Used 2000 Suzuki Esteem Consumer Reviews
We had our Esteem wagon for 9 years and 168,000 and never regretted buying it. (It was recently totaled in a bad collision, no fault on the Suzuki and we miss it so much!) In those years we had no break-downs, excellent gas mileage, and awesome ability to bring tons of gear (the rear seats lay completely flat). The only problem we had was the outside door handles snapping some piece when it was very cold outside - it was an easy and cheap repair, but you can try to avoid it and just be very careful opening the doors when it's cold. There were no engine or any other problems. Highly recommend this car, even though it is 10 years old.
I would buy this 2000 Esteem wagon again if I could as long as the quality was still there. I bought this car used in 2002 but I am so glad I did. Out side of tune-ups and( tires every 4 years) I have had no problems with this model. Only problem I see is when the AC or Heat is on the gas goes out the window!!! Yet when you take this on the road for a long trip, it gives you good mileage with your gas. No AC/heat. I have had the maintenance was done when the times were right and the cost has not been outrages. I do wish the seats were a bit thicker and firmer on the back to help brace your self on a long road trip. I have to keep this car because it's the last care I'll ever buy because of my age. She has worked like a tank on many a day, and I'm happy to have her hopes she keeps on keeping on.... Smile.
We bought our Esteem in 1999 but it's an 2000 GLX model. I got the car since my father passed away 6 years ago and now in 2013, it still runs like a champ. I did the brakes pads once and then later on got some aftermarket drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic brake pads and new shoes and drums for the back. In all these 13+ years the car has never broke down on the road but once it didn't start in the garage. it was just the CMP sensor and that's about a 15 minute job for this car. Replaced the Idle Control Valve once, alternator and the struts and besides the regular wear items, tires, battery, belt, It keeps on going. My A/C never had problems since new and always blows cold.
This has been the best car I have ever owned. They are built in Japan and I understand that they are very popular there. I have only had some routine brake work done and that is it. It just keeps going and going.
It has been a great little car. I know I was not getting a sports car but for what it is I love it. I have taken it on a few long trip and have had no problems. I think the clutch is going out but that is the only thing that has happened. I have driven it like a teenage. I have not been the nicest to it but it still runs great.