The CJ's suffered from this bad rap. Most of it unwarrented. This is partly why the went to the wrangler wheelbase. It got them somewhat away from the urban legend.'
Isuzu sort of had the same problem as did the Sami's. Unfortunately they didn't quietly let the press die out. They screamed and yelled it was the tires, or the testers or the adolecant teens behind the wheel. Sales dried up fast. Took them both a bit to recover.
88YJ 258, 33's, shackles, 4" RC lift, 1.5" BL, Nutter with a 500CFM Holley, Hand throttle, Sirius radio etc. etc. Simply a hole in the mud in which I throw money.