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206,000 miles and still getting 30+ per gallon
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By oheggy
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1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

The front seats fold back flat so I can sleep in the car when traveling save on motels. Back seat folds down 40 /60 split or whole seat makes for great storage space. gas mileage is great


Worst Features

maybe a bit higher clearance, have a standard size spare instead of dounut, other than that nothing else comes to mind


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Completely Love this car
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By cubyogi
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1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

Gas mileage is great, 28 MPG city, reliability, great in the snow, roomy interior for a small car


Worst Features

put the cup holders some place else


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She ain't fancy, but she runs!
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By Coastal Carolina
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1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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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!


Best Features

Just the fact that it has been so danged reliable. There are no standout features, as there are no real features to begin with!


Worst Features

For what it is, it is fine the way it is. I suppose most issues were addressed with the new Forenza.


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a pleasant ride
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By spp
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1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

stylish, reliable, and cheap.


Worst Features

None-- at its price


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Good Enough
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By A Orsi
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1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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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 reliable.


Best Features

I can load the trunk like an SUV except the suzuki uses almost no gas. This car is very Simple.


Worst Features

Everything on this car is cheap, thin or weak. The body is feather-light because it's paper-thin.


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