X2, I would maybe look at 4runners or Tacomas first. I have an 80 and a 40 and not a day goes by that I am not working or tweeking something on one of the trucks. Don't get me wrong, I love them both and would cry if I had to give them up, but bottom line is they are NOT cheap to maintain and gas is outrageous. I had a locked 97 4runner that did good on gas, toyota reliable and (almost) went everywhere my 80 goes
Good luck with the search! BTW you should be able to find a factory locked 93-97 for $4500-10,000 depending on your budget and bells and whistles.
97 FZJ80 Factory locked with some stuff
08 X-TERRA offroad edition (wifes rig)