The engine in the little jeep is the tiger shark 2.4 l rig with the 9 speed transmission.. A friend of mine who is a Jeep engineer says the tiger shark engine was developed by a Japanese and the Korea auto group for use in their rigs. Jeep bought the rights to use it ( and buy it from the group) from them as they overbuilt the little engine in perperation to using a turbo on it in coming years. It is used in a number of jap and Korea cars and has had very little problems to date. ( I checked the web and you do not see many problems posted with the engine as compared to other engines) The transmission is US built and is used in a number of other cars with few problems to date, and is scheduled to go into the new Jeep compass next year and is used in some other Jeep's with larger engines, again with few problems.. He says the big problem with these rigs is that they have had some problems with the electrical
and software in the rigs due to some sloppy engineering, He say that is fixed now he thinks.
My rig runs and drive well with mileages of about 25 in town ( AC runnng) and about 32 on the road.. I am getting it ready to tow my 1972 Hunter Compact (1360 lb) and should be ready to go soon with the big problem is getting the hitch and wiring done.. Nasty setup to do both as they really pack the jeep with stuff in places where you need to get to do the work.. The dealer wanted $1200 to do the job and two hitch installers refused to do it.. I finally found a guy to put the hitch on and it took him three hours.. I did the basic electrical
with the Curt kit and that was easy but getting power wires up to the battery
was really nasty.. I do not have brakes
on this trailer but if I ever get a rig with them putting the brake controller is going to be real nasty...My advice is to find some sucker who will quote you a fixed price for the whole job then run away until he gets it done and he will be really upset once he gets into it..