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Total newb here want to buy a Sammi or Jimny to tow behind RV. I think I would prefer to import a JDM but open to domestic. I don't need a show car, just dependable with few or no mods. Thanks!
 

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Think twice before buying any JDM vehicle - they are not built to US specifications & standards, they may have different engines, transmissions, etc., - parts & service documentation present challenges.
 

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Think twice before buying any JDM vehicle - they are not built to US specifications & standards, they may have different engines, transmissions, etc., - parts & service documentation present challenges.
Also might be hard to register for street use or even flat towing...
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Also might be hard to register for street use or even flat towing...
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This is actually a very good point - as far as I know neither the Jimny or the Samurai has a neutral position on the transfer case, and neither owner's manual addresses recreational towing, you might be better off with a Sidekick or Tracker
 

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I have seen them used as toads but not as frequently as the Tracker/Vitara/Sidekick. I don't think it should pose a problem flat towing, at least the RV forums I belong to say it's fine but again, I'm here to listen and learn so I'll take everything under advisement.
 

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This is another issue along with insuring. I have located dealers who tell me they come with NC or Virginia titles depending on who you buy from.
Also might be hard to register for street use or even flat towing...
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This is another issue along with insuring. I have located dealers who tell me they come with NC or Virginia titles depending on who you buy from.
You might be able to do the "end-around" move, but more trouble than I care to do.... I met a guy that did something with one of the Dakotas to use his non-smogged Samurai in CA... I register mine in CA, and tow it without worries about the CHP or DMV...
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This is actually a very good point - as far as I know neither the Jimny or the Samurai has a neutral position on the transfer case, and neither owner's manual addresses recreational towing, you might be better off with a Sidekick or Tracker
There is a neutral position on the Samurai and my owners manual does address it... I know nothing about the Jimny...
 

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You are correct on the Samurai, I skimmed the owner's manual & missed it - thanks for catching my slip.

My Jimny (a 2021 JB74) does not have a neutral in the transfer case, and as far as I know, neither does the SN series of Jimny.
 

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No problem... I've missed many things more obvious than that....
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