Great car, disappointed head unit
Starting from about mid 2021 Suzuki Australia started to install a dodgy third party head unit into their cars which doesn't have built-in GPS or maps. This would be not too bad but they refuse to share its wiring or connection diagram thus preventing customers from finding a better replacement. As much as I love the car I hate the installed head unit and don't recommend it to anyone.
Another negative point that my new car came with some rust on the frame. It's not visible unless wheels are removed. I found the rust when I was rust proofing the bottom of the car.
Great Little 4x4
* The car has zero issues getting up to speed on the freeway, have to do a bit of a run up on hills but it's no different to my Mazda 2, so I'm not complaining. Also, going all fast and the furious around corners is not a good idea.
* The boot is small but I keep the back seats down which creates a lot of room to put stuff. Also my partner is 6'2 and fits easily into the front and back seats with a good amount of head and leg room.
* Connection to android auto never fails.
* Its quiet in the cabin so hearing where sirens are coming from, takes a bit of practice.
* The windows are quite big, I don't have any blind spots.
Purchased in at Suzuki Dealers for $32,405.
Drive it like a motorcycle.
Great small 4x4, cheap to run, as reliable as a Suzuki motorcycle. Not a great highway car as it's got a small engine. Needs to driven like a motorcycle, that is revved out through the gears. If it isn't revved enough it won't make enough power. Keep the oil changed. No problems in 70,000 km of used ownership.
Purchased in for $13,500.
A Hot Little Car
I'm not entirely sure what people expect when they buy these things. It does exactly what it says on the box; no more, no less. I've chewed through about 75,000 km in mine so far, I have had to do the standard amount of service and repair work for how hard it is being pushed off road. I have removed the back seats and put in a false floor, which gives ample space for two persons worth of gear for a long weekend away. If you can't fit 4 days worth of stuff in the back with the seats out, you should probably think about leaving your entire ki...tchen at home and roughing it a little. In town it is fine, I changed the suspension recently for something a little softer, but it was tolerable off the factory floor along rubbish Adelaide roads. It offers acceptable fuel economy (approximately 450-500km a tank) and is a breeze to park. The higher driving position adds a little confidence when driving, but if you want to survive getting slammed into after running a stop sign, you might want to look into a 100 series. Service parts and after market improvements are readily available should that tickle your fancy. 215/75/r15s will legally go on the wheels without any clearance issues and that happens to be the cheapest size of BF Goodrich KO2s you can get. Most parts are relatively inexpensive due to the simple nature of the set up. The 95RON requirement is a bit of a pain, but I have run mine on 91 more than once out of necessity to no detriment. At the end of the day, the car has a load of charm, is capable off road (if you actually know how to drive a short wheelbase car off road and don't load it up with 400kg of rubbish), a breeze to drive around town and quite reliable. The trade-offs are that it is noisy as hell on the inside, tolerably uncomfortable at 110km/h (you can always go 90, which is a much nicer cruising speed) and is fairly utilitarian on the inside. If you're looking for a plush highway cruiser or something to cart your 2.5 children and your full glamping kit around in, you're probably not looking in the right place. The old Jimny is honest with itself about what it is and if you are looking at one, you should be honest with yourself about what you need out of a car. If those two things align, you'll end up with something you love and that won't let you down.
Purchased in for $8,500.
easy to park, gutless for freeway
Missus bought this car in 2016 second hand with 24000k's on it.
Few weeks later started stalling.
Useless Stealership couldnt find problem after many attempts.
Finally they threw parts at it and fluked a result, the Throttle Position Sensor was faulty.
Apparently has become common problem on later model Suzukis.
After 2 years of this fix and out of warranty it is intermittently doing the stalling again.
Easy to drive around town at low - mid speeds and a breeze to park but ask anything of it on the highway and trucks overtake you up hills. The ...
Purchased in .
