1988 Suzuki Samurai - Sidekick Engine Conversion on 2040cars
Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
For Sale By:Private Seller
Number of Cylinders: 4
Drive Type: 4 x 4
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ...
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.
Suzuki Samurai for Sale
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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:30:00 EST
American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), which declared bankruptcy in early November, has been approved by the courts for up to $100 million in debtor-in-possession financing to enable it to shutter its US car business. ASMC had received a $45 million loan from the Japanese parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), last month in order to make repayment deals with its franchise dealers. At the same time, ASMC was awaiting final court approval of this larger loan.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:39:00 EST
Out of the newly approved funds, $50 million can be used for operations, and oddly, the other $50 million can be put toward purchases of new inventory from SMC. That's right, even as existing inventory was headed for a smooth exit with the help of incentives, customer demand for orphan Suzuki models is so strong - last month's sales were up 22 percent compared to 2011 - that ASMC plans to purchase 2,500 additional cars from SMC that were built after the bankruptcy announcement. Good news for the owners of those vehicles: the top 50 dealers, representing more than 98 percent of ASMC sales, will become parts and services centers.
The press release below has more information. Unlike its recent tenure here, the end of Suzuki cars in the US looks like it's going rather well.
As much as we knew it was a possibility, we have to say that Suzuki's announcement this afternoon that it is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings caught us a bit off guard. American Suzuki Motor Corporation - the sole distributor of Suzuki automobiles in the United States - will realign its business to focus on motorcycles, ATVs and the marine market.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:11:00 EST
What does this mean in simple terms? In short, new Suzuki cars and trucks will no longer be sold by Suzuki in the United States once current supplies run out. Period.
Suzuki cites "low sales volumes, a limited number of models in its lineup, unfavorable foreign exchange rates, the high costs associated with growing and maintaining an automotive distribution system in the continental US and the disproportionally high and increasing costs associated with stringent state and federal regulatory requirements unique to the US market."
We haven't heard much about Suzuki since it decided to leave the US market in 2012, but things are going well for the little automaker these days with the recent announcement of record annual profits. It would seem that investors should be ecstatic, but they are starting to question the man at the helm. Company president and chairman Osamu Suzuki is now 84 years old and is guaranteed at least one more year as the leader, but shareholders want to know who is taking his place when the inevitable happens.
We're not being ageist, here. As long as the Suzuki can run the company to the satisfaction of investors, he absolutely deserves the top spot. According to Bloomberg, the issue making shareholders so edgy is that the business doesn't have a transition plan in place. The president obviously isn't a young man, and folks are worried that if something happens suddenly, there could be chaos deciding a successor and a free-falling stock price.
Suzuki's tenure at the company is somewhat astounding. He married the granddaughter of the founder and took her name because the family had no male heirs. In world where many people hope to retire as soon as possible, he's worked for the same automaker for the last 50 years, including stints as company president from 1978 to 2000 and 2008 to the present. Investors aren't questioning the president's ability as a business leader; they just want a clearer understanding of the automaker's future direction.