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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.
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 20/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 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 1998

    A couple of new colors debut.

Full 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Review

What's New for 1998

A couple of new colors debut.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The little engine that could

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick

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

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

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!

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My sidekck

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick

I love this truck (that's what I call it)! It is kind of small for me and two kids, but it is great with the roof off in the summer, 4WD in the winter, and fun all year round. I take really good care of mine and now it's starting to get attention. I love it more than any woman that I have ever loved! It pisses them off.

Great mini-ute

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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick

We bought our truck about a year ago with 40,000 miles on it, it now as over 55,000 and is still running great. The only problems are its size and its power. It's very sluggish up hills, and I can't sit in the front seat with the car seat behind me (I'm 6'0").


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Vehicle: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick

I have had fun driving my Suzuki. It has been great in the snow with it's four wheel drive. I use it for my cleaning business and I now need something a little larger.

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I have a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport, with 34,900 miles on it, which I've had for 1 1/2 years, bought when 1 year old and 14,600 miles, and the rear differential is going out on it. I took it to the l...

Hi, I just thought I'd start this discussion and let you guys in on my little experience! First of all, I am the owner of a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX 4x4, that was purchased used on October 21 19...

Hi, I know this is a Grand Vitara room, however, I noticed that several of you have owned Suzuki's in the past. I have a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX 4x4. I cannot agree with some people that it is ...

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