Thanks for the responses guys.
My gf isn't forcing the sale. I want to be able to throw her the keys and not worry about her being able to drive it. Especially on weekend trips and whatnot.
The V8's torque + 4.88 gears + 5 speed + tall jeep... you get the picture. I'm thinking more along the lines of a TJ with 33's, and automatic (AW4 swap maybe?). Ideal trade - 00-01 stock TJ with D44 rear, maybe slight mods. Obviously others considered :)
I got the jeep for ~$10k, to give you an idea of price range. If I keep it, I'm going to lower 1-2", and put an automatic in it - maybe even a rope ladder for her