I am starting this thread to help members with tips on buying a used Gypsy.
I have owned my Gypsy King for the last 14 years and can share some of my personal experiences which everyone which may also prove handy when looking for a second hand vehicle:
- The engine should be sound - mine was a Carb Gypsy King and the only trouble I had was that the carb needed cleaning once or twice a year depending on usage. MPFI vehicle should be run through a diagnostic test at MASS for engine health check.
- The Gearbox on Gypsy Kings are bullet proof and rarely go wrong. In my Gyspy, after over a lakh kms, only the 1st gear was replace once. Change the GB oil.
- The transfer case tends to get stuck sometimes on vehicles which never or rarely had the 4wd engaged. Sometimes just and T-case oil change sorts the problem and sometimes you will have to go to MASS. Not very expensive though if nothing needs replacing.
- Diffs are again bullet proof and mine has not been touched yet.
- Suspension is cheap and in you need stuff replaced it wont cost a bomb.
- Steering bits may be expensive so try the following checks. Pull the steering towards you and then push it inwards, also try shaking it sideways - if it moves, get it checked at MASS as some or all of it may need replacement. Play in the steering can be adjusted so that dosent mean a lot.
- The Brake Master cylinder leaks sometimes. Check the reservoir and the master cylinder itself. This can be repaired or replaced. MASS will usually replace it whereas an outside mechanic can repair it. Mine was repaired at 52K kms and is still going strong at over 1lakh kms.
- Check the running boards, footwell, rear floor for rust. The area near the wiper blade mounts also tends to get rusty. Although in my personal opinion, if you are getting a good price, bodywork can be sorted out.
- Check the front discs for uneven wear. Replacement discs are not as exepnsive as that on cars but can still pinch.
- PLEASE WALK AWAY FROM HEAVILY MODDIFIED VEHICLES unless you are an expert and can vouch for the quality of the mods if it suits your taste.
All in all, it depends on what the sellers asking price is and what you are getting in return. In my personal experience, not a lot can go wrong with a gypsy in your engine is running well. Rest can be sorted out (for a price). Although the parts are comparitively cheap but it helps to go to a MASS and the the prices for spare parts like:
- Steering column & box
- 1 set of leaf spring and shocker
- a gear replacement in the gearbox
- transfer case service
- brake pads
- brake disc
- brake master cyllinder
- clutch and pressure plate
I am NOT an expert and the above are based on my experience on MY Gyspy. The experiences of other members may vary.