by oheggy on Apr 13, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
purchased a 1998 in 2000 with 44,000 miles on it
it now has 206,000 miles on it. never had any major repairs. Just now needing its first new clutch and struts. All other repairs brakes, cv joints were due to mileage. Handles well in all seasons.
I have been rear ended 4 times and minimal damage, never needed any body shop attention. The accidents never effected drivability. The driver handle clip
broke getting that fixed. Will drive it till it quits and at this pace expect it to go for another 200,000 miles. I have run thru only 4 sets of tires.
My car is 14 years old, I also own a Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado 4x4 that is a 1998 and only has 147,000 on it.
by cubyogi on Aug 30, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
I've owned this car for nearly 9 years, I absolutely love it. More reliable than a horse. Never had any problems at all, and absolutely fun to drive. I live in Michigan, and I've learned to have rust proofing on any future cars. I have to consider selling my Suzuki because the undercarriage is starting to rust.
by Coastal Carolina on Apr 26, 2007 Vehicle: 1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
Let's see... no power windows, no power locks, no cruise control. But guess what? No problems, either! My GL wagon is about as basic of a vehicle you can get, but in two years has never had one single incident. The five speed helps to milk the mileage out of the little four-banger, to be sure. Interior isn't luxurious and much past 75 MPH is too much. But as a daily commuter (and a paid-for one at that), it isn't all bad. Get in, fire it up and drive off with no concerns or worries. My kind of car!
by spp on Mar 26, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
I bought the car five years ago with 8
miles on it. It was paid off (5 yr/4.9
apr through american suzuki credit)
last month and I just got the title.
It is a very reliable car, great gas
mileage. I have changed two front brake
pads last summer at 75k mile, no other
mechanic job was needed after 5 cold
winters in New Hampshire. Now it has
80k miles on it and still runs great.
Too bad it is discontinued after 2002.
by A Orsi on Jul 2, 2002 Vehicle: 1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
I bought this car one year ago with
50,000 miles and have driven it to
75,000 miles. It is a noisy ride, the
radio doesn't work well, interior
plastic is cheap, the heat shields
ALL rattle. at 55k i replaced
driverside tie rod at 75k i replaced
passenger side tie rod. Other than
that , no problems. Brakes last a
LONG time. Engine is very simple
and runs A1. Extremely reliable.
There is no luxury. But it's cheap and
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