Hi, couple of years later (marriage and move) and I'm back on the hunt. The G is one of the 3 I've narrowed my search to, and other than the switch to 7-speed from 5-speed tranny, there's not much to worry about...right? I think Serpe mentioned the 09's looked like they wouldn't be safe to tow a red rider, but not the 08s? Just got to get past the RIDICULOUS markup that's going on right now for Gs.
Oh, yes there will be offroading involved. It isn't named "Gelande" for nothing.