Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: 2016 Suzuki Jimny JLX M/T


I strongly wanted to hate the Suzuki Jimny, I really do. The car itself dates back to 1998, making it legal to drink, smoke, and appear in porn videos. It drives like a two-ton truck, rides like a derailed freight train, and is less practical than any sports car (save for the generous ride height). Yet, each time I want to vent out my frustration at the Jimny’s very existence, it gives off this unmistakable charm that prevents me from administering lethal injection.

I’m not saying you should fall in line and buy yourself a Jimny; on the contrary, I’m telling you to avoid it completely. If you have any shred of decency, you should opt for something—anything else. It’s slow, unstable, and not particularly efficient. It makes walking feel more comfortable. Yet dammit, I loved every single minute chugging along in this old-school off-roader. This, I think, is the closest thing I’ll ever get to driving a Land Rover Defender and for what? Chump change.



When other car companies rushed to create ever softening soft-roaders, Suzuki has done the opposite and Frankensteined a small SUV that’s perfect both as a farmer’s tool and bouncy boulevard cruiser. The two main ingredients in this voodoo mix are the ladder frame chassis and dual ratio transfer case. And though I didn’t exactly go mud crawling in it, hardcore off-roaders swear by it. I mean, the spec sheet reads like a wet dream: ground clearance is 190 mm, approach angle is 34 degrees, breakover angle is 31 degrees, and departure angle is 46 degrees—and that’s good enough for me. Plus, I did drive it full speed over the truck lane on C5 and you know what? It happily handles this sort of terrain well. Sure, the front and rear solid axles jiggles the occupants like a mad fat-vibrating machine, but it rides here better than it does on smooth tarmac. That’s not to say it feels solid though. On the contrary, it feels like the cabin has the rigidity of Jell-O bolted onto a stiff Arnold Schwarzenegger-like chassis.

While I loved terminating potholes, the recirculating ball steering system does take some getting used to. I find it handles like a larger car; like a pickup truck from a bygone area (it actually brakes like one too). Massive amounts of turns are needed to negotiate a simple U-Turn. Thankfully, the diminutive body makes it slot into spaces which would otherwise panic the hell out of larger cars. The midget dimensions also help with the sideway swinging tailgate which when fully opened takes about the same amount of space as a typical compact crossover. Climbing aboard requires a good step up and once aboard, the seats are, I find, mounted high. It’s so high that I could see the entire length of the hood, so positioning it with millimeter precision proves easy. In fact, visibility is a strong point of the Jimny though the thick B-pillar does mean a terrible blind spot around to the side (good luck having to negotiate with bicycles and motorcycles).




With a 1.3-liter engine with 81 horses and 110 Nm of torque, it sounds crazy to attempt a long distance drive in this car, but that’s exactly what I did. The result, therefore, isn’t surprising. If you’re into sort of that thing, the Jimny gives a good arm workout. It requires constant correction and can be tiring to drive on the relative smooth pavement of SLEX. Plus, once the speedometer needle goes past 80 km/h, the front tires start to lose what remains of its limited feedback. Playing Grand Turismo using a steering wheel has more feedback. Drivetrain refinement is also pretty much how you’d expect an 18-year old car to feel like: noisy, wheezy, and underpowered.

But instead of hating it, I love wringing it. The engine isn’t particularly rev happy and is pretty asthmatic, but the short gearing does contribute a lot to its fun character. I thank the easy-to-modulate clutch and decent gearbox (long throws though) for this. You’ll actually need to constantly shift gears just to maintain a good pace. Take note though that 100 km/h arrives at a high 3,600 rpm and this heavily penalizes the fuel economy: 14.52 km/L on the highway. It’s also not much better in traffic: 7.01 km/L in heavy (average speed 11 km/h) and 9.05 km/L in light traffic (average speed 18 km/h).




The biggest draw for me is the Jimny’s cutesy exterior. Like a typical Asian, it’s managing to look younger than its age. There has been some work done on its nose, but it’s actually withstanding the ravages of time quite well. That being said, I’m no fan of the faux hood scoop—it’s just out of character on this no-frills micro SUV.

Sadly, the fountain of youth formula only seems to work outside. Inside, it belongs in the same era as the Backstreet Boys. Plain and hard plastics, dated ergonomics, lack of even the most basic safety equipment, no multimedia inputs (even a token aux-in jack)—they are all part of the cabin experience. Again, Suzuki has worked to modernize some touch points (the gauges for one), but overall it’s 18 years old and it shows.



