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Old 09-22-2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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My daughter wrecked her car and they might total it. She wants a jeep wrangler. The question is are these reliable and worth purchasing a used one? I can only afford about 12 maybe 14K and everything I look at has 80K and higher mileage. If anyone can give some advise and opinion that would be great and appreciated.

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Old 09-22-2019, 07:24 PM   #2
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I have a 2010 wrangler 2 door and have had a 92 and 98. I would not want one for my kid but for me they are great. just not real stable for a kid
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:27 PM   #3
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Probably looking at a TJ in that price range. Those 4.0 6cyl are great motors and pretty dang bullet proof. They are also easy to find and cheap to replace if ever needed.

Issues that I commonly saw on tj were mostly along the lines of sensors going out and what seemed to be never ending check engine lights for them. ( read code- change that sensor- new code- change that sensor- new code again lol)

Avoid a 4cyl. They are also good motors but super weak and no one wants them.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:51 PM   #4
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The straight 6 is good. But regular maintenance stuff. However if your daughter just wrecked a car.... not sure I'd be getting her what she wants? Unless I'm improperly reading it as her fault.

As long as you get one that hasn't been wheeled or screwed around with should be fine.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:07 PM   #5
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My 15 year old daughter also wants a Jeep. She's gonna be disappointed.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:26 PM   #6
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The straight 6 is good. But regular maintenance stuff. However if your daughter just wrecked a car.... not sure I'd be getting her what she wants? Unless I'm improperly reading it as her fault.

As long as you get one that hasn't been wheeled or screwed around with should be fine.
Let me restate she was in a wreck
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:02 PM   #7
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I had a 98 wrangler 4.0L with auto transmission, I bought it in 2015 with a little over 200k miles. I gave it to my son last October when he turned 16. It runs good and strong still.


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Old 09-22-2019, 10:24 PM   #8
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Jeep = Just Empty Every Pocket

Have a 98 TJ w/4.0 and auto. Motor is great but it is a constant source of replacing things. As mention not very stable and miserable to drive longer distance as well as hwy speeds greater than 65 mph
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:14 PM   #9
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I'm glad your daughter, is ok...……….
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:52 PM   #10
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Having had a jeep, I would not recommend getting one as a daily driver. They ride and handle very poorly. Great for cruising the beach or the ranch, but no way I would want to have to drive one daily. You could maybe get away with one if shes just driving locally to and from school. However, jeeps are not very practical for real life. If you cant afford to buy her another car soon after the jeep plays out, or if you dont want her to have to buy herself a new car in the near future, just get her a car that she can drive after she graduates too. Bottom line is get her something practical.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:47 AM   #11
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My 15 year old daughter also wants a Jeep. She's gonna be disappointed.
Lol. I may buy mine a suburban with all the seats removed so she cant carry a load of kids, but still have a big safe vehicle. Lol. I actually bought a 2 door Tahoe to fox up in Hope's that she will want it, but I will probably opt for something with more air bags. She's only 9 right now so I have time.

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Old 09-23-2019, 06:54 AM   #12
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My 15 year old daughter also wants a Jeep. She's gonna be disappointed.
My daugher was too. She just turned 16 and we got her a honda accord.


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Old 09-23-2019, 07:53 AM   #13
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My son has been driving the 2008 JK we bought new for almost a year. I think its got around 102k on it now. Its lifted, with bumpers, wheels and 35" tires. To me, its a perfect teenage ride cause it wont go fast enough to get a speeding ticket and none of the other kids want to take road trips in it.

He likes it
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:54 AM   #14
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I bought a 2017 JKU new. I have about 63k miles on it. Absolutely enjoy driving it, as evidenced by the miles on it. I did recently have it in the shop for transmission repair. They put me in a 2018 loaner. It had all of the bells and whistles and was slightly more comfortable than my 17. I've driven it from DFW to Vegas, Colorado and New Mexico twice. Plenty comfortable to me. Bigger bodies may not fit as well in the seat? My daughter will get this one when it is paid for and barring no further problems, I will buy another in the latest variation.
I will add, a friend of mine has a Rubicon that is a few years older than mine. His has very low miles, is lifted and big tires. He never drives it because he said it beats him to death and walks all over the road. I think that is due to improper lift and tire combination? His is strictly for street driving.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:49 AM   #15
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Having had a jeep, I would not recommend getting one as a daily driver. They ride and handle very poorly. Great for cruising the beach or the ranch, but no way I would want to have to drive one daily. You could maybe get away with one if shes just driving locally to and from school. However, jeeps are not very practical for real life. If you cant afford to buy her another car soon after the jeep plays out, or if you dont want her to have to buy herself a new car in the near future, just get her a car that she can drive after she graduates too. Bottom line is get her something practical.
This x10000000.

I've had two Jeeps and there is no way I'd ever want one as a daily driver. The ride is awful. You feel beat up when you drive them for an extended period of time. They are underpowered as can be. Has to be the most uncomfortable vehicle out there.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:31 PM   #16
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Lol. I may buy mine a suburban with all the seats removed so she cant carry a load of kids, but still have a big safe vehicle.
You’re going to give your 16 year old a mobile mattress on wheels?!
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:52 PM   #17
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You’re going to give your 16 year old a mobile mattress on wheels?!
Lol. Never thought of that. One second thought, a smart car it is.

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Old 09-23-2019, 07:59 PM   #18
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My son has been driving the 2008 JK we bought new for almost a year. I think its got around 102k on it now. Its lifted, with bumpers, wheels and 35" tires. To me, its a perfect teenage ride cause it wont go fast enough to get a speeding ticket and none of the other kids want to take road trips in it.

He likes it


Bet he’s everybody’s ride to the party down in the middle of the creek.


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Old 09-23-2019, 08:07 PM   #19
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Bet he’s everybody’s ride to the party down in the middle of the creek.


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Negative. I have instilled the fear of god in his rear

I had no idea how well till the ag show this weekend. 3 teachers...."ohhhhhh you're rylans dad" hes very scared of you

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Old 09-23-2019, 08:21 PM   #20
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."ohhhhhh you're rylans dad" hes very scared of you
Well done, Sir! You should be proud!

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Old 09-24-2019, 08:10 PM   #21
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Let me restate she was in a wreck
Ah okay, glad she's okay. If you can get past the gas mileage, it's not a bad vehicle at all. Just not necessarily great at anything other than making your daughter happy (which can be worth it itself).
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:04 AM   #22
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Pulled up next to another Wrangler at my daughter's soccer practice the other night. Behind the wheel sat one of her teammates with the biggest smile ever! It was her 16th birthday present.
Just do it! If you can find one in your price range, she will love it!

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Old 09-28-2019, 10:29 AM   #23
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I have owned 5 Jeep’s- 1976, 2008, 2012, 2015 and a 2019. I love Jeeps but I would not buy one for my teenager. Rough, poor gas mileage, wind noise are what you get in a Jeep and I love it.


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Old 09-28-2019, 11:22 AM   #24
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2014 Willys took two years to find the right deal they hold their value and at most times over priced due to add on's. I wanted one for a lone time. It's a toy i can travel around town and to work and back 20 miles back roads. dont think i would go on a long road trip. It's rides like a two door jeep, will beat you up and loud, not good on gas. But strip it topless and the fun starts.....
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