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Sturdy and totally reliable mini 4X4 with cheep road fund tax.
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 VVT JLX 3dr (Review date: 22nd March '11)
The Suzuki Jimny has been a daily run about for me over the past 3 years. I have spent money ( well spent ) on a set of general grabber all terrain tires and a set of front discs and pads and that is it. The road fund tax is half of what you would pay for same age larger 4x4 and so are the fuel costs. I do a daily commute of 60 miles round trip so have spent many hours in the driving seat and must admit on long journeys you do get uncomfortable. In snow and off road the Jimny keeps going but with its quite hard suspension on the road it dose feel a bit bouncy. The handling on the road though is quite good for a high sitting car so driving is not at all bad and a lot better than the larger 4x4s I have driven. All in all the most reliable car I have owned.
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SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 JLX 3dr (Review date: 1st March '11)
I have had this car for nearly six years now and have never had any major problems with it. It is an excellent runner and drives well. It is only now becoming too small for us as it only has 4 seats and a very small boot - had to purchase a very small folding buggy for our baby. Cost to insure and tax this car are low, an all rounder good little car, only down fall is space, this car is not for more than a family of three!!
Car suits us well i do not drive far in it only to and from work and for leisure- comfort is an issue for long journeys!!
Compact, sporty and nippy with reliability under the bonnet
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 VVT SZ4 3dr (Review date: 24th February '11)
a smaller 4x4, it offers affordability, with lower running costs, Unlike other 4x4s, if offers 2,4, and low 4 wheel drive which will get you out of any on/off road situation. The 2 wheel option, saves on fuel, which is essential in this era of rising costs. It is a nippy and a smooth runner, easy to park which is a must for urban and country living.
A star of a reasonably priced car!
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 JLX 3dr (Review date: 14th February '11)
I love my Jimny. I have had this car now for over 4 years, and it has been the best car I have ever owned in terms of reliability, economy, and versatility. The Jimny has kept me safe on the roads in snow and ice with its optional 4 wheel drive. It has taken us on holiday, carying 2 people and a load of luggage at half the fuel cost of our other car. The Jimny has waded through mud when a tractor failed to make it through. I have used it every day for the last 4 years, and apart from MOT tests, I have replaced a couple of bulbs, and wiper blades, a set of brakes and a clutch. Everything else just keeps on going. Road tax is cheap, insurance is low, and on top of all that it's cute! I love it! The Jimny gets my car Valentine Card anyday.
Fun For First Car!
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 JLX 3dr (Review date: 11th February '11)
The jimny is great for a first car, gave me confidence in driving as you are higher up than most cars.
Insurance was a little high for me but gone down a lot over the years.
Not much has gone wrong with car, minor issue of sunroof leaking which was quickly fixed by clear sealant.
Only down side is it doesn't drive smoothly.
Cheap and reliable 4x4 runabout
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 JLX 3dr (Review date: 19th January '11)
I've had my Jimny for 6 years now, and I love it! Yes it's a bit slow, not much space inside, and a bit bumpy, and noisy on long runs, BUT it's reliable, has an incredible turning circle, and will go ANYWHERE. Snow, floods, mountain tracks - I know when I get behind the wheel nothing is going to stop me going where I need to. The kids love it in the winter because they know it will be safe in dodgy driving conditions and it's never let us down, which is very important. I have a 98 model, and the only thing I would change is the fuel economy - it does between 34-39mpg typically, I just wish it did a bit more!
Don't buy one if you wish to waft from A to B on a cloud, but get one if you want a solid Tonka toy of a car that will get you from A to B, wherever B might be!
My Fourth Jimny
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 VVT SZ3 3dr (Review date: 16th January '11)
I’m enjoying my fourth Jimny. Before that I had the Jimny’s Ancestor, the Samurai. My first Jimny was a 1298 cc model, the second a 1328 cc, then a VVT and this present one is also a VVT. I have been driving for well over half a century and find the Jimny to be my Ideal Vehicle. I do High Annual Mileage and find the Jimny to be extremely 'long-term' economical. It is also the most reliable vehicle I have ever known. I travel on motorways, country lanes, forest tracks, open fells and in all respects the Jimny does exactly what it says on the tin. Over broken ground, in mud or snow and on ice it drives where one cannot walk or even stand up. Out in the Country we get rain-flooded roads and the Jimny comes as standard’ with the ability to wade through deep water like a Caldbeck Hunter. I use a large trailer and the Jimny, with its short rear-end and superb gearing, is easily the best towing vehicle I have ever owned. I buy my cars to use and accept that dogs, guns and forestry equipment wreak havoc with any car’s interior. I fit seat covers and additional floor protection and find the Jimny’s interior and bodywork cheerfully robust and well able to take the knocks. The scratch-resistant plastic external body panels are a huge relief when blasting through bushes and scrubland. Closer to Home, the Jimny is the best car for nipping through dense town traffic and the prodigiously small turning circle coupled with the high-up seating and enormous window area that lets one see so much farther means that the shopping gets done in half the time and with twice the Fun!
Do Suzuki Jimnys prove that size isn't everything?
SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3 VVT JLX 3dr (Review date: 10th January '11)
Everything about a Jimny is either small, short or both. It’s tiny on the outside, even smaller on the inside and the boot is more like a shoe. The front seats have enough room for two regular sized adults, but the back two are only accessible by prepubescent gymnasts, so in real life it’s a 2+2. It has a reasonable radio, effective heater, good sized glove box, four mandatory cup holders, and anorexic door pockets that easily swallow up either a thinly spread Rivita or a couple of After Eight mints.
The multi point fuel injected, variable valve timed DOHC 1300cc engine magically fails to produce any serious BHP and even less torque, but being bolted into such a compact and relatively light car it does manage 0-60 mph in just over 14 seconds and allegedly will go on to nudge 85 mph. The gearing is very, very short so you are constantly looking for 3rd gear, that is until you realise that you are already in 5th, but on the bright side, it means there is no more gear changing once you have reached about 40mph, that is until a hill or headwind intervenes. At 60mph the engine generates a not unpleasant 3250 rpm hum above the subdued wind and tyre noise, but I can only imagine what higher speeds might bring. The steering lacks feedback, the wheelbase and track are based on wheelbarrow dimensions, and the firm but long travel suspension is set for unmade roads, so it rolls with gusto through bends and when taking full advantage of its sub 10 meter turning circle in supermarket car parks.
Take it away from built up areas though, and something magical happens. With mud, gravel or snow under its wheels, the modest engine finds more than enough energy to maintain forward momentum almost regardless of gradient and terrain. The slow steering, short gears and 4 wheel drive with low ratios combine with its good ground clearance, tiny overhangs and fully articulated axles so that most obstacles can either be avoided or driven over, and big smile comes over the driver’s face.
Buy a Jimny if you crave for a car that is honest, tough, reliable and offers shed loads of fun for very little money, and once you got over the initial embarrassment of owning a Tonka toy sized 4x4 it will become much loved part of your family.