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Old 08-05-2008, 07:37 PM   #1
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we are going to look at '07 4 door but it's 2wd- it is for a 16 year old GIRL and i really don't want her off road- will this be hard for resale without 4wd- i think most that buy the 4 door buy them for pavement- am i correct?

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we are going to look at '07 4 door but it's 2wd- it is for a 16 year old GIRL and i really don't want her off road- will this be hard for resale without 4wd- i think most that buy the 4 door buy them for pavement- am i correct?
you could just buy a station wagon then if your not offroading it. Whats the point of having a Jeep? and why 2wd???

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Old 08-05-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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What a comment- I am buying it for my 16 year old daughter who will be a NEW driver and has no business being off road- she will be learning to drive for one thing-I have read alot of people are buying the 4 door as family cars with kids and she thinks it looks cool and I can afford it and would like to get it for her- think I'll call someone I know that owns one instead of listening to you
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lol, struck a nerve, huh?
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lol, struck a nerve, huh?


Seriously I would expect the resale value to be very poor

We have never had one at our dealership ...Ive never even seen one...

If she likes it and can afford the gas I say go for it....

Lots a cool lil cars out there tho that get waaaaaaaaaaaay better milage

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Old 08-05-2008, 09:22 PM   #6
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I 've looked at several at different dealerships- some people just want them for street cars- that is the 4 door and i would much rather have my daughter in a big car that drinks gas then a small car with better mileage- small cars are not safe for new drivers-
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I 've looked at several at different dealerships- some people just want them for street cars- that is the 4 door and i would much rather have my daughter in a big car that drinks gas then a small car with better mileage- small cars are not safe for new drivers-
Seriously if ya want safe and 18-19 MPG there are better choices a good used Envoy or Trailblazer is a very safe vehicle for instance...Thats what I bought my wife for just that reason....when its snowy she just presses the on demand 4wd drive button and goes anywhere she needs ta go. the truck does all the work....15-18K for a good used one as well...Just a thought...Gary
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If you like the Jeep, and she likes the Jeep I say get it. Resale sucks for anything right now, unless you have a Civic. All in personal preference. My wife tried to talk me into getting a 2wd, because she knows im going to be off road!! It didnt happen though. Atleast you are doing research instead of just going out and buying it and being stuck with it.

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Old 08-06-2008, 09:31 AM   #9
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I love my Jeep but they are not the safest vehicle out there. Buy her a crew cab diesel they are at the bottom of the market so you can get a great deal and it is like driving a tank. Plenty of room and she goes off to college she can take her stuff with her.
All kidding aside I have a F250 and they are out there cheap. I have two friends that just did the same.
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we are going to look at '07 4 door but it's 2wd- it is for a 16 year old GIRL and i really don't want her off road- will this be hard for resale without 4wd- i think most that buy the 4 door buy them for pavement- am i correct?
I wouldn't spend money on a 2 wheel jeep. My wife has a 4x4 Honda Element. Almost as cool as a Jeep, gets 26mpg, has more interior room, is more secure and the 4 wheel system, while not a true 4x4 and not great in serious off roading, is fine for light mud, sand, gravel roads and such.. Probably will have better resale than 2x4 Wrangler. If I didn't actually go off road with my 4 door 4x4 Wrangler, I would have gotten an Element myself.
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we bought the 4 door today- i already told her I am taking it to the beach in october for my girls trip- can't wait!!
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I see you already bought the 4 door, so maybe this will benefit someone else who is thinking of buying for their kid.

I don't think I would let my 16 year old drive a Jeep as a first car.

1. High center of gravity.
2. POOR crash ratings. Jeeps are really durable vehicles, but they just don't fair well in vehicle crashes.
3. Increased chance from injury in a roll over. Granted she should be wearing a seatbelt, but there isn't much to help keep arms and head in. Also, you don't get the added protection of a roof from the things vehicles roll over during a crash. Even if you get the hard top, that is nothing more than a cosmetic dressing as far as a roll over is concerned.

I've got 16 years in the car crash business. I've also already had to deal with one 4 door crash and a 2 door JK crash. The 4 door didn't fair well at all in the T-bone crash. The 2 door faired better but it was also a different kind of crash. The 4 door also did a 1/4 roll onto the drivers side. If it were a vehicle with a lower center of gravity, that wouldn't have happened.

Just my two cents.

Oh, as for the 2WD resale. My opinion is there is a MUCH smaller market for 2WD Jeeps so resale would be much worse than a 4WD.
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thanks- let's just hope she doesn't crash!!!
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Also, you don't get the added protection of a roof from the things vehicles roll over during a crash. Even if you get the hard top, that is nothing more than a cosmetic dressing as far as a roll over is concerned.
While I mostly agree with you about them being a high center of gravity vehicle and they roll easier than cars, so do all other SUVs!!!!!! Check the J turn testing stats.. Back when the CJ getting all the bad reviews because of its poor stability, the Bronco II was even worse,, and it is the same today. H3s, Yukons, FJ cruisers are all high center of gravity vehicles and roll easier than cars. The soft top Jeep because has a lower center of gravity than most other SUVs is actually a bit better, and BESIDES THAT!!!! it has an actual roll bar!!!!
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if i were gonna get a 4 door and not want it to be going offroading i would just remove the front drive shaft...
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While I mostly agree with you about them being a high center of gravity vehicle and they roll easier than cars, so do all other SUVs!!!!!! Check the J turn testing stats.. Back when the CJ getting all the bad reviews because of its poor stability, the Bronco II was even worse,, and it is the same today. H3s, Yukons, FJ cruisers are all high center of gravity vehicles and roll easier than cars. The soft top Jeep because has a lower center of gravity than most other SUVs is actually a bit better, and BESIDES THAT!!!! it has an actual roll bar!!!!

I never said I thought a SUV is a good choice for a first car. If my daughter were turning 16 today, I'd have to say my top pick would be a Subaru. Personally, I've had two and had great luck with them. Plus the one's that I've seen in crashes, did exactly what they were supposed to do, protect the occupant.

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