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Old 10-25-2010, 11:36 PM   #61
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:08 AM   #62
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Definitely put her in a jeep.. Can't go wrong with one. I'm 16, been driving my tj alone onroad and offroad since I was fifteen. It's a 4.0l 5spd, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Although safety is an issue, they are still jeeps. If you end up getting her what she truly wants, she will be eternally grateful (as I am). Take it from a teen jeeplover, she will be fine in a used one. But consider ::everything:: before you make a decision. Good luck!!!
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Also-like was mentioned earlier....16 year old girl in a Jeep = 18 year old boys with her alone in the woods "offroading".
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at least the back seat is small and uncomfortable... especially when full of gear
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:14 AM   #64
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when my oldest boy was turning 16 i went to the car lot and the dealer said sometning that i will always remember. first car for any teen will have dents in all 4 sides and the top to. this was true to form for all 3 boy and 1 girl ( who was worse that all the boys)

so get something that will take the small hits and won't bury your finances.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:22 AM   #65
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I bought both of my kids jeeps for their 15th birthdays. Of course that was when a new tricked out jeep was $11,000.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:25 AM   #66
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not sure about the tj, they had a narrower wheelbase and seem to roll even when stock. that being said i let my two daughters learn how to drive in my 08 4 dr sahara. only concern with a jk is lack of side protection.
It is possible to reinforce the doors, and put in side air bags that would dramatically increase your sides
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:28 AM   #67
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Pick up truck. She can't haul as many friends, so fewer distractions while she's learning to deal with driving in traffic, etc.
Friends in the back, id say more dangerous
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:18 PM   #68
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X2 lol
x3 look you cant worry too much about the car specifically, lambos can be more safe than a 90 volvo given certain circumstances. It depends on her maturity level, if you think she can handle a 4x4 vehicle in less than ideal conditions than get her one. If you doubt she can drive it well on and off road then get her a civic or something.
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Just an observation. Every year we see serious teen accidents on the news in our area. Most of them involve high powered sedans (BMW, etc) or SUV's. Teens are, well teens - I certainly was. They tend to push the envelope at least occassionally and especially with friends along. A high powered sedan has the power to let them get into a situation that they cannot control while most SUV's are inherently easier to roll than vehicles with a lower CG.

So I would not put my daughter in a Wrangler as her first vehicle, and she has been driving offroad since she was 12. But we did let her drive our '97 Grand Cherokee, believing that she understands & respects its handling characteristics. I'd probably really be happier with a Volvo for her first few years of driving though.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:16 PM   #70
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my 10 year old has already picked out the new paint job that MY jeep is getting .. has the seat covers in her closet.. the type of rims she wants.. and it has to have a step rail.. no britney spears photo ops.. and my list is still getting bigger..

I have the cell phone disrupter that is the first thing installed..
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:24 PM   #71
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My first car was an alero. It was a good little car but I personally would not get my daughter a wrangler because as a 16 year old girl learning to drive she may not pick up on the wrangler handling characteristics. I think above a 16 y/o said "SHe'll only be 16 once" Don't listen to that crap. Its a fathers and mothers job to make sure your kids make it to 17 and so on, not let them do whatever they want. But hey you know your daughter better than anyone else, so if your comfortable with it, then do it! At least she cant go fast.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:33 PM   #72
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My first car was a 1979 Ford Ranchero. I bought it. I'm a firm believer in my parents philosophy of making the kids buy their own vehicles. Yeah it was kinda a POS...but it ran fine, If I were to hit anything I was pretty dang safe. and I learned a lot in that vehicle.

kids who are given everything appreciate nothing.

Agreed! I went to a pretty nice private school and I had to buy my own 2000 alero which wasnt "cool" cause parents bought their kids Cadillacs. But I busted my ass to pay for that car and it wasn't even that nice. But i appreciate the hell out of everything now. And since I payed for it...in 6 years I never put a dent in it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:34 AM   #73
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i think i would agree with the jeep. pretty big and safe. im 17 and when i started driving my first car was an 86 fiero 2m4. slid into a pole. still fixing it and taking it for paint tomorrow. i now also have my dads jeep (89 yj) because of his promotion which gave him a new car. point is i have never felt like something was going to happen in the jeep. even in the crappiest weather it has always felt the safest. i think a jeep would be safe and reliable.

and just to add they weren't exactly given to me straight up. i busted my knuckles working on both of those cars and have had the same job since i was 14. almost 4 years of work.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:08 PM   #74
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04-06 rubi.. she'd love the tj.. the jks are ugly =D
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:57 PM   #75
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Just make sure that she understands it is not a sports car and it can not go fast or corner at all. Does she even want a Jeep? My sister sucks at driving and hates driving suv's so my parents got her a little compact car that is new than my Jeep but was $3,000 less. It all depends the kid.
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My girlfriends daughter (17) who lives with me and is of what I would call above average maturity compared to her friends of equal age or older (as many of her friends are 18 at this point) regularly drives a 06 TJ with out incident. I also have no problem handing her the keys to my 2010 JK that has many $$$ of accessories and goodies added to it. This is a question that can only be answered on a case by case basis. I know plenty of people in there mid 20's that in my eyes are totally immature when it comes to driving and I wish they would get huge tickets and there licenses taken away to make the roads safer for all of us. Driving a car is one of the most dangerous things that the average person might ever do in there life time. I think we all know when a person is responsible enough to handle a jeep or whatever car or truck they are handed the keys to. PS she would take the JK any day over the TJ. Why all the hostility over the JK? Is it because you cant afford it? or that you would need to lift the TJ 3" and put 33's on them to match A stock JK? I dont get it. I drive a TJ and JK and I get it, the JK is just plain nicer on road and off. LOL go ahead have fun with that
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:01 PM   #77
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My daughter is 14 right now. She is really wanting a jeep when she turns 16.

