Suzuki Carry Van Reviews from UK and Ireland

1997 Suzuki Carry Van 0.97 petrol

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.97 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Cracking little people mover!

Faults:

Bought the van July 2010 for £600. Couple of bits of surface rust around, but no corrosion. Not even on the arches, which is rare for these vans. Chap had done the clutch and the timing belt a couple of thousand miles before I bought it, so as yet nothing has gone wrong. Touch wood.

General Comments:

The driving position takes a bit of getting used to, and it can be daunting at first driving right at the front of the car. But once used to it, it becomes perfectly normal, and the seats themselves I find very comfortable.

Handling obviously is not a strong point of these vans with their high sides and narrow wheelbase, and with no load in the rear the tail can be quite lively in the rain, which you need to look out for. Personally, I find the lively rear end amusing.

It will hit 70, but running at 70 for any length of time isn't recommended. Will sit perfectly happily at 60 all day though, maybe a bit more with a tail wind. Acceleration to 25-30 feels amusingly nippy thanks to the rev-happy engine and the snappy gearbox.

The 970cc engine is geared more for torque than outright power, so whether she's empty or full, and whether I rag her or drive economically, I still get around 30-35mpg and c.220 miles from a tank.

Mine is the MPV/crewbus version with 7 seats in the back rather than a load space. Seats are on quick-release bolts, so can be easily converted back should you need to do a run to the tip etc. I've tried to liven mine up with coloured side panels, a retro floor and a flip-down DVD player.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2010

2001 Suzuki Carry Van 1.3

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carBedford Rascal

Summary:

Generally good, but with major and basic design errors

Faults:

Badly worn tyres.

General Comments:

The floor is 9" higher than the old Carry Van / Bedford Rascal, which is a great waste of space and inconvenient.

The suspension is very uncomfortable on poorer back roads.

Road-holding is dangerous in the wet and crosswinds, and very poor under braking, especially in the wet.

Unbelievably there is no light in the rear load space.

Very dangerous sharp points to bang your head on the tailgate when it is up.

It seems to me that these are very basic design errors with what is otherwise a great little van.

I would buy another if these errors where corrected as there is nothing else which is anywhere near as conveniently small, but with 3 rear doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews