Used Suzuki Jimny 4x4 1998 - 2018 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Suzuki Jimny 4x4?

Rust

This is more of a problem on examples that regularly go off road. Mud that hasn’t been cleaned off can trap moisture, which then leads to corrosion.  

The first was for a bolt that works itself loose on the gear selector of Jimnys made between 1 April 1998 and 31 October 1999.

A total of 5425 cars were affected by a recall launched on 26 July 2010 for an issue with the power steering pulley that may fail, reducing power steering assistance.

Examples built between 9 May 2012 and 24 March 2014 potentially had a problem with the lateral suspension rods to the front and rear axle becoming loose. This can lead to excessive vibration in the steering wheel.

A small number of vehicles produced between 15 December 2014 and 16 January 2015 had a problem with the stability control unit that could potentially delay the operation of the braking system in an emergency situation.

The brake booster of Suzuki Jimnys constructed between 18 January 2014 and 30 July 2014 may not have been up to specification and requires the driver to exert greater effort on the brake pedal in order for the brakes to work.

Check with your local Suzuki dealership if you think your car might be affected by any one of these recalls.

Is a used Suzuki Jimny 4x4 reliable?