|03-29-2012 08:03 AM|
There are already a lot of responses here, but I'll throw my $0.02 in... TJ or YJ... Thats all you need. Or if you really want soemthing a little bigger, Try to find an LJ, or a TJ unlimited. Easy to maintain, ond god forbid something happens your not out a huge chunk of change.
I learned to drive on a 97 dodge ram 2500 extended cab long bed. It was a 20' long pickup truck. I still have it, and if it keeps chugging along, I plan to teach my kids on it someday...
|03-29-2012 07:50 AM|
|44Blues||It's not the car it's the driver......yeah, if I had a responsible daughter who understood that a Jeep handles differently than a corvette, I'd probably be ok with it....otherwise, no I would not. I had a CJ5 when I was 16....lots of wheeling and partying and no wrecks.|
|03-27-2012 11:26 PM|
I would say yes, though only if she uses it for what its meant for and as 2jeepsthatrun said, make it a manual so she cant text and drive. plus i think naturally when you learn stick you kind of become a better driver because you cant be quite as lazy when you drive. and she cant call it a wrangler! make sure she knows her jeeps, and how to work on them.
There was a girl at my school, her parents bought here a brand new 2door Jk Rubicon. what a waste! they thought it was like the luxury edition. Puts shame to the jeep name if you ask me
|03-27-2012 11:21 PM|
For a 16 yo, I'd go YJ with a 4-cyl, bikini top, no a/c, no back seat. Good visibility 360 degrees, low speed, minimal distraction. Cheap to fix, hard to total. Plus it's tough to get pregnant in a two seater Jeep.
|03-27-2012 07:53 AM|
|Another Guy In A Jeep||The OP already got his daughter a jeep, I believe|
|03-27-2012 07:50 AM|
Absolutely not... Jeeps would attact too many boys.
Bad enough they come snoopin around without a Jeep, can't imagine how many would be on the lawn if she did have a Jeep.
Might as well just douse her in pheromones before leaving for school in the morning.
|03-27-2012 04:58 AM|
I plan on "selling" my TJ to my 16yr old son. very cheap. Ill save that money and use it to help him when he moves out or for school. Either way, it teaches him the value of the $$ and he will respect my Jeep more as it will be his to earn, not given. I will be taking the back seat out as well to cut the distractions out til he is ready for it. I dont want him thinking about putting any girls in the back just yet, lol Also, with the JK's, remember they ARE wider as stated before. Which brings on another hazard. side swipes. be careful not to go too wide til she knows how to drive in the city or smaller back roads. I think an older TJ will be good. Good size, good safety, and as long as she respects the vehicle, all will be fine. With many prayers too..lol
(I agree on the manual as well. keep their hands occupied with the important things)
|03-26-2012 06:24 PM|
|03-26-2012 04:15 PM|
|2JeepsThatRun||No unless she buys it herself. I had to trade my dad a 76 cj5 that I bought for his TJ that I have now and I started off driving a cherokee which helped make me more comfortable driving. Also make it I Manuel then she can't text and drive|
|03-26-2012 03:53 PM|
|jimmysmith||Super old thread but I will be getting my daughter (16 this year) a jeep for her 1st vehicle, she has already been out driving mine and I feel safer with her in this type of vehicle than the compact cars|
|03-26-2012 03:04 PM|
I've only rolled 2
I have to say yes, But with hesitation because I rolled my first jeep at 15.5 as soon as I got my permit. (mechanical prob. Tie Rod snapped.) than there was a large hill that I rolled down a lot faster than I drove up. (Amen for custom cromoly tubeing.) My dad was co-pilot in both. No-one was seriously hurt either time.
I'm now 34 and I have 6 more years before my daughter wants a Jeep. And yes she has made it clear she wants a jeep. Let me know how this turns out. Please.
Best advice is teach her to off road well, and god bless you for getting girls/women into the off road scene in any faction.
By the way I'm jelous I want 3 jeeps in my driveway. Kudos to you.
|03-26-2012 12:56 AM|
I think the TJ will be ok as a first car .
I learned on a cj with a V8 360 4 spd .
My son 16 learned to drive in a cab over dump truck .
Then after the first few death rides he was ready for the tj with the 5 spd .
He did roll over in my neighbors landscaping about 6 months into his licence ( long story) ,
bent up the rocker under the passenger door killed the fuel pump and riped the differential seal I added heavy rock sliders to hide the dent replace the pump and seal .
The mishap was good experience for him .
money well spent . so far so good .
|11-22-2010 02:04 AM|
|Loic||good job Dad !!! it look like she had a lots of fun !! + it give her an idea of how a vehicule could slide etc.. !!|
|11-22-2010 01:07 AM|
|11-22-2010 12:44 AM|
Hey Yall. OP here, thanks for all the replies and advice. She is pretty mature for her age and she learning to drive the Jeeps. We don't know what her first ride will be yet. We still have 2 years although she begging for a learners permit at 15.
Here's a video of her playing a little at Turkey Bay..
WHAT A SMILE..
