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Suzuki Jimny / Sierra



Back to the late 80s when life was good Suzuki developed a fun light weight semi rural vehicle called the sierra.

Initially it was built on the subcontinent and was a basic 1 litre 4 spd manual 4x4 work farm whatever truck. Suspension was hard the price low and the quality average.

Even though this vehicle evolved from the earlier Suzuki vehicles it began a new awareness of the light rigid 4x4 vehicle that Suzuki had created. The main point of this vehicle is reliability. Suzuki can hang their hat on that now and the sierra although basic go anywhere was reliable.

During the fuel spikes in 2008/09 this vehicle now called the Jimney had defied market trends and increased sales in Australia in fact at one stage sales had risen 34% within 12 months.

2010 and beyond and the Jimney by Suzuki will alway find a place in the niche 4x4 market.

This vehicle is worth noting for a low depreciation as a used 4x4 compared to many in the market.


Suzuki Jimney 2008


Overall length (mm)   3,645
Overall width (mm)   1,600
Overall height (mm)   1,705
Wheelbase (mm)      2,250
Front track (mm)     1,355
Rear track(mm)       1,365
Kerb to kerb turning circle (m)   9.8
Ground clearance unladen (mm) 190
Approach angle  42
Departure angle  46
Seating capacity  4
Cargo capacity
Rear seat up; to lower window 113
Rear seat down; to lower window 324
Rear seat down 816
Immobiliser   std
Front airbag  std 
ABS std
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) -
Brake Assist System (BAS) -
Vehicle Stability Control(VSC/ESP) -
Front seat belts 3-point
Pre-tensioners std
Height adjustable std
Rear seat belts 2 x 3-point
Centre high mount stop light std

Today's standards and market expectations have changed since the 80s and 90s models now the Jimney is manual or Automatic, its priced in a competitive placement$20,000 AUD +

It offers comfort features like Air cond, power steer, Safety has been severely enhanced .

Engine also has been refined from the old 1 litre and 1.3 to the new 62 kw multi point injection 1.3 4 cyl delivering for its size nice torque at 128 Nm.Even towing  at the standard 350 KG un braked is reasonable. Brake it and its 1300 kg now that's not bad.

This is not a sales pitch but in the 20+years I have been involved in 4x4 vehicle this unit has always  shown its qualities. Maybe not my cup of tea but as I have said many time will go up the side of tree if you want it too. For the younger buyers it is easy to see the attraction for this vehicle and the lifestyle it represents. Again well done Suzuki.

Power steering  std
Steering wheel Urethane
Power windows std
Location Front
Power locks    std
Operation Remote
Air conditioning    std
Courtesy lights   std
Load area light   std
Sun visors Driver: pass
Vanity mirror Driver
Console Floor
Cup holders Front
Rear view mirror Day & night
Seat upholstery Fabric
Rear seats folding 50:50
Head rests Front 2 : rear 2
Door pockets/bins Driver : pass
12v power outlet std
Remote fuel flap release std

In New Zealand it is very important to have a good tow rating on your vehicles see video below

Suzuki Jimney towing a chook house in NZ



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