|05-06-2010 09:14 AM|
|05-06-2010 09:09 AM|
|05-06-2010 09:07 AM|
|05-06-2010 08:57 AM|
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|
|05-05-2010 11:55 PM|
Sorry for the off topic post(s) but sometimes they are fun.
|05-05-2010 09:14 PM|
Heh Heh, can't fool you !!
|05-05-2010 09:11 PM|
Fixed that for you!
|05-05-2010 09:08 PM|
[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 !!
|05-05-2010 08:55 PM|
|05-05-2010 07:29 PM|
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|
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|
|05-05-2010 10:41 AM|
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|
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
|05-05-2010 10:13 AM|
|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|
Lets see--suck-ass advice !!
1) Bad advice
2) poor advice
3) feeble advice
4) erroneous advice
5) flippant advice
5) unattached advice
7) irrelevant advice
8) irreprovable advice
Now, that is so Junior college ()
|04-30-2010 03:23 PM|
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|
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|
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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