RE: New Suzuki Jimny leaked

RE: New Suzuki Jimny leaked

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Mexman

1,217 posts

25 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Quite correct, the money that even old rusty ones that need welding and a list of advisories as long as your arm still go for amazes me though.
All i see is a rusty old Suzuki ! laugh

tim0409

2,503 posts

100 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Mexman said:
Our demo is constantly out on test drive all day, every day, but to me, having sold and traded hundreds of Jimmy's/ SJ's over the 25 yrs of selling, as a normal everyday car to potter about in, which most will be, then I just think there's better quality, better driving, better equipped cars out there.
I appreciate you have a lot of experience with the old model, but have you driven the new one? The consensus amongst the reviews is that Suzuki have put a lot of effort into making it better on road, and after 1000 miles in mine I think they have succeeded to a certain extent.

Mexman

1,217 posts

25 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Yes, driven one and plenty of the old ones.
I agree, it does drive a hell of a lot better than the previous generation, and they certainly do have a cult following.
Just don't think I could live with one daily though, I find them a little tiresome, and uncomfortable, and closterphobic.
Sorry, just my opinion, but one thing can be said.
People do love a Jimny!!

poing

8,466 posts

141 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Mexman said:
Yes, driven one and plenty of the old ones.
I agree, it does drive a hell of a lot better than the previous generation, and they certainly do have a cult following.
Just don't think I could live with one daily though, I find them a little tiresome, and uncomfortable, and closterphobic.
Sorry, just my opinion, but one thing can be said.
People do love a Jimny!!
I don't think they are a rational thing, you either like them or you don't. I remember the service manager at a Fiat dealer being confused by all the people interested in the Panda 4x4, he just saw a jacked Panda that had been made even slower.

Personally, I love the Jimny and the Panda. Between the 2 it would be the Jimny.

cheddar

4,148 posts

115 months

Wednesday 13th February
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poing said:
I don't think they are a rational thing, you either like them or you don't.
I love them and I want one but after the initial novelty wore off and my man brain stopped pretending the bouncy ride, noisy engine and general lack of refinement were fun and characterful I'd realise the tremendously cutesy, chunky looks and fantastic ramp over angles weren't enough to compensate for the compromises in daily use.



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poing

8,466 posts

141 months

Wednesday 13th February
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cheddar said:
I love them and I want one but after the initial novelty wore off and my man brain stopped pretending the bouncy ride, noisy engine and general lack of refinement were fun and characterful I'd realise the tremendously cutesy, chunky looks and fantastic ramp over angles weren't enough to compensate for the compromises in daily use.
I have to admit I could easily have one if I really wanted to, it's not like they are expensive, but I know that deep down I'd end up with the same feeling as you say.

Hippea

62 posts

10 months

Wednesday 13th February
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I think they are great. All this talk about not getting it, it’s not a rational choice, it’s a fun and rugged little off roader. Something quite different to the mainstream and should be celebrated for being so.

Mexman

1,217 posts

25 months

Thursday 14th February
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poing said:
cheddar said:
I love them and I want one but after the initial novelty wore off and my man brain stopped pretending the bouncy ride, noisy engine and general lack of refinement were fun and characterful I'd realise the tremendously cutesy, chunky looks and fantastic ramp over angles weren't enough to compensate for the compromises in daily use.
I have to admit I could easily have one if I really wanted to, it's not like they are expensive, but I know that deep down I'd end up with the same feeling as you say.
That's exactly what I was trying to get across.
They are great little things for what they are, but for everyday commuting, daily run of the mill driving to and from?...nah, not for me.
But the interest they are getting is phenomenal, our main dealer Suzuki site across the road, just yesterday had a transporter full of them delivered to us.
I expect these are current fulfilled orders arriving, the one in dark blue looked the part I must admit.

300bhp/ton

36,547 posts

131 months

Thursday 14th February
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Mexman said:
That's exactly what I was trying to get across.
They are great little things for what they are, but for everyday commuting, daily run of the mill driving to and from?...nah, not for me..
I think you might be missing the point a bit still.

They are no more compromised to use daily than lots of other vehicles. Sure they might not be as good as some others, but they then reward in other ways.

Lots and lots of people daily drive Land Rovers and Jeeps no problem, as people also daily drive low slung sports cars, which are just as compromised in most cases.

Mexman

1,217 posts

25 months

Thursday 14th February
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300bhp/ton said:
I think you might be missing the point a bit still.

They are no more compromised to use daily than lots of other vehicles. Sure they might not be as good as some others, but they then reward in other ways.

