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12 Jul 2017 17:46 #182680 by Honeyguide
Honeyguide replied the topic: Buying Guide
Hi, I am new and just signed up. I run an conservation organization in Tanzania ( www.honeyguide.org ) and I am thinking of using the Jimny as a key vehicle for management of conservation areas because i think it is cheaper to run than landrovers or landcruisers.( I have used Landrovers for years).
So I do not know much about them, I am about to buy a used one Japan as a trial car, so need advice on what I should avoid etc. Also, I need the car to be quite capable in tough conditions, the roads are rough and in the wet season, almost impassable ( however I think the Jimny could do it with the help of a few bodies).
I would like help, in the form of advice when selecting a used car- i would like to share the links and just have advice.
Once a car is selected, advice on any mods and where I can purchase these mods ( larger tyres, adjust the ratio of gearbox etc to get good performance and other ideas).
Can you advice or point me in any direction for any help?

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03 Sep 2017 18:37 #183839 by CompleteNovice
CompleteNovice replied the topic: Buying Guide
Hi everyone, looking at getting my first jimny. Been browsing quite a few and found a nice one 03 plate JLX with 80k on it, and looks standard. It's going to be for shooting, and maybe the odd bit of off roading nothing too serious. So ive also been stalking the forums. ( Also the boot and sills look rust free, but a mechanic friend will be giving it a look over before i buy ) Im wanting to lift the car, i know this topics been covered many times, body lift or suspension lift? I think for my needs if a 2" body lift would allow me some bigger tyres that would be more than suitable, or would this not be the case? Would this mean other alterations? Brake lines etc? Also thinking about wheel spacers?
Yes I'm new

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05 Sep 2017 16:44 #183889 by 1066Boy
1066Boy replied the topic: Buying Guide
Spring spacers would be simpler and easy job. Standard brake hoses are fine up to 2" lift if the anti-roll bar is left on. :)

Jimny JLX Facelift model 2005.
Kashmir Blue Pearl Metallic.
2" lift with Procomp Es1000 shocks.
Diff and transfer box guards from Jimnybits.
215/75/15 General Grabber x3's
and a driver called Allan (1066Boy)

The following user(s) said Thank You: CompleteNovice

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07 Jan 2018 06:38 #188082 by CharlesS
CharlesS replied the topic: Buying Guide
My name is Charles and I am new member of this forum, but I have been reading posts in the Tech and Chat sections for a several months.
Recently I spent a few hours at the Suzuki dealership in Makati Philippines talking to the salesmen/women about this vehicle. Apparently the vehicles in the Philippines do not have the same features as those in Australia, UK, and Germany.
The vehicles I drive in the USA are a 1998 Jeep Cherokee for Rock Crawling in Moab,Utah and a 2011 Jeep Wrangler for Mild Off Roading and driving daily in San Diego, California. The Jimny will be used as a daily driver and provide me the enjoyment of driving in the mountains and country areas of the Philippines which will involve driving on country and mountain roads with loose dirt and mud, partially flooded streets, and trips in the rural areas with reasonably good gas mileage.
Why is the diesel, rear disc brakes and the Immobilizer not available in the Philippines? No one can answer that question.
After some research; the Philippines version of the 2018 Jimny could possibly come with a diesel instead of just the 1.3L gasoline engine which would provide the Jimny with a nice boost in engine TQ, HP and MPL.

Looking forward to purchasing a Jimny JLX in the next several months.






I am reading about its capabilities, what to watch out for, how to repair the problems and what modifications work without breaking the bank.

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07 Jan 2018 09:13 #188084 by 1066Boy
1066Boy replied the topic: Buying Guide
Welcome to the club CharlesS and good luck with your new toy when you get it. :)

Jimny JLX Facelift model 2005.
Kashmir Blue Pearl Metallic.
2" lift with Procomp Es1000 shocks.
Diff and transfer box guards from Jimnybits.
215/75/15 General Grabber x3's
and a driver called Allan (1066Boy)

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09 Jan 2018 03:20 #188153 by zukebob
zukebob replied the topic: Buying Guide

1066Boy wrote: Welcome to the club CharlesS and good luck with your new toy when you get it.


Welcome to the club and welcome to the Philippines. I'm another person from the States that relocated here. In my case, permanently. You are correct that the Jimnys in the PI are a little different from other markets. None are VVT. The latest imports have anti-lock brakes and airbags but you can still find new ones in the dealerships without.

Either way, you will love the car....you'll just hate the traffic

I started out with nothing & still have most of it left

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09 Jan 2018 04:11 #188154 by CharlesS
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Bob,

Thanks for the information about the Jimny.
PM sent.

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