For Sale By:Private Seller
Number of Cylinders: 4
Drive Type: 4 x 4
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
I have had this Samurai since about 2004. I drove it every day for quite a few years and then just when needed in the winter. It's never given me a problem.
It has the Sidekick conversion that makes it very desirable. I also have an extra sidekick engine that I can sell separately. The Sidekick engine really give a Samurai much needed horsepower.
This Samurai has been in the Pennsylvania winters and does have rust as you can see. It has been patched over the years and has always passed inspection. The windshield is cracked as the hood flew up one day and cracked it. It has good tires.
It has been started up regularly, but with the ethanol gas the fuel pump was clogging up. It has just been replaced.
When I moved it last, a brake line blew. I bought the new brake line, but have not installed it. The rest of the brakes are good. You can replace the brake line or crimp it shut.
It's always had a hard top on it which has protected it inside. I am keeping the hard top, but have a nice soft top and bows that will go with it.
There is also a spare for it, not shown.
You are welcome to come see it or drive it if you are near Somerset. This would make a good trail vehicle or daily driver.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due within 24 hours of end of auction. Balance is due within 7 days. Car must be picked up within 14 days unless prior arrangements have been made.
By now, you're surely aware that Suzuki is pulling out of the US market. It was a bit of a foregone conclusion to most who've been paying attention to the automotive realm, but it still sent a small shockwave through the industry. And one of the most oft-heard retorts goes something like this: "Next up: Mitsubishi."
It's easy to understand why many question Mitsubishi's existence in the States. After all, now that Suzuki is gone, Mitsubishi is the Japanese automaker with the fewest sales in America. Furthermore, the automaker's market share has dropped from .7 percent to just .4 percent after seeing sales fall 29 percent to 50,103 units through October.
In any case, Mitsubishi fans needn't worry. Speaking to Automotive News, Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said, "We have no intention whatsoever of withdrawing from the US market." That's about as clear as clear can get. It's also worth mentioning that Gayu Uesugi was just named chairman of Mitsubishi Motors North America, and his main responsibility will be to revitalize the brand in the US.
It's not a secret that a few of us here at Autoblog have a crush on Japanese Kei cars. The diminutive sizes and cheeky looks of most of the segment are certainly endearing factors, but it was the sporting Kei cars of the 1990s that made for the most delicious forbidden fruit.
Suzuki's entry in that time and market space was the Cappuccino, a rear-wheel-drive coupe with a removable roof and roll bar, powered by a 657cc three-cylinder motor. The car hung around the Japanese market until 1997 (and was booted up in Gran Turismo form for years after that). Now, rumor has it that the little coupe could be getting a reboot around 2016.
The reports are still a bit short on detail; some indicate that a new Cappuccino could be built up on an existing Kei platform from Suzuki. If the new car were to keep the RWD layout of the original, however, that would mean building up the model on the live-rear-axle bones of the Suzuki Jimny or Carry.
The death of Suzuki's American automotive operations can be chalked up to many, many things. One thing it cannot be blamed on, however, is the arguable goodness of its products. The company's criminally underrated offerings included the Kizashi sedan, the SX4 compact and your author's personal favorite, the Grand Vitara.
The GV rode on a radically different version of General Motors' Theta platform, which underpins the American manufacturer's current crop of crossovers, like the Chevrolet Equinox. What made the Grand Vitara special, though, was that it wasn't just another run-of-the-mill CUV. Buying the cheapest model meant living with rear-wheel drive rather than the Theta's typical front drive. Spend a bit of money, though, and you'd end up with an honest-to-goodness off-roader, sporting selectable four-wheel drive complete with low-range gearbox. It also comfortably sat five, was reasonably efficient and was quite handsome. We aren't totally sure how it turned into this.
This, of course, being the new Vitara (it replaces the Escudo, the vehicle Americans know as the Grand Vitara), and it will make its global debut at October's Paris Motor Show, which has ditched its four-wheel-drive system for a part-time all-wheel-drive system called Allgrip.