Date registered: Aug 2004
Vehicle: 2004 G500 (gone)
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RE: Jeep advice
If the vehicle is essentially stock, you'll need to spend some money upgrading the suspension and components; it's relative to how much off-road driving (and what kind) you do.
Wranglers have their gas pedals on the floor versus what the normal position you're probably used to. It's an awkward stretch from gas to brake and back, IMHO.
The on road ride is not very friendly, though it is much better than the CJ and YJ. The 4.0L engine is the better choice for daily driving, but can be easily fitted with aftermarket equipment. For $5K, you can purchase a new engine V8 crate that's rated at roughly 300 horsepower.
The standard brakes are weak and should be upgraded. The noise level in the soft top is loud; the hard top is quieter. Offroad performance is good; individual parts sometimes break, but they are cheap and readily available.
Build quality is good; take care of it and it'll take care of you.