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#15 of 28 HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler
May 27, 2008 (10:42 am)
okay, So i am looking to buy a 2007 Jeep Wrangler (2-dr) 4wd X model for my son. We already own 3 jeeps ('05 Liberty Limited, '05 Grand Cherokee, and an 07 Commander Limited).
In my years as a Jeep owner, I have never had the specific wanting, if you will, of a Wrangler. Although my son, since he was able to talk, has wanted one. I am not sure if it would be completely safe for him, even though he has been taught to drive with larger SUVs than itself. My son turns 16 in September, and I have just a small time frame to decide if I am going to purchase the vehicle or not.
This is what he told me that he wanted:
(No, we do not spoil him! Haha).
1: 4WD (2-dr) X Model.
2: Black body
3: Tan enterior
4: Cloth Sunrider top
5: the upgraded stereo.
6: and a 6-speed manual transmission.
I am not sure about any of this. He is the first kid that I am purchasing a car for, and I need advice. Anything is helpful. (ex. "The 6-speed......." OR, "Maybe the radio.....").
#16 of 28 Re: HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler [jeepaddicted]
May 28, 2008 (4:16 am)
There's a thread on here somewhere asking the same question about a Jeep for a daughter. Check that thread as I think it pertains here as well. I don't think a Wrangler makes a particularly wise first car for a 16 year old. Yes, they are fun, but they do require more diligence than even a larger SUV (read center of gravity and the shorter wheel base). But that is just my opinion.
My son is starting to drive, and I won't let him drive my Wrangler. It IS lifted, with offroad suspension, armor, winch, etc and the CoG is a bit higher than stock. He can drive it offroad, but onroad, nope.
If you DO decide to get it, have it inspected carefully for offroad use. It does take a beating. I'd advise against the X. The rear axle is the Dana 35, and not as strong as what you can find in a Sport, Sahara, or Rubicon. The Dana 44 would work well if you/he chose to modify the rig later with bigger tires for offroad use.
I wouldn't worry about the stereo. Jeeps are EASY to upgrade sound-wise.
May 28, 2008 (9:42 am)
Also, would you happen to know anything about the gears? On our Liberty we have the upgraded gears, but if I do get him the Wrangler, should I go ahead and get the 4.10?
#18 of 28 Re: HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler [erickpl]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 28, 2008 (12:50 pm)
I moved the other teen Wrangler thread over to the buying used discussion since it seemed more about buying a used Wrangler instead of just the safety aspects:
flyrod, "Buying a Used CJ or Wrangler" #27, 20 May 2008 1:12 pm
I thought about moving this thread there as well, but didn't know if the '07's were really used yet.
#19 of 28 Re: thanks! [jeepaddicted]
May 29, 2008 (5:02 am)
The 4.10's were only available on 2 models of TJ standard: The SE (4 cyl) and the Rubicon.
If you plan to go to 32's, I'd say yes, you'd want to regear to 4.10 to keep the performance where it is now.
33's would want to regear to 4.56.
35's would want to regear to 4.88.
Those values assume the 6cyl engine.
4.10 and stock tires would give you REALLY high RPM's - higher than you'd want for that size tire.
#20 of 28 no more wrangler, haha.
May 30, 2008 (5:02 am)
Well, Yesterday (after having him test drive the Wrangler), he decided that it is not what he wanted, and that he was going to go for something smaller, but still a jeep. I let him choose, and he went for the Patriot. These are really nice SUVs. Thank you all for your help!
#21 of 28 Re: HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler [jeepaddicted]
Jun 24, 2008 (11:02 am)
I am actually a teen that owns a 07' jeep wrangler. My parents had a hard time giving me the wrangler when I was 17 so instead they bought me the liberty so I could prove myself. I was a good girl and didn't go all crazy so for a graduation gift I finally got my wrangler. I guess it all depends on how your son drives. I actually am a slower driver now that I drive a soft top because I don't want to flip over.
Best of wishes!
#22 of 28 Re: HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler [texasgurljenn]
Jul 01, 2008 (12:23 am)
Hey texasgurljenn, I am not a teen, but I am considering trading my 03 liberty for an 07 or 08 wrangler. I guess I am asking for any information you can provided as far as real world driving. I am not an offroader, but I was raised in a family of jeep owners and I have always wanted to own a wrangler. I got married, thought I was going to have kids, bought a liberty, didn't have kids, and got divorced, so I am definitely considering doing my own thing. How is the Wrangler in the city and country? Gas mileage? Do you own a 2 dr or 4 dr? As a single female, I am attracted to the longer wheelbase and 4 doors, but the 2 dr has really been on my mind since I don't haul much around town, but occasionally hit the road for longer trips. What would you suggest? Your help is appreciated.
Curious in Vegas.
Jul 12, 2008 (12:09 pm)
I have owned 3 wranglers 2 grand cherokees and a cherokee limited. I am currently driving a 2000 jeep wrangler with a 6" lift and 35's. I use my wrangler as a weekend car and off-road toy. As far as giving your teen a wrangler, I had a Mustang GT for my first car and after seeing red and blue lights behind me every couple months I decided to go for a slower less attention getting Wrangler. I loved it! You just have to learn that it's not a racecar. My second Wrangler was lifted with no gears so it wouldn't go over 65mph down a hill with the wind behind you. I would always recommend starting your teen with a used wrangler. It will be cheaper if they hit something and INSURANCE will be cheaper on an older wrangler for a teen. If your teen doesn't destroy the old one in a few years then I would step them up to a new one around graduation time. By that time your teen my be so in love with their old wrangler they may not want a new one.
#24 of 28 Re: HELP!!!!! Buying an 07 JEEP Wrangler [jeepaddicted]
Sep 16, 2008 (6:50 pm)
As a parent of a 17 yr old I offer this advice:
Don't do it... Get a reliable CHEAP used car for your son. Then help him get a job.
An Automobile has lost it's most important valueto today's youth... as a teaching tool. We Americans take our cars for granted but forget the financial aspect they represent. The purchase of an auto is the first major step in a young adults life. And while it's a good idea for mom and dad to help in this endeavor, it should be the learning experience that it can be, from coming up with the down payment to signing the loan papers. REMEMBER, this is the first step to building a good credit rating that will allow him to own his own home when the time comes. Buying him a newer Jeep may be a good gift, but it denys him the chance to learn how to pay his own bills, budget his own finances and build a credit history in a timely manner. He is sixteen now, in two years he will be able to buy and register a car in his own name, it also gives him the time to save the money for one. This is the greatest gift you can give him. And remember, if you give him exactly what he wants, you will remove his desire to WORK for something better.
This also will give him a chance to work on an older vehicle, thus learning mechanical skills that he will carry through life, as well as developing appreciation for the required maintenance cars require.
As you can see, there really is more involved in the "first car" than most people realize. Do him and yourself a big favor, make it the tool of learning major life skills it can be while he is still young.
This was my fathers philosophy, and I thank him daily, I am now retired, but I retired as a Mechanical and Electronics Engineer, thanks to the skills I learned on old cars, not to mention the financal savvy needed to survive in this day and age