The second generation Samurai makes a miserable ride on road, but is legendary for its off-road capability, with one beating Jeep record for highest altitude achieved for a 4-wheeled vehicle at 21,942 ft in 2007. This Samurai isn't a record breaker, but it does have only 34k on the odometer according to the seller...who gets defensive in the Q/A section about those miles and the amount of time it spent being towed behind an RV.
Power from the Samurai is a 1.3 liter boat-anchor inline4 that puts out 63 horsepower and 76 ft-lbs of torque. The little engine is mated to a 5-spd manual - a slushbox would put this thing in motor-scooter-slow territory. Thankfully the Samurai only weighs 2000 lbs - that is only a sophomore frat-boy more than a 1st generation Miata. This light weight makes the Samurai surprisingly versatile in off-roading - and its small footprint allows it to make it through places that huge full sized pickups (and their anatomically challenged drivers) won't dare.
Inside its obvious that the weight savings has created a bare-bones, no-frills interior -- the dash looks like a 60s Maytag dryer. No need for fancy Alcantara headliners, wood-grain dashboards, cup holders, etc. I've ridden in a few stock samurais and can report that it is like driving a
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