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Old 07-16-2019, 01:01 PM
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She's 17 and drives really well. She's been in the market for her first car for a while and she doesn't like cars. We've looked at a couple and she didn't like them. She keeps talking about Wranglers. She likes sitting up higher and not on the ground like in a car. I've been a motorhead for many years but have no experience with Jeeps(bowtie guy). I don't have a problem with her getting a Wrangler except for the winters in New England. My best friend's ex-GF had a new Wrangler a few years ago for less than a year because she froze her butt off all winter. Now a 17-year-old is probably a little tougher than someone almost 40 but still. I'm looking to see if there's a good solution or if it's actually a real problem and not an excuse she used to change vehicles. I understand that Wranglers are very easy to work on but I'm also looking for some of the problems that need to be avoided when buying one. I won't mind working on it for her and with her, as I like to turn wrenches, in fact, I'm hoping she will want to work on it and customize it and I can help her.

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Hey there! Welcome to the forum.

Not sure what type of Wrangler you're looking at specifically, but I can say in regards to the cold winters, the newer JKs (probably the slightly older as well but I can't speak to that as I only have experience with a '12 and '16) have great heating. Even with a soft top, it'll stay nice and toasty. I think a nice 2-door will be a great vehicle for her; she'll be the one tearing through the snow in the winter.
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Welcome, I am also a newbie here but I went through this process not that long ago. Bought my 18 JLU in September and went through winter with no problem. The heat comes out really hot but I must admit, I went with the cold weather package too so I have remote start with heated cloth seats that really cook! My niece got one too, she got a JL Sahara and she had no issues with the winter either. Hope that helps, good luck!
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I think a two door wrangler JK or even JL would be good (JK's are years 07-18 and JL's are 18-current). If it's a JK she should get a newer model with remote start. The heat on wranglers work really well.
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Thank you to everyone all for the info. I'm glad that the winter heat issue was a myth. I've learned a lot just skimming this forum and hopefully, she will have a Wrangler shortly. She has an opportunity to get a small car for a song and dance but really wants a Wrangler. Maybe we can find a project Wrangler that we can bond over a little. I would really like that. And for her to have 4WD in the winter.
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