Suzuki Vitara Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1991 Suzuki Vitara JLX

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired256 kilometres


Trusty, reliable, and oh so cute!!!


To get her on the road we had to get the CV joints done and brake pads adjusted, plus replace a side mirror. $A450.

Today we replaced the spark plug leads, which were extremely worn and making her pull and jerk. She is now running smooth as... $A45.

Air conditioning out needs refilling but at $A250... windows will suffice.

General Comments:

Upon purchase in August 2008 Suzi was in extremely good condition for her age, the interior very clean, and no marks or wearing on her seats. She looked even better with a cut and polish, which she has had done twice since I have owned her.

I personally think she handles well, she turns really easily, gives a quick response, to park we can squeeze in anywhere, extremely reliable and petrol wise no more expensive than my Toyota Celica.

Great view from open tinted windows - very safe - and as far as driving in the wet, like any 4wd, use common sense!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2008

1997 Suzuki Vitara LXI 2.5V6

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carHonda HR-V


A cracker 4WD


Not a thing.

General Comments:

Great 4WD.

Goes well and no problems at all.

Not a sports car, but goes anywhere.


Cannot fault it for what it is used for-towing a jet boat all over New Zealand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2004

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