Suzuki Samurai Review from Philippines

1993 Suzuki Samurai JX 1.3

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra


Great design in almost every possible way


The air conditioning was somehow linked to the accelerator. So, you sometimes had to turn off the airconditioning to decrease the RPM.

The seals in the rear leaked often.

There are blind spots on both sides so you have to be very careful in adjusting your side view mirrors.

General Comments:

This car is fantastic. The engine is so quiet, powerful and well-designed. The interior has so much space.

I gave it to my grandfather who left it unmaintained in his farm in 1998. He gave it back to me in 2002 and while it needs work, it is still in pretty good shape. I really will relish fixing it up.

I've always wanted one since I gave it away and I got it back. I don't intend to give it away or sell it ever. Even if I had a lot of money, I'd stick with this one.

Plus, in our country where car napping is rampant, it will probably be very low in a car napper's wish list of cars to steal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2002

6th Apr 2006, 12:27

About the mirrors you only need to turn them almost 90ยบ... that's the secret buddy.

7th Jul 2009, 09:29

Increase your idling when you run most of the times with A/C. Change your side mirrors with vertical original Suzuki version which I got from Japan. Jimny's there are equipped with these side mirrors; that would solve your blind side problems.

23rd Oct 2009, 03:47

Sir, how about the availability of spare parts? I'm planning to get a 88 model JX type. Wise buy?


Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review