Hi, I'm have been looking around this message board for a while and I decided that I would like to purchase a Suzuki Samurai. I have been looking around for a while and I really like the samurai's. They have a open top option, they are inexpensive, look fun to drive, they are inexpensive, great trail vehicle, and they are inexpensive. I have a 97' ford explorer xlt already and I've spent a lot of money buying things for that and now I'm ready to get something a lot smaller that I don't have to spend a lot of money on and will be something that can go a lot of places that most full size 4 wheelers can't go. My questions are what years are the best to look for when purchasing? Is there anything that makes a certain year better than others? I've noticed that most people have 1988 samurai's is that just a coincidence? How much should I pay for when I purchase one? Are there certain options that I should look for when buying? (such as Petroworks GRSII transfer case, lockers, gears, engine mods. which get expensive) Is there anything I'm leaving out? Any information that you could give me about these wonderful little vehicles would be much appreciated.
'94s and '95's have no back seat. That's good new if you're looking for a trail rig. That's bad news if you want to toss your rear occupants out of the back seat and on to the road when crossing train tracks only to have a truck following you run them over. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
"I've noticed that most people have 1988 samurai's is that just a coincidence?"
One other thing (and I might not be 100% right about this assumption) - but I think that the reason there are so many 1988 models is because the following year sales dropped because of the Consumer Reports deal which eventually killed Samurai sales in the US. Suzuki continued to sell and market the 1989 model year, with sales as low as 2,000 per month compared to 10,000-12,000 per month a year earlier....eventually the Consumers Report on 60 minutes had taken it's toll....
Just a little input from an 87'You can still find 86-7 with no rot (mine doesnt)and a lot of people seem to part these out a lot more[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]and I think carb models are easier to work on.But like was said earlier,all models are potential!
A/C - for future air compressor
That cool Altmeter/Inclinometer in the dash[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
Fake wood sides[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]