|08-30-2013 12:06 AM|
|pig78||Definitely have them look at insurance. I just traded a 2008 Ram 1500 hemi 4wd for a brand new 2013 JK 2 dr. I was afraid my insurance would go up with it being brand new and smaller. Nope, I'm paying 40 bucks less a month for it than a full size truck that's five years older. I've also seen Jeeps rolled on the highway. They looked alot better than cars with crushed roofs I've seen, and I've personally rolled a car. Not pretty.|
|08-17-2013 10:19 AM|
Join a club take them to a meeting maybe get an open seat in a trail ride. Maybe that will help. Check insurance rates against something else they want you to drive see if it is less.
If they meet some Jeepers as old as I am maybe they will find out we are a diverse group and not all crazy.
|08-16-2013 08:45 PM|
|08-16-2013 08:08 PM|
|302||LOL, I would say your parents should be lucky and counting their blessings. I had an 11 second mustang when I was in high school.|
|08-16-2013 06:51 PM|
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|08-15-2013 04:35 PM|
I love the comments in this thread. Personally, my son just turned 16 and has already logged over 60 hours driving on ORV trails in the last few years since he got his ORV permit at the age of 10. He started out w/four wheelers then moved up to driving Jeeps around the age of 14.
For him, like me, roads are boring...
|08-15-2013 04:24 PM|
|TotalNan||The Jeep I have now was my first car three years ago when I was 17. Just try to tell them how practical it is. It's relatively small (easy to park), relatively safe, extremely slow (no 75mph+ speeding tickets), can get you places safely in the snow, repairs are generally easy and cheap, and you can easily get 200,000-300,000 miles out of one before needing major repairs. Once most cars hit about 100,000 miles they start needing major repairs. Not jeeps. It will be the best car you will ever own. Everyone you drive around in it will fall in love with it. I wouldn't trade mine for the world.|
|08-15-2013 04:15 PM|
Have your parents contact their insurance agent. He/she have all the statistics on safety and I'm sure that when they hear the difference in rates between a 16 year old in a Jetta as compared to a Wrangler, they will be sold.
I almost forgot to mention...I'm a mom and my daughter's first car is a Jetta. I wish that she would have bought a Wrangler instead. The sad thing is that even she now wishes that she had.
|08-15-2013 03:39 PM|
It's how I got where I am today..
okay not really but it makes a funny story.
|08-15-2013 03:37 PM|
|08-15-2013 03:11 PM|
1. As for the recklessness, if you express a desire to be able to do your own work, you'll not be doing stupid stuff to have to fix all the time. Jeep's CAN be a handful if you do stupid things in them, but they can also be the most fun you'll have in a vehicle if you do it right. Offroading with my son has made him a better driver (yes, he's driven it offroad). You learn more about your vehicle's limits offroad so you don't blow it on road. It seems paradoxical, but offroad driving will help you.
2. Not a bad choice at all, but if you DO manage to get one, you may have oil pump (OPDA) issues. Perhaps a clean 2004 would be a better option, and perhaps cost a bit less.
3. Jetta's and VW's in general (as well as Audi) can be an electrical nightmare. Both my wife's Audi and my daughter's Jetta have gremlins that light everything up on occasion. While I love the European safety standards, they will be expensive to maintain. Are your parents willing to spend the money to fix electrical and mechanical issues frequently? If they are expecting you to do that, you cannot afford a VW. Sorry.
Finding a good car for a teen is an art. Find something somewhat practical and affordable, but something they'll want to drive and take care of and not screw it up. A Wrangler is a great choice.
- Affordable to maintain (expensive to modify when the bug hits though).
- EASY to maintain (with a Haynes or Factory Service Manual), most things can be found/done.
- Lots of online support via forums.
- Lots of like-minded folks of ALL ages willing to help when needed.
- Great way to learn additional driving skills offroad
- If you love it, you WILL take care of it and be more careful with it.
Insurance isn't too bad on them either, especially if you have an older one. My son has a Mazda 3, but he's rated on my 97 Wrangler. So it saves money there too.
|08-15-2013 02:49 PM|
|NCJeepin||An inexperienced driver can be dangerous in any vehicle. You just need to use your brain with a Jeep. If it sounds like a dumb idea, it probably is. Once you get it, you'll learn its limits and learn to drive within them. Mine doesn't feel tippy in the least, but I also don't haul a$$ around sharp corners like an F1 driver. Be prepared to be broke. You'll seem to find a lot of money going into your Jeep. However, it's totally worth it. And you will pull chicks like you wouldn't believe haha. Honestly, I think it's a perfect first vehicle. You'll quickly learn a lot about maintenance and how things work. The Jeep is fun and easy to tinker with. My dad loves it almost as much as I do. He loves working on it with me and always gives me his opinion on what mods I should do. Oddly enough, even my mom has come to enjoy it. She came out and started helping my dad and I while wiring up my CB. It's awesome and I'm sure your parents will warm up to it fast after you get it. The investment idea mentioned above is also a very good one. You can get a nice Jeep for 5-8k, you just have to be patient and look around.|
|08-15-2013 02:32 PM|
"Its the wrangler or drugs mom, pick one!"