There is no way I can put her in a new 2012 or 2013, The budget will call for a used one.

My question is, would you trust a used one for your daughter. We are talking stock here. I am thinking a 2008 or so 4 door would be safer than a 2 door for an inexperienced driver. I got to start figuring now for a vehicle for her.

I would love to hear your thoughts because i am all ready planning.
Teach her to drive safely and if you did your job then any vehicle will be suitable. Not saying you can stop worrying because that's impossible hehe .but focus as much as you can on teaching safe drivig
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:10 PM   #78
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when my oldest boy was turning 16 i went to the car lot and the dealer said sometning that i will always remember. first car for any teen will have dents in all 4 sides and the top to. this was true to form for all 3 boy and 1 girl ( who was worse that all the boys)

so get something that will take the small hits and won't bury your finances.
Lol maybe its the one doing the teaching. Haha

I've had no dings / accidents that were my fault in my short driving career 5yrs . The first year is the worst for most but good teaching can prevent so much
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my daughter, 14 years old, learning to drive the jeep (manual trans)
you can click on the pic, its a video, now if you just look at that smile !!!!!!





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im 17 been drivin the jeep almost a year now had a suped up s10 first. i personally wouldnt let or trust others my age with it. from seeing what happens to most of my friends vehicles i think they would kill themselves in a jeep. mind you i also have a yj 33s and about 7in of lift and never have i driven a stocker. i just dont find most kids my age to be responsible enough to handle a jeep. ive been offroading sense i was knee high to a grasshopper. race atv's mud boggers drag bikes hill climbs and have been helping build and drive hotrods my whole life high horsepower no power anything wide tires... so i feel i understood what driving a vehicle with less then desieralble handeling characteristics was. but still hopping into a jeep was a totally different experience. but i have never felt that i wouldnt be able to handle something in it makeing me alot more comfortable driving feeling alot safer in it.
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Being 16 I feel I know the limitations of my Jeep. The only time I break the speed limit is when I go 60 instead of 55 on the highway. Other wise I am very smart about cornering and not whipping it into places. I respect it and it respects me.
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I bought my first truck when i was 15 for 300 dollars. i put a clutch in it and took my road test in it to. It was an 88 chevy 2500 extended cab 8ft bed. I eventuall fixed all the rust painted it and sold it for my wrangler. im now 17 driving a wrangler and feel even safer in it then i did in my truck
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After skimming through this thread I haven't anything more to offer the OP than has already been said but I do want to take just a moment to commend the young folks who have posted here.

All of you have offered good advice and insight with many of you showing maturity beyond your years. Good job!
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I wouldn't put a new driver into a vehicle unless it had air bags and anti lock brakes. If your jeeps has those options then I don't see a problem.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:18 PM   #85
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my daughter, 14 years old, learning to drive the jeep (manual trans)
you can click on the pic, its a video, now if you just look at that smile !!!!!!





watched the video. that's one happy 14 yr old. now that's cool even in the desert.
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Pro's and con's- Jeep MAY roll if driving too fast. So can any other vehicle. It has to do with the respect the driver shows for the vehicle-that is the part that has to be learned maybe off-road or going slow in parking lots.

Name another vehicle that is built on a full frame, convertible, huge after market support for "little fender benders", is 4wd and will make it seem she has friends waving to her everywhere?

If it was me I would use a TJ with a 5 speed-as I did with my daughter. (everyone should know how to drive a stick) She traded it for a shiny sports car but the new has worn off and she wants a Jeep again. Glad she is out on her own and will take on that responsibility herself.

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watched the video. that's one happy 14 yr old. now that's cool even in the desert.
yeah, she had a blast. I choosed the desert cuz not much can happen there
I will probably let her drive my Jeep when she's older, but my son (who's 12 now) will not drive it (at least by himself) when he is older. 2 different kids, the jeep is a vehicule that can roll over way much easier than any other car ( I rolled one while in the military in Africa) and you dont have to drive fast to do so, when it happened to me I was, maybe, doing 20 mph (if that) on dirt trail. the steering is very quick and light and the rear can get loose very fast. un- experience driver could make an easy mistake go side way and turn the wheel to fast to get back and bang..
so, IMO, it realy depend on the kid. thats also why I want to teach them to ride as much as possible in the desert, where you 'll loose grip easly so they can have a feel of what the jeep will do.
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Hey Yall. OP here, thanks for all the replies and advice. She is pretty mature for her age and she learning to drive the Jeeps. We don't know what her first ride will be yet. We still have 2 years although she begging for a learners permit at 15.

Here's a video of her playing a little at Turkey Bay..

WHAT A SMILE..

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Hey Yall. OP here, thanks for all the replies and advice. She is pretty mature for her age and she learning to drive the Jeeps. We don't know what her first ride will be yet. We still have 2 years although she begging for a learners permit at 15.

Here's a video of her playing a little at Turkey Bay..

WHAT A SMILE..

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good job Dad !!! it look like she had a lots of fun !! + it give her an idea of how a vehicule could slide etc.. !!

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