I'm not much of a poster - more of a lurker, but I thought I'd give a quick report on how my 2003 TJ has done over the last month or so.
I took her to Fruita, CO (I live in Colorado Springs) for a mountain bike trip the first part of May. It was all highway driving. I went out HWY 50 and back through I-70, then US 24.
This past weekend we went to Durango, CO via I25, through Walsenberg and over Wolf Creek Pass. On the way back, we went north through Silverton and Ouray, via US 550. There were several dirt roads we could have taken, but the trip wound up being 9 hours back to the Springs, so in the interest of time and saving my wife more aggravation (she was on the outside lane through the Million Dollar Highway portion - at times she wouldn't even look out her window!)
In between we went camping in the Hayman burn area with a side trip down Metberry Gulch - my first 4WD experience.
What a trooper. Through about 10 total mountain passes, I was slow, but not creeping. My Falken Wildpeaks handled exceptionally well. The Metberry Gulch trip showed me how capable my Jeep is, and how it can make up for the inexperience of the driver. I did push the gas milage a bit - I was pretty low on fuel when I coasted into Pagosa Springs. I averaged about 21 mpg for all trips.
I do need new control arms, and I'll get those soon enough. All in all, for a 10 year old Jeep, the trips were flawless.
Now, if I could just do something about that useless sun shade...