School me on the G-Class ... from a USA perspective
I'm debating between a new Wrangler (JK) Unlimited or a used G500.
I do all my own mechanics, so DIY serviceability is a must (which the Wrangler excels at). Most of my experience is with American cars. I think Japanese are pretty easy too. I'm worried about the German in the G500. I've lived through the mechanical nightmares of VWs: special 1-off tools, re-programming the engine computer after changing a battery, insanely tight spaces for usual service areas, and lack of american-available aftermarket parts for reasonable prices. I'm hoping the G500 is different in this regard because of its military nature.
Also, 2-doors, convertibles, and 5-speeds were never available in the US, right?
How possible would it be to convert a US-spec G500 to a 5-speed?
Any other comments to help sell me?