1996 Suzuki X-90 Targa Coupe 1.6i 16v/4

Summary:

Cheap and nasty in general, buy it secondhand and run it into the ground

Faults:

Brakes replaced at 60,000 miles.

Bits of rust started to appear this year.

Trim began to fall apart at 45,000 miles.

Body work is beginning to flex.

New screen-wipers fitted at 55,000 miles.

Rear bumper is starting to fall off.

Engine is starting to sound a bit noisy.

General Comments:

This 4x4 is useless off road and the suspension makes it a less than tantilising vehicle to drive on tarmac.

This can be noisy and not paticularly fast, though it does not drink too much fuel, I can get about 35-7 mpg with this vehicle.

The seats are not too comfortable and the interior looks cheap and nasty.

Lacks in general refinement and cost me 11,000 pounds new.

Several small problems, now I have given it to my daughter as it is so bad in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2003

22nd Jan 2004, 09:48

The X-90 was a sales dud in the United States, only lasted two years, very rarely seen on the road now. Love it or hate it styling + no back seat seemed to be it's biggest drawbacks, along with Suzuki's limited dealer network. Seems like US customers will resist buying a car with no back seat, even if the back seat in many small cars sold here is barely large enough for children! The few I have seen for sale do not have a/c, which seems odd for a late model car...

20th Apr 2008, 01:46

The car is falling apart and you hated it so much that you gave it to your Daughter. Is it just me or...

18th May 2009, 21:49

The 4X4 is useless off-road??? I'm not sure how much off-roading you've done...

I've driven in white-out condition blizzards, down tractor paths made out of rich & black topsoil, hill-climbing on red-dog clay, minor rock-crawling, crossed some creeks and did some general off-roading too. The X-90 never let me down!!! These things are rock-solid 4X4s. It's scary what these little monsters are capable of... in the right hands.

If you're sensible about off-roading, the X-90 will do everything you want it to & then some. It's not a Willys Jeep, but it sure is stout like one. Too bad Suzuki stopped making these little brutes.

Perhaps off-roading is different in the UK? I never had a problem with mine... but I grew up on a farm in Kansas. I know a thing or two about mud, snow and off-roading. I am rebuilding mine from an accident, but I would buy another in a heartbeat!!!