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The Suzuki SJ-Series began production in 1982 in Hamamatsu, Japan. In Japan, the SJ-Series was sold as the Suzuki Jimny and was a keicar. It was produced with both 550 cc and 660 cc 3-cylinder engines for domestic use. The SJ-Series was lengthened and widened for export purposes and had many names worldwide: Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Sierra, Suzuki Potohar, Suzuki Caribbean, Suzuki Santana, Holden Drover (Australia) and Maruti Gypsy (India). Contents

* 1 SJ10 * 2 SJ20 * 3 SJ30 * 4 SJ410 * 5 SJ413 * 6 Samurai * 7 Coily * 8 Consumers Union and the Suzuki Samurai Lawsuit * 9 High Altitude World Record * 10 References * 11 External links


Jimny 55


Jimny 8


Jimny 550


SJ40 Jimny 1000 Suzuki SJ410 - Note the Jeep badge added by the owner Suzuki SJ410 - Note the Jeep badge added by the owner

The SJ410 was introduced in 1982 as an updated version of the LJ80. It used a larger version of that LJ's 1.0 liter 4-cylinder engine. This engine produced 45 hp (34 kW) and it had a top speed of 68 mph (109 km/h).

A 4-speed manual transmission was standard, as were non-power assisted drum brakes front and rear. The SJ-410 came as a half-door convertible, pickup truck, 2-door hardtop, raised-roof hardtop, and no-glass hardtop. The SJ was produced in Spain by Santana Motors in their Linares, Jaen factory and sold as a domestic vehicle in Europe due t- its over 60% native parts.


JA51 Jimny 1300

In 1984, the SJ was revamped with the launch of the SJ413. The SJ413 included a larger 1.3 liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission and power brakes all around. The body and interior were als- redesigned, with a new dashboard, seats, and grille. The SJ410 remained in production through 1985 with the old specifications.

Samurai Suzuki Samurai Suzuki Samurai

The SJ-Series was introduced t- the United States (Puert- Ric- (SJ-410) and Canada earlier) in 1985 for the 1986 model year. It was priced at just $6200 and 47,000 were sold in its first year. The Samurai had a 8V 1.3 liter, 63 hp (47 kW), 4-cylinder engine and was available as a convertible or a hardtop. The Suzuki Samurai became intensely popular within the serious 4wd community for its extreme off road performance and reliability compared t- other 4wds of the time.

The Samurai is als- considered a great beginner 4wd due t- its simple design and ease of modifications with engine swaps and suspension upgrades. Suzuki Samurai convertible (North America) Suzuki Samurai convertible (North America)

The 1988.5 model Samurai was re-tuned for better on-road use in the United States. This revision included softer suspension settings and a larger anti-sway bar t- reduce body roll. A lower 5th gear (.865:1 vs the earlier .795:1) increased engine rpm and power on the highway, and improved dashboard and seats made the Samurai more comfortable.

A new 1.3 4-cylinder engine with throttle-body fuel injection was introduced with 66 hp (49 kW). The Samurai was withdrawn in Canada in 1989 as the Suzuki Sidekick replaced it; however, sales in the United States market continued until 1995. Low sales prompted the withdrawal of the Samurai from the United States and it was replaced by the Suzuki Sidekick. The disputed 1988 rollover report by Consumer Reports was recognized as the cause of the Samurai's declining sales..

Suzuki Samurai was sold in Colombia and Venezuela as Chevrolet Samurai. Produced by General Motors Colmotores (Colombia). Other countries in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay) was sold as Suzuki Samurai, Soft Top, Hard Top, Long Body (N- Mercosur), Pickup (N- Mercosur). (Produced by Suzuki (Japan) & Santana Motors (Spain). A LWB Samurai variant is produced in India by Maruti-Suzuki as the Maruti Gypsy using the 16V 1.3 litre 80hp engine.


The Samurai continued for sale outside the United States (referred t- as the 'Coily'), with a substantial update in 1996. This included a coil spring suspension, though the live axles were retained. The rest of the truck was redesigned as well, with new seats, dashboard, steering wheel, and doors joining a "macho" exterior.

Not all SJ models were updated however, with the original narrow SJ410 still in production in some countries. Even though the Jimny replaced the SJ in most markets after 1998, the SJ remains in production today.

Consumers Union and the Suzuki Samurai Lawsuit

The Suzuki Samurai gained an infamous reputation of being an unsafe car and prone t- a rollover after Consumer Reports, the magazine arm of Consumers Union, reported that during a 1988 test on the short course avoidance maneuver (Consumer Union Short Course Double Lane Change, or CUSC for short), the Samurai experienced what they deemed as an unacceptable amount of roll-over while undertaking the severe turn. The roll-over which CU deemed unacceptable stemmed from the sudden swerve simulation part of the test where, for example, a car backs out of a driveway or drives forward from a side street or intersection and int- traffic, causing the driver t- unexpectedly swerve t- avoid hitting the object that is obstructing the drivers path.

The dispute and eventual lawsuit stemmed from the CR statement easily rolls over in turns, which CR attributed t- the sudden swerve test, and not meant t- generally apply t- the Samurai in retrospect t- other tests that CR undertakes t- simulate normal routine driving such as 0-60 mph acceleration and stopping. However, the use of the adverb easily may have been misconstrued or misunderstood by others t- indicate that the Samurai was inherently an unsafe car prone t- roll-overs in any sort of driving conditions.

Suzuki sued on the grounds that the statements made by CU damaged their reputation and the reputation of their vehicles in 1996. Suzuki sued for $60 Million in damages and unspecified punitive damages for what Suzuki claimed was willful fraudulent testing. However, after an 8-year legal battle and several dismissals of Suzuki's claims against CR in Federal courts, both sides settled out of court through mutual consent in 2004.

In the settlement, CR agreed t- mention the agreement that it "never intended t- imply that the Samurai easily rolls over in routine driving conditions." And it notes that it "never questioned the safety of any other Suzuki model" and, in fact, "praised the Suzuki Sidekick and recommended the Suzuki Vitara/XL-7." This agreement is noted whenever mention of the Suzuki Samurai is made in any media CR publishes, such as Used Car guides and even website searches on their website.

High Altitude World Record

On April 21, 2007, the Chilean du- of Gonzal- Brav- and Eduard- Canales drove their modified Suzuki Samurai (SJ413) past the previous record set by a Jeep at 6,688 meters (21,942 ft), setting a new record for the highest altitude attained by a four-wheeled vehicle.

The Samurai in question benefitted from wheel, tire, suspension changes, and a supercharged G16A 4-cylinder underhood. It was the third attempt for the tw- man team, after encountering weather difficulties on the first attempt and an engine fire the second. The previous record holder's team lead by Matthias Jeschke riding a Jeep Wrangler, left a sign reading "Jeep Parking Only: All others don't make it up here anyway". The Chilean team found the sign, blown down by strong winds, and brought it back t- civilization as a souvenir. The modified vehicle used in the expedition. The modified vehicle used in the expedition.

This Record was duly Certified by the Guinness World Record in July 2007.
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