In terms of space, the front passengers won’t feel shortchanged thanks to the large, upright greenhouse and surprisingly supportive seats. However, those in the back would probably feel better if they had no legs, first. Decent rear legroom is only achieved when the front passengers agree to compromise. Otherwise, it’s best reserved for knick-knacks such as handbags. And speaking about luggage space, with the rear seats up, there’s not much to go by: 113 liters. It does grow to 324 liters with the rear seats, but that’s still not a lot. Some flexibility is offered by the 50/50 split-folding seats.

The Suzuki Jimny isn’t for everyone. It isn’t for those who drive on flat pavement all the time. It’s not for those who value practicality. It’s not for those who want the latest and most technologically advanced thing out there. It’s for a super select group of people who’re looking for something with a bit of character. I really cannot see the practicality of owning one as a daily driver, but I understand the appeal of the Jimny. Dare I say it, it’ll likely appeal to the same bunch of people who swear by Land Rover Defenders. And that’s saying a lot.



2016 Suzuki Jimny JLX
Ownership 2016 Suzuki Jimny JLX M/T
Year Introduced 1998 (Refreshed: 2014)
Vehicle Classification Sub-compact SUV
The Basics
Body Type 3-door SUV
Seating 4
Engine / Drive F/4WD, part-time, low
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.3
Aspiration EFI, NA
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 81 @ 5,500
Nm @ rpm 110 @ 4,500
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission 5-speed MT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 3,545
Width (mm) 1,600
Height (mm) 1,705
Wheelbase (mm) 2,250
Curb Weight (kg) 1,060
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension 3-Link, Rigid Axle
Rear Suspension 3-Link, Rigid Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tires Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II 205/75 R 15 S (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags No
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) No
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights No
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt
Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Fabric
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 50/50
On-Board Computer No
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes
Climate Control Manual
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
No. of Speakers 2
Steering Wheel Controls No

76 comments:

  1. Wondering why Suzuki for a long time didn't ugrade its low power gas engine.
    Sir Uly is right the exterior design is excellent. If Suzuki could mount a turbo diesel on this cute but aggressive offroader, i would certainly prefer it over the gas guzzling FJ Cruiser and Offroad sissy's CX5, Forester, CRV and RAV4!



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    1. ^
      Paumanhin lamang. Wag niyo na lang pansinin itong taong ito. Abnormal siya. Di niya alam sinasabi niya. Pagbigyan niyo na lang, mentally challenged eh.

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    2. A suzuki jimny vs modern compact SUV's? Lol Do yourself a favor and knock your brains out, maybe they will be fixed if they will reboot.

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    3. How can he knock his brain when he doesn't even have one to begin with?

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  2. Another car that is way past its time, and should already be dead and decomposing but many dumb Filipinos are still buying this crap. Pare-pareho lang yan sila ng crosswind at adventure. Tignan niyo, kahit isang airbag wala! Bobo lang bibili nito.

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    1. Hindi po ito safe dahil walang Airbag at walang ABS.

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  3. Autoactive, don't tire yourself out, let me do this for you...

    81 horsepower only? That's for sissies! Real men need power and torque, and that's what the DURAMAX ENGINE in the TRAILBLAZER and COLORADO! 200hp 500nm san ka pa

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    1. Absolutely ! Italians are the number one supplier and producer of diesel pumps, turbine and generators around the world.
      The same with the VM Motori Duramax Engine.
      It is power and torque that gets the job done.

      You are the man!

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    2. Autoactiv. Predictable as ever. You really are a clown.

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    3. I bet you use your pickup in the city mostly and never off road.

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  4. Apparentlly all that torque and power messes up your brain, leaving you unable to detect sarcasm.

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    1. Lol he walked right in the trap

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    2. The writing is on the wall, your cute crossovers is no match to the Duramax.
      Accept it or not, this is a fact that cannot be denied .

      1.7m up to 2m price for compact crossover?
      Lol...its not worth the price...

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    3. Mas ok pa nga yang Jimny tingnan kesa sa mga crosover ninyo dyan. Kotse lng nman mga chassis nyan, ipinagyayabang pa na premium kuno...mga hunghang!!!!

