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How far is too far?

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11 Mar 2024 18:42 #255011 by Jamento
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I'm planning on a few long UK weekends away this year, using our Jimny to get there and back.

It's a 2008 auto that's covered 76k, serviced within last year.

We will be using A & B roads as I don't fancy motorways in a 1.3 with only 4 gears.

How far can I drive in one go before taking a break to give the engine a rest?

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11 Mar 2024 19:01 #255014 by rogerzilla
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Until you run out of fuel.  This is why engines took over from horses.

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11 Mar 2024 19:28 #255015 by jlines
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With Jimnys the car will rust out quicker than the engine breaking down lol. In all seriousness it will be you needing a break before the car needs one. I would expect a Jimny to happily drive around the UK without the car needing anything.
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11 Mar 2024 19:29 - 11 Mar 2024 19:52 #255016 by yakuza
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The last few years I have been doing long trips with my 2005 Jimny mostly pulling a 350-450kg trailer and with all I need to sustain myself and tools and parts and firewood and camping gear. Well loaded.
Driving mostly bad gravel roads, mountain passes in Norway up to 1400m and down and back up again. Clutch have been smelly for years :)
Servicing has been so so but mostly ok.
Most of these trips is over a week or two, approx 2500km thru Denmark, Sweden. I try not to do long hauls but to see the sites and take it slow and easy exploring. Also going to offroad events so not exactly being nice to the car either. Using it for what it was built for.
Some days though I can do longer hauls with 8 to 10 hours of driving. not so many km's as these roads is very hard to get more than 60kmh average speed on but have reached 600km in one day sometimes.

As long as your brakes are good and serviced, tyres good, check the oil, fluid levels and cooling, there is no reason you could not drive all day.
The engine is the least of my worries.
My car has been modified a bit so I worry more for the drive train.
If your car is original there should be no worries.

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11 Mar 2024 20:16 #255019 by Lambert
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I routinely drive the North Coast 500 in my auto which given where I live means a round trip of at least 1600 miles depending on which way I go. This usually takes me between 3 or 4 days though I have done it several times in 2 days. The limiting factor is how much fuel you are prepared to carry because you are guaranteed to use the tank up before you find a fuel station at least once so having a contingency helps keep the schedule in check. Oh and motorway driving with the auto is much better as 4th is really long and the revs are manageable on the ears compared with the manual.. really it depends on how much you like driving because the jimny just eats the miles.

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11 Mar 2024 20:20 #255020 by Lambert
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Oh and for reference I see distance the same way Australian and American people do, an hour and a half for a bag of chips for tea is entirely reasonable.

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11 Mar 2024 22:11 #255026 by DrRobin
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I have had experience of small mopeds which need a break every hour to some of the most comfortable motorway cruisers which will go for hours (600 miles range). The Jimny is somewhere in between.

I could drive my Gen 3 for 2.5 hours without a break, 3 hours is doable, but after that I am ready for a stop. My Gen 4 is better, may be 3 hours without a break and possibly 4 hours at a pinch. So let’s say 150-250 miles, depending on the roads and conditions. Much further and you need a fuel stop anyway.

I drove 350 miles each way to the BigJimny meet up last year, felt fine when I got out and it was hot. I didn’t really want to go any further in one day.

My Jimny however, would have turned around and gone straight back home.
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11 Mar 2024 22:51 #255028 by Jamento
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Thanks one and all. Seems as if I have underestimated the Jimny big time. 

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12 Mar 2024 08:04 #255032 by rogerzilla
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The only issue you can have on any older car is if the cooling system is inefficient - partially clogged radiator or weak water pump. Hours of motorway driving can eventually cause overheating, especially as an auto dumps extra heat into the radiator.  On really hot summer days, you see far more broken-down cars of a certain age on the hard shoulder.

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12 Mar 2024 09:52 #255035 by saxj
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I'm planning on a few long UK weekends away this year, using our Jimny to get there and back.

It's a 2008 auto that's covered 76k, serviced within last year.

We will be using A & B roads as I don't fancy motorways in a 1.3 with only 4 gears.

How far can I drive in one go before taking a break to give the engine a rest?
I did 3500km over 12 days through Botswana, in my gen 3 Jimny, in December with day time temperatures around 33 degrees celsius. Stops were to admire the view and to fill up with fuel.

No need to worry about the Jimny. Driver fatigue is more of an issue - either stop for a walk around the car once every 2 hours, or swap drivers.

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