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Old 06-03-2004, 10:41 PM
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Is suzuki a reliable car company

Has anyone owned any of their cars? What did you think?
Old 06-03-2004, 10:45 PM
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let me add this on to the original question as this was my motivation for writing it:

In your experience, are all Japanese autos reliable? Reliability is very important to me which is why i focus on Toyotas & Hondas, both of which have extremely good reliability ratings and consumer support behind them. But i don't know much about other Japanese auto companies like Suzuki or Nissan. Are these brands reliable the same way a Toyota is?
Old 06-03-2004, 11:19 PM
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I would never buy any Suzuki product due to their persistence in suing "Consumer Reports" for a negative review of one of their SUVs. (It had too high a tendency to roll over.) Here's a page with some links to stories about that (among others).

If a company's attitude towards a safety problem is to sue anyone that reports on it, are later vehicles going to be any safer???
Old 06-04-2004, 01:05 AM
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The first car I ever owned was a Suzuki Sidekick.

It was painted tin foil over a plastic frame. I was just talking with my husband about it tonight, and to quote him, "God, what a piece of crap."
Old 06-04-2004, 01:52 AM
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In a word, no. Suzukis are pieces of shit.

Kias aren't much better, but at least they have such a comprehensive warranty that when it breaks down, it'll be fixed. And it will break down.

There's a reason that Suzuki cars are less than 10K.
Old 06-04-2004, 01:56 AM
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On the other hand, Nissan and Mazda both make pretty good cars. Reliability might not be quite as consistent and Honda and Toyota, but it's not far off.
Old 06-04-2004, 04:17 AM
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Rebadged Suzukis are the biggest sellers in India. Have been for more than 2 decades. It boggles the mind!

I second (or third... whatever) what everyone has said about Suzuki. If you're on a tight budget, buy Mazda.
Old 06-04-2004, 04:24 AM
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I have one. A Swift. And I love it, as it is my very first car. And y'all are making me cry. Don't be mean to my little car.
Old 06-04-2004, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by PookahMacPhellimey
I have one. A Swift. And I love it, as it is my very first car. And y'all are making me cry. Don't be mean to my little car.
I have a Swift as well - it's a 1994 GT manual transmission that I (or a member of my family) have been driving since 1996. I love it, apart from the fact that I've driven it in about 7 southern (Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia) summers and it has no air condiitioning. That and the dark exterior/interior have given it the nickname "EZ-Bake".

I have had no major problems with this car - I keep up the maintenance as necessary, and that's basically it. Great gas mileage (it's only just started costing me over $10 to fill up the tank) and a fun drive, really. '

The only thing that I dislike about this car are the tires. They original tires are an odd size that are expensive, and the one place that was making the size isn't anymore - although I think another brand has started to, so I should be able to find some when I need them.
Old 06-04-2004, 07:55 AM
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I had a suzuki X-90 for about two years. It was a decent car for what it was, but it was really more of a dunebuggy than anything else. Reliable, yes. I never had any mechanical problems with it. However, it was not the kind of car you wanted to have to drive on the interstate, or on hilly terrain, or pretty much anywhere other than back and forth a short distance on clear, flat roads. I'll second that it had a tin-can feel to it. I did actually have one small accident in it, and it was *not* fun.

Alternately, my mom had a Nissan Altima that she drove for almost 10 years. It still drove just as smooth when she sold it as it did when we bought it. The only complaint she ever had was that the sunroof began to leak around year 7 or so.

I wouldn't say that all japanese cars are reliable/unreliable. It's been my experience that Nissan tends to stand out as one of the better companies, with Suzuki around the same level as a Kia.
Old 06-04-2004, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Wesley Clark
In your experience, are all Japanese autos reliable? ...[snip]...Nissan
I had an 89 Nissan Sentra for *years*. It was a tank. Handled great, great gas mileage. I only got rid of it when the body started rusting off and the fuel gauge indicator broke.
Old 06-04-2004, 09:25 AM
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A former co-worker drove a Sidekick for 10 years, with a 100 mile roundtrip to work every day. But he did buy it because it was cheap and he needed 4 wheel drive. Another friend had the Geo version, I forget the name right now. It was a reliable car, just a little cheap, but that's why it doesn't cost much.

Mazdas are at the top of my "realistic car" list. One of the new 6 wagons would be pretty cool, and very practical.
Old 06-04-2004, 09:37 AM
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When the Suzuki Samurai first came out, it was called the "Deathmobile" due to its tendency to roll over. They were very popular in the Bay Area with drug dealers, which was fine with the cops because all they had to do to catch them was chase them long enough, they'd go around a turn too fast and tip over.
Old 06-04-2004, 09:48 AM
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I must echo ftg's sentiments toward Suzuki. I've been following this ridiculous lawsuit for some time and find it absolutely astonishing that Suzuki would follow such a course. Or rather, I don't find it astonishing. The fact is Suzuki is well aware they have no case. It is a harrassment lawsuit with the aim of getting CU to not report on their vehicles in the future. What I don't understand is why the suit wasn't thrown out as frivolous (CU tried). I have never and will never buy a Suzuki because of this and strongly urge the same to others.
Old 06-04-2004, 10:00 AM
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Re: Suzuki rollovers.

IMO there was nothing wrong with the Samurai. It was a small, economical off-road vehicle that was not designed to be driven like a car. I would drive a Samurai the same way I'd drive my '46 Willys CJ2A: slowly around corners. Consumer Reports should have realized that the Samurai is not a "car", and was not intended to be driven like one. On the other hand, Suzuki should have made it clear that it was a special purpose vehicle.

I've had an '86 Chevy Sprint and an '88 Chevy Sprint Metro, both of which were built by Suzuki. Coming off of three MGBs and a Porsche, they were "different". But they had advantages. When they were new, they got 50 mpg. They did poorly on hills, but were rather "zippy" around town. I drove one from L.A. to Park City, UT with the speedo pegged (at 90 mph) and never had a problem. Handling was great, and parking was a breeze. They seemed to have been built around a tesseract, since they seemed to have more room on the inside than on the outside. Four adults fit into them in decent comfort. I was surprised by the amount of stuff I could put in them with the rear seat folded down.

But they tended to wear out after 120,000 miles. They're so cheap as to be considered "disposable", but you certainly could do a ring job and get them back up to snuff.

Aside from wearing them out, I never experienced any problems with the Sprints I owned.
Old 06-04-2004, 10:24 AM
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I agree with Johnny LA that the Samurai was an excellent little off-roader. Parents of a friend of mine had one in the late 1980's, and we would always sneak it out of the garage to go off-roading (I didn't have my license back then). However, it had its limits - I managed to roll it once. Granted, it was my own fault for driving on a bank that was a little too steep, at too parallel an angle, but the Suzy performed perfectly: it rolled onto its weels again, the roll bar worked fine, and other than a slightly crushed softtop frame, we could just readjust the mirrors and drive off.

As for their current line-up, I have to admit I'm not entirely familiar with their range in the States, but I'd say the Swift is averagely reliable. It's no Civic, but it'll probably cost you less to run than a Volkswagen. The X-90 has never been too popular here, so I don't know. But the Vitara (if that's what it's called there too - medium sized SUV/Jeep) is a very reliable car.

Mazda and Nissan make good cars also. On the whole, Suzuki might be the least reliable of the Japanese brands, but I'd estimate them to still be more reliable than the average European or American car.

I'm not even going to SPEAK of Kias.
Old 06-04-2004, 10:44 AM
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Yeah, the Kia is garbage. i have heard of brand new ones falling apart. but they are S. Korean, not Japanese autos.
Old 06-04-2004, 11:31 AM
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Important detail for the USA: The current-model "Suzuki" Verona and Forenza are actually Korean Daewoos, renamed and imported by GM after they bought out Daewoo altogether (for years they had already been part-owners) and figured out that the Daewoo nameplate in the US market had come to mean "makes Kia look damn good".

The Swift/Metro was a pretty cool little basic-transport car, and definitely the best of the mid-80s crop of real supercheapie wheels.
Old 06-04-2004, 06:49 PM
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I've own a 97' Suzuki Sidekick 4x4 JLX since practically new. I bought it because 4x4 rules in minnesota, not overtly huge, and was fully loaded with options. It was much cheaper than the toyota Rav4 at that time, approximately 5kish less for the same items. It just turned over 56k miles on it.
In the time that I've had it here's list of things I've had to replace:

2 tires (100 bucks a piece, apparently Sidekicks use 16" tires which are more expensive)

Left Headlamp. Right one still bright. 5 bucks at Big Wheel Rossi.

Transmission Pressure Plate. $285 dollars.

The gold trim around the tire well started to fade. Applied some gold paint and looks like new! 10 yards.

Thats it. I've done several oil changes myself and spark plug replacements. The breaks are still good on it with plenty of pad left.

Now some things that do bug me about it.

The front bumper has paint that is stripping off.

The AC is barely adequate. Great for the people sitting up front, but sucks for the passengers.

Not enough power. When I bought it, the model only came with the wimpy 1.8 liter.

Its been a great car for me. My next car will be its bigger brother, the Verona with a 6 cylinder.

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