They are safe, awesome, will get you laid (don't tell mom that, just dad) and you can't speed in them (easily).
|08-15-2013 02:30 PM|
2. good choice.
3. As stated, parts are not common and the cost $$$..
Here is what might work.... tell them instead of going 50/50 with you you on the 2006.. you would like for them to give you 400k instead. How? simple get a Jeep that is around 6-7k.(I will guess that is about half the cost of the 2006 your looking at?) Then tell them to invest their half, 6k-7k in a long term fund for you, you of course pay for all of the jeep.... when you retire that might be close to the 400k. Far better investment.
enjoy the jeep.
|08-15-2013 12:38 AM|
|VaJeepster||I'm 16 and my dad really wanted me to get a truck because it was more practical. I said a jeep or a 350z. Well 3 months later I have my lift kit sitting in the garage bfg 33s and waiting on my debit card to order some wheels. My mom loves driving the jeep and my dad wants to start a fabshop for jeeps. He's a union welder and pipefitter. Jeep thing it's contagious watch out|
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|08-14-2013 04:36 PM|
|Charcoal2010||Tell them the speedometer only goes to 100mph so you can't go fast. And once you get bigger heavier tires it will go even slower.|
|08-14-2013 04:32 PM|
|Mr Mac||Just tell Dad he can drive it once in a while. That should take care of it.|
|08-14-2013 04:30 PM|
2. Any year of a TJ is a great first vehicle!
3. Idk that's your opinion.
I'm still 16 and I got my 98 TJ at the beginning of this year and it's been the best thing that I've decided to do. It's practical for what I like to do, I've done all the work on it because it's relatively easy. And all my friends love it! My parents had doubts about it too, but eventually they decided to see how it went. Both of them love it now! We go to the beach in it, dad sometimes helps me with work on it, and in all honesty it's given me more constructive time working on it, rather than wasting time sitting around on Xbox or the computer. I also have 5 other friends whose first vehicles are Jeeps, and they're the same way! If you're serious about wanting a Jeep, hopefully they'll see that it's a good decision, because it can turn out to be an awesome experience!
|08-14-2013 04:15 PM|
|JacobL||I just turned 16 a couple months ago and ha to do the same thing to my parents. I told them its a jeep.. It doesn't go fast and i will drive careful so it doesn't flip over. And if it flips off road then at least i was having fun. They bought it and now they like it more than i do i think haha|
|08-14-2013 03:40 PM|
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|08-14-2013 03:35 PM|
My buddy was driving in highway traffic and got cut off. He swerved to avoid the car and ended up rolling over in a ditch. He took his seat belt off, kicked his windshield out and walked away with only a few scratches.
The whole unsafe thing really holds no weight anymore. Show them the one your interested in, take them to see it/test drive it etc.
Edit because you posted the same time I did
|08-14-2013 03:33 PM|
2. Used 2006
3. My moms first was a VW Jetta and she thinks that would be perfect for me
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|08-14-2013 03:15 PM|
|Dr. Evil||I consider myself a very level headed individual and parent of two boys (13 and 16). I have a 2010 JK and my sons love Jeeps. Initially my wife had all of the fear in her head that you hear by the misinformed. After posting this question on this forum and reading the responses by those who know better, I am happy to say my son is the proud owner of a 2003 TJ. PM me if you want me to answer any questions your folks might have.|
|08-14-2013 01:43 PM|
^^ best advice you're going to get. you have to fight fire with fire so to speak... to put your parents minds at ease. i have a 16 (and an 8) year old daughter... she also wants a wrangler.. namely mine... well, that ain't happening. her own, happily. i would prefer that she purchased a newer model so i don't have to work on it all the time.
but i know they are safe. i know my daughter isn't a speed freak, and most importantly, i know she won't be using the phone while she's driving...
|08-14-2013 01:24 PM|
1. what don't your parents like about the jeep?
2. new or used?
3. what do they think you should get?
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