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Old 12-27-2014, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello people and Merry Christmas!

I recently decided to buy a budget-kind car, but a car that at least I like. Looks like Jimny is one of them, I like it and I prefer a car that handles well off road too. Plus, I found one at $4.000 which it's a great price, at least where I live (I've seen others go for $5.000+). It's a 2007 model with soft top and about 40.000 km on engine. I haven't seen it live yet but from the images the condition outside looks simple and great (no interior images). I'm planning to take it to a mechanic first to give it a look before we make a deal. I have though many questions and I need your help in order to decide if this car is for me:

1. Could you tell me what to carefully look before buying a Jimny? Any tip is welcome. Is the 4X4 system tricky to make sure it's in a good condition? A mechanic could easily find out if there's any problem?

2. The ones with the hard top are much more expensive than the ones with the soft top. Personally I'd like to drive during summer with open top, but some people say that on highway the soft top is too noisy even if its put on correctly. Is that true? It leaks too?

3. Can I change the top (and sunroof too) from soft to hard? If it's possible how much does it cost?

4. Because the car is light and tall, on highway on high speeds does it move a bit because of the wind? I have a small car and sometimes it happens.

5. The interior looks practical but it's comfortable too? I mean at least on the front seats. The 3 buttons on the dashboard 2WD+4WD+4WD-L are available in the 2007 soft top model?

6. Off road they say it's great, but how about on road and on highway? Does at least behaves as a normal car? It's fun to drive? It feels too heavy and slow? It's like a tall box with machine on it or it feels well?

7. How's the fuel consumption? It consumes a little bit more fuel than a normal 1.3 car?

8. Is it safe?

I know I have many questions but I almost know nothing about this car, so any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-01-2015, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Carry it by a vehicle inspector to give it a 99 point inspection...if does not have any major faults go for it. The main thing to look at is its service records as certain components will begin to fail at seven year mark ( mostly suspension components). If the inspection is good and you decide to buy, change out all fluids.

Hard top is my preference, yes wind can make it unsteady on the highway. Rest i can't say.
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Driven steadily I get 38mpg (UK) from my 2006 5-sp Jimny with M13AA VVT engine, there were no soft tops available in the UK in 2007 but the earlier models all had the G13BB engine. I had a 2003 soft top with G13BB engine and the fuel consumption was a little worse.
The 4wd system usually flashes the 4WD light in the dash if there is an issue. You should ensure that you drive it at around 45-50mph to check for wobbles, these are usually caused by worn kingpins or wheel bearings.
Its safe, its not as stable as a conventional car but I've never felt like it was going to lose control. In a side-wind the soft top can make a lot of noise but the car moves very little. Generally I never found the soft top excessively noisy. You really need to test drive a Jimny to see if you like it. Its not as comfortable as a modern hatchback but I have driven one 400 miles in a day without a problem. You get a good view in a Jimny, if you drive steadily and take in the scenery its a very enjoyable drive. My GF and I used to commute 40 miles to work and 40 miles back in mine, on a summer's evening we would put the top down and drive back home through the countryside, they were good times
Hard tops are available but are expensive, availability would depend on your location,
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