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Suzuki Sierra

The Suzuki Sierra is a small basic four wheel drive, heir to the Suzuki LJ20, and was replaced by the 1998 Jimny 4WD. The Sierra is also rebadged and sold as the GM Holden Drover.


1986 (D-reg) Suzuki 1324cc from the U.K.. It has 215x15 Mud Pluggers, and a checker plate pickup bed - Russell Owens [12/'00]

[picture of Suzuki Sierra 1.3L 4x4 soft top, jpg]

Matt Kemner's 1985 Suzuki Sierra 1.3L soft-top [2/'96]

Tony Corke's Suzuki in the extreme's of Australia's climate. The engine has been replaced with a turbo-diesel out of a Japanese specification Corolla....

snowed under

...The petrol engine is quite a common transplant in Australia, not so the diesel. That dust gets into everything; after a while you can taste it.

Wayne Sewell sends this picture of a friend's highly modified Suzuki:
1.6L Fuel Injected Toyota Motor,
G60 Nissan Transfer Case,
Series IV Detroit Lockers Front & Rear,
Four Wheel Disk Brakes,
Coil Sprung Front & Rear,
Ramsey 5000 Lbp Winch,
31x10.5x15 Super Swampers.

[picture of modified Suzuki 4x4 jpg

Suzuki Sierra Stockman (ute) from 1995

  • ute (or tray) 2 seats, 2 doors
  • loa: 4010mm (4110mm), width: 1540mm (1595mm), height: 1710mm (1760mm), weight: 870kg (unladen)
  • GVM: 1370kg
  • wheelbase: 2375mm, track: 1300mm/1310mm, grnd clearance: 220mm
  • turning radius: 6m
  • F10A 970cc petrol 4-cyls SOHC
  • bore: 65.5mm, stroke: 72mm, c.r.: 8.8:1
  • power: 34kW at 5500rpm, torque: 74Nm at 3000rpm
  • transmission: 4m, part-time 4WD
  • suspension: beam-leaf/beam-leaf, brakes: disc/drum
  • tyres: F78-15-4LT, fuel-tank: 40L
  • Note: manufactured by Maruti Udyog Ltd. India

Suzuki LJ20

There is a lot of nostalgia for the 1970s, 2-cylinder, 2-stroke LJ20s. Farmers liked them because the engine could not starve of oil, even at the craziest angle.

Scott Strang writes:

Do you remember those? 2 cylinder 2 cycle water cooled engine. They were around long enough for the Feds to outlaw them due to pollution standards. They would fit in the bed of a full size, fleet side, long wheelbase pickup.

If you can find one these days they are pretty expensive. I bought one for $650 and sold it for $1950. I was about 15 then, now I'm 29 and haven't seen one since. Perhaps you can find some photos of them and put them on your page. [Any offers?]

BTW, they were smaller than the Suzuki Samauri and much more stable. Mine could climb a 45° incline and not even cough.


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