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1997 Suzuki Sidekick SUV

 
 

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Suzuki Sidekick Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 120 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 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…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (11 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The little engine that could

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD

This car has been hit in the front and the rear and is still on the road. She has 189,561 miles and she still running like new. We have replaced few minor parts, fuel filter, a fan belt and she still continues to run. She just won't die, she refuses to die. Great gas mileage. 4x4 works excellent and she sure can haul wood. I HAVE thought of replacing her but can't bare to part with her because we know we won't find a better car. She may look like a death trap coming down the road but she sure does run excellent. Never has left us stranded and I doubt she ever will.




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!




Ten years of outstanding service

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD

We bought our JLX Sidekick June l4, 1997 for my wife. It was new with zero miles. We shopped all the SUV brands at that time, but only Suzuki's JLX satisfied all our parameters. For example, its rear entry platform is high enough so my wife can easily move boxes of books she uses in her business. Also front seats are very comfortable. Back seats accessible, too. This car has great load carrying capacity -14 large, plastic tubs of books! After 10 and a quarter years and only 65,500 miles it's almost like new! What an amazing machine!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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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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