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05-06-2010 09:14 AM
CMEvans79
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Originally Posted by phottomatt View Post
I agree to a point, if you are like I was (I was driving a stick and a chevy half ton short bed with a plow and 3 in the tree long before I turned 15, I was 6' in 8th grade so yes I could reach the pedals) I would go with the Rubi only cause you have a choice. HOWEVER chances are you'll wreck it, please don't take that personally, but as a father now and with one son who has already totaled his first car in the first year, I'd have to say keep it simple.
Completely agree! By the time I traded my first truck in on my car, the frame was bent from being rear ended and playing tag with friends...
05-06-2010 09:09 AM
phottomatt
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Originally Posted by thaduke2003 View Post
I will be the odd man out. Neither. At 15, you need to learn how to drive. I say get either an X or, at most, a Sahara. I would NEVER teach someone to drive on mud terrains. Plus, you could always buy a set of OEM takeoffs later, after you haven't killed yourself for a year or two. Mud terrains take a certain amount of driving ability to properly handle in inclement weather. Spend less, save on insurance, get a base model, 6-speed, and build it up as you go.
Spending more on stuff you won't use is foolish. On a first car, which odds say you WILL wreck at least once, no thanks. Be smart, and keep it simple- Mark W.
I agree to a point, if you are like I was (I was driving a stick and a chevy half ton short bed with a plow and 3 in the tree long before I turned 15, I was 6' in 8th grade so yes I could reach the pedals) I would go with the Rubi only cause you have a choice. HOWEVER chances are you'll wreck it, please don't take that personally, but as a father now and with one son who has already totaled his first car in the first year, I'd have to say keep it simple.
05-06-2010 09:07 AM
CMEvans79
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Originally Posted by YAHAHA View Post
That's too bad. If I had the means and my kid was a decent human being who knew the value of hard work and the value of a dollar, I'd buy him whatever new car he wanted! That way he could continue to save his money until it was time for him to get established & buy a house.

I wish my folks had done this for me. Instead, I ended up buying one POS car after another & keep fixing it until it croaked because that's all I could afford. By the time I wanted to buy a house, I didn't have enough down payment because I spent it all on lame cars that fit my price range! On the plus side, I can fix just about anything on any car now based on my experience fixing my POS cars all these years.

Sometimes we have to NOT be the teacher in the Pink Floyd song The Wall.
Ok, dont get me wrong, my truck was well taken care of... My parents did GIVE it to me, it just wasnt BRAND NEW ... I saved my own money to buy something new... I did buy a car first because I thought I wanted a car, but after having the truck I wanted a truck and bought my Mazda... I'm not saying to NOT get your kid a car, but I remember what I did and the majority of the 16 year olds that I knew at the time and how most 16 year olds use vehicles... My 6 year old has already said that she wants my 99 wrangler, and I have told her that when she turns 16 its hers ... NOW ... if the jeep is in good shape in 2019 when she turns 16, it is hers, but if its not, I will get her something that is. I just dont think its smart to give 16 year olds BRAND NEW current year vehicles ... it just is not financially sound.
05-06-2010 08:57 AM
YAHAHA
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Originally Posted by CMEvans79 View Post
I would NEVER buy my kid a brand new vehicle when they are 16 ... when I was 16 (1996) I had a 1987 GMC S15 6cyl ... I had to WORK for MY own money to buy a new vehicle for myself in 1999, didnt even need a co-signer.
That's too bad. If I had the means and my kid was a decent human being who knew the value of hard work and the value of a dollar, I'd buy him whatever new car he wanted! That way he could continue to save his money until it was time for him to get established & buy a house.

I wish my folks had done this for me. Instead, I ended up buying one POS car after another & keep fixing it until it croaked because that's all I could afford. By the time I wanted to buy a house, I didn't have enough down payment because I spent it all on lame cars that fit my price range! On the plus side, I can fix just about anything on any car now based on my experience fixing my POS cars all these years.

Sometimes we have to NOT be the teacher in the Pink Floyd song The Wall.
05-06-2010 02:25 AM
CMEvans79 I would NEVER buy my kid a brand new vehicle when they are 16 ... when I was 16 (1996) I had a 1987 GMC S15 6cyl ... I had to WORK for MY own money to buy a new vehicle for myself in 1999, didnt even need a co-signer.
05-06-2010 12:18 AM
jk'n
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Originally Posted by 10islander View Post
I am 15 and my dad's looking into getting me a 2010 wrangler. We are interested in the Islander and Rubicon. I would like help by those with experience in both. I will possibly start off doing some light offroading but mostly my daily driver. Please, recommend one for my needs. Thank you!
I went back to the first post in this thread. There are now over 40 posts and not one reply back from the OP. I guess there is no surprise that posts are now going off topic. I wonder if the OP has even read any of the good feedback....all that work....no glory.
05-05-2010 11:55 PM
jk'n
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Originally Posted by Rolling Thunder View Post
Hey jk'n

Got my tickets for Under the Big Top Tour in Dallas May 22nd...taking the Islander and a cold Land Shark...aaahhhh
Red with envy!

