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1997 Suzuki Sidekick SUV

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Suzuki Sidekick Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 95 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Suzuki Sidekick

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cute, cuddly, and surprisingly capable mini-ute is great for around-town cruising or a jaunt to the lake.

  • Cons

    Underpowered engines make the Sidekick breathe hard when climbing hills.

  • What's New for 1997

    A JS Sport 2WD model is added to the Sidekick lineup. It has a DOHC engine that makes 120 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. There are no changes to the rest of the Sidekick line.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (3 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


The rattletrap that won't die

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX 4dr SUV 4WD

They're gonna have to bury me in this car. I bought it in about 2001 with 60k miles on it for 5k dollars cash. At 90k I changed the timing belt and water pump. Since then I have replaced only a starter, had the brakes done once and just recently replaced the front struts and back shocks. This little beast is NO fun over 55mph. Feels like it's gonna fly into bits. Uphill forget it, unless you're rock crawling. But I can get 3 full sized dairy goats in the back with the seat down and don't have to use my gas hog pickup. It refuses to quit. Most reliable car I've ever owned outside of Hondas. Flawless OD automatic. Swiss watch of a motor. Backbreaker seats. A keeper!




Exspensive repairs

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX 4dr SUV 4WD

Good dependable car overall but when repairs are needed parts are expensive. $100. each front struts. $260. for pvc valve and labor. Blew head gasket at 85,ooo miles because thermosat did not register over med temp. 2000.00 to fix



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

I love my sidekick!

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my Sidekick used - it had been a rental car. I have never had any problems with it, and the only maintenance I've ever done has been oil changes. It has never let me down, and I really enjoy driving it.



Full 1997 Suzuki Sidekick Review

What's New for 1997

A JS Sport 2WD model is added to the Sidekick lineup. It has a DOHC engine that makes 120 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. There are no changes to the rest of the Sidekick line.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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