2000 Suzuki Jimny Reviews

2000 Suzuki Jimny GX F10a from Indonesia

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission F10a Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36 kilometres
Most recent distance41370 kilometres

Summary:

Free of flood compact car

Faults:

The fan is not running well.

The seats adjust gone wrong in the 3 year.

General Comments:

Known as Suzuki Katana in Indonesia.

A high ground clearance compact car. but its rather bouncy, because its use a leaf spring.

Small gasoline consumption 1lt/8km.

A good car to train your shifting techniques.

Not very maneuveurable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2005

2000 Suzuki Jimny JLX Soft Top 1.3 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carFiat Cinquecento

Summary:

Good value and fun, but needs more power

Faults:

Rear soft top retaining clips continually breaking.

Badly fitted tow bar knocking against exhaust - has since been removed.

Plastic trim on sides of seats fell off, needing modification before refitting.

General Comments:

We have wanted a Jimny for several years, so we traded a 1.2 Corsa against one when it came into a local Vauxhall dealer in February 2004. This one came with many extras, alloy wheels, colour coded front bull bar, front foglights, aluminium sill covers, chrome light trims and a driver's arm rest. These extras really finish the car off.

The car drives well, but is very bouncy over anything other than mirror smooth road surfaces. The engine seems to struggle and is always sounding like it works hard. I must say that they drive immeasurable better than any Vitara I have driven (3/5 door, hard and soft top). The Vitara is truly AWFUL. You can feel the chassis and body twisting over road undulations, something the Jimny does not do. I would rather drive the Jimny any day.

Despite it sounding like it's working hard under there, the engine is fairly nippy, though it doesn't like going over 70mph.

The roof is fiddly to take down and put back up, though it's great to drive when it is down.

I haven't yet put it through any serious off-road work, though what it has done it's done very well.

Not great build quality, the old thing of shiny plastics, but it is fairly comfortable for front seat passengers. Not great access to the rear and the front seats don't have a 'memory function' so whenever anyone gets in or out of the rear, you have to spend 5 minutes re-adjusting them again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2005

12th Apr 2007, 15:19

The Jimny has a bumpy ride because it is *short*. The Jimny lacks power at speed and on the hills because it has only a 1.3 engine.

8th Nov 2010, 11:16

Badly fitted tow bar is bad trademanship, and nothing to do with the Suzuki Jimny.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews