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Cheap 4 wheel drive

Postby Les Maxwell » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:15 pm

A couple of years ago I was looking to buy a 4WD vehicle as I needed something that would take me up hill and down dale. I live in the Yorkshire Dales and a lot of my work involves repairing gaps in farm walls high up the Dales.

My budget was around £8/9K and I looked a buying a SWB Landrover however for my budget I would have had to buy an old ex farm vehicle that has seen better days. I was also concerned many Landrovers are stolen to be stripped down for parts.

A walling friend suggested buying a Suzuki Jimny as he has owned a couple over the years and has found these to be ideal for off road walling work. They have a high ground clearance, selective 4WD with a high and low ratio gear box and being light weight don’t tend to get stuck in mud.

I was a bit susceptible about buying such a small 4WD, however after owning one for the past two years I have found it ideal for my needs, with the rear seats folded down I have enough room for all my tools and clothing.

As the Jimny has a basic 1.3 petrol engine it is cheap to have serviced at my local garage as it is not full of electronic gizmo's that can only be serviced at a main agent garage. You can also find plenty of specialist Jimny parts on-line at off road dealers as Jimny's are very popular with off roaders.

The only downside is the £175 a year road tax and the return of 30 miles per gallon. A good plus point however is the spare wheel attached to the rear door allowing you to buy a wheel cover with your business name and details printed on.

A quick check in Autotrader and you will find plenty of cheap Jimnys for sale, a bargain small 4x4 that will take you to places you can only reach without paying out for an expensive 4x4 pick up.
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Re: Cheap 4 wheel drive

Postby david perry » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:19 pm

I too thought about getting one of those, but I often end up carting a wheelbarrow about and, as I'm also a hedgelayer I didn't think some of my longer slashers would fit.
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Re: Cheap 4 wheel drive

Postby Les Maxwell » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:25 pm

David,

I can fit a wheelbarrow in my Jimny along with line bars that I fit into a plastic pipe that slides between the front seats and sits nicely in the passenger footwell.This keeps mud and soil in the pipe and the inside of my Jimmy reasonably clean maybe you could adapt something similar for your slashers.

One enterprising waller I know has removed the rear seats altogether from his Jimmy to create a bit more space as he says
" if you are an adult you can't get in the back seats anyway "
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Postby david perry » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks for Les. They are certainly nimble/agile vehicles off road.
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