This video compiles my footage and feelings from the first 18 months of living with a new 2019 Suzuki Jimny SZ5.

Not only that, but the Jimny was ordered 12 months in advance as a secret surprise Christmas present for my wife. Within hours of the Jimny getting delivered I rust protected the chassis (thanks to Tim at Roadhouse Motor Co ), and within days modified it with an expedition roof rack (details of which are below). We use the Jimny as our CarPervert family car, meaning it has to carry a family of four and their luggage – no easy feat!

I specced what is the UK’s very first privately owned Jimny with several options that would best protect it and offer a level of practicality to what is an obviously compromised car! But sometimes you are happy to suffer compromise if it has character – and the Jimny has exactly that. In fact it is tipped to be an instant classic since there is still a year long waiting list, and UK sales will cease in 2021 due to emissions regulations. L.E.D rear light units and accessory dash top tidy supplied by Jimny Style – … Rust proofing products used are by Bilt-Hamber: The Slimline II by Front Runner … Before the release of the Jimny my wife owned a Nissan Figaro (we still have that JDM rascal), a Japanese import Nissan Cube Cubic, a Chrsyler 300C V6 diesel turbo estate and a Mercedes C350e estate PHEV. We did look at imported a factory RHD Toyota FJ Cruiser from South Africa for a daily family wagon, but with a 4.0-litre V6 it was out of the question.

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