Sorry for the off topic post(s) but sometimes they are fun.
05-05-2010 09:14 PM
JIMBOX Heh Heh, can't fool you !!


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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
Fixed that for you!
JIMBO
05-05-2010 09:11 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
Thanx, but


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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
Wow, that's really cool that you were able to get a brand new car like that!
They gave me a good tradein for my Model T
I needed something a little more comfy, to drive to High school--in Napa

Especially in the winter, you know rain/sleet/snow stuff !!

JIMBO

Fixed that for you!
05-05-2010 09:08 PM
JIMBOX Thanx, but


[QUOTE=daggo66;617233]Wow, that's really cool that you were able to get a brand new car like that! [/QUOTE

They gave me a good tradein for my CJ-2

I needed something a little more comfy, to drive to High school--in Napa

Especially in the winter, you know rain/sleet/snow stuff !!

JIMBO
05-05-2010 08:55 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
When I was 16, I got a 1947, black Ford coupe-3spd(on the column)/flathead-231 cu/in?

I took the hubcaps off !!!

Drove it 30 miles a day to Napa Highschool-17mpg

put dual exhaust on it with GLASSPACKS !!--KEWL

JIMBO
Wow, that's really cool that you were able to get a brand new car like that!
05-05-2010 07:29 PM
Rolling Thunder Hey jk'n

Got my tickets for Under the Big Top Tour in Dallas May 22nd...taking the Islander and a cold Land Shark...aaahhhh
05-05-2010 05:53 PM
jk'n ^^ Hello to a fellow parrot head. I love the look of the Islander and think it has a certain appeal to drivers, probably old guys like me who parrot head...a lot. But I like my outdoor activity rough and tough. I feel like a 15 year old trapped in an old body. I think a youngster would like that image and a Rubicon that would go with it even if the jeep doesn't make it off the hard top. Probably an image thing at that age.
05-05-2010 05:33 PM
Rolling Thunder I would say Islander but I am a newb here and I listen to Jimmy Buffett (all the time as I am a Parrot Head) and I use my JK for my daily commuter, and the most off roading it will see is some sand in the parking lot of some beach in Florida....you get the point.
05-05-2010 05:08 PM
jk'n When I was 15 at best I had a rusty old spoon that I was born with in my mouth. I was happy to own a 1962 dodge dart in the mid 70's. Three on the tree straight six, small block. It got me where I was going without too much having to be spent on upkeep.

Most of the posters here don't understand what it is like to be born with a gold spoon shoved in your mouth (one step above silver). When this is the situation, there is a whole knew paradigm at work. It is not about how much it costs, rather what effect it will produce and how it will be received. Now, if I were about to shove a golden spoon into my kid's mouth in the purchase of a vehicle, I would consider the purchase of a jeep to be a good choice. There is enough metal around the youngster to provide a decent amount of protection from impact. It is not a muscle type car and therefore it won't be on the drag strip going way too fast...key word here is way...meaning the jeep can go fast but just wasn't built to go light speed. I wouldn't classify it as a sex mobile either. That could better be accomplished in a Cadillac or some other luxury vehicle. So I would consider it a middle of the road fairly safe vehicle.

Definitely Rubicon over Islander. Since cost is no concern.
05-05-2010 02:06 PM
biffman My first car when I was 16 in 1986 was a 1985 red Honda Prelude. Today I get to pick up my new 2010 red Unlimited which is my 40th birthday present, although I don't think I'll ever be able to get it away from my wife who is kinda pissed that she has to drive the minivan and I get to drive the jeep. Commander anyone??
05-05-2010 01:57 PM
KJ4DPB
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Originally Posted by 1badfish View Post
When I was 15, in 1987, I got a pale yellow 1979 Datsun B210, two door, 4 speed manual. Most of you probably weren't around in 1979. Hell, maybe even 1987!!!!
Okay, I might not have been around in 1979, but I was around in 1987 (granted, I was 1!) but my first car was a nasty old 1971 VW Fastback. Only plus was that it was the only automatic they made, and I had some killer arm muscles driving that thing around for the next two years (finally died ) without power steering!
05-05-2010 10:41 AM
gryph When I was 15 I bought my own 1st car for $800. It was a 1969 Mustang Mach I with a 351W.
I worked on it for a couple of years, then drove it for a few more years and sold it for $2,800! Loved that car
05-05-2010 10:33 AM
superdavis78 When I was 16 I had to drive a 1986 two-tone Gold/Saddle Brown Chevy C-10 lwb w/o a/c....I think I drove that thing for 4 months or so....then I got a 1987 Monte Carlo SS....until I totaled it, LOL....then back to the the truck. So a new Jeep at 15 is way too much!!! Just my two cents though.
05-05-2010 10:23 AM
JIMBOX When I was 16, I got a 1947, black Ford coupe-3spd(on the column)/flathead-231 cu/in?

