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We have a limited number of reviews for the 2001 Esteem, so we've included reviews for other years of the Esteem since its last redesign.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Good family car/ great on fuel

Mr.Chris, 09/24/2010
2001 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Traded my gas guzzling Blazer for this car. This is the second esteem I have owned. the first was a 1999. The CV axles are only good it seems for 100- 130k miles. Comfortable, not a powerhouse by any means but good on gas and the A/C is freezing cold. I have almost 150K on it currently and have had really good luck with Suzuki products as a cheaper alternative to Honda with the same reliability. Folks, keep up maintenance to make it last. Simple. Regular oil changes, tune ups etc. That simple. Fun to drive, I have a bad back at age 33 so the firm seats are great. The factory CD player isn't working but the radio does. I really have no complaints. GREAT ON GAS.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Best car ever, buy one if you can!

LC, 03/08/2010
2000 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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.

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4 out of 5 stars

little but might!

Carol, 03/03/2018
2000 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Wagon
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3.5 out of 5 stars

Bulletproof Engines

aaronwolfe, 03/12/2004
2001 Suzuki Esteem GLX Plus 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
5 of 6 people found this review helpful

What is it about motorcycle companies that move on to building cars, they make the best engines. This is the second suzuki I've owned (the first was a sidekick 4 dr), I'm pretty abusive to engines in general, high RPMs & irregular oil changes, and I can't ask for a more dependable powerplant. The rest of the car is only so-so, but I know that the car will still be tooling down the road at well over 200,000 miles.

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4.38 out of 5 stars

Outstanding, Reliable Transportation

JCRobin, 12/27/2008
2001 Suzuki Esteem GL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I've owned this little car for almost 6 years and drive it to and from work and around town everyday. It runs flawlessly and is actually kinda fun to drive, for a basic economy car. The engine is the best component, typical as with Suzuki motorcycles. Clarion stero is junk but easily replaced. OK it's not a Lexus but I have had absolutely no problems, it's great on gas and I intend and expect to drive it to 200k+ with only normal good maintenance practices. What more could someone expect from any car especially a value-priced underrated bargain. I will surely buy another Suzuki when the time comes.

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