Wow, what a ride! A Chevy 327 V-8 was swapped into this jeep when I bought and it is a real screaming machine. Everything is about acceleration! First gear is only handy to launch the jeep, this thing is demon in second gear, just hang on! However at highway speeds it is terrible. Gas mileage is about 8 mpg. There isn't even enough space to hardly carry a bag of groceries. The short wheel-base makes the steering a little twitchy at highway speeds. the engine isn't very happy on the highway either, this jeep is very low geared. The locker in the differential will bang and lurch a low speeds. The jeep is a great weekend play-toy. I wouldn't recommend this jeep be used as a daily driver. In summer I use it as that. Jeeps are not the type of vehicle for everyone, there are too many compromises that must be meet, ie; no room for groceries, not much room for passengers, get used to wearing your hat backwards like a teenager, the wind will blow your hat right off (it happened to me, I had to turn around and go back and get it), they are really the most fun with the top off, impossible to drive off road with top off and now look like a human dirt clod when you get back home, can't keep a part in your hair either, or talk to your passenger at highway speeds.
However if you are a brave, rugged type of soul and the previous drawbacks haven't scared you off...well, Hello fellow jeep brother/sister! Only other jeepers can fully understand these wonderful machines. There is nothing like treking down back roads; the sun shining, listening to the birds sing, exploring trails, just driving... the kind of driving that can only be fully appreciated in a jeep. Traveling trails that leather seated SUVs dare not tread is the beauty of these mechanized mountain goats. I had the jeep in places only jeeps can go and they really are the most capable 4X4's there is.