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    4. Mas ok tignan? Kaya pala daming bumibili ng mga bulok na sasakyan tulad nito at ng crosswind. Dami pala kasing bobo mo mag isip.

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    5. You have no taste in cars. The puny Jimny looks better than say the RAV4 or the CX 5? Lol. The Jimny belongs in the 90's.
      Apparently, you're one of those old dudes that resists change in technology and cling to their old ways(which includes those who buys the Advie, Crosswind, Jimny)

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  5. The author is right about the truck lanes on C5. You can actually "off-road" there and it can really damage the suspension of [modern] cars if the driver is not aware of the broken pavement.

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  6. Good old days! Where skill matters.

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  7. Para sa akin power ang importante, lalo na sa mahabang byahe. More power less sirain ang parts kase di masyado nai stress ang makina. Kaya Sa bandang huli matagal ang lifespan ng mas malalaking engine kumpara sa mga compact at suvcompaks.

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    1. You have a point but the weight of a Honda City with 118hp is around 1.2 tons, while an Everest may have 197hp but weights around 2.5 tons. See the difference, more power is not always better. You get better fuel consumption as well with a small compact engine. Also, I bought a compact car because I mainly drive it in the city, and sometimes the occasional out of town trips in which I was very satisfied with its 2.0L 155hp engine. Fuel economy is even better than the big diesel SUVs.

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    2. ^Note: I only used the Honda City as an example, its not my car.

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    3. Punuin mo ng pasahero yan city mo at mag long drive ng makita mo kung paano sya ubuhin at makatae. Kumpara sa Everest kahit puno pasahero at bagahe, peanuts lang.

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    4. Anon@10:35 Gas engine can never be more economical than Diesel Suv. I own a Diesel Midsize suv and a gasoline compact car, mas madalas pa dumalaw sa gas station un maliit kesa sa malaking suv at mas mahal ang presyo gasolina. Besides diesel fuel have 30% more energy stored than gasoline. Meaning mas malaki pa konsumo sa budget yan mga pambabaeng crosover na yan.

      Tapos sa expressway at provincial roads, kulelat nman lagi cla...
      Asan ngayon power to weight ratio sinasabI mo...?

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    5. ^
      LOL. Try mo kalabanin sa highway ang isang seryosong compact sedan gamit midsize SUV mo. Baka ang SUV mo naman ang tumae ng itim na usok.

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    6. Maybe your gasoline compact car is an old model. My 2015 Mazda 3 can easily reach 10km/l in the city. But Gasoline is really a bit more expensive than diesel. Besides sedans are not made for hauling people and cargo, they are made for comfort city driving. And SUV's have bigger fuel tanks. Girly crossovers? I don't think so, many people don't like the idea of driving a huge brick in the city, you'll see the difference of using an SUV and a compact car as a daily driven car. Also, compact sedans are faster than your huge brick. Haven't you noticed, there aren't any sports cars that run on diesel? Try to race a 2016 Honda Civic RS and your Everest, you'll see.

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    7. Volkswagen came out with a diesel Golf GTI called the GTD. Top of mind, that's the only sporty road car that runs on diesel that I know. That said, a lot of race cars run on diesel now.

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    8. @Anon4:24 Ogag ka pala eh! marunong ka ba kumilatis o mag drive man lng ng sasakyan?
      You are comparing here apples to oranges.
      Ford Focus RS ang katapat ng Civic RS kung di mo alam. Pa englis inglis pa ka!

      Dito sa pinas di pa uso ang RS o performance. Pero kung napapansin mo sa expressway at mga highway , kulilat ang mga kotse at crossover laban sa Montero, Everest, TBlazer at Fort. Kaya sinasabi, ang diesel bumibilis at lumalakas habang umiinit. Kaya mas mahal presyo diesel cars. bobo ka

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    9. kaya mahal ang diesel vehicles kasi compression type sya. kelangan robust yun engine block kaya mabigat pati. yung hi pressure injectors at pumps nya mahal din gawin kaya mahal ang diesel vehicles. yun sinasabi mo na ang diesel habang umiinit ay lalo lumalakas at bumibilis, 1960's pa na pananaw yan. hindi na yan applicable ngayon sa tindi ng technology ng mga makina ngayon. yung montero, everest, fort at tblazer mo, nag ta top out lang yan up to 180kph. even a mirage 1.2 kayang mag 170kph. most 2liter cars kaya mag 200kph hindi lang binibilisan kaya akala mo walang laban. in reality, cars are still faster and more stable than PPVs na sinasabi mo. mis informed ka lang.

