My 2004 does not have the airbag shutoff. I don't really have a problem getting Nolan in and out of the Rubi in the back seat. The seat folds forward and I'm only 5'3" with 33's on the Jeep, even when he was 2.I've had my son in the front seat of YJ's for years.(no airbags) It is way easier getting the real little ones into the front seat vs the rear. If you are looking at getting a TJ...They removed the air bag shut off switch late in the run. Maybe 2005ish. Hopefully someone can chime in with the exact year of the switch removal.
Overall if you don't drive like Hulk Hogan Jr. you will have no problems.
X2I've done it.
Rear facing is a pain in the ass. Seriously. But that's only up until they are 1.
Either way, it's a pain in the ass if you compare it to a 4-door or minivan. But don't let that hold you back. Just get it and deal with it.
i think wheeling wise you would want more then just the factory seat belt holding them in.GO to your local police department and ask to be show how to correctly instal the seat. Disregard if you already know this, but time and time again I have seen parents who swear they do it right incorrectly instal a car seat.