1989 Suzuki Sierra Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Suzuki Sierra

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance390000 kilometres


I'll never sell it


Water pump failed.

Alternator failed.

Radiator leak.

O-ring on distributor failed.

Clutch spring broke needing clutch replacement.

Seats have collapsed.

Rust around the windscreen hinges.

Front rotors replaced twice, pads 3 times.

Steering box is getting some play in it.

General Comments:

Sounds unreliable from that list, but it's never failed to get me where I'm going. I've put 250 000 km of very hard driving on it. Driven through salt water nearly to the door handles, driven to work every day, summer and winter. Slide around almost every corner.

Simple to work on, any parts available very quickly from Suzuki at a reasonable price. I've only ever had to wait more than a day for parts just after the earthquake and tsunami.

Great off road if the tyre pressures are right (low).

Some exhaust gas comes in the back if top is on.

Top is very slow to put on and take off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2011

1989 Suzuki Sierra JX 1.28

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.28 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna


Nothing I have come across is this much fun


Collapsed spark plugs. head gasket blown (before I owned it). Broken pin in gearshift lever.

General Comments:

Probably the most ingenious 4x4 I have ever driven. Practically unstoppable.

It's a lot of fun to drive, its like a go-kart on bigger wheels.

Kinda needs an alarm if you intend on hanging onto it for a while, the second day I had it I had a woman walk up to me and say "I want you car" I felt rather nervous after that.

Hardly a luxury car, but who cares. Take the roof off, and you get a luxury few can have.

Shame about the parts though, Suzuki don't make anything cheap.. i.e. a coil for the magna cost me $35... $140 for the Sierra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews