Originally Posted by azcoyote
The Sahara was out way before the movie. What confuses me is the Sahara is an entiely different model than the Rubicon. So how this has a combine Rubicon Sahara name?? Strange....
That's my point. The Sahara model
is what came in the earlier Jeeps. It was indeed an entirely different model just like the X, Sport and Rubicon. The '05 Rubicon Sahara is an appearance upgrade
that was part of the promotion for the movie. I recall the advertising campaign. I don't think that this package has anything to do with the earlier Sahara model. Like I said, if I'm wrong please correct me on this.
I think the only real concern with the engine is that it may be underpowered for the new size of the Unlimited and that it is the first time to be installed longitudinally and with that transmission. Those things aside, it does look OK...
I agree that with the bigger Unlimited the 3.8L may not have enough "oomph". I guess it depends on how it's tuned, what the gearing is and just how much the UL actually weighs. My Grand Voyager was no lightweight and it moved along quite well.
Mounting it longitudinally shouldn't make much difference. It's done all the time. A front wheel, transverse mounted engine is often mounted longitudinally in a RWD vehicle and vice-versa.
I'd be more concerned about an all new design of the tranny, drivetrain and electronic gizmos, not to mention quality control issues. That's the stuff that is often buggy with all new models and needs to be worked out over time. Hopefully the JK won't suffer through the afflictions that is often prevalent in all new designs during the first year.