2002 Suzuki Esteem Review | Edmunds.com

2002 Suzuki Esteem

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Suzuki Esteem Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 122 hp @ 6300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Suzuki Esteem

  • An aging economy sedan that offers little in terms of value or amenities.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong 1.8-liter engine, attractive -- if not distinctive -- exterior design, sedan and wagon body styles.

  • Cons

    Engine gets noisy at high revs, so-so suspension, ABS not available on sedan, doesn't offer the most appealing value package in this segment.

  • What's New for 2002

    Not much changes for the 2002 Esteem. The seat upholstery is new, and sedans now have an inside trunk release handle. Suzuki has changed with the trim levels, and last year's GLX+ and GLX Sport sedan trims are no longer available. Suzuki now offers a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Most dependable car ever

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I have no complaints, used to be Toyota man, but my maintenance costs have been nearly nothing in the first 100K miles



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Reliability and economy

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Bought this car with 85000 miles and am now up to 117000 miles with NO problems. I averaged 41 MPG on a trip across the country and have not had to spend money on repairs. I change the oil, filters and belts when needed. Great car. Radio and speakers are cheap and problematic, but overall car is very dependable and economic.




Outrageous parts and repair

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Great gas mileage. Bought car new, but then the interior lights start burning out at 1 year. Interior starts fading, poor material. Air flow modulator went out costing 1000 dollars for just the part. Has 2 catalytic converters, but don't know which one to replace. Can't get it inspected because computer can't tell what is wrong with it. Will not buy another Suzuki after this disaster.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car for the price

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Bought it used (5 speed, wagon) and never had any issues whatsover. With the rear seats folded down, it had very good usable cargo space. You can fit stuff in there you can never imagine in a sedan. Wonder why people still prefer to buy sedans over wagons.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Super reliable

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GLX 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I just traded in my Esteem. Broken-hearted. A fantastic vehicle. I used it for courier deliveries. Back seats fold flat and the cargo space held everything! Handled very heavy (500 lbs) loads without too much complaining. Lots of jackrabbit starts (deadlines you know) and sudden stops. But the reliability was great. Never even changed a headlight until 260,000 km. Several things (rad, control arm, CV boots etc) went this week. But now that its got 365,000 km (228 k miles) I can't really complain.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I miss it already

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Until 3/18/04 I really loved my little Suzuki. I did have to replace the tires and a bumper, which were a little pricey (but this not a ford Focus, so don't expect to be readily able to get parts for cheap). But I love it more now because that car saved my life. I took my eyes off the road for 1 second and ended up rolling the car over four times. Where I was in the driver's seat held up wonderfully. The passenger side, not so hot, but for the impact it took (hitting a culvert in a driveway at 45 mph) it did well. I was able to walk out of the car. The car is totalled, but I owe that I am writing this today to that car.



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Full 2002 Suzuki Esteem Review

What's New for 2002

Not much changes for the 2002 Esteem. The seat upholstery is new, and sedans now have an inside trunk release handle. Suzuki has changed with the trim levels, and last year's GLX+ and GLX Sport sedan trims are no longer available. Suzuki now offers a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

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Talk About The 2002 Esteem

2002 Suzuki Esteem Discussions See all Started By

darlal
darlal
01-24-2009
I have the option to buy a used 2002 esteem wagon. Most problems I read about (like electrical, starting etc.) seem to relate to older models. What's the deal with...


evensteven
evensteven
05-14-2005
Does anyone know if the 2.0L Aerio engine will fit in a Suzuki Esteem? I just bought a 2002 Aerio engine and tranny. I am going to try to stick it in my 99 GLX....



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