Suzuki Sidekick Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.0
7 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
3.9
Performance
3.0
Style
3.6
Comfort
3.3
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.6

Suzuki Sidekick Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1993 Suzuki Sidekick - Amazing little toaster

Ryan
Longview, Washington
Overall
4.0
Value
3.0
Performance
1.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
My little Suzuki sidekick is a great little car for the most part. It gets gas mileage and goes just about anywhere I want to go. There are a few things that I don't like. It's very light in weight, so if it's windy out, I do feel the strong gusts of wind pushing my car around. It's a tiny car, and I get in and out of small spaces. I'd say that's a plus. Many times I have been thankful for my tiny toaster.
Story
Shortly after I bought this car, I took my kids on a little road trip with my dog. We had a great time. We went to a lot of neat places. Saw some awesome stuff. Was nice to have a good little car to get around in.
Pros
Small, fuel efficient, and easy to drive. Overall, I really enjoy this little car. I bought it after my divorce because my ex husband took my car. It has been good for me. I can go just about anywhere with it. My kids fit in it, and I can even fit my dogs in it. I even haul hay in it for my horse. For a tiny little SUV, it can haul a lot of stuff. This car is so easy to park. I can park in small spaces and easily get out of them.
Cons
Biggest thing I dislike about this car is that it so light weight that driving it in rainy and very windy conditions has been difficult. If there are strong wind gusts (and there often are here), I get blown all over the road. It does not handle well in bad weather. It is an older car, so I have had some minor issues with it but have been able to fix most of them easily. This car really has no get up and go. It takes a while to get to speed. I'm not sure if it's that the car is old, or it's a just how it is made.

1994 Suzuki Sidekick - Awesome SUV

LG
Morganton, North Carolina
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
I absolutely love my sidekick. We have other newer vehicles but nothing is more fun to drive than the sidekick. It is also very dependable. Other than general upkeep we have not had to worry about any mechanical problems. It is 4X4, great in snow and also really fun to play around in. We kids love to go playing in the mud in it and the sidekick never gets stuck.
Story
Our familys most memorable experience is out four wheeling and playing in the mud. My boys have a terrific time. They laugh and think it is a terrific time. We like to go out to a place called Brown Mountain. Often times we camp and go mudding while we are there. It is a great time and something they will always remember.
Pros
The sidekick is a great vehicle. It requires very little upkeep. Suzuki sidekicks are great for snow. It never slides or gets stuck. The Sidekick is an awesome vehicle to play around in the mud. It causes no problems and once again they don't get stuck. It can keep up with any truck or suv we have come across. They are a ton of fun to drive. The removable top is great in the summer time. With very little work you can also make the doors removable. We have a two inch lift and compared to other vehicles it was extremely cheap to buy a lift kit and fairly simple to install. Everything about t... (more)
Cons
The only complaint I can think of is little space. My boys are all getting bigger and it is hard to fit them in the back seat. At this point we should probably upgrade to a bigger newer SUV but honestly I just hate to get rid of the sidekick and think we would not get as good service out of something else. My oldest son is almost 6 feet tall and struggles to get in the backseat comfortably.

1997 Suzuki Sidekick - Wasted Money

WAW
Platteville, Wisconsin
Overall
2.0
Value
1.0
Performance
2.0
Style
2.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
1.0
Reliability
1.0
I bought this vehicle used from the guy who was my mechanic at the time. He assured me that it was in great shape, mechanically, and would be a good, reliable vehicle. He lied. I've since discovered that this vehicle is held together by rust, hope, and dirt. So far I've had to replace the muffler, brake drums, brake lines, brake pads, transmission, fuel pump, windshield wipers and the hoses for the wiper fluid, and it's currently back in the shop again right now -- I dread finding out what this is going to cost me, given that I'm still paying off the loan for it. I've sunk so much money into this thing, it should be a crime.
Story
I took a road trip from where I live to a place about an hour and a half away to pick up an adult trike I bought on craigslist. Unfortunately, I miscalculated the size of the trike, and the cargo capacity of the vehicle, and we ended up having to disassemble the trike to get it to fit in! It was an adventure.
Pros
The main selling point, for me, was the fact that it is a four wheel drive vehicle. I live in a rural area that doesn't really get well plowed during the winter, and I wanted to be sure that I could always get to work. I like that it's easy to switch between 2 and 4 wheel drive when needed. Also, the heater and air conditioner work relatively well.
Cons
This vehicle will not move in the winter unless it has been running for a long time and is thoroughly warmed up. It does not have cruise control, and it gets absolutely terrible gas mileage. Furthermore, the vehicle is practically falling apart -- I could have paid off half my loan with the money I've sunk into repairs for it.

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