1997 Suzuki Alto Review

1997 Suzuki Alto 1.0 from Israel

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza


Do what it should


Thinking of buying Suzuki alto, for you believe it's a cheap car, here is a short story that will make you think it again:

Some not so nice person broke my headlamp.

I did not have any choice, but purchasing the lamp. This is way I called the dealer of Suzuki in my country and was shocked to hear the price for the headlamp: They asked for it 500$, yes I am writing it right, five hundreds in American dollars. For a comparison, headlamp for Volvo will cost about 200$ (and this car cost about ten times more). For that reason, I contacted Suzuki (or Maruti) in India. It took them about a month to return and only after I called by telephone (they simply did not answer the mail I sent). Last, they spook with the dealer in Israel and got him to offer me the lamp for 350$ (it took them about 4 months). To my understanding this is way too much.

From speaking with others I can tell, the prices for parts for alto is higher for the most what's make it not really a cheap car.

So if any one knows of a left headlamp for alto to sell, please contact me: 1hagai@walla.com.

General Comments:

Suzuki alto=not really a cheap car!

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

Review Date: 24th March, 2005

Average review marks: 4.2 / 10, based on 1 review