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Purchasing my first Jimny - would you buy this one?

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08 Jan 2019 00:07 - 08 Jan 2019 00:13 #200151 by anubisgrau
Hello, my first post here - greetings from Belgrade where I'm trying to buy a 4x4 for my summer house on Greek island Lemnos, which is a perfect terrain for Jimny or likes. Actually I think a half of the population drives one of these!

At the moment there is a '07 M13 petrol Jimny I checked the other day at a dealer. I couldn't drive it out so all I could do is a visual inspection. What I found needs to be check at a mechanic but given that my schedule is on Wednesday, I'm wondering what are your thoughts about things that makes me not so comfortable.

In short: lots of things looks rather good except for some extremely rusty parts. engine not too bad:

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but this, a brake splitter?

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also a head of the steering wheel:

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Also there is some rust underneath the chasis but not so dramatic as this here.

The car is imported from Swiss and I think it was either exposed to too much salt during snow season, or it was simply not driven for too long and forgotten on some parking, so rust evolved.

What are your thoughts, if everything else is OK with it, would you take a 2007 Jimny with so corroded parts. Especially brake splitter. How much does the new cost?

As I said the rest looks visually fine.

Btw the asking price is 4.2k GBP.

Thanks, G.

PS. I apologize for the pics links, I can't seem to find a way how to embed them...
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08 Jan 2019 05:00 #200156 by Lambert
While its not ideal having that much corrosion on brake components they could easily last a long time in a dryer environment like Greece and that would also be a simple job in a professional workshop. The bits on the exhaust cover and steering box aren't serious just a bit of surface corrosion. I think you're wise to get a local professional opinion on it though.

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08 Jan 2019 10:39 #200165 by anubisgrau
thanks, sounds logical and reassuring.

anyone has a clue about a price of the brake splitter from the second link? just for the worst case scenario.

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09 Jan 2019 15:13 - 09 Jan 2019 15:14 #200248 by anubisgrau
OK we brought it to a mechanic today. it ended in disaster as 4-L didn't want to disengage so he needs to deal with it, most likely a small motor failed. other things, it was crashed on front right and there are traces of welding behind the pedals. also lots of random spraying over rust underneath to look more tidy. but overall a central diff seemed to be opened/fixed earlier, there is a red sealant which is not there originally.
I pulled out from purchase and since no one could switch off 4-L it stayed with mechanic to deal with it. None of the buttons for 2, 4 and 4-L responded, it kept on beeping and flashing.
Something was seriously fishy there. Shame cause it cosmetically good and drove well on normal road, 2 and 4WD.
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09 Jan 2019 17:37 #200249 by Lambert
Lucky escape there then.

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09 Jan 2019 18:08 #200253 by Max Headroom
Yes I'm sure you can find something better; it does sound like things have been hidden slightly (and are now found!)

Good things come to those that wait.

To embed the pictures,after you have uploaded them with the "Attachments" button, first check where the cirsor is in your post, then then click on the button that says "Insert All"
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10 Jan 2019 09:23 #200310 by anubisgrau
Actually this was very useful time with mechanic during inspection, I think a plenty of things I would be able to spot myself now. A good learning session. It cost me 10 EUR (about 9 GBP), well spent money! The hunt continues!

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