I purchased this Esteem in 2001 for $5000 with 40,000 miles on it. I expected it to be a throw away car that would be discarded after 100,000 miles if I was lucky. 9 years later it now has 200,000 miles on it and is still going strong. I can't believe how well this little car runs. It always starts even at 30 degrees below zero. I have never had to change a sensor or had any major maintenance required other than CV boots at about 60,000 and a bearing in the transmission went out at around 100,000 miles. I consistantly get 40 mpg, mostly highway. I installed a cruise control to complete the package. The GLX comes with power door locks ,windows and mirrors definately a plus' for this car.
Fuel economy. Adequate power for one person commuting. Reliability. No rust even though they use salt in this area in the winter.
Better sealing around windows, some wind noise. Better sound supression material.
I bought this car new in 1996 to
replace a six month old Dodge Neon
that was a total lemon. While it is a
plan little car the Esteem has lasted
with out a single problem for years
In most areas I would say Suzuki is
just as good as other Japanese auto
makers. I love the styling and the
fact that you do not see yourself
coming down the street every other car.
styling, dependable, fuel economy.
They should have had more padding in
the rear seat. More power from the
engine would have been nice. Has a
hard time on hills. The first few
years had 13 inch wheels...look like a
shopping cart wheel.
A suzukie esteem was on the lot when i
was looking to replace my huge van, and
i didnt even bo ther looking at it
becuase it was so gastly ugly. well,
whadda know, i drove it, and i fell in
love. the car feels fast (even though
it isnt, i mean, 98 horses, what do you
expect?), corners well, and gets
outstanding fuel economy. if yoru
worried about buying one of thses
machines, just take it for a test dive,
ad dont worry aboutwhats in head of
you, because this is a reliable car.
gas mileage, willing engine, cheap price
more rear seat room woudl be nice, and
more standard features, like maybe
power windows (are we still in the
80's??). more power for this near