I bought this car to commute to the railway station and work. I have removed the back seats for the dogs' use.
It's as crude as anything to drive. In the wet it can prove fatally unstable with an urge to tip over in bends. The engine and transmission are crude... I have owned better 1970s cars that had more subtle handling. However, in inclement weather, ie snow and flooded roads, the four-wheel-drive is remarkably good.
I have done 42k from new since 2000. Besides one set of budget tyres £200 from Tyresales, regular oil and filter and spark plug at changes 6000 miles instead of the maker's specifications. It does 37mpg, starts every time, and has passed its mot every year with no work so I cannot complain.
Its a reliable, unpretentious car. My other car is a 2005 BMW 530, so there you go - I dont want doggie smell and hairs in that, do I now?
Don't kid yourself that this is a Range Rover - it's not.
I've had my Jimny soft-top for over six years, and despite everything that has gone wrong with this chunky little 4x4 (including picking up the car from new off a main dealer and by the time I reached home the oil sump had emptied itself along the journey). The whole bottom end of the engine had to be stripped and rebuilt, and the cause of this was faulty oil seals.)
I'm trading up to another one, this time an estate, only because Suzuki have stopped making the soft-top. I suppose it is a Range Rover if you compared it with an SJ410 (which I owned previously for 4yrs) but either you love them or you hate them and you know by now that I've got this Suzuki Jimny thing.
bought new after 1 week pulsating whine from drive train after 40 mph i took jeep back and was told this was normal running in they said. after 2 more weeks of putting up with it i took it back only to be told all new jimnys do this.. suzuki customer care are no use at all .at 6995 on the road i thought it was a bargain air con alloys the lot .i wish i had test drove one first. i am now trying to get my money back and will never buy another.
I bought this car for my wife 18 months ago and to be quite honest, the odd times I drove it I hated it! But then the winter came and we had 18 inches of snow overnight. Whilst other 2 wheel drives and a number of 4x4's were struggling, this little "barbie jeep" just laughed at it. The only time she got sideways was when I had a play (and boy was it fun)!
Now I have got use to its quirky ways (ie dont go over 60mph!), its low fuel consumption (ave 34mpg) and the fact that it is like nothing else to drive, I actually quite like it, and during the summer was actually quite happy when my wife asked to borrow my car on the odd occasion.
To date the only faults have been: 1) 1 x soft top clip broke (£2.50) to replace 2) Mounting bracket for rear stop light rusted under plastics and had to be replaced (£8 for part and about £30 for labour) 3) Full exhaust system (inc downpipes, cat and back box - £290 for Quik Fit, Suzuki Main dealer wanted £450!!!!). Probably went due to normal W&T plus the short journeys my wife does.
This is a great little car, I have been really impressed by my local Suzuki garage and when my company car expires in 18 months time I am seriously considering opting out and buying the Grand Vitara!
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