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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2018, 09:26 Thread Starter
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Suzuki Jimny 4x4 and A-Frame Setup

Suzuki Jimny O2 2003

Removable Hardtop - Fitted A-Frame Setup - Low Mileage



£2250 with all the A-frame equipment or £1900 without.

Soft top model but fitted with proper factory removable front and rear hard tops!

Black and silver bodywork with grey cloth interior.

A proper 4x4, 16v 1.3 engine, manual 5 speed gearbox, central locking, electric windows, heated rear window, electric mirrors, power steering, CD, immobiliser etc

LOW Mileage 72000 (MOT records back this up)



We've owned this car for 5 years and have used it as a runabout when we've been in the UK (we're away a lot in our motorhome) so the mileage is really low - only averaging 2000 a year in our ownership.

During our ownership the car has been garaged when not in use.

The hardtop is removable although we've only taken the front section off to provide a 'sunroof' when required, there is no soft top with the car. We like the hard top as it gives you the option to have the car open but makes it much more secure than a soft top.



Apart from the hardtop the other special feature of this car is that it comes with a fitted A-frame setup for towing it behind another vehicle single-handed - we have towed it behind our motorhome. The A-frame was supplied and fitted by Towtal and includes the top of the range braking system which is electronic and is called 'RVi2'.



It only takes minutes to attach the A-frame and when removed there is very little sign that the car is any different from normal. The wiring between the A-frame and the towing vehicle is newly fitted (2017) with the latest European 13 pin sockets so if you don't have that socket on the back of your towing vehicle you'd need a readily available adapter plug (less than £5 last time I looked on Ebay). The Jimny itself is fitted with a 13 pin socket which means that the A-frame wiring enables the car's battery to keep charged whilst on tow.





There's a video that I filmed showing how it all goes together (filmed prior to upgrading to 13 pin wiring) if you are interested or not familiar with how these things are set up

The car...

It's 15 years old so obviously not 'as new'! The bodywork is in nice condition, the odd wear and parking type marks but nothing unexpected and nothing that looks out of place on one of these tough little off-roaders. There's a crack in one corner of the rear bumper (see photos) but I have bought a replacement bumper for when we get back to the UK.







Other than going up and down a few mountain tracks we've only used it as a road car, but its very capable with manually selectable 4x4 and hi and low range gears which all work as they should. Wheels are the distinctive 15" O2 alloys and the tyres are Bridgestone Duelers 205/70/R15 which have a great reputation for road and offroad use, they've got around 4-5mms of tread so plenty of life yet. The spare is pretty well unused and has a lockable chrome rimmed cover.

Mechanically the car has never missed a beat while we've had it. It does have a characteristic wheel wobble at about 48mph - its very common with Jimnys, doesn't happen all the time and you either slow down a fraction or speed up a fraction to avoid the issue - Google 'Jimny wobble' for lots of information if its a concern .

Interior is OK but has a couple of very small cigarette burns on the seating that predate our ownership (we're non smokers)! Other than that its very presentable.



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At the time of writing this advert we are with the car in France and it has only a small amount left, until end of March. We will be returning to the UK from the 21st of March to renew this for a further year. The car has only been driven 1500 miles since the last one so we're not expecting any issues and the car is offered for sale with a fresh MOT - if not sold beforehand.

In summary...

It's a great little car, we're only selling it as we're making a permanent move to France and won't need the UK runabout!

It seats 4 comfortably and can carry large objects with the back seats folded. It's just as happy on road or off-road so makes a very versatile 2nd, or even main, car.



Price...

It's a lot of kit for the money and is priced to sell at £2250 with all the A-frame equipment or £1900 without. Available at end of March in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

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Might be worth including the Jimny’s Weight so prosective purchasers can be sure they won’t exceed their Gross Train Weight. My Autotrail Cheyenne 696 had a max trailer weight of only 1045 Kg which was only JUST cpenough for a Smart car on specialist Smart car trailer.

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Might be worth including the Jimny’s Weight so prosective purchasers can be sure they won’t exceed their Gross Train Weight. My Autotrail Cheyenne 696 had a max trailer weight of only 1045 Kg which was only JUST cpenough for a Smart car on specialist Smart car trailer.

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Good point Andy, thank you.

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I used to own a Jimny soft top (well, the wife did) and I can confirm that it is a good little drive so you can buy with confidence.

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