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Old 10-03-2014, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys

I had a 1992 Asuna SunRunner 4x4 was best vehicle I ever had. I sold it as it was rusting out, and I had to have a pickup at the time.

Anyway it seems to me by much searching that there is not a single new 4x4 convertible currently available in Canada or I guess in the USA, I am in Canada.

I would love to be able to buy a Suzuki Jimny but we know that is not a option for me in Canada.

I want a 4x4 convertible something like SunRunner or Sidekick or tracker yes I realize they are basically the same. I look at ads for used ones (I am open to, but they are quite old

Is there a single car company in North America aside from JEEP that makes a convertible 4x4? I dont believe there is, am open to correction.

I need a 4x4, and it has to be a convertible and it needs full 4x4 with high and low range in 4x4. I am NOT a mudder just I have a very rural property

I loved the Sun Runner it was reliable it was FULL 4X4, was a convertible and was inexpensive

The Jimny would be perfect for me if only I could buy one.

It looks like Kia had a convertible 4x4 in the sportage, but stopped making it, am I right???

I think the only thing is a jeep... I cant afford a jeep, I dont want to spend that kind of money and it burns too much gas

So really I am just asking if I am right? Is there no vehicle as I state available in North America, that is current? I say there is not?

What would the last year be for any make other than Jeep that is 4x4 and convertible?

Thanks hope someone has the answer
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I see that over 30 visited this thread but nobody said a word. I considered being offended until I saw over 300 viewed a thread without a single person even saying...hey guy sorry cant help good luck or something, another with over 200 views and no responses, a bunch with over 30

I am going to respond to a couple just to be civil before shaking the dust off my boots here, dont waste my time advertising your forum

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up to 53 views now, Hi how ya doin
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I believe the last year that Suzuki released a convertible 4WD for the North America market would have been 2002 - I can't comment on any other marques.
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I do not know where you are in Canada, but if you bought a Tracker, say in Oregon, where you can get one with Absolutely no rust. You could have it completely rebuilt with new almost everything. It would cost you not over 10.000 dollars, finished and shipped to your destination. There is one with no rust that runs perfectly with good upholstery and windows near me for 1100 dollars. It needs a new top, because of someone slicing the back window out of it. Mac
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I am not sure what was sold in Canada and if there were differences to the US.
There were a few 4x4 convertibles sold in the US. Unfortunately most of them are history. Right now you are stuck with Jeep if you want to buy a new one.

As for used ones:
Of course: Wrangler and various Suzuki/Geo/Chevrolet. I am not providing any more details on these as all the information on the Suzuki/Geo/Chevrolet can be found here or on the web

Other ones I am aware of:
Isuzu Amigo which was renamed Isuzu Rodeo Sport after the facelift
Amigo:
- Isuzu MU - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rodeo Sport:
Isuzu MU - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Both had optional 4WD with low range gearing. But both were not real convertibles as the roof above the driver seat was only equipped with a sun roof which I think could be taken out.

Toyota RAV:
Yes there was one but they are very rare and almost impossible to find as used ones:
File:Toyota-RAV4-convertible.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
It think they did not come with low range gearing and they also had a glass roof in the front.

Kia Sportage:
Kia Sportage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This was even less a convertible since the roof above the driver seat is completely closed. No removable glass roof or canvas. And I think this one did not have low range gearing either.

Rare but expensive: Land Rover Defender 90.
Even after they discontinued the sale in the US after 1998 the used ones still go for crazy money. They often run for 2-3 times the price of a Jeep Wrangler of the same age. Totally overpriced for a British farm truck. But it is a hard core offroader. Big V8 engine.
Land Rover Defender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another option:
First generation 2-door Toyota 4-Runner. They also have 4WD with low range gearing.
Toyota 4Runner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The rear hard top can be removed and replaced with an aftermarket softtop:
http://www.toyota-4runner.org/attach...top-truck1.jpg
Same applies if you buy an old 2 door Bronco or similar.


And then there was this one:
Nissan Kills Murano CrossCabriolet for 2015 - The News Wheel
Full convertible but no low range gearing and no usable trunk.

Or there are some folks out there who import older 4x4 from Europe. E.g. the military version of the Mercedes G. You occasionally find these on Ebay:
Mercedes Benz G Class G Wagen | eBay
Crazy money as well.
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I forgot these two:

Toyota BJ45. They were sold at one point in the US but I don't know much about these. They have become classics and restored ones can be expensive.
http://www.carpictures.com/pics/640/...362469617.jpeg

There is a company in California who makes convertibles out of the FJ Cruiser:
Toyota FJ Cruiser Convertible Cars | Newport Convertible Engineering | Newport Convertible Engineering
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Two more classics. Now very rare and expensive when sold:

AMC Eagle Sundancer:
AMC Eagle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1989 to 1991 Dodge Dakota Pickup:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5056/5...202476bf_z.jpg
Came as a 2WD and 4WD version.
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Thank you fordem

nice of you to reply after my silly remark, it was tonge n cheek btw, to late to edit

Thanks

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thank you Hard Rock Candy

thats something to consider, then there is importation stuff, but some good advice thanks!

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