Suzuki Jimny Reviews from Philippines

2003 Suzuki Jimny JLX 1.3 liter gasoline petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3 liter gasoline petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hi-lux

Summary:

Very useful vehicle / equipment

Faults:

1. I bought this vehicle "used", so I expected that I should replace worn things.

2. I replaced valve cover gasket, it was leaking.

3. I replaced the LAMBDA sensor because the check engine light was on.

4. I brought the vehicle to the Suzuki dealer to replace the kingpin bearings, front axle gaskets, brake pads, shock absorbers, all of the tie rod ends, worn suspension stabilizers, wheel alignment, replacement of axle oils, transfer oil, gear oil, engine oil (synthetic because the Jimny is high revving), etc, because the front axle oil was leaking, and there was a lot of steering wheel shudder; spent 30,000 Philippine pesos on these. After these things, I already have even tire wear, no more shudder at low or high speeds, no more leak at the front axle.

5. I replaced the tires at the rear with Bridgestone R623 light truck tires with stock size of 205 70 R15, and at the front with Kumho 857 light truck tires with stock size of 205 70 R15 (light truck load rate C tires, because the Jimny is small with narrow width and short wheelbase, you wouldn't want tires exploding on you).

General Comments:

I fell in love with Suzuki Jimny. I am an outdoor type. My world doesn't end on the paved road. I tested my stock Jimny, never modified it, brought it to Daraitan, mount Batulao foot, Agoncillo, etc, and most recently to mount Sierra Madre Aurora National Park, then to Ditumabo crossing rivers, mountains, etc. I have put 20,000 kms on it on highways running at 100 to 110 kph, mountains, rivers, trails, beaches, etc, and most of the time fully loaded with 4 adults, jerry cans, tools, etc, before writing this review.

Yes, the Jimny is small. But to those who have gone to the mountains, crossed rivers, etc, where there is almost no road / no road at all, they will understand the usefulness of its size. The usefulness of how close the 4 tires are to one another (narrow wheelbase, narrow width, good angle of approach and departure).

I also love its revving gasoline/petrol engine. When times and places are tough, the 4 low range is very useful. Yes, it is a 1.3 liter gasoline, but with 4 low range, I have reached 6000 rpm, to prevent myself from falling. This is really a simple but very useful piece equipment for me, just like my GPS, hydration bag, ropes, floating devices, medical kit, etc, that keep me on track, alive, and able to go home safe after an adventure :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2011

2002 Suzuki Jimny JLX 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Very well made for a 10 year old vehicle

Faults:

The compressor of the air conditioner got busted at 30,000km. The dealer was charging too high at about $1,100 for the compressor and another $300 for labor and the dryer. I had to look for replacement elsewhere. Fortunately, the compressor of a Suzuki Esteem has the same parts with it, but the housing is different. So what the parts dealer did was to take out the parts from the brand new compressor of the Esteem and stuff it in the housing of the Jimny's compressor. It's now working and I just spent $500 for everything!

General Comments:

The Jimny is a real value for money, fun to drive car. Don't take to the expressway as it doesn't handle well on highways, but for cityscapes it's a car you'll love. Seating for 4 is not comfortable unless the 2 in the back are toddlers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews