Originally Posted by ChRR1000S
Buy a used Mercedes G-Class. Or a used russian tank.
I think the G is more reliable though.
Safety > Everything else
Believe it or not that was my first car. I got a G550 at 17, that thing was a tank and I loved it to death. Kept me safe too when some idiot rear ended me. His car was totaled and all I needed was a new rear bumper. At the end of the day it doesnt matter what you buy your child any car nowadays can reach 100 easily. The first day I drove my G to high school I almost flipped it racing my friend in a 650. Being 19 right now I remember those days very well, my parents sat me down and simply explained the facts, as a parent thats all you can do and hope your child listens.