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Picked it up yesterday. Drove about 200kms to take it home, mix of freeway and mountain roads. Loving it so far. :-)

Gorgeous little car. Hesitated between this toscana green and the colosseo gray, but all doubts have vanished.

This morning we had the first frost — there was a decent coat of it on the front windshield. Turned on the heated window then took a moment to look something up in the manual. When I looked back, everything had melted. Hope that magic still works when the ice is thick.

Knew it wasn't a speed beast, which suits my driving style and insurance needs: the insurer sent me a spying device that plugs into the OBD port. At the end of each month the insurer refunds you up to 50% depending on how you drive. Needed that as I don't have a driving record in France. On their website you can lookup your grades on each of your drives — both fun and spooky I guess.

Will post other picture once the wingbars are mounted. Wishing you all a fun weekend.

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Ooh, that's shiny!! Looks right at home in those surroundings, too. Enjoy!
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Green is the best colour

If it was mine, I'd spend a few days (literally) getting several layers of quality wax on ALL of the paintwork while its new. Even getting it into areas such as under the doors; around the door shuts; under the bonnet; around the engine bay. ...everywhere - no stone left unturned!

Its a boring and slow job, but it's always worth it.


I signed up in the Detailing World forums. There's a mass of information and techniques to keep cars looking mint some of it is a bit OTT and be warned, it can become a bit addictive!

Personally I find car cleaning very therapeutic
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I clean mine occasionally - even waxed it once. But it’s a 4x4 and gets used in the countryside, where the added mud looks more ‘right’... under the paint, most of it (all the body) is galvanised and I’ve not yet seen a rusty one
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I it’s a 4x4 and gets used in the countryside, where the added mud looks more ‘right
My Jimny was always kept in mint condition, but on the occasions I took it offroading, the mud remained on it as a 'badge of honour'

When I did eventually clean it (including the underside of it), I was astonished at the amount of earth clods that came off the bottom of it!
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My Jimny was always kept in mint condition, but on the occasions I took it offroading, the mud remained on it as a 'badge of honour'

When I did eventually clean it (including the underside of it), I was astonished at the amount of earth clods that came off the bottom of it!
I do hose throughly underneath if it’s been very muddy, and during and at the end of winter. This keeps mud and salt out of the crevices and helps prevent things like the suspension arms from rusting.
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It's the salt rather than the mud that I hate; I can almost hear it eating away at the metal

I've a pressure washer with a 90° head on it to regularly wash the underside down with fresh water. The biggest pain is getting the pressure washer out and all set up - but I feel it has to be worth it ultimately!
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