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Krazyt2528 05-03-2013 08:45 PM

New Car for kid

dkp2LT 05-03-2013 08:50 PM

You know him better than we do. Is he responsible enough to handle 400+ hp in his first car? If yes, SS. 300+ hp? If yes, 2LT. Else Chevy Cruze is a really nice car.

POWERFREAK 05-03-2013 08:51 PM

If it were my kid....the 2lt would be the choice. Less power, better mpg, lower Insurance. Although for my kid, i'd buy a cheap, used "beater" for him first till he learns how to drive. I think new drivers should earn a nice car, learn to respect the responsibility first before they get dropped in a new muscle car. Just my .02, it's your son.

GYac 05-03-2013 08:52 PM

I would opt for the 2LT, when i was 16 I bought a 97 WS6 with 305hp, while i never got my self hurt in it, i did however get plenty of tickets. My father split the cost with me after a lifetime of saving on my part.

Only you know your son, 426 hp is a lot for a kid that age, but I cant judge that for you.

PS: not sure were rochester is but i grew up in West Lafayette, and the police there knew me by name lol.

DagoCountyGee 05-03-2013 09:04 PM


Krazyt2528 05-03-2013 09:10 PM

Hello and thanks for all the responds. He has been driving since his arms could reach the steering wheel and we actually owned a 700hp 70's Camaro at one time and he handled it well but off course that was with me watching. If I got it the camaro would be automatic so 400 horsepower for the ss. I'm not worried about the price. My agency figured only 192$ a month for insurance and 197 for the zl1. Was actually shocked and did some figuring that gas would be about 2,000 dollars a year so cost to own is not much. I just hope he will be happy with it cause once you get it you keep it.

gmen09 05-03-2013 09:20 PM

Honestly if you are sure your kid will be responsible enough to understand what these cars are capable of and how they can get away from you if you really push it and are not careful then definitely go with the SS.

Fish-man 05-03-2013 09:25 PM

I had an 83 camaro v6 in high school as my 1st car @16. Didnt have enough power to get out of its own way. Still had enough to get me in trouble though... and i had been driving farm trucks for 3 years. I paid 1/2 for it, was only 3400 used in 1989. Still made sooo many other kids jealous

AmericanMuscleCars 05-03-2013 09:31 PM

He is going t want to upgrade to a v8 sooner or later, I beleive its always a v8 unless its a daily driver and since he is going to be using it for a daily driver go for the 2lt.

jd10013 05-03-2013 09:37 PM

as others have said, only you know your son. the only thing I can add is that in a month the last of my three kids will grudate high school. in the 8 yr or so that I had one attending high school every year there were about 3-6 kids killed in car accidents that were primarily caused by mom and dad getting them that mustang or BMW that they just couldn't handle. IMO, no 16 yr old has the maturity, experience, nor skill to safely operate a high performance vehicle on a daily basis. inevitably, they get comfortable in it and begin to get careless. what they think they can do begins to exceed what they can do.

again, just my opinion, and only you know your son. but personally, I wouldn't put mine in one.

GotGame55 05-03-2013 09:40 PM


black79ta 05-03-2013 09:50 PM

i have made my kids buy their own cars, that is what I had to do. most kids have an accident in the first year or 2 of driving. i drove a pos mustang i bought for 300, when i graduated college, civil engineer, i bought a 77 transam, got 3 tickets in 2 months, good thing i did not have it in highschool, my pos mustang had a sixer

jmo kids should drive junk they buy. it helps them appreciate things more

batman53201 05-03-2013 09:51 PM

i think you should adopt me, and buy me a car:biggrin:

I really cant see buying a 16 year old the SS.

Caddyroger 05-03-2013 09:52 PM

I will add to what jd10013 wrote. You son might driving but how would handle his friends. His friends might get on about speeding or street racing and so on. My advice get the lt.

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