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|11-21-2010 10:26 PM|
I will probably let her drive my Jeep when she's older, but my son (who's 12 now) will not drive it (at least by himself) when he is older. 2 different kids, the jeep is a vehicule that can roll over way much easier than any other car ( I rolled one while in the military in Africa) and you dont have to drive fast to do so, when it happened to me I was, maybe, doing 20 mph (if that) on dirt trail. the steering is very quick and light and the rear can get loose very fast. un- experience driver could make an easy mistake go side way and turn the wheel to fast to get back and bang..
so, IMO, it realy depend on the kid. thats also why I want to teach them to ride as much as possible in the desert, where you 'll loose grip easly so they can have a feel of what the jeep will do.
|11-21-2010 08:41 PM|
Pro's and con's- Jeep MAY roll if driving too fast. So can any other vehicle. It has to do with the respect the driver shows for the vehicle-that is the part that has to be learned maybe off-road or going slow in parking lots.
Name another vehicle that is built on a full frame, convertible, huge after market support for "little fender benders", is 4wd and will make it seem she has friends waving to her everywhere?
If it was me I would use a TJ with a 5 speed-as I did with my daughter. (everyone should know how to drive a stick) She traded it for a shiny sports car but the new has worn off and she wants a Jeep again. Glad she is out on her own and will take on that responsibility herself.
|11-21-2010 08:18 PM|
|john's ct jeep|
|11-21-2010 05:20 PM|
|Robd225||I wouldn't put a new driver into a vehicle unless it had air bags and anti lock brakes. If your jeeps has those options then I don't see a problem.|
|11-21-2010 05:19 PM|
After skimming through this thread I haven't anything more to offer the OP than has already been said but I do want to take just a moment to commend the young folks who have posted here.
All of you have offered good advice and insight with many of you showing maturity beyond your years. Good job!
|11-21-2010 05:03 PM|
|2004 Rubicon||I bought my first truck when i was 15 for 300 dollars. i put a clutch in it and took my road test in it to. It was an 88 chevy 2500 extended cab 8ft bed. I eventuall fixed all the rust painted it and sold it for my wrangler. im now 17 driving a wrangler and feel even safer in it then i did in my truck|
|11-21-2010 04:18 PM|
|InvertChaos||Being 16 I feel I know the limitations of my Jeep. The only time I break the speed limit is when I go 60 instead of 55 on the highway. Other wise I am very smart about cornering and not whipping it into places. I respect it and it respects me.|
|11-21-2010 03:08 PM|
|work in progress||im 17 been drivin the jeep almost a year now had a suped up s10 first. i personally wouldnt let or trust others my age with it. from seeing what happens to most of my friends vehicles i think they would kill themselves in a jeep. mind you i also have a yj 33s and about 7in of lift and never have i driven a stocker. i just dont find most kids my age to be responsible enough to handle a jeep. ive been offroading sense i was knee high to a grasshopper. race atv's mud boggers drag bikes hill climbs and have been helping build and drive hotrods my whole life high horsepower no power anything wide tires... so i feel i understood what driving a vehicle with less then desieralble handeling characteristics was. but still hopping into a jeep was a totally different experience. but i have never felt that i wouldnt be able to handle something in it makeing me alot more comfortable driving feeling alot safer in it.|
|11-21-2010 12:34 PM|
my daughter, 14 years old, learning to drive the jeep (manual trans)
you can click on the pic, its a video, now if you just look at that smile !!!!!!
|11-21-2010 12:10 AM|
I've had no dings / accidents that were my fault in my short driving career 5yrs . The first year is the worst for most but good teaching can prevent so much
|11-21-2010 12:01 AM|
|11-20-2010 11:00 PM|
|John412||My girlfriends daughter (17) who lives with me and is of what I would call above average maturity compared to her friends of equal age or older (as many of her friends are 18 at this point) regularly drives a 06 TJ with out incident. I also have no problem handing her the keys to my 2010 JK that has many $$$ of accessories and goodies added to it. This is a question that can only be answered on a case by case basis. I know plenty of people in there mid 20's that in my eyes are totally immature when it comes to driving and I wish they would get huge tickets and there licenses taken away to make the roads safer for all of us. Driving a car is one of the most dangerous things that the average person might ever do in there life time. I think we all know when a person is responsible enough to handle a jeep or whatever car or truck they are handed the keys to. PS she would take the JK any day over the TJ. Why all the hostility over the JK? Is it because you cant afford it? or that you would need to lift the TJ 3" and put 33's on them to match A stock JK? I dont get it. I drive a TJ and JK and I get it, the JK is just plain nicer on road and off. LOL go ahead have fun with that|
|11-20-2010 09:57 PM|
|InvertChaos||Just make sure that she understands it is not a sports car and it can not go fast or corner at all. Does she even want a Jeep? My sister sucks at driving and hates driving suv's so my parents got her a little compact car that is new than my Jeep but was $3,000 less. It all depends the kid.|
|11-20-2010 09:08 PM|
|MoA||04-06 rubi.. she'd love the tj.. the jks are ugly =D|
|11-18-2010 10:34 AM|
i think i would agree with the jeep. pretty big and safe. im 17 and when i started driving my first car was an 86 fiero 2m4. slid into a pole. still fixing it and taking it for paint tomorrow. i now also have my dads jeep (89 yj) because of his promotion which gave him a new car. point is i have never felt like something was going to happen in the jeep. even in the crappiest weather it has always felt the safest. i think a jeep would be safe and reliable.
and just to add they weren't exactly given to me straight up. i busted my knuckles working on both of those cars and have had the same job since i was 14. almost 4 years of work.
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