Product Type: Suzuki cars
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Never Fails To Make Me Smile!
Suzuki Jimny in general
Member Name: Municipal_Waste
Suzuki Jimny in general
Advantages: Brilliant off road. Rugged. Great looks. Easy parking. Big car feeling.
Disadvantages: Horrendus fuel economy. Slow going at times especially motorways. Tiny boot.
Firstly I'd like to show the reasons why I bought a Jimny in the first place because it will help to understand my review:
1. I wanted a 4x4 to use off roading, not just for appearance.
2. I have quite a small drive way and I needed a compact car.
3. I don't really car for out and out speed.
4. I love the looks!
I bought my Jimny in December 2010. The previous 2 years we'd had a decent amount of snow over the winter and also I had been out to do pay & play off road days in my friend's Suzuki SJ which were brilliant fun. For the reasons above the Jimny was my number one choice and so I went to test drive one.
What I loved was it feels remarkably big to drive despite it actually being no bigger than a Ford Ka! The car instantly put a smile on my face with the way it drove and so I didn't hesitate to buy one as they are great value too!
I got the SZ4 top of the range model so it has air con, full leather, alloy wheels, heated mirrors, the works. Yet add to this the fact that it's got a full 4x4 system and is amazingly well built is still miles cheaper than the equivalent small hatch backs out there!
There are some reviews which criticise the car for not having shoulder room in the front but seriously these people must be rugby players! That said, the boot is TINY. You can't fit anything in there without tipping the seats forward. Oh and be aware, it's only a 4 seater!
On the road it's nippy enough, certainly anything but fast, but it gets me around easily enough and the handling is not too bad for a car with live axle suspension front and rear (that's the same as on a Land Rover Defender). The visibility all round is excellent and that makes parking the easiest I've ever known!
Off road the car performs brilliantly with the only let-down being the Bridgestone Dueller tyres (but let's face it, most of these cars will be used on road only). I would recommend a replacement with something like General Grabber AT2 if you want to go off road regularly, especially in the wet or on grass.
The 4wd mode works really well and is switchable with freewheeling hubs to improve fuel economy on the tarmac.
Again being a fairly cheap off roader it has one or two minor limitations but once again if you want to go regularly off road there are some very cheap modifications that you can do (Off Road Armoury 'Mud Skipper' 2" lift kit and an ARB locking differential would make it a real workhorse).
Back on the road and the car looks good, the paint finish is good and the general build quality is excellent.
My only gripe has been an intermittent problem with cold/damp weather starting caused by a sensor malfunction and the Suzuki Dealer's complete lack of decency or caring regarding it.
Summary: If you are going to buy a supermini, consider this first as it's a hoot!