Tell me about your experience with a Jeep Wrangler

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  1. gimmea250swb

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    So I'm shopping for my daughter for a jeep wrangler (first car) - because she batted her eyes at me. I know absolutely nothing about them. I'm told they suck but at the same time there seems to be a cult following and people love them. From what I can tell, the resale is impressive. I have no issues with working on cars but in 3 years when she moves out will she be stuck in the middle of the road.

    For frame of reference, my son's first car will be a '65 mustang fastback. Holy crap, what am I thinking??

    In all seriousness, I'd appreciate serious thoughts on reliability and safety.
  2. schwoo

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    My son just turned 16..... initially he wanted a jeep. After doing our homework, we went with a Range Rover Velar. Very classy, safe, all the comforts of home. Take her to the Range Rover dealership and comparison shop.
  3. schwoo

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  4. 19633500GT

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    A TJ Wrangler (1997-2006) would make a great first car.

    4x4 when you need it. The straight 6 4.0L with either a stick or AT are great cars.
  5. chris0315

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  6. EastMemphis

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    Personally, I wouldn't want my child to have one as a first car. They handle like crap and can easily leave controllability. Sure, they are fun looking and in the hands of a capable driver, well behaved. For a kid, too much. (had a 2006 2 door Rubicon)

    I suggest something cheap and sedate that doesn't inspire your first time driver to do crazy or stupid things.
  7. VAF84

    VAF84 Karting

    They're pretty spartan for the price, but as you said, they maintain value well. Parts are fairly inexpensive and abundant. I'd say reliability is good enough. Plenty of people who can work on them if any unexpected issues arise. Safety on the other hand, I'm not so sure about, they feel a little loose and finicky to me; but I haven't driven a new one lately. I'd consider an older G-wagon a good alternative.
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  8. centerfireman

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    I agree with the above. I also have 2006 Rubicon which has been very reliable for its 67K miles. Easy to work on; factory and aftermarket parts are very available and fairly low-priced. For a new driver however they have a high center of gravity and are more likely to tip over than a sedan. Lots of fun with the hard top, soft top, no top options, but probably not the safest first vehicle for a new driver.
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  9. Tcar

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    Terrible choice for an inexperienced driver.
    Bad handling... look up "death wobble".
    Slight side impact in a collision and they roll over... high center of gravity...
    They do not skid or spin... they roll.
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  10. Cotton

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    My first “car” was an 87 Jeep Wrangler. It was a blast having that thing in high school. We also have a 2012 we bought new that has over 160k and it has been a great vehicle, very reliable. Never had any stability issues in either.
  11. Isobel

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    Rented an Unlimited Sahara recently for work. Shared the 4 hour trip with a 6’3 colleague (I’m 5’2). Both of us came to the same conclusion. Rough, noisy and the seats beyond excruciating. Had thoughts of purchasing one once my Liberty taps out as I wanted another manual shift dog hauler. Kind of crushed tbh, will likely move to a Cayenne next.
  12. Carnut

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    I would never get one of those for a new driver, even an experienced driver can have trouble with those things if you are in a situation where to need to make abrupt steering changes. I had one for about a week a few years ago. I don't see the appeal.
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