A JEEP is a JEEP...not a car. If you don't like cats continue to call it a car. (they say every time you call a Jeep a car a kitten dies)
I have been driving Jeeps since the early '80s.....I have purchased 3 and currently own 2. The first one I traded for a truck which my kids did not like as well.
I have been in 3 accidents same '04 Jeep TJ, (not my fault) and in 2 of them the other vehicles were totaled. One was a full size Dodge Ram Truck, the other was a full size GMC van. The jeep has never had more than $4000 in damages from the wrecks.
My wife will not part with her '12 JK..and she was driving a Camry before I got her the JK. I have an '04 TJ that has 160K+ miles on it.....needed repairs on it in the 9 years of ownership, brakes, tires, clutch, exhaust, and water pump....all items that wear out on any vehicle.
As said easy to work on, cheap insurance, and safer than most other vehicles IMO in an accident.
Here is the down side, gas mileage is better in MOST other vehicles...there is ALWAYS something to work on as it will quickly become a way of life to change and or up grade paint or bed line the Jeep.....if you take care of it, and it is decent shape now, no reason it couldn't be passed down to your children...(unless you become like a lot of us and the kids get the Jeep when we die)
However it comes out this is a good place to start, for getting info.
One caution some people do not think Jeeps are a "good first vehicle", and some of them are members of this Forum.....however the key to that is "being responsible"....if you take it easy it should last you a long, long time.....who knows your mom maay come back around to wanting a Jeep for herself!!