Golf TDI or GT Stang for teenage son's first car?
2000 Golf TDI (50 mpg!)
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1993 Mustang GT (cool!)
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Neither! Let him buy his own car
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Best car for my teenage son? Advice needed.
#11
Man Don, I'm not there yet... I have 10 years to think that over (son is 6). I've been thinking that I need to get the Mach done, have a little fun, and get rid of it before he's driving. But, there is also a trust factor that could be really cool to share and instill in them at that age. We all survived that age, of course I inherited a 72 Buick 4 door that was indestructible to learn on. Drove it till 95 when I bought my own.

Like you said, maybe the $$ for insurance and gas is a good teaching opportunity as well. Good luck with the decision. Oh, by the way, how is the gas mileage on your new VW Jetta?
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#12
Don let your son have the mustang. But make sure he knows how you and your wife feel. Make rules and stick to them. I had a friend Tony when i was a kid. Tony had a very fast 69 428cj cougar that he loved and a 1980 pinto/ bobcat that was 2.3 auto. A gutless good on gas car that he died in when he rolled it. Tony respected the power of the 428 and always had the bobcat flat on floor. Don make sure your son respects the 5.0 Mike
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#13
If he likes the mustang then here is what i would do ! cover it and store it in the garage, buy him an 87 escort gt ( cause they look similar ) and tell him " if you dont wreck, prove your not stupid in a car, prove you can take care of it, pay your own gas and insurance ( reason for him to work and earn money even if its just chores around the house or mowing lawns ), and prove that that lump three feet above you a** ACTUALLY contains some brains, then and only then can you start driving the stang !!! LOL..... but wait that defeats the whole airbag issue ? disregard previous statements !!! :-)
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#14
All good advice. I posted this same question verbatim on the VW TDI site and the VMF site to see if / how the answers would be skewed.

Here are the links if anyone is interested...was hoping to get some biased and non biased advice - and I did. LOL

VW TDI advice

VMF advice

I don't know what we're going to do yet. My son was showing me craigslist adds for a 4x4 ranger pickup today. He said he wants a car he can take in the woods hunting. Maybe he's on to something there. Idea The ranger was $2800 btw.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#15
Thanks for posting the links to the poll on the other sites. I especially liked this one:

"A 74 Buick Electra. It's not fast. It's got 7 feet of metal in every direction. Insurance will be dirt cheap, and It'll sleep 6 comfortably." Big Grin

Interesting to note that the Mustang came in last on both sites.

I REALLY like the idea of the Ranger - didn't even think about that one. My daily driver is an '02 automatic and I love it. Great gas mileage (about 24 on the interstate) and the pickup comes in handy all the time. I bought a used topper for $300 and the wifey and I have slept in it many tiimes while travelling and camping in Montana. I vote Ranger.

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#16
Don65Stang;12553 Wrote:My son is 17 and about to get his license next week. He would already have his license but had the tendency to do stupid stuff so we held off for a year...good kid but doesn't think beyond the moment. For example, he showing off for a friend took the car when he was 14 and cruised the neighborhood with the friend one day after school while we were not home...left numerous burnout marks and did doughnuts in the backyard. (Yes, he didn't sit down for a while after that one!)

Anyway, knowing his tendency to be like me when I was 17...I drove way too fast and didn't think my actions through either, I'm wondering what car to let him have. The 2000 VW Golf diesel or the 93 Mustang GT.

My thoughts about each car:
Golf. Peppy due to the high torque diesel engine, gets 48-50 mpg, 5-speed (fun), not a bad looking car in really good condition, cheap insurance. Airbags in seats & steering wheel.
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93 GT. Cool car! Auto trans, sunroof, red (arrest me red color with black racing stripes => cop attention getter), fun to drive, fast, 16 mpg & pricey insurance. Steering wheel airbag only.
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Wife's thoughts:
Sell the 93 and give him the golf. She made a good point when said lots of teenage boys have died in fast Mustangs. Said it will be cheaper for him to own & operate. I'm leaning toward the Golf b/c I generally listen to my wife because she isn't ADD like I am and a happy wife = happy home & a happy hubby.

Son's thoughts: He likes both cars but really likes the Mustang.

Vote and give me your advice. Thanks!

really good point... these kids drive like we did. MINE? she'll get a 64 Pontiac CatalinaBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin

So get the Golf! Mine will probably inherit the 99 Honda Accord (but it IS a v6) so I'm really not REAL happy about that. However she shows some interest in Dads hobby and likes older trucks. I'm thinking 6cyl pickup with a gear swap and an AOD will get her pretty close to the same gas milage.


67 Diamond Blue Vert

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LOL even my sig line offended somebody!
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#17
Don very interesting post. I will chime in although it is a little late.

I have four children driving on my docket. The older two (24, 22) have graduated to their own rides. My daughter to a Kia Soul, my son to a 95 Nissan 4X4. The third still use the rides I passed on to him: a 1971 Maverick with 91 Mustang 5.0 5 speed and a 1971 F-250 with 360. He plans to look at a Celica tomorrow because he needs better gas mileage. The fourth is still at home and shares our rides. I also passed rides on to my oldest two: a 1967 F-250 Highboy 4X4 to the first and a 1963 F-100 4X4 to the second. Although both used my 1995 Escort wagon as daily transportation. My daughter both wrecked it and blew the motor. They were both told this is all you get, when its gone you best have prepared to replace it on your own. When my daughter finally did the Escort in she bought her own car (not the Kia, another cheapie). I then put a new motor in the Escort fixed the wreck and passed it on to my son with the same admonition. Last week with 250K he traded for the 95 Nissan. Only my daughter has had accident and ticket problems - go figure. Anyway Don, have fun figuring it all out.
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#18
Yeah, still trying to figure it out. I'm considering letting him use the golf while holding back the mustang until he's done with college...at that point I'll give him the 93gt under the 2 following conditions. 1. No accidents or speeding tickets & 2. Graduate college.

Maybe that's too long term for his brain and maybe that's not a big enough carrot. Who knows. He does seem to want a 4x4 pickup, like a cheap ranger.

[Image: 386_07_10_13_5_58_42.jpeg]
My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#19
Don

I voted that you give him neither! The reason I'm saying that is, the quickest way to respect the machine is to buy it yourself. My son is 15 and the other day I almost spit my beer in his face( because I was laughing so much) He figures that as soon as he turns 16 he will get either my 08 Bullitt or my 73 Vert....wrong on both counts. I had originally thought that I would buy him a cheap reliable car, in my neck of the woods that means he will get either a small pickup or a VW, cheapest on insurance! He's a good kid but I want to make sure that he spends some of his money on both the car and the insurance that way he will think twice about that stupid thing he's going to do. Lets face it it's not a matter of will he do something stupid but when, we've all been there. Keep the 93 and give it to him as a grad present or the next special thing that comes along.

Just my 2 cents worth!

Ken

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Ken

73 Convertible 302-4v-3spd yellow /white int

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int


All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
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#20
whitesoc;12933 Wrote:He figures that as soon as he turns 16 he will get either my 08 Bullitt or my 73 Vert...

Ken

yeah, the Bullitt would be a great car for him. :rofl:

[Image: 386_07_10_13_5_58_42.jpeg]
My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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