What should I look for in a used Suzuki Jimny 4x4?
Only one recall has affected the Jimny: in 2001 almost 4000 cars built in 1998 and 1999 were recalled because of a possible fault with the gearchange.
Other than that, the Jimny seems to be as tough as it looks. Warranty Direct doesn't publish any separate figures for the car, but there's nothing to suggest it will be anything other than very solid. The larger Vitara 4x4, for example, has been one the most reliable cars on the company's books. The only potential problems we have heard about are fluid leaks from automatic gearboxes, drive shafts that can wear quickly and clips on the soft-top that can break, causing leaks.
If there is a cause for real concern, it's the Jimny's poor showing in JD Power reports. However, the concerns were generally about comfort rather than poor mechanical reliability.