2000 Suzuki Vitara
Loved it and found it fairly reliable!
U-joints replaced just after I bought it used in 2011.
Muffler repairs done mid 2012.
All brake lines were just replaced in July 2013.
Thermostat replaced and A/C recharged in July 2013.
Now the head gasket needs to be repaired, and the muffler needs to be replaced, it's not worth fixing any more.
The body is in overall good shape. Small rust spots are starting over the rear wheels. Rocker panels are rusty.
I have the 2 door convertible style.
Loved this car! Very fun to drive. Didn't do any off roading. We get tons of snow (several feet at a time) where I live and it never got stuck; the 4x4 worked great and was very reliable.
Doesn't like to pick up a lot of speed to merge onto a highway. The power switch helped, but it still lagged a bit. It never liked to go over 110km/h; got a little shaky after that.
I think overall this car has held up pretty good.
It is definitely worth it to have power windows and locks on this vehicle. A hard top and remote starter in winter was a must.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2013