Lots and lots of people daily drive Land Rovers and Jeeps no problem, as people also daily drive low slung sports cars, which are just as compromised in most cases.
I know that, that's not the point I'm making, but it's the mad buying frenzy that seems to be surrounding these which is fun to watch.
I don't sell them, but our Suzuki franchise is literally 20 metres away, and the demo Jimny does not seem to get chance to cool down even, before someone else is off in it.
I'm seeing people trying to part exchange all kinds of different cars, large 4x4s, sports cars, hot hatches, exec cars to be in a Jimny?
Funnily though, Im only yet to see one person with an older Jimny, check out the new one?

300bhp/ton

36,547 posts

131 months

Thursday 14th February
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Mexman said:
I know that, that's not the point I'm making, but it's the mad buying frenzy that seems to be surrounding these which is fun to watch.
I don't sell them, but our Suzuki franchise is literally 20 metres away, and the demo Jimny does not seem to get chance to cool down even, before someone else is off in it.
I'm seeing people trying to part exchange all kinds of different cars, large 4x4s, sports cars, hot hatches, exec cars to be in a Jimny?
Funnily though, Im only yet to see one person with an older Jimny, check out the new one?
Yet to be fair, as there are only what 1000 cars for the UK this year (and is it something like 600 so far). You really can't be seeing that many people swapping cars for them. As there simply isn't enough in the country to observe this. What does this equate too, a handful of cars per dealer?

For instance, I've only actually seen one new Jimny on the road and one in a showroom (the latter I was looking for). I spend 2 hours+ a day driving and a minimum of 70 miles, so I see quite a lot of vehicles daily, but the new Jimny is a very rare sight. Despite having a Suzuki main dealer only 4 or 5 miles away from where I live.

BuzzBravado

2,684 posts

112 months

Thursday 14th February
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Sometimes people just desire something without real justification. Nothing wrong with that.

Mexman

1,217 posts

25 months

Thursday 14th February
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Yes, you are correct, but according to the sales guys next door, the enquiries and test drives keep coming.
I don't thing they can really deny people test drives due to Suzuki standards and possibly mystery shoppers, but the poor little Jimny seems to be racking up the miles quickly!

300bhp/ton

36,547 posts

131 months

Thursday 14th February
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Mexman said:
Yes, you are correct, but according to the sales guys next door, the enquiries and test drives keep coming.
I don't thing they can really deny people test drives due to Suzuki standards and possibly mystery shoppers, but the poor little Jimny seems to be racking up the miles quickly!
I suspect it's down to relative lack of affordable off roaders for quite a while now.

I mean, look at the market and look at the direct competitors to the Jimny.

There really is nothing.

The closest comparison would be the 3 door Jeep Wrangler, but Jeep UK have taken the insane position to price it the same as a Porsche Boxster. Then you have the £143,000 G-Wagen.

There really isn't anything else unless you include the pick-up trucks, but they aren't really the same sort of thing.

Dan W.

649 posts

19 months

Saturday 16th February
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Mexman said:
Yes, you are correct, but according to the sales guys next door, the enquiries and test drives keep coming.
I don't thing they can really deny people test drives due to Suzuki standards and possibly mystery shoppers, but the poor little Jimny seems to be racking up the miles quickly!
God help if I get mystery shopped on a Jimny, im quite negative towards that bloody car at the moment due to not being able to sell the thing.

we have declined quite a few test drives in our demo but mainly to those not from our area on holiday..... just curious yes im sure you are now move along lol

Vocht

1,310 posts

105 months

Saturday 16th February
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Well I finally saw my first one on the road the other day and I have to say I was disappointed... Disappointed that I didn't put a deposit on one early on as I absolutely love it!

Bill

38,918 posts

196 months

Sunday 17th February
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They do look good, saw a lime green one with black bonnet a couple of days ago and it was perfect. But I am in the Alps....

hammo19

1,952 posts

137 months

Sunday 17th February
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Just returning from the French Alps as I am writing this - didn’t see one plenty of Porsche, Rangies and Renault Kangoos.

My new Jimny is 3 weeks away from delivery, and I really don’t care what anyone else thinks of them or what the press says.We are so looking forward to running around Teesdale in it.

SL22

98 posts

66 months

Thursday 16th May
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So, nearly 6 months into the year...who put in an order, and who has actually taken delivery of one?!?

Kolbenkopp

1,656 posts

92 months

Thursday 16th May
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Tried to gently nudge Lady K to consider one as she's looking for a new car. But to my surprise (she really has very little interest in cars sadly), she spotted the trap quicker than I'd thought smile. We really have 0 use case for this cool little thing unfortunately. Would have been better than her ageing smart 451 nonetheless, but that is not difficult to pull off.

Seen a few on the road around us though, which is surprising as in Duesseldorf the Jimny really makes no sense what so ever. Suzuki really did a good job with it IMO. Outselling the old model and the Niva, even to city hipsters...