Suzuki Esteem Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
3.4
7 Reviews
Overall
3.4
Value
3.7
Performance
2.9
Style
3.3
Comfort
3.9
Fuel Economy
4.1
Reliability
3.9

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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.

1998 Suzuki Esteem - Drives well, components give out

H.A.
New York, New York
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
1.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
My Suzuki Esteem drives very well. It could handle turns, braking, accelerating, streets, and highways very well. I have owned it for 5 years and it has not broken down once. I drive it roughly 10,000 miles a year and it has 110,000 miles on it right now. I drive the car carefully. If you want to speed around town this car is obviously not something you would want. The stereo no longer works, and I have had to have the window switches and climate control replaced. The car also has great gas mileage for the price
Story
This car is extremely useful when trying to fit into tight parallel parking spots in New York City. I will sometimes wait for a van to give up trying to park then pounce.
Pros
The car was reliable enough for regular driving around town and to work. The car never broke down on me despite driving in the upper Midwest through winter conditions. For a car I bought for 500 dollars in 2011 I feel like this car is a great value. The car has a decent appearance. The car has great gas mileage, about 25-30 MPG which is great for a car at its price. Very easy to drive and parallel park with, great first car.
Cons
The electrical and mechanical components such as window switches and climate control units broke, so did the radio. Not as good for someone who doesn't drive very carefully.

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