I liked the 1996 so much that I now keep it in the garage as my reliable spare. It is great on and off road. For the do it DIY guy, this is the perfect vehicle. The downfalls of the vehicle are the transmission, the air conditioning, and the rear wiper. The remainder of the vehicle is superb.
Off road capability, exterior, interior, fun and comfortable to drive.
Transmission was horrible, replaced at 100K and 200K. I expect to replace it at 300K. I removed the air conditioning.