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Old 10-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler v. Suzuki Samurai

Today I left to go to the local grocery store to grab a salad to bring back to the office for lunch. When I got to the store, I parked as usual and went inside to take care of my business.

Ten minutes later I get to the Jeep and there is a guy standing there admiring it. While not the best looking Wrangler in the area, it's always nice to talk to fellow enthusiasts who admire my Jeep.

He sees me coming, asked if it was mine and then asked me how I liked it, etc. It was at that point I noticed he was standing next to an old Suzuki Samurai, check that, a ratty old Samurai. After I told him I loved my Wrangler, I expected him to say how much he wanted one but, instead, he caught me by surprise telling me how capable his Samurai was and how it could keep up with the best of the Wranglers out there and how he get's compliments on his rig and that everyone always mistakes it for a Wrangler.

When I got back to the office I called the cops to let them know that there was a guy driving our streets in a black Samurai who has to be on some sort of drugs.

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Old 10-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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The samurai is good in some cases. They are pretty good on sand. They can cross dune fields as well as wrangler. All you need in a sandy desert is an okay engine and tires and a very good break over angle. They have a harder time on larger dunes and outside of the sand I think the difference between the samurai and wrangler grow. I would love to try a samurai in the dunes and hate to try one in a flooded wadi.

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You cannot laugh at a Suzuki Samurai if you're buying salads for lunch.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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I ran an '87 Samurai for 2 years in Alaska, while my wife had a '92 Wrangler (this was 18 years ago.
The Wrangler (4-cyl) had more torque than the Samurai, but the Samurai held its own quite well.

Over that time that we had those two vehicles (as daily drivers and weekend fun), here are my observations:

The Samurai got way better gas mileage...
The Samurai was significantly cheaper to buy...
The Samurai NEVER got stuck...
The Samurai's top was easier to remove and replace (easy 5 minute one man job)...


The Wrangler had a better heater...
The Wrangler felt less like a tractor and had better highway manners...
The Wrangler (as I said before) had more torque...
The Wrangler's 4-wheel-drive was shift-on-the-fly...
The Wrangler never got stuck in snow, but it did get stuck in some sand...
The Wrangler was made of heavier gauge steel, and seemed more upscale overall...

They were both very dependable, but the Wrangler needed replacement parts first (Throw out bearing, muffler).

When it came time to sell them, they went quickly, and sold to the first person I told at work (2 separate occasions).
I actually turned a small profit on the Samurai.

I would own either or both again if I had the chance.
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I loved my '87 teal Samurai ... that baby was a mud queen.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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What is a Samurai but a wanna-be Jeep?

Just because the Japanese copy something does not make it worthy.

If I want the best off-road vehicle, I will not buy a wanna-be. I brought the real thing.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #8
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My friend had a very capable samurai. This isn't it but looks a lot like it.

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You cannot laugh at a Suzuki Samurai if you're buying salads for lunch.
for the win, post of the day.
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have wheeled with some over the years. they do just fine.
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X2... Nailed it
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #14
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I have a lot of people come into my store asking if the jeep outside is mine. Half of them go off saying "Yeah my (insert car here) was amazing off road, i don't think those new jeeps can do what my (insert car here) can."

I don't argue with idiots. The only people who make comments like those are by people who are insecure about their own vehicle.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:47 PM   #15
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i have seen posts of yj body on samurai chassis. best of both worlds...
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Thoes freaking things are junk. The roll bars are crap. The bars are like copper pipe and they aren't even anchored to anything! Just bolted to the rear wheel wheels. The sadist thing I've ever seen. Just a pile!! I had one someone gave me. Took it to the scrap yard that day!
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #17
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Ive ran with some very capable sammys. Mud, rocks, sand, snow... They do well. Ive never been around a stock one but even slightly built they do pretty good. They do seem to break easy in close to stock form. They are tiny! Like the original sideXside...
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I don't know much about the Samurai but if you Google it, there are some videos of them offroad doing some "Jeep-like" maneuvers.

Oh, and yes, the salad post was funny. Even if you did go to the store specifically to purchase a salad to take back to work, change the story so that you came out of the steakhouse after downing a Porterhouse and The Balvenie Portwood.
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I don't know much about the Samurai but if you Google it, there are some videos of them offroad doing some "Jeep-like" maneuvers.

Oh, and yes, the salad post was funny. Even if you did go to the store specifically to purchase a salad to take back to work, change the story so that you came out of the steakhouse after downing a Porterhouse and The Balvenie Portwood.
LMAO!!! I agree!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #20
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I went to a museum and saw one of those original jeeps. I would think that the samurai's are closer to a WWII jeep than my JK is. I thought I could put the WWII jeep in the back of my 2dr JK and could get it home.
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I went to a museum and saw one of those original jeeps. I would think that the samurai's are closer to a WWII jeep than my JK is. I thought I could put the WWII jeep in the back of my 2dr JK and could get it home.
Drive a Samurai and you'll REALLY thing so. LOL!
I used to say that my Samurai was like a garden tractor with a roof.
I loved it though.
It could go places that my friend's pricier rigs couldn't, but I never tested it against our YJ.
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As long as you make the samurai look built for the off-road, its looks almost as badass as a jeep built for the off-road. Otherwise, a stock, or small upgraded samurai looks like something for a girls night out.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:27 PM   #23
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LOL!
Mine was bone stock.
I didn't buy it for "girls night out", but so that I could get to work every day in the Alaskan weather.
It's funny now that you guys mention it... My wife drove the YJ, and I drove the Samurai.
What's up with that?
LOL!
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:41 PM   #24
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Youtube Suzuki Samurai. They can do some impressive stuff. There are a few videos where Rubicons fail and the Suzuki pulls it off with ease.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:14 PM   #25
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I love my Samurai. I keep up with the Jeeps just fine when I take it out. Bought it for something that could be beat on since the Jeep is a DD. Was thinking about buying a RZR but decided on the sammy instead. Pretty well same size, more capable, and about $8k cheaper.



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