Kraby with all respect i totally disagree. My first and still current vehicle is my 1986 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer, 2.5 liter. I picked that thing up cheap, 35 bucks infact. That vehicle has been hell getting off the ground but its been the best learning experience for me. I was able to pay for the parts in the engine rebuild and I did it my myself. I work 30 hours a week and go to school i'm a senior this year. I can pay for this thing, I pay the insurance, gas, license plate, maintence. It may not be the best car in the parking lot, but its the most well taken care of. Also I actually like the feel of my Jeep over any front wheel drive, cornering and such. Insurance isn't too bad, when its registered as a leisure vehicle, I pay 150 for 6 months, PLPD, big deal. if it is wrecked I yoink the motor and find another one. Plus living in michigan a front wheel frive is suicide, 4 wheel drive is much safer in the winter. I don't drive like a "teenager", just normally. In my oppinion though, like what Stump Breaker said, carry a tool box, i do.lol I don't think age is the issue, its maturity. Just my 2 cents. Hey Beach boy if you know you can afford, have a job, can maintain the grades with the job, go for it.