by Martyk on Mar 10, 2009 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.
by ron on Dec 7, 2008 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.
by sj on Oct 16, 2007 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.
by towncourier on Sep 17, 2007 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.
by L.E.C. on Mar 19, 2004 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.
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.