Jeeps are so... Yeah.
Jeeps are absolutely awesome plaing around in the dirt at low to moderate speeds, and can climb anything and is pretty damn strong if you arent trying to break shit..I bought a 1997 Wrangler sport for off road and its amazing, love it, on the street it is horrible since I have it set up for off road.
Find a samuri or toyota!
I would love to have a Samurai with a Toyota drivetrain, thats whats up, lol.
Honestly your best bang for the buck by far would be a Cherokee, very inexpensive (less than wranglers generally speaking) and TONS of aftermarket, and even used aftermarket parts are very easy to find, since a lot of Jeep stuff is interchangeable..