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Fully Floating Rear Axle Kit (20 Oct 2021)

Brett and Riccy are please to announce the

G&D Floating Axle Kit

This add-in kit enables you to enhance your Gen3 Jimny to a fully floating rear axle

Full details are in the download file below

DOWNLOAD DETAILS HERE

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17 Oct 2021 07:43 #239462 by Connert92
Hi everyone,

I'm in the market for a Jimny, probably around 2003-2009 models. 

Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for when viewing these to buy? Like common issues with Jimnys of this age?

I imagine rust would be quite a big factor on these, especially if they've been off road.

A lot of them are in the realm of 80k+ miles, how do these engines age?

Any help is appreciated. 

Thanks guys!
 

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17 Oct 2021 08:26 #239465 by Lambert
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The only major issues with this age range are the corrosion of the body and from 05 to 09 the bearings in the main gearbox. Many examples by now may have had some repair work done but if not expect the gearbox to start at 500 quid minimum and the corrosion is a piece of string job sometimes easier other times not. Have a read through the buying guide in the information section in the top banner.

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The last of the gen3s, probably.
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17 Oct 2021 09:05 #239466 by Connert92
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Thanks for the info,

I'll have a read of the buyers guide!

I see you own an auto, would you recommend them over the manuals?

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17 Oct 2021 10:34 - 17 Oct 2021 10:35 #239468 by Scimike
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Have you driven a Jimny?
If not find both auto and manual offered by traders and take each for a test drive, that will answer your gearbox question.
Truth is for as many that like autos as many like manual. So it's going to need to be something you decide.
They are different, I drove both and knew which I wanted straight away.
Good luck in your search.
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17 Oct 2021 11:30 #239470 by Podge
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Probably some 2010s affected too. Mine was, the bearings were goosed at about 100k.

It was £495 for the recon on the box another 200 labour to fit a clutch and remove and refit the gearbox.

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17 Oct 2021 12:03 #239472 by Connert92
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Thanks for your reply,

I have not test driven one yet as no local sellers/garages have one up for sale.

I have driven both manual and automatic cars and own one of each.

I find the manuals better for the fact I feel more connected to the engine that way, and my auto is more of a cruiser car.

I wasn't sure whether Jimny fans swore by manuals or autos though.

I think for my driving style and what i'll use it for a manual will suit me better, but I will definitely try and get a test drive in both gearboxes prior to buying.

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17 Oct 2021 12:32 #239473 by Scimike
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Ok well worth getting a drive in both then before you purchase.
I found both to be very different in the way the vehicle "feels", and that's what you are going to have to live with if it's your only drive. 
it's possible to list the advantages / disadvantages of each, but they tend to balance out in my humble opinion depending upon the use of the vehicle at the time, so no clear winner.
But don't get too hung up about this, they both make the Jimny move and at the end of the day that's all that matters.






 

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17 Oct 2021 16:47 #239480 by Lambert
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My 4th Jimny that I dailied for nearly 10 years was manual. My current one is automatic. I will not be having another manual. I find it too frenzied and requiring more driver involvement to keep making progress. The automatic is better for my off road work on the farm and is noticeably easier to maintain momentum in on a back road. Also the automatic isn't included in the bearing failure issue, that's just the manual.

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17 Oct 2021 17:13 #239481 by Connert92
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Thanks for the info Lambert!

I will be bearing that in mind when I purchase one of these little cars.

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