2003 Suzuki Liana L 1.3

Summary:

Has to be the best value car in its class

Faults:

Ambient temperature sensor failed at 35,000 Km. It has no function except to display the outside air temperature, so it wasn't replaced.

General Comments:

I have never had to spend a penny on this car apart from servicing and a new battery. It is the most reliable car I have ever driven, and at a budget price.

Build quality is first class, no rattles or shakes and all doors close firmly.

Interior is good with great headroom. suspension is not of modern Ford or Audi standard, but perfectly adequate.

Only downside is emissions rating is slightly higher than other cars of the same CC, which means higher road tax €333 per annum in Ireland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2009

3rd Feb 2012, 05:35

I had a LIANA RXI model 2006 1.3 Lit. I drove it till 2010, it was a trouble free ride, throughout the four years.

Now I have a Liana LXI since Mar-2010. This version is even better. I agree that it is the best car for its value.

2004 Suzuki Liana GLX 1.6

Summary:

Crazy depreciation turns the car to scrap

Faults:

Front suspension bushes, several times.

Drivers seat bolster.

Steering bearing.

Automatic transmission.

General Comments:

Spacious, good headroom.

Front suspension bushes had to be sorted under warranty at least 3 times - dealer said this was a known problem, but all they were doing to rectify it was the old 'tin' trick.

Comfortable, ride not bad, but could be better, did roll and understeer quite a lot if driven a little more enthusiastically, luckily this wasn't an issue as it was the wife's car.

OK for the money, but ready for the scrapper at only 5 years old and 27,000 miles due to an unknown fault in the auto transmission. We paid £100 to the dealer for a diagnostic, which stated 'There's something wrong with the gearbox, it needs to be checked'. So it cost us £100 to be told what we already knew. We were then quoted at least £500 to have the transmission removed and sent to gearbox specialist for diagnostic, this is before any kind of repair. We were also quoted £4000 (yes £4000!!!!!!) for a new gearbox, plus fitting and VAT. Seeing as the car was now only worth £1900 trade, the repair was not viable so we got rid of it.

Nice car, and on the face of it, reliable, but an auto box should NOT fall to bits after only 27,000 miles of very gentle driving, so sorry Suzuki, we won't be buying again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

2004 Suzuki Liana 1.3 petrol

Summary:

The Liana is reliable, well made and kitted out, but its Achilles heel of poor ride really let down

Faults:

I have had the Liana for 8 months now and nothing has gone wrong with it, thankfully.

General Comments:

It is a great size and design for a 5 seater hatch.

Its generously equipped even if being the basic model here it lacks airconditioning.

However the suspension leaves a lot to be desired being as bumpy as a forklift - does it actually have any springing?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th February, 2005