I LOVE MY SUZUKI JIMNY, I HAVE IT IN GRAPHITE GREY WITH BODY COLOURED BUMPERS AND SPARE WHEeL HOLDER.
THIS CAR IS A GREAT FIRST FOUR BY FOUR AS IT IS STILL A FOUR BY FOUR WITHOUT BEING BIG BULKY AND A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM. THE CAR WILL SWITCH BETWEEN FOUR AND TWO WHEEL DRIVE WHICH IS HANDY WHEN YOU ARENT OFF ROADING.
THE INSIDE IS SPACIOUS YET COMPACT WITH MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR FOUR PEOPLE COMFORTABLY. THE ENGINE SIZE IS PERFECT AS IT MEANS THE CAR IS FAIRLY ECONOMICAL ON PETROL. the engine size is a 1.3 and i find this to be more than enough power to get the little guy up hills or excellerating adequately!
My car has all the mod cons you'd expect such as electric windows, central locking and a CD player. It also has leather seats which i believe come as standard on the JLX model of this car.
THE ONLY DOWN SIDE IS THE ROAD TAX, HOWEVER THIS HAS TO BE EXPECTED WHEN DRIVING A FOUR BY FOUR VEHICLE.
MY LAST CAR WAS A FORD KA AND THIS HAS NOT BEEN A SHOCK TO DRIVE, I DOESN'T FEEL LARGE IS FEELS COMPACT BUT YOU STILL HAVE THE HIGH UP FEELING AS WITH A JEEP.
Jimnys are arguably a compromise too far for many prospective purchasers, precisely because the design hasn't been. Indeed, anyone thinking of committing their cash to this little Suzuki would do well to consider 3 questions before doing so.
1. Will you really ever need to drive off road?
2. Will you rarely, if ever, be venturing onto a motorway?
3. Will you be able to cope with having the indicator stalk on the right hand side(technically perhaps correct but try telling that to your average UK driver)?
One answer in the negative should set alarm bells ringing. Two would indicate a need to perhaps consider a slightly more conventional car. And no-one should make the mistake of trivializing that 3rd question...
I bought one 6 months ago and I'm over the moon with it. What I needed from a car was small size, robust build and reliability. In addition to needing an urban runaround capable also of managing the odd country A-road run, I had to be able to get down a rough country track and to tow a boat and trailer with a combined weight of up to 1000kg off the beach. What I didn't need was just as important; no mid-long range motorway capability required and no superfluous marketing 'feel good factor' either, thank you very much. Neither did I want the megalomaniac sized environmental footprint that comes free with ownership of some 'real' 4x4s. My 2007 Suzuki Jimny fitted the bill beautifully.
A Jimny has a short, relatively narrow body, a tight turning circle and a marked lack of excess weight - something that can gives it a clear advantage over bulkier 4x4s on softer ground or even snow. In fact the off-road performance is hard to beat without forking out double the money, while visibility in and out of town is so good that anyone caught fitting parking sensors to one should have their licence suspended immediately on suspicion of incompetence behind the wheel. The interior isn't full of top quality plastic but it is perfectly serviceable and, in 2006 models onward, has quite a smart looking dashboard. Low gearing and 16 valves with variable valve timing help to make the most of the small capacity engine, to the extent that a Jimny can pull surprisingly hard and accelerate positively -at least until its speedo needle gets half way round the clock. And if you really want a bit of leather, alloys and air conditioning, you can get all that by looking out for a JLX+ spec Jimny.
Low weight also helps keep thinks more positive environmentally. My own Jimny achieved 35mpg from its first tank in urban conditions and now averages 38mpg after six months of driving. And I suspect the whole life environmental impact of a Jimny (taking into account fuelling, the materials that went into it, maintenance requirements, etc.) would compare rather favourably with a Toyota Prius. Note also that Jimnys are easy to maintain and the Japanese built hard top models in particular (soft tops come from Spain) have an enviable reliability record.
Although my purchase was an easy one, other potential Jimny purchases might wish to reflect on a raft of potential show stoppers.
Jimnys can't take 5 adults. In fact the 2 seats in the rear aren't suitable for adults unless either the journey, or the adults' legs, are particularly short.
Ride and noise levels deserve special mention. On smooth Tarmac, rare as it is these days, passengers will only have to suffer a little transmission, tyre and wind noise, particularly at speeds above 60 mph. In contrast, average urban roads can be hard work. Jimnys have a short wheelbase, a ladder chassis and spring and damper rates designed to take a pounding. Asking that sort of a set up to handle rutted, decaying British roads is, frankly, a bit much. Average superminis are set up much better for a roadgoing life, while Jimny occupants have to accept that they will get jostled and bounced in a way that will be more familiar to those of us who have fond memories of owning a 'proper' Mini, and without the trade off of 'proper' Mini handling.
It is worth expanding on the subject of handling. Before readers start recalling horror stories of the old Suzuki SJ toppling over if its driver so much as sneezed mid-corner, I should make it clear that the Jimny is a good deal more stable in the twisty bits than its predecessor. Nevertheless that short wheelbase, combined with the higher ride height and rear wheel drive in 2wd mode, means that more eager motorists have to be prepared to reign in their desire to push on. Jimnys are perfectly safe on road but they are far less tolerant of poor driving ability at speed than are other small cars. Inexperienced boy or girl racers should stick to pushing the envelope in something small and French.
The negatives don't stop there. Other online reviews have claimed that the powerplant is unrefined and lacking in oomph. In the case of the latest VVT engine that criticism seems a mite harsh - until the little Suzuki arrives on a motorway, that is. Then the noise levels rise just a little too high. Here the low gearing is a real minus point and, to make matters worse, getting from 1st to 5th involves tackling a gearchange that does not appreciate being rushed. It's quality piece of Japanese engineering but some may find the thick rubbery feel off-putting.
All in all, then, a great workhorse but not a great supermini. Funny then, that there are so many of them about and that a lot of them have never done a hard day's graft in their life. What seems to win many road-going buyers over - and make them overlook the many faults - is the character. It isn't something that can easily be described in an online review. Drive one and you might understand; just make sure that the charm and personality don't fool you into buying one prematurely.
In short, buy a Jimny because you NEED one, not because you WANT one.
It was summer 2001 and I was walking to the bus stop on my way home from work.
I had been getting quite fed up with using public transport twice a day and had been considering buying a car for quite some time.
I had never had a car before due to the fact that I had gone away to university and then rented a flat as soon as I got back. I never had the money.
So I asked my parents, boyfriend and friends for advice on making a purchase.
Their response wasnt great.
Your renting, you cant afford a car. Think of the insurance, the tax and the petrol.
Get a sporty two seater with a massive engine, all my mates will be dead jealous
(Now, Ex-boyfriend, wonder why?).
Go for it, if you really want one then shop around and look for a good deal
I became a little overwhelmed by all of this advice so I put car buying to the back of my mind until, I saw a Suzuki Jimny soft-top zoom past me.
I immediately wanted one but thought it was bound to be expensive.
The next day I looked on the Suzuki website which directed me to the nearest Suzuki dealership.
To my amazement a brand new Jimny would cost £8,999.
This price was originally £9,999 but the dealership has a permanent special offer of £8,999 for all new Jimnys.
I headed straight for the Suzuki dealership to have a look as I had many questions to ask.
Is it economical?
How expensive are spare parts?
How much do I pay for annual servicing?
Will the security be compromised with a soft-top version?
I also decided to shop around so I went to lots of other dealers to see if there was something else I would prefer.
My budget was £10,000 and I wanted a new car so I was quite limited in what to purchase.
After a couple of weeks of shopping around I decided to buy a Jimny.
I bought a red soft top Jimny.
****Is the Car Economical*******
The Jimny is a 16V, 1.3 size engine.
At the time a 1.3 was the biggest size available for the Jimny. Being a new model, it had recently taken over the Suzuki Vitar. The Jimny is a city 4x4, which means that it does not drink Petrol like there is no tomorrow.
It runs like a car on tarmac surfaces but can be used for 4x4 driving when needed.
The Jimny has an extra gear stick for 4x4 driving so you can use it for two different types of driving.
I personally know people who drive their vitaras and Jimnys on very tough 4x4 courses and they cope very well.
However, these people are mechanics in the day so they are good at fixing the exterior of the cars, which makes them road worthy by day.
How expensive are the parts?
I have had my car for just over 3 years and have only had one problem with the speakers.
The original speakers in the car were too delicate for the CD player so they only lasted 2 years. I was told at the time that new Jimnys have stronger speakers, which avoids this happening again.
The work was completed under the 3 year warrantee so I didnt have to pay a pency.
The spare parts are generally no dearer than any other dealer as labour tends to be the most expensive part.
**********How Expensive is Annual Servicing?***********
The servicing at Suzuki is quite expensive.
My last service with Suzuki was over £200.
Now that my car is not under warrantee, I have gone elsewhere and saved approx £60- £80. Suzuki told me that I could have one of two different services and they were both over £150.00 each. Luckily I found a dealership, which serviced my car for £110.
Isnt servicing a car really expensive?
**********Will the Security be Compromised with a Soft Top*******
My car has a soft top, which is manually zipped together.
I used to park my car overnight on a road near the town center every night and not once has my soft top been opened or vandalised.
I am very careful not to leave the sterio in the car and I also make sure nothing is left in the car overnight.
The car has an electric engine immoboliser so even if a car thief got into the car, they would not be able to drive it away without the key.
I have never really worried about my car being stolen due to the fact that it is not hugely popular with car thief.
Its not expensive enough.
Even though the soft top is a nice feature (same price as hard top) it is not so easy to put up and take down, this goes for the sunroof too.
Zipping the windows to the soft-top roof is a lot of hard effort and it takes at least 5 minutes to put up with two people.
Not great if you are caught in the rain.
However it is very quick to take down and is brilliant to drive on long summer day journeys.
There is no need for air conditioning when you have a soft top.
*******What colours can you purchase?*************
The Jimnys standard colour is red (non metallic).
I had the option to buy another colour for an extra £1000 but thought this was too expensive just for a colour (metallic).
The other colour options are:
********How easy is it to drive?*******************
The Jimney is very easy to drive although it doesnt handle well in wet weather.
The best part about driving the Jimny is the height.
Its really great to be able to see the road in front from a higher view.
It feels a lot safer than a normal car height and I think Id struggle going back to a normal car height.
The Jimny has power steering and a geer stick for 4x4 driving.
********Whats the interior like?*****************
The interior is the worst part about the car.
Its very plastic and not very spacious. The seats are not that comfortable and the boot space is practically non-existant.
If you are a passenger in the back then its best to be short because there is not a lot of leg room therefore I would not recommend this car to a family as you will not be able to find the space for bags and pushchairs.
The car comes as standard with a tape player although this may have changed since.
I upgraded the tape player to a Clarion CD player/Radio for and extra £160.00.