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    Default Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    Hi guys. I think this is my first post. I'm sitting with a bit of a predicament, my 2010 Jimny 1.3 needs an engine rebuild and I wanted to hear your opinions on the subject. Do I rebuild the original engine that has 308k km's on it or do I look for an import engine? I've had a quick look and it seems the M13A engines aren't too common aftermarket. The vehicle has a warranty on it so it needs to be approved by them too.

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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    If I remember correctly some guys swapped the M13 for the M18.

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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    Quote Originally Posted by Wicd View Post
    If I remember correctly some guys swapped the M13 for the M18.
    Or for the M16.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_M_engine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Bunny View Post
    Hi guys. I think this is my first post. I'm sitting with a bit of a predicament, my 2010 Jimny 1.3 needs an engine rebuild and I wanted to hear your opinions on the subject. Do I rebuild the original engine that has 308k km's on it or do I look for an import engine? I've had a quick look and it seems the M13A engines aren't too common aftermarket. The vehicle has a warranty on it so it needs to be approved by them too.
    The stock M13A can be replaced with the M15A (Swift and old Ignis), M16A (Swift sport) or M18A (Liana - scarce). Either Zook Spares (Pretoria) or Wild 4x4 (Boksburg) would be able to help you. If you are intent on keeping the warranty, they would also be able to replace the M13A, or repair it, which sometimes works out to cost more than replacing the motor.
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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    If I had to choose between a rebuild and a possible upgrade to 1600 or 1800, I wouldn't rebuild.
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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    If I had to choose between a rebuild and a possible upgrade to 1600 or 1800, I wouldn't rebuild.
    Rebuilds of the Suzuki motors can be costly, because the head uses stretch bolts, which need to be replaced.
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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    I also would not do a rebuild on the M13A motor.

    From what I've seen on other forums, the M18A is the conversion with the least hassles.

    The Ozzies: https://auszookers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=30308

    Read the WHOLE thread (all 18 pages) and then you'll be able to make a decision based on facts.

    From what I've heard, the M18A motors are getting scarce, but one can try some local importers to try and source one from Japan.
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    Default Re: Engine rebuild vs jap import for 2010 Jimny

    Hey guys thanks for all your replies. It doesn't seem like the warranty will cover a second hand engine so new engine it is. At least it will be new.

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