This vehicle is a world apart from my previous 90 model Jeep Wrangler. The new suspension is incredible. It still has the familiar tightness, but it flexes and has a lot more wheel travel.
For all of you who are reading the "whiners" complain about a stiff ride. Please note: If you are looking for a vehicle that handles like a Cadillac, this is not the one. On the interstate, every bump in the road will be felt.
I ramped my 90 Wrangler off of sand dunes, rocks, <insert obstacle here>. This 2000 Jeep's suspension has the same integrity. Nothing, and I do mean nothing, can beat a solid axle for ruggedness. Like the Toyota trucks? Just wait until you bottom out that "independent" front suspension, and find out that 10 inches of "ground clearance" is now 2 inches. Want a big rugged Ford, Chevy, Dodge truck with a big V8? Just wait to see what happens to that 4500 to 5000lb curb weight, and long wheel base in the mud, sand, or on the trail. I don't care how much horsepower those V8 engines have; when both axles are buried up to the hood antenna, then all that power doesn't mean a thing.
Is it loud? It is deafening if you are comparing it to your previous car. I personally would not trade that wind noise for the latest model Lexus. If you are more concerned about the noise, then get a hard top. At 70-75 mph, it will be significant, but still comfortable.
These vehicles are NOT intended for soccer Mom's to ferry kids back and forth between practice. They are not intended to give a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. They ARE intended to be the single most rugged, indestructible, off-road vehicles ever produced. I keep reading all of the "engine" and "transmission" problems that others are having. I personally find it hard to believe that the engine that was produced in the early 40's is now all of a sudden a problem child. EVERY, and I do mean EVERY Jeep that you see on the road without the V8, has either the INLINE 4, or 6 cylinder engine that has been produced for 6 decades now. My last Jeep Wrangler had 180,000 miles on it, and not one serious mechanical problem.