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jgprudhomme
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July 19, 2011 11:14 pm  

Hi! I am new to this board, but cannot emphasize what a help it has been over the last few weeks. I will be relocating to STJ on or around November 1st 2011 and had a question about the type of car to buy. I currently drive a 2006 Mazda 6 which I dont think would be great for the hills on STJ. I am looking to sell my car and buy a new one on the mainland to have shipped over. I am very interested in getting a Jeep wrangler (probably a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport or something) but wanted to know if it is unsafe to have a car with a soft top? Is car theft and or theft of items from inside of cars a big problem on STJ? Should I be looking to get a hard top version of the wrangler? Should I not get a wrangler at all? Any help/advice is appreciated. Thanks!


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FranklinjSRQ
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July 19, 2011 11:48 pm  

Personally, I wouldn't have a car that doesn't lock and that includes a soft top. I was in a soft top a few times but reluctant to leave items in the car unattended.

The smallest 4- wheel drive you can get away with is the best choice. The island is full of little Suzuki's and Wranglers.

I have a 2 WD RAV4... I wish it was a 4WD.


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STXBob
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July 20, 2011 12:00 am  

Don't leave anything valuable in your car or on the beach in the USVI, ever. I also recommend never locking your car, or else you're going to be replacing windows.


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FranklinjSRQ
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July 20, 2011 12:17 am  

Very sad to hear that STXBob. If crime is that bad on STJ, there is no point in living here. Not locking my car was a strategy i adopted when parking in sketchy neighborhoods of Fresno, CA for the reason you mention. I haven't felt the need to leave my car unlocked for years.


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STXBob
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July 20, 2011 2:08 am  

There's plenty of point in living on STJ. Just don't give criminals an easy opportunity, or they'll take you up on it. I gave a simple solution to a rampant problem.


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pilatesgal318
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July 21, 2011 12:45 pm  

Suzuki Grand Vitara, 4 wheel drive! My favorite island car!! Have had one for 4 years (a 2003) with no problems whatsoever...and, yes, I leave my doors unlocked and leave nothing of any value in my car, ever. I'm really not interested in replacing broken windows...


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