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2019 Jimny - Real Life Experience + Feedback

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15 Jun 2019 20:42 #210002 by Aj4x4
Hahahahha. I wanted a Blue one but was told better take what is available..... so will be, fingers/goes etc crossed , be getting a Grello one in the next three to four weeks. Might have to go out after dark to avoid weirdos!!

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24 Jun 2019 19:34 #210276 by Bob1050
Not long till we hit the 6000 mile mark - another boring post that confirms the Suzuki quality control team are miles ahead of some other well known 4X4 manufacturers. Nothing has shaken loose, fallen off, failed or caused an unscheduled visit to the dealer.

Biggest concern is those rubber floor mats which I don't rate in terms of their robustness. Looks like they will be the first components to fail.

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04 Jul 2019 14:56 #210613 by ZookPenguin
I'm thinking of swapping out my 2013 Zook for a new one.

Have any 2018/19 owners experienced any of the steering shudder/wobble so characteristic of the earlier Zooks? Or is the slightly different geometry in the 2018/19 build resistant to it?
Also, from what I read the stud pattern/spacing is the same as the earlier Jimny's; just out of interest has anyone swapped over their old A/T or mud tyres?

Thanks for your thoughts :)

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04 Jul 2019 15:09 #210614 by Gadget

ZookPenguin wrote: I'm thinking of swapping out my 2013 Zook for a new one.

Have any 2018/19 owners experienced any of the steering shudder/wobble so characteristic of the earlier Zooks? Or is the slightly different geometry in the 2018/19 build resistant to it?
Also, from what I read the stud pattern/spacing is the same as the earlier Jimny's; just out of interest has anyone swapped over their old A/T or mud tyres?

Thanks for your thoughts :)


Zero steering judder or wobble on mine in 2500 miles, that's running on A/T tyres. Comes fitted with a steering damper as standard, so hopefully death wobble is a thing of the past.
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04 Jul 2019 18:10 #210621 by saxj

ZookPenguin wrote: I'm thinking of swapping out my 2013 Zook for a new one.

Have any 2018/19 owners experienced any of the steering shudder/wobble so characteristic of the earlier Zooks? Or is the slightly different geometry in the 2018/19 build resistant to it?
Also, from what I read the stud pattern/spacing is the same as the earlier Jimny's; just out of interest has anyone swapped over their old A/T or mud tyres?

Thanks for your thoughts :)


I experienced wobble at 80kph, same as the old one, with badly balanced tyres.

The wheels and tyres from the older models fit fine. The standard size is a bit bigger on the gen4.

I have the wheels from my first Suzuki, an SJ410, on my Gen4 with tyres I took of my Gen3.
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04 Jul 2019 18:57 #210623 by Scimike
With the exception of the steering damper nothing has changed to make the G4 less susceptible to death wobble. It's an inherent issue with all solid front axle vehicles, any make, not just Suzuki. A new vehicle will not suffer, but as steering components wear then it possibility of wobble increases. The damper will assist to mask the problem, but eventually even the damper will not cover shot kingpin bearings etc.
Don't get hung up on the possibility though, just maintain the vehicle and enjoy.
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04 Jul 2019 20:42 #210625 by Bob1050
Have now driven past the 6000 mile mark on the odometer. It may be a 2019 registered Jimny and that new car smell has faded but there's no sign of 'Death Wobble' or any other shakes, rattles or parts falling off. The Jimny still puts a smile on my face, I no longer worry about speed cameras and it continues to attract positive comments from strangers. Fuel consumption sitting at 45mpg.
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04 Jul 2019 21:15 #210627 by saxj

Bob1050 wrote: Have now driven past the 6000 mile mark on the odometer. It may be a 2019 registered Jimny and that new car smell has faded but there's no sign of 'Death Wobble' or any other shakes, rattles or parts falling off. The Jimny still puts a smile on my face, I no longer worry about speed cameras and it continues to attract positive comments from strangers. Fuel consumption sitting at 45mpg.


I stopped worrying about speed cameras, and got a fine doing 135kph in a 120kph zone.

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11 Jul 2019 23:03 #210920 by Bob1050
Decided that as the JImny has past the 6000 mile mark I should undertake the recommended tyre rotation. After a few seconds thinking about which of the two recommended options to follow - I selected the '5-wheel' rotation. Trolley jack and torque wrench looked out, manual checked and wheels rotated pronto. Tyre wear looked very reasonable and even. After a few days driving I can't say that I notice any difference - so that's a good sign regarding alignment, wheel balancing and resetting pressures. Cannot believe that the average owner will bother with this process - along with regular oil checks and topping up the windscreen washer bottle.
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16 Jul 2019 23:05 #211152 by Bob1050
Bizarre back to back travelling experiences. Used the Jimny for a 100 mile trip then swapped over to a 1200cc motorcycle for a trip across Northumberland. Night and day in terms of acceleration, braking and cornering abilities on tarmac. Then went up the hill today to see some cattle and the Jimny proved yet again what an excellent design of specialist vehicle it is. My brain has had to quickly recalibrate several times over 48 hours - the Jimny is totally useless at filtering through static traffic on the Motorway. Note to self - when you see a gap in the traffic remember which vehicle you are in control of.
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16 Jul 2019 23:16 - 16 Jul 2019 23:17 #211154 by Andy2640

Bob1050 wrote: Have now driven past the 6000 mile mark on the odometer. It may be a 2019 registered Jimny and that new car smell has faded but there's no sign of 'Death Wobble' or any other shakes, rattles or parts falling off. The Jimny still puts a smile on my face, I no longer worry about speed cameras and it continues to attract positive comments from strangers. Fuel consumption sitting at 45mpg.


Hahahaaa, i hear ya! If you are the shy type, or just like to stay below the social radar, consider buying a peugeot ( no offense).

Had my 3rd punter of the day yesterday.

A wise man once said...... When we are Mean, Shout at People, Lose our Tempers, Swear, and generally act like Tool Bags, Never forget ..... We are all Cavemen in Suits, Uniforms and/or Overalls ..... Living in Semi-Concrete Jungles. Andy - 2019 AD.
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20 Jul 2019 12:00 #211316 by Bob1050
It's holiday time and the Jimny's odometer continues to spin ever upwards. It has now passed the 7,000 mile mark and continues to deliver smiles and goodwill on our travels. Pleased to report that the Defects Log is still empty - Zero components have failed, fallen off, rattled or are causing real grief. Watching eye still on the rubber mats which seem to be wearing heavily - other than that we are at peace.

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