home from work at one of the ski areas when a chick coming from the other direction made a left in front of her, she t boned that saturn and literally broke it in half, bent warn bumper and dimpled passenger fender, broken marker lights. Both of those 97TJ's were 4 bangers by the way so speed is not in issue with them and they get 20MPG...
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I think that replies on this thread should be limited to those above the age of 30 to help level off the bias of opinion. You know what a 17 year old is gonna say before they say it.
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thanks for the replies -i really doubt I will get it for her as we live in alabama -most wrecks by teens and there was one yesterday on the interstate - a range rover- 5 teens injured one killed- driver swerved to miss a tire and flipped many times- apparently all were wearing seat belts and i realize it can happen in any car- these young drivers are inexperienced and things are going to happen- i just don't think a brand new driver needs a cool car like a Jeep Wrangler- I test drove the grand cherokee and she said itwas Ok- I have no idea what to get here- I plan to buy used and she plans to work- she is a very good driver according the the driver's ed guy
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I don't know how drivers ed is in Alabama, but here it is a joke. Each student is required to drive "x" number of hours, but it never happens. Me and my baby sister both had the same instructor. I drove approximately 10 minutes, she drove about the same. Worse yet, by the time she was 16, they no longer are required to take a driving test. As long as they pass the written, and the instructor says they can drive, they are givien a liscense. She couldn't drive to save her life at 16, but the Instructor said she was a safe and competant driver and sent her to get her license.

**By the way, my folks put her in an 88 Chevy Caprice Classic, which she ran over, ran into, ran through all kinds of things with. She eventually drove it without water and boom. Unlike her, my kids will know all aspects of vehicle maintenance, upkeep and care.
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i do agree with starting them on something cheap, and reliable. if they prove they are responsible for a year or two then they deserve to save some money to help purchase a used jeep. i don't agree with buying any teenager a brand new car. i work in a wealthy neighborhood, and all the highschoolers have new jeeps, bmw's, vw's, or mercedes. and all that do have poor attitudes, and end up being jag offs with no work ethic cuz everything was given to them.

my first car was my moms old mazda pick up, it sat in our driveway for five years, when i was fifteen i started fixing it up, and i drove that for 2 years.
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driver's ed in alabama- you either take a class for a semester at high school which includes info. class time/ driving time AND/Or take lessons with this driver guy which we did this summer- since her b'day is in september- alot of folks here have new cars-I don't plan to get her a new car but I do want to get her something she likes/wants so she'll take care of it
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i disagree, yes, I do think that kids, such as myself should be worried about school. However, i don't think thats all they should be worried about. And to save for college you usually need a job, and most kids can't just take their parents car every night to go to work. And it all depends on the driver. I consider myself a safe driver. The only times i have ever really messed around were in a snowy parking lot in my van by myself and at eastin a jeep you won't ever get stuck in the snow while messing around just my 2 cents
I have to agree with NVR on this one. I had my first car at 16, worked all through high school, worked on the car, dated, worked on the car, and still managed to save enough for college. it's a life lessons balancing act. We all can't walk to work.
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If the kid is responsible, get's good grades, and respects his/her parents....WHY NOT? New or used does not make a difference.

I totally intend to give my son my Jeep when he's 16 (assuming there's something left of it). Full box frame, roll bar, upgraded bumpers and side armor....very safe - very fun vehicle...What 16 year old woudn't want a Jeep? What 16 year old wants a burned up - unsafe - Hyundai Accel?
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I started in a CJ2A, never had a regret, then or now...I think Jeeps can take the bumps a lot easier than any other vehicle.
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I think that replies on this thread should be limited to those above the age of 30 to help level off the bias of opinion. You know what a 17 year old is gonna say before they say it.
well I was 17 a couple years ago
and I was explaining the positives and negatives about having one from personal experience

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