I'm from Abq. Just picked up an XJ a few months ago. It's my first jeep. I originally wanted a YJ or a TJ, but avaliability, the ability to lock my doors, plus what people were asking (typically 3x than XJs in similar shape) lead me to the XJ, and I have to say, I'm not disappointed. It came with cheap-*** Primewell PA100s 245/75 r15s, 2" spacers in the front and 2" Shackles in the rear. I've been fixing little things here and there, including the death wobble that developed a couple of months after I picked it up. It also has a badly sun-faded paint job, which in my book is a plus. It meant a lower price, and I like to go places that aren't nice to paint anyway. The engine and trans are in great shape though. I'll eventually start looking towards upgrades, especially having a next door neighbor with a full blown machine shop in his backyard.
I came from driving Ford trucks. While they tow big trailers better than Jeeps, I was shocked at how much better this XJ does wheeling than even my old Ranger (rest its soul - horse beat doesn't even come close to describing what I did to the poor thing.) I went up to Cedro Peak last weekend and was doing better than my buddy in his stock YJ. It wasn't a terribly difficult trail, but I just idled right over most of the rough spots, even with the cheapo tires that I hadn't aired down. (I need to go to some of the rougher spots at Mt Taylor so that I can shred those tires and thus have an excuse to get something better.) I may head over the end of the world into the Puerco Friday or this weekend for fun.
XJs are far more capable than I would have ever thought. I'm a believer now.