1987 Suzuki Alto Reviews

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 3 cylinder 0.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3 cylinder 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres

Summary:

Brilliant!

Faults:

This alto was purchased new as a shopping trolley for my mum, it did that for ten years then became an urgent delivery courier for my dad and then eventually they gave it to me and my family. I have used and abused it as a hunting vehicle for 6 years and now it is parked up in the yard as parts for my "new" (1985) alto GL! it was repowered with an engine from a 91 version about 20,000 ago after the old motor got a little sluggish (i have just taken the head off and both it and the bore are fine, the gasket was okay too... the bore is glazed and I will be deglazing it and putting new rings and stuff in to give it a new lease on life. these little cars rock! it has gone thru lots of tyres, lower suspension arms, clutches, a gearbox, lots of steering rack ends etc. eventually it was rust that killed it - mum and dad lived in a high sulphur area and I live next to the sea. I did spray it with oil to slow it down, but the bits the oil missed killed the car.

General Comments:

Easy to work on, REALLY EASY! for instance it is no problem to pick up the whole motor with the manifolds, carby everything attached BY URSELF! it has 'old' technology like points and plugs and resistors and cables with no modern electronic nightmares to be seen. most everything is easy to get at and there are lots of spares and they are cheap too. Near on the perfect vehicle me thinks. I hope to be driving one exactly the same in another 20 years... although I hope to have worked out how to convert an alto to electric well before then!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2007

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 0.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired320000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carTriumph 1500

Summary:

An absolute barging and satisfaction for the performance, economy and comfort

Faults:

It can be said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. With about 300000km on the clock I got the car for almost nothing ($NZ 350.00).

I had to completely recondition the head ($NZ450.00). The car is running like new again.

However I am afraid the motor will not last now for more than app. 40-50000 km. I think I can hear one piston clicking. But hey, we will be talking about 400000 km with this miniature motor.

OK, the thermostat is broken so the fan goes all the time.

I have changed one CV joint so far and the other will need replacement soon.

General Comments:

Reliable - starts every time.

Economic - taking less than the factory prescribes.

It is little and easy to park anywhere.

It is ideal for going to work and shopping, but does very well for a holiday as well.

It is more than a Mercedes for the cost. (I have got one of those as well)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 0.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance110300 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Fronte

Faults:

Little or nothing - it's been very reliable.

Clutch had been replaced once, and the ventilation unit has broken, but nothing else worthy of note.

Idiot backed into me and broke the front grill, but that isn't the car's fault...

General Comments:

Good, reliable, cheap to run car, that still looks reasonably good today.

Handles better than our other 1997 Daihatsu, with better steering and a more solid feel (even though one wouldn't want to be in an accident in one...), though has less power than the same-engined Daihatsu.

These are good cars and I would recommend them to anyone in search of a cheap first car who doesn't mind the old-lady/shopping trolley image.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

12th Feb 2005, 02:28

I have been in an accident in one. Because of it's size, you could never consider an Alto a safe car however I walked away from being hit side on at 60km/h. Not bad for such a tiny beast. My squeaky is sadly missed.

7th Jun 2006, 12:22

I've been in an accident with one too, at 40km/h into the back of a van with a bullbar I had my knees through the dash, literally. I am a tall guy, but ya don't expect that to happen specially at 40k's. Totalled the car, but we all got out okay with some shock. I'd recommend a larger car or a later model one with some safety features if you want to go over 60k's regularly and live to see the destination.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews