I agree. If you're a rock hopping hero with masculinity issues you won't be punting a brand new wrangler up the nearest hill - unless you have more dollars than sense. But you have masculinity issues so may be you will.Depends on how long you keep them and what you do with them.
If your touring with some off road stuff here and there maybe new is ok. My budget wouldn't stretch to brand new but i got what i think is a mix between old and new. A 79 is an old design with some new tech thrown in. With only a couple of beepers to worry about.