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Old 06-20-2018, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello forum, I'm very happy to have found you.

I'm looking to buy a first light and off-roady car, and I've settled down to buying a 1992 Suzuki Samurai. I'm planning on making the trip and buying it off a the guy selling it in about two weeks.

Apart from the work I've done online and the first-look impressions I'm going to get from the car when I get there (rust on suspension, drivetrain and cabin, oil leaks etc), I'm also planning to get it to a mechanic first thing after I get it home.

So my question is, to all of you experienced Samurai owners: I'm trying to build up a list to give to the mechanic, a list of stuff for him to look at. Stuff that would usually get damaged, break or be worn on a Samurai of ~100,000km (~62,000 miles). I don't want to throw the car at him and tell him "just fix it", I want to feel safe and confident in the car.

Any ideas on what should get added to that list?

The background of Samurais in Greece is: They're usually used for mountain offroading, lots of them as hunting cars to carry dogs or get around in villages with narrow or non-asphalt roads. Most of them get neglected, as they're used as secondary/work vehicles, and Greeks are notorious for neglecting mechanical maintenance.
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I'd like to think that you're going to need to evaluate the particular vehicle that you buy - we're talking about a twenty-five year old vehicle here - which may, or may not have been modified (depending on where you are, you might be lucky to find one that hasn't been modified), and if you find an unmolested Samurai, worn parts may or may not have already been replaced.

At twenty-five years old, just about every thing will need to be evaluated, and more likely than not, replaced - the exceptions are going to be those that have already been replaced ...

Forgot to mention this - and it's just my opinion - whilst I personally would have no hesitation buying a twenty-five year old Samurai, it's not something I would recommend to anyone who is going to be paying a mechanic to sort out - it's one thing to put in the man hours it takes to sort out an older vehicle, regardless of condition, but if you have to pay for that time, it would probably be less expensive to buy a newer vehicle.
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At twenty-five years old, just about every thing will need to be evaluated, and more likely than not, replaced - the exceptions are going to be those that have already been replaced ...

Forgot to mention this - and it's just my opinion - whilst I personally would have no hesitation buying a twenty-five year old Samurai, it's not something I would recommend to anyone who is going to be paying a mechanic to sort out - it's one thing to put in the man hours it takes to sort out an older vehicle, regardless of condition, but if you have to pay for that time, it would probably be less expensive to buy a newer vehicle.
I'd have to agree 100%, as a hobby it can be a lot of fun.
Otherwise it's going to be a money pit to pay to have it done.

Then there are a few that can be found with only 55,000 miles on them such as this one.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...596224138.html

Drool!!

We have a lot of Kicks and Trackers without rust here in California.
I'm looking at two basket cases right now in the $400 - $500 range, good bodys and frames, no rust.


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