1998 Suzuki SJ410 Limited Edition 1.0 petrol
Not at all worth buying!
1) Engine Overheats - even without the A/C on in summer! I have been told by several mechanics that this is a problem common to this model.
2) Very poor and therefore dangerous brakes.
3) No Pick/acceleration and limited top speed.
4) Jumpy Suspension.
5) Uncomfortable Rear Seats.
6) Horribly low Mileage.
While the car is great off-road in winter (it overheats in summer), a few changes could really have made the car shine. A 5-speed gear box with a relatively bigger diesel engine and less bone-jarring suspension are all things that could make this car shine.
I have also driven the Japan assembled version and that jeep does not overheat,it has good acceleration and braking, and is quite well built.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th January, 2006
Why bother buying this car just for road use then? It is a 4x4 for a reason. It is generally not too good but with simple modifications like rear disc break conversion which is cheap. Also, softer springs and shock absorbers are available. What did you expect from a 1.0 litre? It isn't going to do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, this car was bought and used by many people and they are still around today for a reason.
They are simple and easy to modify/repair as for over heating a larger radiator generally works which can be bought from your local auto factors.
Why complain about this car when it's designed as a 4x4 and not a sports car or to be to the same modern standards that people get these days.
I think the guy might be talking about the Indian produced Suzuki SJ 410, which does have a problem with overheating, along with lights falling out and generally poor overall construction. It is also known as a Maruti SJ410 or Gipsy here in Cyprus, and compared to the Japanese built SJ 410, the Indian version is a bit of a lemon.
Air con in a car with a 1000cc engine is just asking to be overtaken by fast walking old age pensioners. Switch the air con off, open the windows, and put your foot down!