by hj on Dec 26, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD
I wanted a vehicle that was 4wd, got reasonable fuel ecomomy, could tow behind motor home, ample power, reliable, hunt in, drive across the USA w/o being beat to death, had plenty of headroom. This fit the bill. I have replaced the clutch, front wheel bearings, fan cooling clutch, reworked brakes, and replaced ignition coils. At 144000 mi. and 12 yrs. going strong!
by Gentle Ben on Oct 21, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick JS 4dr SUV
I loved this car. I had the full SUV, hardtop, 4dr version. Out of date looking even in 96. Sadly I did not take very good care of this vehicle but the car hung very tough with the neglect. In the 8 years I owned it I had to replace a battery and adjust the clutch linkage and weld a broken clutch pedal. That's it. ... Good MPG (27 hwy or city), extremely reliable, utilitarian, tough to the bone, fun. But boxy, square edges and narrow frame made it a whipsaw on the highway. Also sheet metal is paper thin and seemingly weak structure may not make this a family type / safe vehicle. Very spartan inside and an odd-looking vehicle outside. But... my favorite car ever.
by Jasen44 on Apr 5, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX 4dr SUV 4WD
Its a great vehicle and very reliable.
Only problem was 2 wheel bearings at
70,000, when I bought it. The ride is
pretty good, but some road noise.
Amazing gas milage-24-26 in 4x4. 25-27
in 2 wheel drive!! The sport edition
comes with a 1.8L 4 cylinder. That to
is somewhat underpowered.
Lots of changes to this mini SUV: the 16-valve, 95-horsepower engine is available across the board (except in the Sport), and dual airbags are housed in a revised instrument panel. New fabrics, colors and styling revisions update the Sidekick. All new for 1996 is a Sport variant, equipped with lots of exclusive standard equipment, a 120-horsepower twin-cam motor, a wider track, two-tone paint and a chrome grille.