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Very Reliable little car
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By Pleased1
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1996 Suzuki Esteem GLX 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Fuel economy. Adequate power for one person commuting. Reliability. No rust even though they use salt in this area in the winter.


Worst Features

Better sealing around windows, some wind noise. Better sound supression material.


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Overlooked
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By christophducati
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1996 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan


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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 and 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.


Best Features

styling, dependable, fuel economy.


Worst Features

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.


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a smile-worthy econobox
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By suzuiki fan
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1996 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

gas mileage, willing engine, cheap price


Worst Features

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 perfect compact.


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