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BigJimny Meet 2019 (17 May 2019)

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02 Jan 2019 19:30 #199911 by Hanslow
Hi all,

Quick hello from me, soon to be first Suzuki owner. I'd been pondering a Defender or Wrangler for some time but prices and theft issues stopped me ending up with either. I started then looking at a Renegade then the spy shots came out for the new Jimny and I've been keenly following it since mid-2018. I ended up putting a deposit down late November without driving or seeing one and following a test drive on 14th December agreed to go ahead with a purchase with the dealer indicating they were only getting two in, one of which happens to be in the colour and spec I was looking for.

The only other car I've had anywhere similar is a Skoda Yeti, which I found rather dull to drive and very far removed from a driving experience. I'm used to more nimble sportyish cars, but as a long as a car has character I'll enjoy the drive. Proper off-roading history for me is nil so we'll look to change that at some point but I'm certainly hoping it will be a lot more capable in the snow that we usually get than the rear wheel drive cars I've got/had which have been, errr, interesting around where we live just south of the peak district.

The dealer indicated a late January delivery date, which I'm fine with, I'm not an impatient fella and I'll enjoy getting my last few drives out of the GT86 whilst I'm waiting :)

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02 Jan 2019 19:39 #199912 by Lambert
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Welcome to the forum and the best kept secret in motoring!

Dreadnaught (black 2011)

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02 Jan 2019 19:54 #199914 by Themooingman
Hi and welcome. Waiting for mine as well. Good choice

2019 Gen 4 Jimny SZ5 in Silky Silver. Parking sensors and floor mats pack. Rigid tyre Cover

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02 Jan 2019 22:29 #199919 by Max Headroom
Hello and Greetings from the Cotswold Hills

Blimey Hanslow - chalk and cheese with the GT86 v Jimny!
Just take it easy; the handling will be chalk 'n cheese too! :)

Stunning area that you live in B)


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03 Jan 2019 12:15 - 03 Jan 2019 12:15 #199940 by Hanslow
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Thanks for the warm welcome :)

I found out on the test drive that the steering needs a bit more work with the four turns lock-to-lock compared to the two and a half that I'm used to. That's part of the fun though and will certainly be a (re)learning experience.

I've still got my project Eunos for the close to the floor stuff and it'll be nice having the transition between it and the Jimny as they'll be far more contrasting than the 86 is. At least I'll have a bit more consistency with two cars both only having five gears rather than having to mentally keep reminding myself not to lunch the gearbox by going from fifth into reverse :ohmy:

Hopefully it'll arrive before the snow otherwise I'll struggle to pick it up!
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03 Jan 2019 12:26 #199943 by Max Headroom
A good friend and colleague of mine was a huge Eunos fan owning several of them but has now switched his allegiance to the MGF.
Another guy where I work races much modified MX5s.
My own close-to-the-ground stuff is in the form of a 1970s Midget and a pre-war MG.

I know where you're coming from with the 6 v 5 gears - have found myself looking for 6th since parting with my SAAB :ohmy:


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03 Jan 2019 15:23 #199952 by wigit
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Soon to be joining the club, first Suzuki and first Japanese car i've bought. Owning one a bit sooner than expected but not disappointed.

Totally opposite experience to my other cars but I think if you have the ability to drive you can adjust your driving style accordingly.

For me drove better on the road than I thought it would and steering and body roll were not what I was expecting.

The Autocar review is the oddball one but the Sniff and Smith youtube pretty much sold me on it before as I tend to have similar tastes.

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04 Jan 2019 16:25 #200011 by Dorsetdumpling

Hanslow wrote: Hi all,

Quick hello from me, soon to be first Suzuki owner. I'd been pondering a Defender or Wrangler for some time but prices and theft issues stopped me ending up with either. I started then looking at a Renegade then the spy shots came out for the new Jimny and I've been keenly following it since mid-2018. I ended up putting a deposit down late November without driving or seeing one and following a test drive on 14th December agreed to go ahead with a purchase with the dealer indicating they were only getting two in, one of which happens to be in the colour and spec I was looking for.

The only other car I've had anywhere similar is a Skoda Yeti, which I found rather dull to drive and very far removed from a driving experience. I'm used to more nimble sportyish cars, but as a long as a car has character I'll enjoy the drive. Proper off-roading history for me is nil so we'll look to change that at some point but I'm certainly hoping it will be a lot more capable in the snow that we usually get than the rear wheel drive cars I've got/had which have been, errr, interesting around where we live just south of the peak district.

The dealer indicated a late January delivery date, which I'm fine with, I'm not an impatient fella and I'll enjoy getting my last few drives out of the GT86 whilst I'm waiting :)



Seems to be a trend emerging!

I’m trading in my MX5, and I’m pretty sure i saw someone else saying that they’re changing from an RX8.

The MX was great fun to drive, but noisy as hell at speed and not really practical once we got our Labrador!

For use as a dogwaggon the Jimny will need to have the rear seats down most of the time, so I’ll just be switching one two seater for another!

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05 Jan 2019 20:47 #200069 by Tom
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Another MX5 (ND) owner here, I thought I would be the only one mad enough to swap it for a new Jimny! I’ve finally admitted to myself that a 2 seater isn’t practical so I have been looking for something bigger (although I didn’t think it was possible to end up with a smaller boot) but still feels special.

I drive a van for work so I had zero problems adjusting to the Jimny’s road manors so I’m very excited. I’ve missed the first batch with my dealer but I should have one around March :cheer:

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05 Jan 2019 21:32 #200072 by Max Headroom
Hello Tom and welcome to the forums!

I've got the convertible Jimny and to be honest although it has four seats I kind of regard it as a 2 seater.... and my other two cars are two seaters!


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