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Old 03-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #91
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I think the TJ will be ok as a first car .
I learned on a cj with a V8 360 4 spd .
My son 16 learned to drive in a cab over dump truck .
Then after the first few death rides he was ready for the tj with the 5 spd .
He did roll over in my neighbors landscaping about 6 months into his licence ( long story) ,
bent up the rocker under the passenger door killed the fuel pump and riped the differential seal I added heavy rock sliders to hide the dent replace the pump and seal .
The mishap was good experience for him .
money well spent . so far so good .

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:04 PM   #92
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I've only rolled 2

I have to say yes, But with hesitation because I rolled my first jeep at 15.5 as soon as I got my permit. (mechanical prob. Tie Rod snapped.) than there was a large hill that I rolled down a lot faster than I drove up. (Amen for custom cromoly tubeing.) My dad was co-pilot in both. No-one was seriously hurt either time.
I'm now 34 and I have 6 more years before my daughter wants a Jeep. And yes she has made it clear she wants a jeep. Let me know how this turns out. Please.
Best advice is teach her to off road well, and god bless you for getting girls/women into the off road scene in any faction.
By the way I'm jelous I want 3 jeeps in my driveway. Kudos to you.

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:53 PM   #93
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Super old thread but I will be getting my daughter (16 this year) a jeep for her 1st vehicle, she has already been out driving mine and I feel safer with her in this type of vehicle than the compact cars
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #94
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No unless she buys it herself. I had to trade my dad a 76 cj5 that I bought for his TJ that I have now and I started off driving a cherokee which helped make me more comfortable driving. Also make it I Manuel then she can't text and drive
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #95
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No unless she buys it herself. I had to trade my dad a 76 cj5 that I bought for his TJ that I have now and I started off driving a cherokee which helped make me more comfortable driving. Also make it I Manuel then she can't text and drive
Ha good idea on the manual trans
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:58 AM   #96
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I plan on "selling" my TJ to my 16yr old son. very cheap. Ill save that money and use it to help him when he moves out or for school. Either way, it teaches him the value of the $$ and he will respect my Jeep more as it will be his to earn, not given. I will be taking the back seat out as well to cut the distractions out til he is ready for it. I dont want him thinking about putting any girls in the back just yet, lol Also, with the JK's, remember they ARE wider as stated before. Which brings on another hazard. side swipes. be careful not to go too wide til she knows how to drive in the city or smaller back roads. I think an older TJ will be good. Good size, good safety, and as long as she respects the vehicle, all will be fine. With many prayers too..lol
(I agree on the manual as well. keep their hands occupied with the important things)
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:50 AM   #97
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Absolutely not... Jeeps would attact too many boys.

Bad enough they come snoopin around without a Jeep, can't imagine how many would be on the lawn if she did have a Jeep.

Might as well just douse her in pheromones before leaving for school in the morning.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #98
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The OP already got his daughter a jeep, I believe
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:21 PM   #99
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lucky gal lol.... i got a tank of gas from my mom when I (me, myself) bought my POS 300 year old dakota for 700 bucks..... sure did take care of that thing. cuz i understood that after gas and insurance i couldnt aford to replace it.....

love the idea of a truck (no back seat lots of mass) just not 4x2.... dont miss that in the winter.
My first was a 1972 F-250 I boughr mysepf for $700 too. I babied it. No crashes.

For a 16 yo, I'd go YJ with a 4-cyl, bikini top, no a/c, no back seat. Good visibility 360 degrees, low speed, minimal distraction. Cheap to fix, hard to total. Plus it's tough to get pregnant in a two seater Jeep.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:26 PM   #100
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I would say yes, though only if she uses it for what its meant for and as 2jeepsthatrun said, make it a manual so she cant text and drive. plus i think naturally when you learn stick you kind of become a better driver because you cant be quite as lazy when you drive. and she cant call it a wrangler! make sure she knows her jeeps, and how to work on them.

There was a girl at my school, her parents bought here a brand new 2door Jk Rubicon. what a waste! they thought it was like the luxury edition. Puts shame to the jeep name if you ask me
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:50 AM   #101
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It's not the car it's the driver......yeah, if I had a responsible daughter who understood that a Jeep handles differently than a corvette, I'd probably be ok with it....otherwise, no I would not. I had a CJ5 when I was 16....lots of wheeling and partying and no wrecks.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:03 AM   #102
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There are already a lot of responses here, but I'll throw my $0.02 in... TJ or YJ... Thats all you need. Or if you really want soemthing a little bigger, Try to find an LJ, or a TJ unlimited. Easy to maintain, ond god forbid something happens your not out a huge chunk of change.

I learned to drive on a 97 dodge ram 2500 extended cab long bed. It was a 20' long pickup truck. I still have it, and if it keeps chugging along, I plan to teach my kids on it someday...

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