Thoughts on it for a first Jeep for my 16 year old?
You obviously never owned one of the FDII models of the MK platform (Compass & Patriot) they are robust and have different suspension componets vs the non offroad versions, owned them for 8 years and never got towed anywhere and I abused my 2012 a lotJust advise him just cuz it says "Jeep" it's not a real Jeep off road vehicle despite what someone said about it's ground clearance! If you don't you are going to be paying a lot of tow costs!!! LOL
Yeah, I had the bogging down problem with the Patriot as well.Fun fact, FDII models get an 8:125 rear gear ratio vs the regular FDI CVT of 4:1 rear gear. I wheeled with a heavily modified FDI with my compass and when it came to technical things and hills I could make it up while the FDI would just bog down a get stuck. It's too bad jeep never marketed them as Trailhawk models back when they were available they would have sold more for sure