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Yes l like the look of the G-Wagon, but the good ones start at £30k....out of reach for me.

Sadly as pointed out by Frank77 above LR never invested much in Defender it could have been a world beater but they just left it for decades.

So yes it’s up to owners to improve them to their requirements!
It will be interesting to see what the new one is like, but the Jimny appeals because it’s likely to be reliable, well built and cheap to own.
A bit too small for me though, if only they did a LWB version
 

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Suzuki might be doing a pick up version which is on a lengthened chassis, and might be a 4/5 door variant, the concept images make it look ridiculously long for the width, although i'm hyped for the pick up version and hope it is real.
 

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It's so hideous, but nobody cares about it where it belongs - off-road, where it's apparently quite ok.
https://youtu.be/oGnrZDuCUwQ
I disagree. The Jimny has a markedly utilitarian and somewhat retro-esque design, but imho it's far from hideous. Any modern Lexus otoh is hideous if you ask me.

And yes, the Jimny was always a very competent offroader. Modified Jimnys has won its class in the Swedish Championship in offroad racing for several years, so it actually manages to live up to its image. Something that can't be said about many SUVs peopel persist on buying.
 

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Interesting stats

Suzuki has sold the Jimny in “194 countries and regions” since 1970. In total, it has sold more than 2.85 million so far, and not one was sold new in the U.S.

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Great car...
 

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Interesting stats

Suzuki has sold the Jimny in “194 countries and regions” since 1970. In total, it has sold more than 2.85 million so far, and not one was sold new in the U.S.

:smile:

Great car...
They really wouldn't understand:grin:
They couldn't make a decent car if their life depended on it. The Jeep Rubicon is impressive off road but that's it, a one trick pony.
 

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I disagree. The Jimny has a markedly utilitarian and somewhat retro-esque design, but imho it's far from hideous. Any modern Lexus otoh is hideous if you ask me.
Absolutely spot on. So much better than the hideous, bloated, blinged things from Land Rover, BMW/Mini, Merc. , Lexus, Porsche or even (and I hate to say it) Alfa Romeo:sad: but as I said earlier Brits love this tasteless tat:confused:
 

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surprisingly a bunch of americans in to off-roading/overlanding, really want a jimny, as it's compact size means almost no trail is off limits, and they have had a trend of downsizing from full-size trucks like an F150 to something like a taco, as the demand is that great ford re-released the ranger, and the jimny is cheap enough it could be winter/weekend toy/beater.
 

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I just want to say that, from a design perspective (I'm playing the 'I'm a designer' card, here), like the Up! the new Jimny is a really brilliant example of automotive design. Great balance and form and easy to imagine how similar the concept drawings would've looked to the final product. A rarity.
 

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Well finally the Jimny turned up at the end of April and has been modified a little. Was tempted to flip it but have to say really like it, it is better on road than I thought and copes with motorway and has a really nice gear box. Had a couple of weeks to get used to it as up! was with Scorpion and tend to mix which one I use for work. Colour is nuts, I actually find it normal now.

If you see it without the context of other cars it looks huge but wheelbase is shorter than the up! and it has an amazing turning circle, AT tyres and allows give it a bit of attitude and GTI stripes break up the side.

Pretty much depreciation proof motoring at the moment.
 

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I like the personalised plates Wigit :)......do they do a 5 door Jimny ?
 

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I like the personalised plates Wigit :)......do they do a 5 door Jimny ?
They only do a three door, whilst it has 4 seats the boot space is not huge. We literally use it as a two seater.
 

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I’d prefer it if the manufacturer had taken the opportunity over 50+ years of development to manage that - none of which fixes the joke driving position; still, I found a Disco 2 TD5 equally as uncomfortable so it’s clearly a family trait.

Wife’s cousin had an Evoque that lived at the side of the M40, replaced it with a Disco Sport with those immortal words ‘they can’t all be built on a Friday’ - it appears they are, it’s been back 17 times for warranty claims/ faults and has a fault they can’t diagnose which has the engine genuinely sounding like a bag of bolts.

A friend has a Disco Sport that’s been in a fair few times including a clutch replacement at 6k.

A work colleague has a completely reliable Freelander II, she mentioned to her specialist she was thinking of getting a newer one and his advice to her was that she had the Land Rover rocking horse poo, a reliable one - keep it.

I understand the green oval ‘thing’ but wouldn’t have one.
Had a Discovery 2 Td5 for 11 years, never had any issue with comfort. Found it to be a superb car, driven to south of France with a caravan on four occasions. It did need its maintenance though including 2 clutches and dual mass flywheels and a cylinder head in the 130000 miles I put on it. It was easy to work on as most of the work was done myself, thankfully or LR garages would have bank rupted me.
Now have a Freelander 2 which is brill, completely reliable, comfortable, capable and with the Sd4 auto and 190 hp reasonably quick for a 4x4 brick. I do like the look of the new Jimny though. The current LR stable is not really doing it for me. Id have a Discovery Sport as they are a reasonably practical family sized car but they have shocking unreliability reported. Will wait to see how the new Defender fares, maybe a few years down the line when all the faults are ironed out Id consider one.
Well aware of the green ovals faults but have always been a fan.
 

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Looks like a cross between a 1980's Lada Niva and Postman Pat's van but very capable for off road use but not great for acceleration, top speed, cornering, economy and all the usual things you expect on a modern car.

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Have you actually driven the new Jimny, or relied on reviews such as in Autocar where the journalist testing it has just stepped out of a Bentley Continental?

"It's slow, noisy and utilitarian" well, yes it would be after the Conti.
 
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