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1997 Suzuki Esteem Sedan

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Suzuki Esteem Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Info is not yet available.
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 98 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 26/34 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Suzuki Esteem

  • Info is not yet available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Reliable, economical transportation.

  • Cons

    Price is higher than it should be on an entry-level econobox.

  • What's New for 1997

    No changes to the economical Esteem.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (5 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

Amazing little car!

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Esteem GLX 4dr Sedan

I bought this little car and even though it is over 11 years old it is running great. I only needed it to go about town in, and as I only work 2 miles from home, it is perfect. I do occasionally take for longer highway trips and it does great there too. I love this reliable, tiny car. I live up a really steep, windy driveway and it does well on the sharp curves. It gets excellent gas mileage, friends have even commented on how rarely I need gas. I plan to take care of it and hope it lasts many years to come.

Best car for the money

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan

We bought this car with 60,000 miles on it in 1998. We have had this car for 10 years and only put a water pump into it and of course brakes and normal maintenance. The car now has 168000 miles and now has died on us. We are very upset. The engine locked up on it. But honestly ,we paid $9000 for it ,which was too much at the time but we needed a car and this is all we could get with our credit at the time. I would recomend this car to anyone.

Transmission problems

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan

Expect to have gear and transmission problems after 50,000 miles.

Ok ride

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan

For the price this is a good little car. Had it a year with no problems. Gets good gas milage and has good power.

Not to shabby

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan

I've owned this rig for about a year and haven't had any problems. I get good gas milage (27) and seems to have good pick up. The only problem I have is that the interior components are very crappy. The carpet has holes all over the place and pulls out from the frame very easily. It handles well and I haven't had a single problem with the engine. It is a bit narrow and doesn't fit 3 people in the back very well. The front seats are kinda cheap (I can feel the metal springs and I only weigh 160lbs). A fun cheap little car.

Full 1997 Suzuki Esteem Review

What's New for 1997

No changes to the economical Esteem.

Talk About The 1997 Esteem

Gas Mileage


  • 26
  • cty
  • 34
  • highway
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