I took the hubcaps off !!!

Drove it 30 miles a day to Napa Highschool-17mpg

put dual exhaust on it with GLASSPACKS !!--KEWL

JIMBO
05-05-2010 10:13 AM
RaiderRUBICON
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Originally Posted by 1badfish View Post
When I was 15, in 1987, I got a pale yellow 1979 Datsun B210, two door, 4 speed manual. Most of you probably weren't around in 1979. Hell, maybe even 1987!!!!
I think 15 is too young to own any car. Really? 15? thats just not right.
05-04-2010 07:30 PM
1badfish When I was 15, in 1987, I got a pale yellow 1979 Datsun B210, two door, 4 speed manual. Most of you probably weren't around in 1979. Hell, maybe even 1987!!!!
05-04-2010 07:05 PM
JC JK Like everybody said get the RUBI, Thats what I did for my son to. He gets his June 9 Big 16 But his is a Built 06 Unlimited In Picture.
05-04-2010 06:51 PM
superdavis78 Get the Rubi....simple!!! There is no subsitute for the Rubi, especially not the Islander....
04-30-2010 05:24 PM
jk'n I have a Rubi and I would consider it a no brainer to choose the Rubi over the Islander because of it's capabilities. I realize that all of the other advice about starting out small and working your way up seems sensible but a choice between a Rubi and an Islander at age 15 is one that most don't experience and only dream of what it would have been like including myself. So, since that is what the OP wanted to know, without regards to the money part...definitely get the Rubi.
04-30-2010 03:36 PM
JIMBOX Lets see--suck-ass advice !!

NOT !!
1) Bad advice
2) poor advice
3) feeble advice
4) erroneous advice
5) flippant advice
5) unattached advice
7) irrelevant advice
8) irreprovable advice
------------------------------BUT---------------------------

-SUCK--ASS advice

Now, that is so Junior college ()

JIMBO
04-30-2010 03:23 PM
gryph You guys give suck-ass advice.

If dad wants to buy you a Rubi, you take it and thank God every day for such nice parents.

I suggest, you wash his car every weekend and lick his shoes clean on Sunday nights (top and bottom), Most importantly, be careful and don't f -up the Jeep!!!

No talking on the cell phone or texting, just focus on driving.

By the way, if you do screw up the Jeep, let us know ASAP so we can organize a group outing to come over to your place and kick your ass. (just to save your dad from doing it himself)
04-30-2010 12:14 PM
YAHAHA First of all, welcome to the forum.

Second of all, make sure to thank your folks.

Lastly & most importantly, I say screw the neighsayers here & get what you want. If you plan on going offroad on harder trails, get the RUBICON. If you're only going to be doing puddle-jumping or very light off-roading, the ISLANDER will be fine.

Mud tires are different than regular tires because of the way they're designed & built. But if you learn on a more difficult tire, then if you ever switch to a non-MT tire, you'll be ahead of the game.

Either way, remember, you're in a Jeep, not a car. If you jerk the steering wheel at speed, you will be sorry. If you get into an accident at a high speed, you'll be sorry. Take it easy & you'll have a great time!

Oh yea... cell phones are useless when you've got the top down. Especially with MT tires!
04-30-2010 12:01 PM
abw0004 When I was fifteen I learned on a two year old Wrangler X and it had 31 All Terrians, but I mostly drove a Volvo to learn on. I would agree that it isnt a good car to learn on but it is possible to do so safely. I bought that Wrangler from my dad and it was my first car and I have modified it myself and love it to death. Just keep in mind that you have to be better and more careful than a normal driver because these cars are top heavy and I remember thinking I was invincible. This is also my daily driver. These cars are great but be careful. I would say though go for a Rubicon.
04-30-2010 11:47 AM
Sf_Kilo Well being 23 and and having owned only 5 cars so far I can say that you DO NOT WANT MUD TERRAINS on you first vehicle...

IMO get a 2dr base (4x4) wrangler and have fun with it for awhile....
get the 3:20 gears to keep the fuel cons down and get the limited slip rear, in whatever color suits you....

The off road ability of a Rubi is about the same as an Islander unless you are crawling up a boulder pile and need the sway disconnected and need axle lockers.... the suspension is the same minus the sway disconnect.
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