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Years ago automatic transmissions could easily be shifted turned up mostly in sports and other performance-oriented vehicles. even minivans and the dowdiest have them. As much as I shifting gears with a manual transmission, doing so an automatic has never seemed the trouble.

I think the beauty of an automatic lies in not having to shift at

Q: We are moving to a mountain home my beloved BMW will become my weather car. I now need a clearance, fun 4×4 for snow I have been consider the Jeep Wrangler.


— Mary H. Barrowman,

Park, Colo.

A: I love the Wrangler despite shortcomings in its and handling — and its perceived of practicality. There’s something honest about it. The Wrangler me of the way trucks were — auto makers started comforts like leather and people started calling SUVs.

Another slightly practical four-wheel drive a blast to drive and could your need for a snow-day is the Nissan Xterra. Of course are many other vehicles would work, but I think two are the most fun. If you like the way BMW bmw.xe -0.08% Bayerische Werke AG Germany: Xetra 84.73 -0.07 -0.08%

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Q: Both of our Dakota pickup trucks seen better days. We are for a new truck of similar size a club cab) that have four-wheel drive and a transmission. Does any company Dodge) offer a mid- to four-wheel drive, manual-transmission with a club or stretch

I am not averse to buying a used What a pity that no one driving a stick-shift pickup. great on the farm.

— Morgan,

Kiel, Wis.

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Q: My wife wants a car is cute, reliable and economical and the Volkswagen New Beetle. I have her that they have a bad for reliability, however I have wondering if the Beetle is worth the if we buy an extended warranty. What do you

Also, what other do you suggest that meet her of cute, reliable and economical?

— John Griffin,


A: The New Beetle has been for a decade and has aged well. Its still stands out and it’s fun to drive. After so many on the market I think the car has had most of its worked out, so you probably safely avoid the cost of an warranty. Other cars share the cute, reliable and description include the Volkswagen -0.29% Volkswagen AG Germany: € 189.45 -0.55 Nov. 28, 2013 5:35 pm

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Jonathan is a reporter with Personal He joined the Journal’s spot department in 1994. Before he was reporter and photographer at a weekly in Montclair, N.J.

He lives in with his wife, Alexa, and Samuel and Benjamin.

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