I've heard it said about everything from leaf springs to live axles, and sometimes, no doubt, it's been true; although sports car customers seem to have embraced independent suspension without too much trouble. But it would be especially true, you imagine, when it comes to the Jeep Wrangler. That is a car, I suspect, that you mess with at your peril.
And so, sensibly, Chrysler hasn't messed with it. Looks good, doesn't it? I think so, especially the 2dr version, though you can have a 4dr variant too.
As well as updating, rather successfully to my eyes, the Jeep's appearance for the 2019 model year, the hardware has been renewed, too. But it's still a body-on-chassis off-roader, with solid front and rear axles. There is a low-range transfer case, all models get skid plates front and rear and it has what Jeep is claiming are the best off-road credentials in the business. The approach angle is 44 degrees, the departure angle 37, and there's a 27.8 degree breakover. Ground clearance is 277mm and it can wade through 762mm of water.
I'll always hold a soft spot for the Land Rover Defender. So much so that I've got one. But drive even a recent version and it becomes searingly obvious how much it was denied the kind of development programme that has kept the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Jeep Wrangler in business. So I'm a bit worried about the replacement, given it missed all of that tweaking and care that could have meant its evolution was a natural progression. Now, surely, it can't be, and I think that's a shame. Because this latest Jeep, particularly, shows how you look after an icon.