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04 Oct 2019 20:43 #214319 by TautvydasP
Hello. How likely is it that a Jimny will get one of those famous problems like death wobble, bad kingpin bears and etc. if not used for heavy offroading? Should I expect these problems after purchasing a second-hand Jimny (2005 1,3 vvt) and should have the car checked by a mechanic immediately?
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05 Oct 2019 06:09 #214327 by Lambert
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Things like rust and kingpin bearings are inevitable in a Jimny at some point in its life depending on how well it has been cared for and how it has been used. However unless there are the telltale signs of a failure in whatever component I wouldn't be rushing out to replace anything as a matter of course. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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05 Oct 2019 07:16 #214330 by Max Headroom
If its a standard set-up, so-called death wobble is not what it sounds like - and is easily curable.
My Jimny was wobbly when I bought it but changing king-pin bearings is not too difficult and doesn't particularly cost an arm and leg.
I don't think you should encounter too many problems even If the vehicle has been used off-road; you can usually tell if something has been 'abused' during it's life.

Although prevention is often better than cure, as Lambert said - "if it aint broke - dont fix it".
These are pretty rugged vehicles


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05 Oct 2019 07:45 #214332 by sniper
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If your not mechanically minded and have a trusted garage to give it a once-over, it's never a bad idea with a car that is new to you. If you can afford to do so of course.

There are a few things that they are prone to, early VVT gearboxes have a weak bearing, mine went at 77k miles. £700+ repair. Brake callipers stick, they cost £58ea. Vacuum system for the hubs fails and manual hubs are £100.

All of the faults do manifest themselves quite readily and should easily be picked up when driving. If it drives ok, then it probably is.

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05 Oct 2019 08:30 #214336 by TautvydasP
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So, in general, Jimny's maintenance will not be that much more expensive or frequent than any regular car, like octavia?

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05 Oct 2019 09:03 #214338 by Lambert
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The parts are readily available for sensible money and the Jimny is probably one of the easiest cars to work on. I really wouldn't lose sleep over it.

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05 Oct 2019 10:40 #214353 by facade
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If it drives fine, just keep it clean underneath- make sure that no mud/road dirt or salt build up anywhere and it will be fine with regular servicing.

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)
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06 Oct 2019 07:38 #214374 by kirkynut
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There was a W reg 1999 single cam Jimny in our family that was once mine until it failed the MOT on terminal rust earlier this year. That never needed a king pin bearing or anything other than engine oil change and brake pads with the odd cam belt in 120k miles.

So it's not a given that you will have any issues.

Having said that, her replacement has already had me fit kingpin bearings to one side and that's started leaking again at the hub, so I've got to investigate more!

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