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Old 03-27-2013, 20:39   #1
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Suzuki Jimny

Since the Suzuki Jimny is not available here in North America, I would like to ask your opinions back home about this vehicle. Also, does the price difference justify getting the higher-end model over the lower-end one?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:45   #2
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What would you want to know?

Driving one since 2003, auto only comes in the higher end model, and prefer it for over the manual for daily drive in traffic congested streets of Metro Cebu.
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Old 03-28-2013, 19:21   #3
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i read somewhere it has a steering issue ....something to do with the knuckle bearing.....some dealers may not know how to address the issue......i think i read it at inquirer motoring.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:58   #4
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It's the infamous "wobble of death"

Iirc it occurred during the '05-'08 production models, nothing really wrong with the king pins, bearings and knuckle. The culprit is the control arm bushing not able to dampen enough the vibrations caused by wheel imbalance. The too light steering characteristics of the Jimny also exacerbates this problem especially if the imbalance between the wheels becomes opposite phase...

The usual fix is the replacement of the control arm bushings, if that is unavailable, shimming the king pin bearings to increase steering friction also helps.
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sa mga bago labas na "fix" na eto sir?
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sa mga bago labas na "fix" na eto sir?
I think so sir, Suzuki already has new bushings to replace the old ones. They also issued a bulletin regarding the problem and possible solutions.
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tnx CB!
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What would you want to know?

Driving one since 2003, auto only comes in the higher end model, and prefer it for over the manual for daily drive in traffic congested streets of Metro Cebu.
Hi CB,

I would like to know about its fuel consumption, power (for its size), interior space, parts availability, and the death wobble that has been mentioned here. Has it been fixed on later models already, or do they still have to go through the warranty process? Do you have an idea if the manual transmission model has a power advantage over the automatic?

Also, who is a reliable dealer back home?
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Old 03-31-2013, 22:13   #9
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For starters, it is on the thirsty side for a 1.3l, averaging only around 8 km/l in my experience in normal urban driving, no ***** footing of the gas pedal, and no lead foot either. Power-wise, while no hot rod, the 4 cylinder engine is rev happy and smooth, decent highway speed cruising around 90-100kph and torquey enough for climbing hills with the low range that can be manually engaged for crawling up steep and hard to climb places. Interior space is good enough for two average sized people with a little extra at the back to fit two more. The rear seats can be folded flat for extra cargo space.

Have not experienced the wobble problem on mine since I stuck with the stock tires and rims, so no experience with rectifying it, still using the stock control arm bushings that came with it. Not that many Jimnys here in Cebu too, so don't hear much problems about the wobble, usually it manifests when going with bigger tires... The technical bulletin states that the updated bushings will fix the problem. Not sure if it is covered by warranty or recall order though. Consumable parts are readily available, so are steering and suspension parts. What is not available can be ordered and arrives usually in a weeks time. Also lots of aftermarket parts to choose from in the net.

Can't really say regarding the manual transmission variant, as due to my big feet, have trouble manipulating the gas and brake, not to mention the clutch. The tight spaces between the pedals which results on me stepping on the brake pedal when I step on the gas and vice versa really makes the experience unpleasant. Have to drive barefoot for me to drive it properly with its smallish pedals.

We only got one dealership here in Cebu, so far so good.
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Old 03-31-2013, 22:40   #10
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I'm guessing malakas sya sa gas because it's 4 wheel drive?
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how much naman yung ideal price ng 2nd hand units bro CB?
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I'm guessing malakas sya sa gas because it's 4 wheel drive?
Hahaha Suzukis arent usually gas sippers... I think the engine is a tad too small, could benefit with a bigger one. The 4wd is part time, with a mechanical transfer case that you manually manipulate in my variant. The 4 speed slush box is not contributing to fuel economy either.
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how much naman yung ideal price ng 2nd hand units bro CB?
Not sure on ideal prices, they usually go for 350-500 here, depending on condition.
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i was chasing a 500+ fully loaded jimny before....someone else caught her sigh.
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Old 04-01-2013, 20:31   #15
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Thanks, CB. I have a 2008 Grand Vitara, and it's not good on gas, either. It runs around 8 km/liter in the winter and 9 km/liter in the summer (2.7 liter V6). Highway fuel consumption is around 12 km/liter at best. It is an all-wheel drive with a 4H lock and 4 L lock. I use 5W30 synthetic oil all year round.

It's a good thing that you kept your tires stock and never experienced the "death wobble." I intend to do the same should I decide to buy one.

I like the Grand Vitara since it has a better-constructed underchassis compared to Toyota and Honda. Never had to shift to 4H lock or 4L lock even in heavy snow. I've tried a K&N drop-in air filter on it, and I found out that the stock air filter gave more torque than the K&N air filter. Fuel consumption improved just a tad on the K&N, but not what I've expected. One downside to the Grand Vitara is the low beams. They're also used as the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The stock H7-55 bulbs would last about a year and a half. Sylvania Silverstars last a mere five months. Another one is the external noise. The body isn't properly insulated against road noise or external noise. But hey, it's a utility vehicle.

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Do the newer models have a push-button selector for 4WD?

I say, I'd stick to the Suzuki SUVs. They're built for rugged use.
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You are right, the newer models have the push-button transfer case versus the lever type of the old one. I just used Denso Iridium power spark plugs on mine, did improve on fuel consumption just a wee bit..
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You are right, the newer models have the push-button transfer case versus the lever type of the old one. I just used Denso Iridium power spark plugs on mine, did improve on fuel consumption just a wee bit..
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