1996 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 1.8
A well built, designed vehicle
After looking high and low for a vehicle to fit my needs, I'm more than happy with my Sidekick. I've owned a lot of vehicles, and few have lived up to their design better than this Suzuki. It's cheap on gas, reliable, has a proper 4x4 system (will go and has gone everywhere, just type in "Suzuki 4x4" in Google and see the following these things have).
I'm a firm believer in researching what you buy. It's not fast or luxurious, it's as it's billed, a small, efficient, reliable 4x4.
That said, it's well built, much more solid than my 2001 CRV, and has a quieter ride too. It's taken me just as deep into the bush as my 4X4 Nissan King Cab, and used 1/2 the fuel. In town its small size and ease of parking is fantastic, as is its visibility. Highway and climbing hills - deadly slow, and you might find the ride a bit bumpy, but try to find any other vehicle that offers this combination of reliability, fuel economy, and offroad ability for the price. You'll soon see there is a demand for these little guys.
Vehicles owned: VW Beetle, Ford Escort, Suzuki Samurai, Nissan 4x4, Mazda 4x4, Honda CRV, Toyota Tercel, Honda Civic, Mazda 323.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2011