After seeing cars get trashed left and right in the "least favorite car to work on" thread, I decided to see what's the easiest. I feel like it's just going to end up being old American pickups, so let's try to keep it to just cars.
That being said, my only real contribution is my Jeep. Haven't worked on my jetta much, and didn't do much on my old Malibu either. My cherokee is retardedly simple and easy to work on. Anyway, let's try to get cars in here too, not just 1967 Ford F-100s and such.
IBEW Local 24
Lifted Jeep Cherokee.
You can change every fluid without a jack.
Solid axles mean your jack only needs 2 inches of travel to remove a wheel.
5 gajillion people have had them for 35 years, so every problem has been troubleshot already on forums with walkthroughs and pictures.
Parts are cheap and always in stock everywhere.
The radiator support is strong enough to sit on to make working under the hood even easier.
And the 4.0 never fails, so you're only ever changing the WD-40 in the crank case at 20k intervals (i kid).
^^ I probably have no idea what I'm talking about. ^^
My 84 Toyota Celica GTS SPOILED me it was so easy to work on.
I learned to wrench on it and my 73 F-100.
Wow- working on later cars was a rude awakening.
IBEW Local 24
Saying a jeep cherokee is easy to work on is a laugh. It really isnt. Sure the fluids are easy to change, but so are the fluids on 90% of all cars. Try changing the oil pan, or figuring out whats going on in the drivetrain when something is loose. Better yet try figuring out an electrical gremlin with the oem wiring diagrams as a guide...
Been working as a generalist mechanic my whole life and specialize in electronics and diagnostics. I'd be inclined to say that in today's market (cars less than 3 years old) the easiest cars to work on are the toyota yaris and the hyundai accent.
All recent-ish cars considered I'd say 90's honda civics are definitely one of the easiest and most straight forward cars to work with, and the hyundai accent of model year 99-2004 ish being fairly close to tied.
Anything straight 6/RWD.
Having a 4" lift makes oil changes stupid easy, as mentioned above.
98 wrangler build
the position being taken is not to be mistaken for attempted education or righteous accusation only a description just an observation of the pitiful condition of our degeneration
aircooled vws. the first time i even touched my bus i had the motor/tranny out and on the ground in under an hour and the entire front end out in about the same. literally 4 bolts for the motor/tranny and a few on each axle and 8 bolts for the whole front beam. everything and i mean everything is completely straightforward in how it works and is ridiculously simple to figure out
But with yours being a 73 you should have had the 360 and not the 352 right? I'm jealous you had an FE, I like the 300, but I think a 360 would pair nicely with the 4 speed OD I just put in.
A Ford, two Dodges, A Volvo, And a #GEH
Aside from diagnostic frustration, I've never worked on a car that I felt was generally hard to physically work on. Every car has some difficult job...a simple PCV valve on my Olds took forever because it's buried down inside the intake among a bunch of wires and hoses that I didn't want to damage. I also once had the valve cover off an I6 AMC Pacer. Supposedly that can't be done without undoing mounts and shifting the engine around, but I did it, with some difficulty and possibly a rubber mallet I guess most of the cars I've worked on don't have the packed-tight engine compartment problem that some modern cars do. Even working on '95 Lumina APV (3.1 TBI) wasn't nearly as bad as I expected based on the stories I've heard about short-hooded vans.