Fast, cheap, well-built commuter warrior, but watch out for rust
It's on its third exhaust system (cat-back). Unusual for a highway-driven car.
The seat upholstery is starting to wear and stitching is coming loose. Not a big problem, but noticeable.
Like all Suzukis, it's rust-prone and regular wash-wax is a necessity.
Another Suzuki trait - the door locks are wearing out. Driver's door lock will need replacing soon.
The plastic wheel covers suck big time... all the fake chrome was gone after...umm...100,000km...;-)
A cheap, tough little commuter warrior in the Suzuki tradition.
Good points? With the 5-speed it's extremely quick and surprisingly comfortable at freeway speeds.
Engine, clutch, steering, shifter all feel like new after 150,000km.
The interior is well-made and rattle-free.
Controls are of superior quality and the instrument panel looks like it's out of a BMW.
Fuel economy is astounding -- about 40mpg. You'll wonder if the fuel gauge is stuck!
Like all Suzukis, the sheet metal is thin and rust-prone. Keep it washed and waxed, especially if you are in The Salt Zone.
In my experience with Suzukis, this car will easily hit the 300,000km mark with only routine maintenance. This is pretty phenomenal for a CDN$10,000 car.
Its Achilles heel is rust. Who knows how far a rust-free Firefly would go... maybe forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2005