1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport 1.8L
Transmission gave out twice very expensive rebuilds.
The vehicle is on it's second alternator in two years.
Starter motor malfunction tore teeth from flywheel; another very costly repair (transmission had to come out for a third time).
Body rusted significantly: Had to replace both rear quarter panels and rocker panels on both sides.
In a three year period repair costs are over $8,000.
Think I have a lemon, as friends with same vehicle do not seem to have similar problems as mine.
I like the styling.
Relatively fuel efficient although under-powered for highway use.
Excellent for driving around the city: small & maneuverable; cheap on fuel.
Not a serious 4X4 for off-roading; but great for on-road use in our harsh Canadian winters.
Fair amount of interior noise due to a lack of insulation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd February, 2008