I disagree. A Willy's or a J-series truck does compare. Either way, I agree with the fact that a jeep is not a car. It's a jeep. Simply put, and if anyone doesn't understand the jeep thing, then buy a geo, as the person above suggested. It will fit you nicely.
Its not a car to be driven on the road. It's a factory ready off road vehicle that is rather competent with only factory equipment. The fact that it is so easy to mod makes it an even better off road machine.
I had just recently purchased a cj7 and had also just recently had to pull my friend's "lifted" truck out of the mud with my stock cj7. Even stock, the cj7 gets through anything.
Jeeps were not originally designed for high speeds & highway use, as they were made to go where conditions were bad & roads were nonexistent. To this day, the outstanding off-road ability of the Jeep (CJ's & Wranglers) compromises their on-road manners.
Due to the short wheelbase, high ground clearance, etc. a CJ or Wrangler demands the driver's full attention & concentration while being driven at highway speeds.
Yes, in windy conditions you work a bit to keep your Jeep in it's lane, as it is noisy and has the aerodynamics of a brick with a large sail attached, but driven properly a Jeep will get you where you're going regardless of the weather conditions.
It's important to drive a Jeep or any vehicle capable of going off-road with extra care, especially at highway speeds. A CJ or a Wrangler is not a sports car, but what sports car car climb a snowbank?
One other thing - just to be safe make sure that your Jeep's steering gear and front end are tight and in good condition, as it is an older model.
Do some research on the web. Places like 4wd hardware, 4wheelparts and quadratec will allow you to build a complete Jeep, frame and all. You should have absolutely no problems finding whatever you need, stock or for a build up. Your only limiting factor will be the size of your wallet.
I'm in the process of rebuilding, almost more like building, a CJ8 (Scrambler). Also looking into buying a XJ (Cherokee).