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Looking to buy a Jimny. Advice please!

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11 Jul 2018 20:42 #194204 by DemonsRun
Hi

First time on here so please be gentle!

I'm looking to buy a Jimny in the next few months and was wondering if there are any models that I should be looking for, or any to avoid.

I think I will avoid the soft top mind as much as I would like one. But security is an issue and the hard tops seem to be rare!

I'm not looking for this as a daily driver but more a toy! I'm looking into green laning with it and the odd pay and play day.

I've always wanted to do some off roading and this looks like to be the perfect car!

Thanks in advance
Josh

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11 Jul 2018 21:02 #194205 by Daniel30
Welcome to the forum have a read might help along the way ;)

www.bigjimny.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Buying_a_Jimny

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11 Jul 2018 21:29 #194209 by DemonsRun
Hi

Thanks for the quick reply. I read that (and this www.bigjimny.com/index.php/forum/6-jimny...t/58109-buying-guide ) but it didn't really say which one to go for in which circumstances. Unless I missed which is entirely possible! :)

Is there a better model to make full off road? I'm not going to have it on road much as it will be a second car so road handling isn't much of a concern.

Thanks

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12 Jul 2018 06:07 #194216 by Riccy
Welcome along :-)

I would suggest that the 2001-2005 M13 non VVT models would be the most practical to modify and have the strongest factory setup.

The hardest thing is finding one with no rust. Thats probably more important than anything else. Dodgy swivels, wheel bearings, exhaust, etc are all pretty easy to replace yourself and would be replaced as you modify things anyway usually.

I have a later VVT and some things like the gearbox are a common problem, but can be changed to the earlier one with a bit of work. Most things can be overcome with some thinking.

Building up from scratch i would buy a 1998-99 one (again if you can find one with no rust). This is because the road tax is cheaper only. I would put a different engine straight in that tho!

J999 MNY, M16 VVT, R7me gbox & Rocklobster,
31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Lockd' 3.9 diffs & twin compressor,
6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
Custom bar & arches, rocksliders & guards,
Snorkel, K&N, 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld, etc, etc

Plus ULYSSES (06' trayback project)

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12 Jul 2018 10:08 #194226 by DemonsRun
Hi

Thanks for the reply.

Will keep an eye out for rust! Seems to be one of the bigger issues. Like you said most other problems can be sorted out later.

I'll have a look into the M13. What's the best way to tell models apart or is it just by year?

Thanks again

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12 Jul 2018 15:24 #194238 by ahtr
I'll second what Riccy said. Literally just gone through this myself, I'd go with 2001-2005 hard top. Took me a while to find the right one but if you look around and are prepared to travel a bit, there's decent ones out there.

The obvious ways to tell models apart are...
Pre 2001 has single cam engine (G13bb I think?) which has timing belt.
2001+ has the M13 twin cam engine (with timing chain), top of engine has 'DOHC' on it.
98-05 has manual lever between seats for 2wd/4wd.
05+ have buttons on dash for 2wd/4wd and has VVT M13 engine.

That applies for hard tops anyway, think the soft top cars had the G13bb engine in after 2001.

Adam.

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12 Jul 2018 17:30 #194244 by Riccy
ahtr knows their stuff, exactly that. If your looking for a hardtop its 2001-2005. beware some early vvt's were about in 2005 tho. The VVT engine looks the same as the M13 but has a bulge on the timing chain cover (front of car), and has a different wiring loom/ecu.

The gearbox's are interchangeable but the rear mount needs a bit of customising to get it in. T-box, props and diffs to change as well for correct ratio's

Not that vvt is bad (I have 2 of them), its just more work to get to a nice compromise (mods wise). They have the benefit of usually having aircon as well (but thats another minefield!)

J999 MNY, M16 VVT, R7me gbox & Rocklobster,
31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Lockd' 3.9 diffs & twin compressor,
6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
Custom bar & arches, rocksliders & guards,
Snorkel, K&N, 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld, etc, etc

Plus ULYSSES (06' trayback project)

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12 Jul 2018 18:09 #194245 by DemonsRun
Hi

Thanks Riccy and Ahtr.

It's good to have a starting point to know what to look for.

I really do appreciate it!

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