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14th July 2024
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Sz4 from 2013

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20 Sep 2023 21:41 #250928 by Lenlec
Sz4 from 2013 was created by Lenlec
Hi all 
Probably getting a 2013 sz4 Jimny this weekend 
done about 37k miles full Suzuki service history 
any thing I should look out for ? 
 cheers 

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20 Sep 2023 22:29 #250929 by facade
Replied by facade on topic Sz4 from 2013
Before you drive it:
Rust.
In the tool well in front of the back door. Under the back seats. Behind the headlights downwards. At the rear body mountings.

Leaks from the swivel housings on the front axle.
Any oil leaks.

Signs of off-road abuse, like mud in odd places, tide marks in the engine bay, damage underneath.

When driving:
The dreaded death wobble- the steering wheel shakes in your hands at about 45 mph. There is a lot that can be done about it, but best if you don't have it to start with.

Noises from the gearbox. The late manual gearbox suffers from weak bearings, which become noisy, and eventually collapse causing loss of some gears. Noise is fixable, if you have a deep wallet or are very handy with spanners.

Mechanical problems are fixable. Rust is the big problem, it costs 10 times what you expect to get it repaired properly. Do NOT buy a rusty one.

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)
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20 Sep 2023 22:37 #250930 by Lenlec
Replied by Lenlec on topic Sz4 from 2013
Bloody hell. Quite a bit then
Thank you.

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20 Sep 2023 23:46 #250931 by facade
Replied by facade on topic Sz4 from 2013

Bloody hell. Quite a bit then
Thank you.
 
Hardly anything really.

It is a 10 year old car, you are checking for rust & oil leaks and that it drives nicely, same as any other. The weak spot on VVT models is that gearbox. Copart usually have a couple for sale with no gearbox, likely they were stolen for it and recovered.

Jimnys rust badly in those places. Rust is made worse by some owners using them in Winter and not carefully washing off every last grain of salt, and by taking them off road and then not carefully washing off every last clump of damp sticky mud. Sometimes they get driven through deep water, which gets into places it shouldn't be and causes problems that you can do without.

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)
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21 Sep 2023 05:02 #250933 by Lenlec
Replied by Lenlec on topic Sz4 from 2013
Thanks again.
They want 9500 for it 2013 fsh in black
2 owners. Decent price do you think ?
At the mo there’s a dog cage in the back
But he will put the rear seats back in today
Will this cause issues ?

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21 Sep 2023 05:49 #250934 by rogerzilla
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That's cheap by today's standards.

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