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Old 01-04-2013, 10:32 PM   #31
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I think a jeep is fine for a 16 year old....these are not speed demons lol. I also think they are easy to handle...the need for speed for a teen is a major issue.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:35 PM   #32
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btw I love my half doors, but I prefer no doors...I'm in FL myself

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:45 PM   #33
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Yeah maybe they aren't the safest but I don't have the money to throw a huge lift on it or anything crazy. Sorry to revert the thread back to the original question but is there any difference in safety between half and full doors?
Depends where you live, Im from philly and it gets cold here in the winter so I use the full doors for winters, and just take them off in the summer. I was 16 when I got my wrangler and I'm 18 now and never had any problems with it not being safe, just be careful and you'll be fine. haha and always remember to wave
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:52 PM   #34
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Well i sure wouldnt turn my 16 year old loose in a TJ to learn how to drive
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:04 AM   #35
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I was stationed in Miami for 4 years and I'd want full doors just so I got the most out of my A/C lol. You must be in the Gainesville/Ocala area. I vote no doors for Daytona
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #36
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Old man here been driving Jeeps for a while...first one was in the military in the early '80s....full SOFT DOORS!!!

Had a '94 full hard doors..not a fan.

Have an '04 Tj half doors...best choice I ever made vehicle wise.

Got the wife a '12 JK Dec '11...full hard doors...yes it is quieter than my TJ...so? It is not any warmer than my TJ...both have soft top...however my TJ has seat heaters....can ride longer topless that way!!

In Fla IMO easy choice, half doors with good uppers...keep your eyes open replacement uppers pop up every now and than...had a guy give me a set...... he ordered wrong top for his 2000 TJ they sent upper skins and he has full doors...you realize how useless they were to him?

Would probably also look for/ at a 3 piece combo or frameless top.

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Old 01-05-2013, 12:31 PM   #37
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Not my first choice of vehicles to be giving to a 16 year old kid
Really? Why is that? Cause I have a very close friend that is one of the highest certified insurance reps in our area and when I told her that I bought a Jeep Wrangler her response was that the Wrangler is statistically one of the safest vehicles on the road.

So yeah, feel free to explain. Please.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:43 PM   #38
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As for the first vehicle comment. My sister got a tj for her first vehicle. Never sped because she paid for gas. Fell asleep one night going 50-60. Totaled jeep and walked to the nearest house to get help. She lost everything that was inside

For the safety between doors. Id say the only thing halves have on fulls are no glass in a wreck. I
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #39
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Like everyon'e already said, the doors aren't "saftely equipment". that's how you can legally run them without the doors, and top for that matter. the doors & top are only there to pretect you from the elements.

I loved my TJ with 1/2 doors. Until winter. The vinyl windows really don't like to be zipped/unzipped in cold weather. So once it gets cold enough, you just don't open your windows.
In the summers I usually had the doors & top off altogether.
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Well i sure wouldnt turn my 16 year old loose in a TJ to learn how to drive
I learned in a Corvette... It's not the car...or jeep in this case.... It's the way you drive it... Give the kid a break.. all he wants is information...
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:28 PM   #41
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I love my half doors... I've had Jeeps with both and I prefer half. You could also check out a local parts junkyard. Might be lucky and find some there.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #42
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If you buy one with full doors put them on Craigslist or use this forum to trade someone up north for their half doors. I'll be looking for a set of full doors before next winter so I can scrape the windows instead of starting the jeep and letting it run 15 minutes before I have to leave. Impossible to see out of my plastic windows on a cold frosty morning.

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