Hey future jeepgurl! I'll be happy to yammer on about Jeeps until you get bored!
First, Wranglers hold their value extremely well. You should never have to worry about selling it at any time. They can sometimes be hard to find, even at the giant dealerships. They just don't stay on the lot long.
I had mine built new with what I wanted in it but had to wait until the warranty ran out to make any major changes. If I were looking to buy one today I would probably get an older one without a warranty so I wouldn't have to wait.
I also wouldn't get a 2007 because they changed the style and they don't look like 'real' Jeeps anymore. But that's just my personal preference. They are flying off the lots, so obviously others like the new style.
A couple warnings. Jeeps do begin to squeak and rattle after a few years. And they do roll-over easily, especially if they are lifted. They aren't built for high speed cornering.
Too bad you live so far away. I'll be selling my girl next year and she's a beauty. She's a 2002 with only 24,000 miles, all of her add-ons are only a year old. She's never been in the shop. And I (and the boyfriend who's a clean car fanatic) take really good care of her. The day I sell her you'll hear a huge weeping sound coming from PA. But my parents are older and even with the little step stool I carry with me, they have a very hard time getting up into the jeep. So I'm looking for a Jeep Liberty I can modify enough to make me happy but still be able to shove my parents into!
Oops, I'm starting to get a little long winded. Hope this helps. Ask me anything else you want to know about. And just so I can brag, here is a pic of my Jeep (on the right) and the boyfriend's new Unlimited.