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19 Sep 2020 20:02 #228353 by arco-iris
I'm thinking of looking at a 2001 Jimny tomorrow, don't know anything about them (Fourtrak owner) what common issues should I be looking for? Not worried about anything mechanical, but are there common MOT failure issues? The vehicle concerned has an online history of passes without advisories, the last ten months ago.

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19 Sep 2020 22:54 #228357 by Fossie
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In short .rust.
Sills, under the rear seats by seat belt mounts , in the Jack housing well in the boot area, behind headlamps and by the body mounts to chassis.

Check brake lines espiecally from front to rear under drivers side..
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19 Sep 2020 23:01 #228358 by Podge
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They rust, what fossie said.

www.bigjimny.com/mediawiki/index.php/Buying_a_Jimny#Jimny_3

The wiki is a good buying guide.

The engine should be a M13 type by 2001, it's a nice simple DOHC that's generally very reliable.

2000 M13A Jimny with hammerite wheels - Ireland :)
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20 Sep 2020 14:37 #228369 by arco-iris
Thank you both for your help, unfortunately it was sold before I could get there.

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21 Sep 2020 20:40 - 21 Sep 2020 20:49 #228423 by arco-iris
The vehicle got re-advertised so I went to look at it, armed with the helpful information given here.

Rusty behind the headlamps as said, easy to see as any arch liners that should have been hiding it weren't there at all. The only other rust I could find was both rear seat belt mounts, lifting the seat squabs as recommended - looks a simple repair, even simpler to take the seats out..... and a 30mm hole in the boot floor to the right of the wheel well, in the corner, not structural.

It has been used for green laning and has lifted springs (not lifted body mounts), with some plastic panels missing (should there be something along the sills?) or loose. As a result it was easy to examine the front seat belt mounts and sills and both sides are near perfect. No rust at all in the wheel well.

The front swivels are extremely oily, I read this morning about not being filled with oil - does this indicate that the have been, should they in fact be totally dry?

1.3 DOHC ran very sweet & smooth, accelerated readily & smoothly but then hitting the brakes, while they worked straight, hands off, it almost felt like there was little servo assistance (heavy foot needed to make the car stop). Normal?

The black (? more like dull charcoal) paint is a bit off, almost like a Raptor finish, but that doesn't matter - did Jimmy's come in black? Most bits I could see were the same colour, under the bonnet paler, plastic arches also matched. Four nice alloys, steel spare, all with Cooper A/T tyres, 215/75x15, some a bit cracked so old. Seats clean, only slight wear to drivers.

It's passed all recent MOT's without advisories & IMHO only needs the rear s/belt mounts for the next. Could I ask what you experts think it's worth?
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22 Sep 2020 04:05 #228432 by Lambert
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Can't comment on value. The oily swivels mean the kingpin bearings are failed causing the inner axle oil seals to let the diff oil out. I would be sceptical of the mot history unless you know the test centre in question is reliable. Generally it sounds a little unloved and whilst it could be fairly straightforward to get upto scratch I would look at more examples.

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