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11 Jan 2020 18:28 #217179 by Wendywoo
Hi Everyone

I am looking for my first Jimny and have viewed some terrible examples today. I have arranged to view the following tomorrow but would like some considered opinions/advice please.

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...0&model=JIMNY&page=1

Thanks in anticipation
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11 Jan 2020 18:51 #217180 by CC Baxter
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Hi,
Let's take it that this is a clean and honest car, (just to keep things simple) you must remember you are paying a dealers premium on this. It is reasonable to look for peace of mind to be included in the deal. Some kind of short warranty would be nice. You would be wise not to buy too far from home as you might need to revisit them on occasion. Try to get a feel as to whether this dealer has any experience of 4x4s. I'm sure other members will offer plenty of advice on this specific model.
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11 Jan 2020 18:56 #217181 by Lambert
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Welcome to the forum. On the face of it it doesn't look too bad. But that is over the internet and it's virtually impossible to tell with any certainty. Have you read the buying guide in the Jimny information section on the top banner of the page?

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11 Jan 2020 19:13 - 11 Jan 2020 19:14 #217182 by mlines
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Ah, the dreaded low mileage, one lady owner.

Carry out a thorough check on these.

1. Check that it does not have death wobble, do a test drive with a lot of playing around with the speed between 40 and 50 mph. Why? because lady will have driven it occasionally on salted roads and then left it standing on the drive so the lower kingpin bearings rust solid.

2. Check for rot behind the headlights and in the boot floor, again because it is driven infrequently and then stood around with salty water on it.

3. Could almost be on its first set of tyres, tread will be wonderful but the sidewalls will be perished, check the date code on the tyres regardless of tread.


Do not be put off by the above, it could be perfect. Just do not by lulled into a false sense of security. If I had a pound for everyone who has phoned me and said "I have just bought a low mileage, one lady owner car and the steering is strange........"

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3" Trailmaster lift with 1.5 Spacers on front
Customised winch bumper and roll cage
235/85R16 Maxxis Bighorns on 16" Rims, 4:1 Rocklobster, Rear ARB locker and on-board air
Corrected arms all-round, rear disks, Recaro seats and harnesses
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11 Jan 2020 23:57 - 12 Jan 2020 00:03 #217189 by Johnniehec
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Don’t touch it with a barge pole.
A - there’s no way an 02’s worth £6K, a good one might be worth half that.
B - the body’s rotten, check out the MOT history at
www.check-mot.service.gov.uk
Failed in May on rusty rear body mounts. Boot floor, sills, front body mounts, etc will follow.

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On the 9th day he swapped it for a Jimny.
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12 Jan 2020 08:55 #217194 by Wendywoo
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Hi guys

Thank you for your comments. I have cancelled the viewing and am looking for something a bit nearer home.

Wendy

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12 Jan 2020 09:08 #217195 by Jimx5
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Run away from this dealer and car.
As has been previously stated check the mot history.
It has a fail on excessive corrosion to the body mounts, but a clear pass ONE DAY later.
That can't happen as there was way too much work involved to put it right, it's a clear case of the dealer having a 'friendly' mot inspector.
Sounds more than a bit shady to me.
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12 Jan 2020 13:03 #217209 by Daniel30
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£6000 for an o2 :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: think ill sell mine tomorrow :evil:
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12 Jan 2020 19:34 #217214 by Andyhereford
You will have seen that there is a great deal of e excellent in depth knowledge on this site from members who really know Jimnys. About a year ago I, like I imagine you are, was a novice to the Jimny but simply liked the look of the car and wanted to drive a simpler car more similar to the cars I drove in my youth....some fifty years ago.
I was lucky to find a 2004 automatic in a local garage...three months warranty, ..
no significant advisories on any of the recorded MOTs.....for £3000. I don’t know if I overpaid but it was a small local very non-pushy trader and it was what I was prepared to pay for a fun second car. When I bought it it had done about 75000 miles so not much when spread over 15 years.
The last years driving has been fantastic. A few small repairs...new disc and pads and new auxiliary belts but nothing more than I expected from an older car and the best thing is if you open the bonnet you can actually work out what are the various parts of the engine. Fantastic!
SO KEEP LOOKING..?YOU WILL FIND ONE AND WHEN YOU DO THET ARE FANTASTIC CARS!
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12 Jan 2020 19:42 #217215 by Wendywoo
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I can’t wait. I’ve seen loads out today obviously been off roading. Not sure I’ll be brave enough!

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12 Jan 2020 19:48 #217216 by Busta
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That's an insane asking price! Steer well clear. Buy on condition, not mileage. I'd always go for a private sale over a dealership. Check out the facebook groups, there are lots for sale on there from genuine sellers.

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13 Jan 2020 16:37 #217238 by Wendywoo
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Thanks for that I’ll take a look on Facebook.

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