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What's a good first jeep for a 17 year old?

Hi my name is Andrew and ever since about 2-3 years ago I've been seeing tons of jeeps and realized as a first vehicle I will never get a hummer h1so I started looking into jeeps. I'm not at the point where I am employed at a Mercedes dealership under an apprenticeship program and will most likely be hired full time as of this summer when I graduate high school. I've been doing research day and night over many vehicles suck as ram,Chevy,ford,keep,Nissan,Toyota,Land Rover and a few more and I've decided a truck will not suit me for the single reason being that at work the parking lot is to small for a crowd can truck. But a jeep is more of my taste I've been looking into 4 jeep models and I can't decide which should be best and a fair price for one. I'm looking between a jeep lj 2004-2006 a jeep jk 2008-2010 a jeep xj 1997-2001 or even a Comanche if I did get a Comanche I would have to get the short bed version and also I can't drive manual I've tried so any of these would have to be automatic. I can find xj and mj for under 10 grand easily the lj I can find for around 10-19 grand depending where I search I've got a few bookmarked on different websites and I've found a few jk's for around 15-18 grand being a senior in high school I don't want to spend a ton of money on a jeep my max no matter what would be 18 grand and that's if I could even get a loan for it. If I got a xj or mj for a good price like under 5 grand I would put around 2-3 grand to fix it up if I had to over time. My big thing is I want to do light off-roading and still get decent mph I love camping and being outdoors so I want to have max 35 in tires with 4.5 in lift or 33s on a 3in lift. And I want a light bar just in case. But I'm very stick on what would fit my purpose best so if anyone can help me decide please let me know I plan to make a purchase by December right before winter so if someone can help me figure out what I should buy I would be very happy.

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Re: What's a good first jeep for a 17 year old?

I'm looking for a similar first car for my daughter. I think a Wrangler unlimited is a great choice. The extra length gives so much added stability and Wranglers are pretty easy to work on and only a few cars have more aftermarket accessories to make it clearly your own Jeep. I will be looking back at the beginning of the 4 doors but I think if you can find a later model without the 3.7L V6 unless gas mileage isn't an issue. That engine, like on the Liberty is a fuel hog even if you don't mash the accelerator at every chance. Look on Auto Trader or ask somebody at the dealership of you could attend a few auctions. Sometimes you an get lucky. Expect something will need maintenance if not more than one thing. It's just how it is.
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I'm looking for a similar first car for my daughter. I think a Wrangler unlimited is a great choice. The extra length gives so much added stability and Wranglers are pretty easy to work on and only a few cars have more aftermarket accessories to make it clearly your own Jeep. I will be looking back at the beginning of the 4 doors but I think if you can find a later model without the 3.7L V6 unless gas mileage isn't an issue. That engine, like on the Liberty is a fuel hog even if you don't mash the accelerator at every chance. Look on Auto Trader or ask somebody at the dealership of you could attend a few auctions. Sometimes you an get lucky. Expect something will need maintenance if not more than one thing. It's just how it is.

Thank you very much for your input i do like the jeep jk unlimited but at work the parking is horribly tight and I like the feel of a 2 door wrangler anyway the 4 door would be better in the long run if I have a family or go out with friends camping and stuff like that but a 2 door can do the same just a little cramped storage on a 2 door is horrible but if I get the jeep lj the storage is no issue and seating is a bit better the lj seems to be the way to go except in price but a jeep is a jeep and they hold their value to the junkyard all I need to do is graduate work full time and try to apply for a loan and then I know exactly what to do but the hardest part will be getting a loan in my situation.
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