Suzuki Alto Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 2

1985 Suzuki Alto GL F8B 3 cylinder

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission F8B 3 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Outstanding!

Faults:

This car has all the classic weak spots of this model: the heater temperature selector is broken, the usual small rust spots at the bottom of the windscreen are starting, the front seats are shot and the back seats are starting to break.

Other than that, it is just the usual maintenance.

General Comments:

This car is seriously slow... etc.

Brilliant cars these, they last forever.

They are roomy for their size, the seats fold flat, it is cheap to run, easy to fix, easy to find parts.

It's all good!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2007

1989 Suzuki Alto GL 0.8

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres

Summary:

Good, cheap, reliable and fun

General Comments:

Absolutely Brilliant Car.

She accelerates like a dog on a rug, handles like a knock -kneed camel on a wet clay bank and can be outrun by the family pet.

LOVELY. I am truly in love with this car. It is so much fun to drive. I really want to say something bad about this car to make you all laugh, but I can't. She's so sweet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2007

14th Oct 2011, 12:39

Awesome description; you paint a great picture with your words!

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 0.8

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired320000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carTriumph 1500

Summary:

An absolute barging and satisfaction for the performance, economy and comfort

Faults:

It can be said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. With about 300000km on the clock I got the car for almost nothing ($NZ 350.00).

I had to completely recondition the head ($NZ450.00). The car is running like new again.

However I am afraid the motor will not last now for more than app. 40-50000 km. I think I can hear one piston clicking. But hey, we will be talking about 400000 km with this miniature motor.

OK, the thermostat is broken so the fan goes all the time.

I have changed one CV joint so far and the other will need replacement soon.

General Comments:

Reliable - starts every time.

Economic - taking less than the factory prescribes.

It is little and easy to park anywhere.

It is ideal for going to work and shopping, but does very well for a holiday as well.

It is more than a Mercedes for the cost. (I have got one of those as well)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 0.8

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance110300 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Fronte

Faults:

Little or nothing - it's been very reliable.

Clutch had been replaced once, and the ventilation unit has broken, but nothing else worthy of note.

Idiot backed into me and broke the front grill, but that isn't the car's fault...

General Comments:

Good, reliable, cheap to run car, that still looks reasonably good today.

Handles better than our other 1997 Daihatsu, with better steering and a more solid feel (even though one wouldn't want to be in an accident in one...), though has less power than the same-engined Daihatsu.

These are good cars and I would recommend them to anyone in search of a cheap first car who doesn't mind the old-lady/shopping trolley image.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

12th Feb 2005, 02:28

I have been in an accident in one. Because of it's size, you could never consider an Alto a safe car however I walked away from being hit side on at 60km/h. Not bad for such a tiny beast. My squeaky is sadly missed.

7th Jun 2006, 12:22

I've been in an accident with one too, at 40km/h into the back of a van with a bullbar I had my knees through the dash, literally. I am a tall guy, but ya don't expect that to happen specially at 40k's. Totalled the car, but we all got out okay with some shock. I'd recommend a larger car or a later model one with some safety features if you want to go over 60k's regularly and live to see the destination.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews