I bought it in 2009 with 22,500 miles on the clock.
In the almost 180,000 miles I've owned it it's been to 45 of the lower 48, including all 4 corners of the country; it's been to the Arctic Ocean at the north end of the Dalton Highway in Alaska and it's done thousands of trail miles in Colorado, Utah, California and other places. It's never let me down, and it's pretty much only needed basic maintenance and replacement of wear items - seals, brakes, clutch, cats, etc. Of all of the "this is a bad year" problems people write about, the only one I've had is the swelling check valve in the gas tank, and that was taken care of with a GM filler hose. The 6-speed still performs as new, no problems with OPDA, etc.
In 2010 I designed and built the Safari Cab hardtop for it and in 2014 I completed the CJ Grille Kit so it's looked just as it does today for many years. Took this photo shortly before posting this:
Of the three Jeeps I have it's always been and still is the one I enjoy driving the most.
I fear the day when parts become unavailable and some unavailable stupid sensor or something makes it undriveable.
If all goes according to plan, it'll be doing another Colorado trail trip this July.
A few photos from various trail adventures over the years...
3D Trail at Easter Jeep Safari:
Crossing the Animas River north of Silverton, Colorado:
At Tincup Pass in Colorado:
At the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway in Alaska:
It's been a very fine daily driver and trail vehicle and I'm looking forward to many more years enjoying it.