FS: 1986 Suzuki Samurai JX


Well-known member
Feb 28, 2005
Briggs's Back Yard
Feeler only.

1986 Samurai JX. California car as rust free as you can probably find one. It starts and drives. I drove it ~60 miles straight at 65mph. It can go faster. Slight oil leak. Probably needs all your standard parts replaced like tie rod ends etc.

Top is in great condition. It was a buddy’s who was going to swap a VW tdi into it and lift etc. Currently registered in TX but still located in Sacramento, California. It has all the options, air con(needs charge maybe full service, haven’t bothered with it), power steering, missing radio. Throughout the vehicle there are a few bolts/fasteners missing on random parts like bumper end caps but not to the extent that it’ll fall apart while driving. Very original example. Trying to decide on keeping it and towing it back to the east coast beginning of October or selling it before.

Let me know if you’re interested and we can discuss price or possible trades. Might trade for a commuter car, off-road Disco or RRC or anything else.



Well-known member
Feb 7, 2006
Love the Samurai’s. I had the JX tin top and drove it 130 miles a day 4 days a week at one point. Had rusty floor boards so if it was raining my feet would end up in a couple inches of water on a long drive. The max highway speed was about 70mph with a tail wind in mine pushing about 50hp. The biggest issue was being overcome by tractor trailers on the highway, it would blow you out of your lane if you weren’t used to it. Aside from the lack of power and the terrible consumer report reviews regarding roll overs (false, as Suzuki won a case against the reviewers if I remember correctly) I think the samurai was ahead of its time, a robust and capable 4wd SUV that also got great fuel economy.