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    10. Thanks Uly for the knowledge. Why would you ask that stupid question whether I know things about cars or even drive one? You're the first one to compare a compact car and an SUV, not me. There's nothing bad with typing or even speaking in English, I find it more professional and I like to read English rather than Tagalog(I'm not saying Tagalog is bad). You say performance doesn't matter while blabbering how slow compact cars are. Those compact sedans and crossovers might not be pushing it when you saw then in the expressway. Diesel has a lot of torque initially but I hate the sound of a diesel engine and gas engines will be the faster if you will really push it. Diesels are also known as pollutants(Unless you have the European/American/Japanese diesel spec'd cars which passed strict emissions testings). I'll not stoop down your level of insulting. Also, compact sedans are more comfy than your PPV.

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    11. *will be the faster one

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    12. No problem giving out the knowledge.

      I didn't comment anything about you knowing about driving... Unless you're talking about someone else.

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    13. @Anon7:32 Ibig ko sabihin wala pa binebenta Performance version un mga compact at subcompact na naka display sa mga casa dito sa atin. And how on earth possible na mas mabilis yan mga compacts kontra sa midsize diesel suv's? Have you driven in SCTEX TPLEX? On the highways? Naging maton ba yan mirage? Bulag ka ba at di mo nakikita ang mga pangyayari at katotohanan sa kalsada? O nagbubulag bulagan lamang?

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    14. How on earth is it possible? Subukan mo makipag karera sa seryosong compact sedan nga. Dami mong satsat.

      The sad thing about 3rd world SUVs is that they're slow, cumbersome and unrefined. According to autoactiv, the colorado/trailblazer are the fastest 3rd world pickup/SUV here and those pieces of crap achieve 0-100 in 9 seconds. FYI, even measly 1.5L subcompacts can easily do those 0-100km/h in 9 seconds too. Pathetic.

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    15. I have never lost on a race with a compact car. Maybe if a drove a previous generation fort, montero or everest. Suvs now may be low on hp but have up to 500nm in torque. I handily beat older forts in my compact car

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    16. The colorado and trailblazer have 500nm of torque yet they're still slower than most compacts and are equal to most subcompacts when it comes to acceleration.

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    17. I have a Santa Fe and you can barely hear engine noise at 150kmh as if its barely awake. With my Civic you can hear a lot of racket everywhere at that speed

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    18. Lol...you say 70hp x 100Nm of the Mirage vs 200hp x 480Nm of the Everest and you're sayin the everest lost the race??? Who will believe u?

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    19. The Santa Fe has better NVH due to it being a more expensive car in a higher class than a compact car. Try a midsize executive sedan vs a compact crossover. And the mirage weights less than a ton. And by compact car I don't mean A segment or B segment cars, I'm talking about the C segment cars. Btw, I'm not the previous anonymous'

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    20. Its not just the nvh you can see from the tach that the civic is getting stressed at more than 100kmh while the sta fe is barely past 2k rpm at 150kmh

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    21. You are right. For Sedans, Compacts and Crossovers that can reach the speed of 180kph the RPM gauge has already encroached the red line which limits the allowed revolution per minute of the engine crankshaft. Flooring the gas pedal will not yield any increase in speed because the power and torque curve has already reached their limit and remains flat. One can only hear the sound of the engine roaring strangely and if the rpm continue longer to stay on the redline at any moment engine damage will occur. This true for cars with outputs of about 160Hp and 250Nm engine outputs.

      For Diesel Suv's with above 180Hp and 450Nm engine outputs, 180kph to 200kph is achieved with lower rpm of about 2500 which is way below the 3600-4500 red line zone. Pressing the accelarator to increase the rpm above 2500 will proportionally increase the speed above 180kph without causing further internal stresses to the engine parts. The power and torque curve of the engine will peak at an incredible 180Hp and 450Nm intersection. At this point, the engine propels the vehicle with a tremendous speed with these Suv's reaching their maximum velocity above 200kph !

      Another point is that at above 180kph, Suv's NVH levels is very low, its like you're travelling only at 120kph. Whereas for sedans, compacts and crossovers at 180kph, mararamdaman "nanginginig at magalaw na" meaning occupants safety is already in peril due to instability.

      For small cars designed for racing or performance in a controlled environment like inside the racing circuit, that's a different story!

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    22. I don't think a brick like an SUV or a pickup will achieve 200km/h. They have poor aerodynamics and the diesel engine will also be strained if pushed like a gasoline engine. Not all compact sedans or crossovers are unstable at high speeds, due to their handling and aerodynamics as compare to a brick SUV or pickup that pushes itself against the air at high speeds. You forgot one thing, aerodynamics.

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    23. The effect of Drag to a car running at 100kph is that 8 to 10hp is needed or lost to overcome air resistance. This applies to boxy vehicles with Drag coefficient of 0.40 like suv's and pickups. With a 200HP engine you still got say 180 net horse power running with air resistance eliminated. Besides a net 450Nm Torque turning the wheels. Therefore, compared to smaller cars with 120-160hp outputs the effect of aerodynamics have no significance even assuming these cars have zero drag. Practically, There is no way small engine cars beat cars with bigger engine displacements.

      Logically or interrelated to the saying "There is no replacement for displacement".

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    24. One more thing, yon sinasabing 'power to weight ratio' wala rin sagsay yan unless you're inside the racing arena. Kung nasubukan nyo, sa highway man o provincial roads kahit kotse o suv ang dala mo hindi mo aabutan ang mga walang kargang 10 to 16 wheeler trucks.
      You need more power and press hard your accelerator para ma-overtake mo sila...These are everyday normal driving happenings and experiences.

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    25. You have a point but I still beg to disagree in some other matters. See how the new Civic's 1.5L turbocharged engines outputs around 170hp and 220nm of torque? Thats comparable to a 2.5 naturally aspirated, but personally, I would still chose the naturally aspirated for long term use. About power to weight ratio, have you driven a fully loaded car or even an suv with max passengers and cargo? You will really feel the added weight when driving as compared to a car with just you or 1 passenger in it.

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    26. It's true the weight could be felt. But the loaded Suv can still overpower and overtake the compacts or crossovers.

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    27. Baket...un mga kotse ba o compact cars di ba nila nararamdaman pasahero bukod sa sarili nila bigat??? katarantaduhan!

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    28. ^I'm talking about the importance of weight reduction in cars. A compact car with 2.0L engine at just 1.2tons and a SUV with a more powerful engine at more than 2 tons. ,My point is that power to weight ratio matters.

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    29. Wag mo na yan sila patulan bro. Yan sila yung mga abusado sa daan na akala mo nakikipag karera lahat sa kanila at kapag naunahan nila, feeling nila nanalo na sila. Eh ang totoo naman di lang sila pinapatulan.

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  8. Bring in the Suzuki Ignis!!! That would be a good Jimny replacement.. Although it's not ladder frame and not a certified off-roader, at least it also has high ground clearance and has 4wd. Looks better too.

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  9. Autoactiv is retarded. All he knows about is the chevy Craporodo because he's a chevy salesman

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  10. "Plus, I did drive it full speed over the truck lane on C5 and you know what? It happily handles this sort of terrain well."

    I lol'd hard after reading this. Nice review, sir.

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  11. the jimny is actually unbeatable in terms of 4X4 capability than any other. it can go places where bigger 4x4s with 10x the price cannot go. Its not meant for softroading in asphalt or freeways - it will fail miserably. youtube is your friend. you will find hard core 4x4's competitions and events and the jimny is always the top choice - modified or stock. just like the author said- the jimny is not for everyone. To each his own.

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  12. out of topic question if its ok, i've stained my white sedan with gas oil last sunday (natuluan ng gas boy sa petron) and i've just noticed it last night... the stain color is somewhat like coffee and i tried washing it but the stain won't go off. is there a way to remove the stain without damaging the paint??

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  13. Try wiping using rag wet with kerosene.
    Or use turtle wax rubbing compound. Goodluck.

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  14. AutoActiv you rock! Don't mind the haters you speak the truth!

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    1. Thank u po at napansin nyong makatotohanan ang comments ko. Kayo pa lng po ang bumati sa akin ng ganyan. Malaking karangalan ko po ang makatanggap ng pagpuri. Mabuhay po...Long live Carguide.ph. More power !

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    2. Ulol! Ikaw din yang nag comment na anonymous malamang!

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    3. Hayaan mo na itong haters autoactiv malamang isuzu o mazda fanboys

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  15. Jimny is an awesome suv can be taken where others fear to tread. Other owners of suvs don't even take their precious toys even through rough terrain. These other suvs are just for show

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  16. Maganda pang off road kasi mura Lang. Pwede disposable.

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  17. Maski mura tigasin pa rin ang Jimny. Yung Jimny ng pinsan ko 20 years na halos sa offroad and farm terrain ok pa rin

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  18. Sa mga nanglalait sa Jimny, mga bakla kayo, wala kayong alam sa sasakyan. Kalimitan didto Sedan o mid-size SUV tingin sa Jimny dyan lumabas ang pgka walang utak ninyo. Solid axles with ladder frame chassis are meant to survive for decades. At sa ganyan price Php 790k? Mas pipiliin ko pa yan sa mga disposable subcompacts at mga pick up na 4x4 kuno pero buong buhay na city driving lang naman. Hahahah

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    1. Ulol! Kaya tayo kinakawawa ng manufacturer dahil sa ganyang ugali! Pipiliin mo ang sasakyang outdated walang airbag at ABS, supot pa dahil lang supposedly mas matibay? Matibay din naman mga kotse ah. Mas wala kang utak kasi pinili mo bulok na sasakyan.

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    2. Yan naman talaga problema sa inyong mga bakla puro toys na lang hanap. You rely from too much aid na features sa sasakyan kaya hindi na nadedevelop ang driving skills. Tsaka tama yung isa Jimny is not for everyone. Tingin ko bakit wala masyadong nabago parang lockes in time ang Jimny kasi di nya kailangan eh, di nya kailangan ng mga taong di marunong mag drive!

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    3. Gunggong! Pag may bumangga na jeep sa iyo during high speed, tignan natin kung mabuhay ka pa. Mabuti na din siguro walang safety features sasakyan mo, para mabawasan mga mayayabang na tulad mo sa mundo.

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    4. Pakiusap lang po. Please lang maging mahinahon po tayo sa ating mga commento. A lot of people read this site for informative knowledge on the different cars available in the market for them to make the right choice and decision. Mataas po at propesyonal ng turing nila sa mga commentors. Kaya po pls hwag natin sirain ang ating reputasyon para di madamay ang site na ito. Yan lng po, pagpaumanhin nyo at sana mauunawaan nyo ang pakiusap ko. Mabuhay po tayong lahat. Lets all keep up to our readers expectations!!!

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    5. The guy defending the Jimny is like my dad, they're both old fashioned and believes in outdated technology. They have a point though that things designed and built in the past lasts longer, but we need to modernize and look forward to the future. Modern cars are improved versions of past cars. From the design, power, fuel efficiency, safety, etc.

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    6. It depends on the need. If the other guy needed it for offroad and farm road use, the Jimny is unbeatable for its price. If you had him drive a soft roader, it wouldn't last a year in that environment.

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  20. The Jimny was designed for off-road use and some trips on road. If you spent 90% of your time on the road you will be disappointed. Maybe this review should be done like that. Its like if you took the Civic or the 3 was done off-road it would have been a disaster for both cars.

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    1. That's exactly what I said in the review.

      But for 90 percent of us who don't exactly off-road and treat the Jimny as a cutesy car, then it shows its failings.

      Again, to each his own. There's no denying the abilities of the Jimny as a 4x4.

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  22. ive been driving a borrowed conservatively lifted jimny for a month now. everything you said is true! its hard to drive around the city, it has seriously bad turning radius, for such a small car, it's hard to maneuver in tight spaces, it's bouncy and the seats are bad. but you're right, it has character and that's enough to win me over. the jimny is like the sir for off roading. it's one of those cars that you'd hate for a daily but is nice own and to be used occassionally. it looks like a toy coz honestly, it is. as you've pointed out, it probably is the short geared tranny that makes it nimble.

    its amusing that a lot of commenters still bash this and bash people who appreciate the jimny.

    oh and for all those people who would call me stupid for buying an old car and who does not know the new cars, i own an sir and a land cruiser so dont lecture me about new cars=better old car=bad.

    a real car enthusiat cares about the car and its personality, not its age.

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  23. I enjoyed reading this article, Mr. Ang. You can be quite the bitch! You should be like this more often. As for the Jimny, my take is why buy a such a tiny thing when it could probably be easier to park a Fortuner?

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