I use this car to commute to and from work everyday and to go camping in the hard to get to places I love this car and have never had a problem with it
It’s an awesome little 4wd and I couldn’t live without it I absolutely love my little zook
A rugged 'go anywhere' little mate
I bought my new 5-speed Jimny in 2001 and have covered 225,000 almost trouble-free kilometres (only a faulty oxygen sensor and spark plug prevented a perfect score). For all that time it has been garaged at the top of a 3km rutted and rocky bush track. In addition to scheduled servicing I renew the engine oil and filter every 5,000km. Although equipment is basic, it has everything a driver needs and is ideal for one or two occupants. Its sole modification has been the removal of the rear seats in order to lighten the car and increase load capac...ity. A steep windscreen and vertical windows mean that air conditioning is unnecessary, even on 40 degree days (I use the aircon mainly to dehumidify in winter). Build quality is both high and Tonka tough, visibility from the driver's seat is exceptional, it is a doddle to park and can get into places and spaces that would defeat all but an off-road motorcycle. Performance and fuel economy are acceptable and consumable parts are cheap. Tyres are good for 60,000km. Total running costs, excluding fuel but including servicing, registration and full insurance, has averaged only $1500 per annum. To top it off, it is nice to look at and gets plenty of compliments. I feel confident that it will easily exceed 400,000km. If I outlive it I will certainly buy another new one.
Reliable to a fault. Bit heavy on fuel if you keep the mud Tires on. Nothing fancy about the Jimny, it is a toy, but can be a work horse when you need it to be. it has a surprising amount of leg room, I am 1.89m tall and no worries. The Lo and High range ratio is awesome one button 4x4. smooth as. it takes a bit to get used to but I will try to always have a Suzuki in my drive way.
Little Rhino 4x4
In my 50 years of bush bashing in Africa and Australia, I have tried most 4x4's on the market. These would include both big trucks and today's wagons and pickup's. Then in year 2000 I changed from Hilux 4wd to Suzuki jimny it had 40000 km on clock and I put another 140000 on it doing some pretty tough tracks. Apart from normal service's such as oil change, shocks, brake pads the only major repair was the heavy duty clutch replacement for towing a camper. Then I decided to upgrade to a bigger 4x4 because of towing a camper. Six month down the tr...ack I new I had made a blunder. The suzuki used to get through mud on narrow tracks without any hassle where as my heavy 4x4 would drop in ruts or sink in the mud. This year in May I had had enough of big 4x4 I got my self a new Suzuki jimny I have already done a trip to Ayers Rock on the back tracks and could not be more happier with the performance. I am in the process of fully kitting out for off road use.
Lives up to Suzuki's reputation 100%. Reliable, capable, affordable small 4x4
Bought a used, nice condition ( I crawled underneath with a torch and checked every inch) low km Sierra Jimny with 50,000km on it. It's auto which was because it was what was available and around town is much more convenient too. We have now owned it for 6 months and put 14000 km on it with no issues at all. I'm pretty anal about mechanical stuff so have changed the oil three times to give it a good flush and coz of the short trip running we do. Running full synthetic oil in it as it's cheap insurance in the long run. Performance is good, only ...a 1300 (but twin cam) so runs out of puff on long high speed uphills and the plus side is it's pretty good on fuel, getting 400km per tank, which from memory is better than my old 1300 Sierra. This is my third Suzuki 4x4 after a break of 10 years and my first 1000 cc 4 speed ,1980 something one. Handling and ride OK, much better than my old Sierra and you can have a conversation or listen to music so much quieter too. Auto is great for convenience but I think loses out to a manual on dirt roads where I prefer the feel of a manual gearbox. Like another reviewer commented, the window switches are in an annoying place but.......... My wife and myself just did a weeks camping dirt road tour and had a ball. Zero issues, though I would like a spare battery or jumpstarted with an auto transmission as you can't clutch start it. Bought a spare tyre bag for firewood and rubbish, just enough room if you pull out the rear seats and pack conservatively. We saw some great out of the way places. Dams, bush back lots, mountains, fire trails etc etc Recommend highly, but I love Suzuki's, I like reliability and longevity.
