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Looking to repLace ’93 WrangLer for reLiabiLity a crate motor in or buy a new-ish car? But if you love the barbaric nature, unreliability and occasional roof leaks Ray, what are your thoughts? What are of your old Jeep, you can always get the vehicles that fit the bill most closely? one of the newer, four-door Wranglers. I am not super worried about reliability But those are big money and not great since I enjoy working on my vehicle for toting kids. So at least see how the (provided it’s not catastrophic failure). other half drives before you buy another What vehicles are the easiest to work Wrangler. on nowadays? It seems like everything under the sun is jammed into the There are a ton of rugged-looking BY RAY MAGLIOZZI engine bay, and you’re practically crossovers these days that have all of the removing the motor to access the oil practical qualities you love about your Dear Car Talk: I am a proud owner of a filter. Thanks. — Casidy Jeep — the all-wheel-drive, the ground 1993 Jeep Wrangler that I grew up with. clearance, the compact size. But what It has 250,000 miles on it, and I love Oh, Casidy. You probably thought this they also have is comfort, safety, good it to death. It fits in the tiny parking was a car question, didn’t you? I actually mileage, reliability, a quiet interior, postage stamps in the city near me, it think it’s more than that. I think it’s good handling, and room for strollers has enough clearance and four-wheel about adulthood. The ’93 Wrangler and child seats. Oh, and they’re all able drive for the snowy winters and steep represents your youth. You grew up to stay in their lane for more than a roads here, and best of all, it is so easy with it. You had lots of adventures with few seconds. I’ll list a few. You’ll have to work on (I do all my own mechanics). it. It didn’t matter if it broke down. to go on some test drives and see what However, it’s not really a friendly size So what? Another adventure! You had appeals to you: Toyota RAV4, Subaru for the family that I would like to start no responsibilities. And now you are Forester, Ford Bronco Sport, Nissan in a few years. And when I’m driving thinking about starting a family, and Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, the interstate, I’m either holding up the you fear that it’s time to — yikes! — get VW Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CXpractical. And I think you’re right. truckers in the right lane or barreling 5. Unfortunately, nothing is going to be along at 3,000 rpm while I panic as easy to work on as a Jeep from 1993 Given the rugged self-image you’ve internally that my engine will kick the (which was pretty similar to a Jeep from gotten used to driving your Jeep, bucket from the effort. All of this is to I’d start with the RAV4 and Bronco say: I’m wracked with indecision. Drop ’83, a Jeep from ’73 or a Jeep from ’63). Sport and go from there. And if you want either of those to ride just like your Wrangler, put an extra 10 pounds of air in the tires. And here’s my final suggestion: Don’t sell your ’93 Wrangler. It’s not worth a lot anyway. Instead, store it. It’ll make this transition a little easier. Then, once your kids are screaming and driving you crazy, hand them over to your spouse for a few hours and go out and get your hands dirty working on the Wrangler. It’ll be an escape from the chaos of your future life. It’ll remind you of the freedom and adventures you’ve had. You can revel in that while turning your wrenches. And it’ll become more important to your self-image once you graduate to that minivan, Casidy. *** Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www. cartalk.com. © 2021 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.