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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking at getting a Jimny (2nd hand) as I find myself increasingly needing 4x4 capabilities and I'm tired of getting stuck with the i10.

    But I would like some advice from long term Jimny owners (particularly those with >200k on the clock). How is the Jimny's performance affected by age? Does the maintenance costs and fuel consumption go up significantly beyond 100k on the clock?

    I am looking at getting an older Jimny (due to financial limitations), but I wonder if the R60k discount is worth it, or will an older Jimny cost me more in the long run due to additional maintenance costs and fuel?

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Kept our Jimny till about 130k and although not near your 200k mark we never spent anything except for regular service items, one set of tyres and a steering damper modification.
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    When you buy a Jimny, it is a never ending expenditure, then you need radial cup protectors, then you need lockers, then you need a lift kit, then you need a drawer system, etc etc etc
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    Maintenance is relatively cheap on the Jimny's. Unless as JCMostert implies, the bug bites and you end up in the never ending modification cycle.
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    Thanks for all the replies so far.

    I will definitely be getting into the mods at some stage, but those will be optional expenses if and when the funds become available.

    In terms of the Jimny's services, what do these typically cost?

    And except for the reduction in fuel efficiency associated with some of these mods (larger AT tires and roofrack), does the Jimny's fuel consumption worsen with age or does this remain fairly constant if properly maintained?

    I apologise if these are silly questions, but on a student budget every rand counts.

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    Mine has seemed Pretty constant, other than fuel increasing slightly after fitting bigger tyres. I dont have a lot of mileage on the vehicle but, I have not had any issues, besides having to cut a bit after fitting other tyres.

    Last Major Service(From Suzuki):
    Gasket - 9.12
    4 Plugs - 128.28
    Air Filter - 292
    Oil Filter - 82.37
    Oil - 200
    Labour - 782

    Total: R1717.83

    Which is practically a major service, other than wear and tear items like brakes etc

    This was a year ago, so might be slightly more now.
    Probably one of the better 4x4s on Maintenence costs.

    As for Fuel consumption, I wish it were a bit better, I get 10km/L but thats because of my driving style
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    Jimny cant be expensive.

    It is then so small, like a platkar

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...kRiLLiN... View Post
    Mine has seemed Pretty constant, other than fuel increasing slightly after fitting bigger tyres. I dont have a lot of mileage on the vehicle but, I have not had any issues, besides having to cut a bit after fitting other tyres.

    Last Major Service(From Suzuki):
    Gasket - 9.12
    4 Plugs - 128.28
    Air Filter - 292
    Oil Filter - 82.37
    Oil - 200
    Labour - 782

    Total: R1717.83

    Which is practically a major service, other than wear and tear items like brakes etc

    This was a year ago, so might be slightly more now.
    Probably one of the better 4x4s on Maintenence costs.

    As for Fuel consumption, I wish it were a bit better, I get 10km/L but thats because of my driving style
    Nothing wrong with that consumption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppies3800 View Post
    Jimny cant be expensive.

    It is then so small, like a platkar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel 4x4 View Post
    Nothing wrong with that consumption.
    Its probably kinda AVG for a Jimny, but I always thought its a bit much for a 1.3.

    Power to weight I guess. I reckon, you could get better consumption with a more powerful motor, like a 1.6 or 1.8
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    Hi Pandafish

    I reckon with my Jimny at 294k km it will give you a good idea on the maintenance cost on it.
    List of repairs and normal wear :
    Clutch x2, Gearbox fixed and later replaced with second hand one, outlet manifold - replace with full free flow, Wheel bearing rear x2, Cylinder head replace with second hand one(this was my own fault), Tyre's x 3 times, Coil pack x1, Dead wobble repairs on going and services since new after warrantee serviced it myself.
    Cost about R117950 that gives you close to 39c per km on maintenance this is excluding fuel cost if I am correct.
    Fuel consumption is on average 11km/l

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    Not the best example as i have nit done a lot of kilos yet.

    Just had second oil service. R1750.
    First service was also about that.
    Currently running around 11km to a litter.
    All extra costs was also included and loaded onto fuely and thus extras cost included for the tupperware for underbody armour and all round bout R5000 for extra costs.

    So fuely stats include fuel as well as expenses and services that up to now seem to be running cost of 1.31 per kilo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...kRiLLiN... View Post
    Mine has seemed Pretty constant, other than fuel increasing slightly after fitting bigger tyres.
    Just a thought.
    By fitting larger tyres the odometer will underread. The lower reading will influence the calculation of your fuel consumption figures.
    This reflects a higher fuel consumption compared to the previous tyres that had a smaller diameter although the actual distance is constant.

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    Hi,

    For your reference, I purchased my Jimny 5 years and 2 months ago with 102k on the clock.

    I clocked over 200k on Thursday travelling back from Sabie. In the 5 years and almost 100k km, this is what I have had to repair aside from regular servicing -

    1 x coil pack (to sort out a miss at idle) +- R500
    1 x gearbox rebuild (to sort out a very bad whine, failed bearing - 175k on clock) +- R8k
    1x clutch (replaced at gearbox removal as a precaution) +- R1.5k
    1 x windscreen (cracked by rocks from an 18 wheeler) +- R1.5k

    As most people who know me will confirm, I do use my vehicle regularly, and heavily, off road. So she has had a harder life than most.

    I do not believe that this is bad at all for the time / mileage that I have covered. She is still going storng, with her original engine, and all is well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppies3800 View Post
    Jimny cant be expensive.

    It is then so small, like a platkar

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    I think the Jimny is probably one of the cheapest '4x4's' to run...then you have Landrover, where I have had to sell a few of my own internal organs on the black market to be able to afford.


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    Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!

    Then I'd like to thank everyone for the valuable information provided here, in particular Niekie, Johan65 and Ericl for detailing their running costs.

    After a lot of thought and deliberation, including many hours scouring the threads of this forum, I have my heart set on the Jimny and I think I might have already found the one for me .

    Thanks again for all the informative responses, hopefully I'll be taking on 2019 in a Jimny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DdeJ View Post
    Just a thought.
    By fitting larger tyres the odometer will underread. The lower reading will influence the calculation of your fuel consumption figures.
    This reflects a higher fuel consumption compared to the previous tyres that had a smaller diameter although the actual distance is constant.
    What would be the most accurate way to measure distance traveled in the Jimny?

    I've read a lot of complaints regarding the accuracy of the Jimny's odometer (even without larger tires)

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    "The only silly question you can ask on these forums is if you should add 2SO to diesel." - Naes-Landy

    Should I?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdeJ View Post
    Just a thought.
    By fitting larger tyres the odometer will underread. The lower reading will influence the calculation of your fuel consumption figures.
    This reflects a higher fuel consumption compared to the previous tyres that had a smaller diameter although the actual distance is constant.
    You may want to think that thru again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    You may want to think that thru again.
    Not succinctly stated, but 100% correct.

    Larger tyres mean your odometer will show less distance than actual.
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