Would buy another
Owned a Jimmy from new. It's now 5 years old and has done 90,000 kms.
I live in the city but occasional have to drive to outback Queensland for work. Have been half way up Cape York and the dry dusty lands of western Queensland. I wanted a four wheel drive just in case and it has been a great car. Just replaced the battery after 5 years (the battery didn't die but was on its way out). Tyres will need replacing soon.
I'm 6 foot tall and it is comfortable for all day driving. I occasionally sleep in the vehicle when out bush, I have a board wi...
Great for weekend adventure, poor otherwise!
I have the facelift wich I have owned now for four years. Mechanical, it has been sound, reliability has been satisfying. This is a small load limited vehicle so it's not for a family or the adventurer who wants to travel great distances.
The good: - it's easy to park in a busy city
- the interior is neat and controls all though at a bare minimum are well placed and functional.
- the 4x4 system is effective and well suited for this size vehicle, it makes tackling the beach or the roughest terrain a relatively simple adventure.
Good Things Come in Small Packages!
I am impressed with my Suzuki Jimny. It was money well spent. Like everything else it has both good and bad points but the good far outweigh the bad. Suzuki Jimny is both stunning to look at and a pleasure to drive. I do not think the looks will ever be outdated. It does lag a bit when climbing hills but that is to be expected due to engine size. The engine is great though. Older and proven technology that outlasts its rivals. This car is great in town, in the bush, in the snow and for moderate distance drives. The blind spots are minimal and d...ue to its design it is very easy to see all around the vehicle both in the bush or in the town. Parking is a pleasure, due to the large mirrors and visibility all around. Driving in windy condition can be a challenge if driving over 90 kph due to its height and being a small car. But once you get used to it and drive to conditions, it is not an issue anymore. Fuel economy cannot be faulted. I have owned this car for just under 4 years and I am still happy with my Suzuki Jimny as I was on the first day I got it. The perfect little car for a new or seasoned driver who wants a town car, a car to venture into the wilderness and for those trips away. The perfect all purpose vehicle without breaking the bank.
Little honest car.
This car is honest and easy to work on.
Pros: cheap to run (rego and insurance). It's a proper 4wd with low range. It sits high, so view is really good. It's narrow and short, so it's easy to find parkings in city or pick your best lines when going 4wding. It's simple yet functional. It has front / rear live axels. So far for what it is, I have no complains. Some wishes are listed below.
Cons: 8.5L/100, hmmm, I thought 1.3L can do better. It's not a race car nor I won't use it to tow, but 1.5L would make much better sense. When going uphi...ll on a high way, I wish I could use a slightly more powerful engine. Even though it's a proper 4wd, ground clearance isn't very good. I'm thinking about changing to a bigger tire to increase ground clearance and give it a 2inch lift. If the fuel tank is a 60L, this would be fantastic. Find a suzuki dealer is rare these days, nor they want to provide good service.
There is no other small 4wd anything like it and don't let the 1.3 litres fool you, it's better everywhere than the big trucks except on the highway. So unless you are a regular interstate traveler it's the best 4wd around. Great on fuel. Fun to drive and goes anywhere
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|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||15" Alloy||15" Alloy||15" Alloy||15" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||3 Stars||3 Stars||3 Stars||3 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.4 L/100km||6.9 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||6.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||40 L||40 L||40 L||40 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L||4 Cylinder 1.5L||4 Cylinder 1.5L||4 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||75kW @ 6000rpm||75kW @ 6000rpm||75kW @ 6000rpm||75kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||130Nm @ 4000rpm||130Nm @ 4000rpm||130Nm @ 4000rpm||130Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,300 kg||1,300 kg||1,300 kg||1,300 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||350 kg||350 kg||350 kg||350 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||210 mm||210 mm||210 mm||210 mm|
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