Suzuki Esteem Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
3.8
9 Reviews
Overall
3.8
Value
4.0
Performance
3.1
Style
3.3
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.1
Reliability
4.0

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1996 Suzuki Esteem - Get what you pay for

Pedro
Vancouver, Washington
Overall
2.0
Value
1.0
Performance
3.0
Style
2.0
Comfort
2.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
1.0
When you buy a pair of shoes, you can get a $20 pair that last a few months before water starts to soak in, get your feet wet every time you step in a puddle, and you have to buy a new pair of shoes. Or you can spend $60 or $80 and get a good pair of shoes with quality materials and craftsmanship that will last several years, are more comfortable straight from the beginning, and you don't ever have to worry about puddles. The Suzuki Esteem is the $20 pair. At 151,000 miles, it likes to stall at stoplights if I hit the brakes too hard. The driver window roller broke off because of shoddy plastic. The cheap, hard plastic dash is starting to crack. The dome light draws power from the battery, even when the car is powered off. I had to pull the fuse, and the check engine light is now on al... (more)
Story
It certainly wasn't fun, but it was memorable! Driving to my dad's house, the battery was completely dead due to aforementioned dome light battery drain issue. I started the car with a battery booster, but there was heavy highway traffic, and the car wanted to stall every time traffic stopped. I had to shift into neutral and keep engine revs up to keep it from stalling (in an automatic, mind y... (more)
Pros
Strong alternator. It can drive the car with a dead battery as long as you don't need headlights and you don't stall at a stoplight. There's something to be said for barebones simplicity, I suppose. Air conditioning. It doesn't burn oil, amazingly.
Cons
Hard, beige, flimsy, and fragile plastic interior. Engine feels ready for a rebuild at 151,000 miles. That's Wankel Rotary Rebuild time, not four-cylinder rebuild. Terrible.

1996 Suzuki Esteem - Suzuki Esteem--a real dream

CC
Pocasset, Massachusetts
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I purchased my Suzuki Esteem as a pre-model with only about 5,000 miles on the car. It has been one of the best cars I have ever owned. Not only do I get good gas mileage for an older car, about 30 miles to the gallon, but the car is well made, handles easily, and I have not really had any engine problems in almost 20 years. The car is compact with a great turning radius, yet it is a wagon and has a lot of storage room. The rear seat is a split version and both can be dropped to add space to the hatchback cargo area. I am able to store my bicycle for easy travel and if I put the passenger seat down as well, I can slide my sit-a-top kayak in for travel. The car has a roof rack but I find the cargo area easier. I have never had any real wear or rot on the vehicle until this past year ... (more)
Story
Only real location stories would be taking the car from the beginning of the Cape all the way down to PTown. Had great mileage. Also did drive the vehicle Bar Harbor Maine in the first five years I had it and was so excited at the views up in Acadia that I got out of the car to take a photo and didn't put the car in park, and my then boyfriend had to throw on the emergency brake.
Pros
Compact, great turning radius, good storage room, roof rack, reclining seats, seats fold down to afford more storage, pretty peppy for a four cylinder, great engine.
Cons
There should have been a recall when the company knew about the "K-Bar". Hard now to find parts that the company is out of business. The car only came with a radio and cassette player. I miss having a CD player.

1999 Suzuki Esteem - Lovely.

Esteem Owner
Stockbridge, Georgia
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I bought this car used three years ago with 150 miles on it. It was just going to be to get back and forth to school but when my husbands car broke down this reliable machine became the family car and it has never failed and just over $20 filled the tank when gas was $400 a gallon.
Story
Excellent car. This was my first car; my parents gave it to me in high school and I've been driving it every since. I have 148,000 miles on it & haven't had any major problems besides an axle replacement. I am amazed by the reliability and gas mileage. Truly an exceptional car.
Pros
I love the station wagon style. When my son was a teenager, I had a car load of kids in it daily, and it held up well to all of it. I've moved a handful of times over the years and it hauls things in the back area really well. Lots of room. Good on gas.
Cons
Literally, this car has been the best car I have ever owned. So many negative reviews on here I see, but let's face it, if you buy a very used car there might be issues with it, you know. I only wished I had bought it with cruise control. It has everything else. It rides louder than fancier cars that I have ridden in, but it has outlasted those others. I've taken care of my car over the years, and I would not hesitate to buy another Suzuki in the future.

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