For the purposes you mentioned, I know of no reason that you shouldn't get a Wrangler, as long as you understand going in that your gas mileage will be much lower that for almost any other vehicle you might buy. Your cargo room is going to be very little also.
But, if you want to talk "FUN," that's what Jeeps are all about! Be sure and get either the dual tops or the soft top only, cause topdown or top off is the way to get the most enjoyment out of that Jeep.
I bought my first ever Wrangler on December 8, 2000, and I have NO REGRETS! (Well, I do regret getting the hard top only.)
See my Thelma Jane and read about my buying experience at....
The 2001's didn't sell well, and DC gave some incentives, like free auto tranny and $500 cash rebate or low financing. I think they will wait and see how the 2002's are going to sell before offering any incentives on them.
You can still find some 2001's out there and take advantage of the incentives on them. They were commonly going for invoice to $200 over invoice, and you could still get the rebate on top of that, so that you could effectively buy for $300 to $500 under invoice.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?