1995 Suzuki Baleno GS 1.6i 16v from Australia and New Zealand
An overlooked bargain
Small oil leak on distributor seal- a cheap fix.
At 90000 km the right side drive shaft boot failed, requiring replacement of the shaft.
Plastic hinge on center console lid failed.
Trims on door pillars coming away at top (exterior) - fixed once, but now needs doing again.
One blown door speaker- replaced with better pair.
After my old Alfa fell apart at the same time I took on my mortgage, I wanted an economical Japanese car with some extras. Mine is white with alloys, tints alarm etc. Have since added extra bits such as performance air filter. Car is uncovered when outside, yet still looks new after a wash and polish. Has been utterly reliable and is able to beat many more fancied cars on the road. Beats the Korean cars on every count.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2004
I have a 2000 Baleno 1800 Estate. The Plastic Hinge on centre console broke as well & replacement from a scrapyard is 1/3 broken.
Only other problem I've had is the top radiator hose started leaking past the clamps - replacement (2weeks del.) fixed it.
Well, it's been another 2 years & she's still behaving very well! Now up to 122,000km of mainly short journeys & kept outside without cover, she still looks great after a wash & polish. Have since put in a cd player, sports steering wheel & loads of other bits, including a nudge bar on the front. Have realised that as most cars I've had have only stayed for 2 years, after alomost 5 years with the Baleno, I'll keep it until it dies. Next on the list are better wheels...
It's now mid 2009 & I still have the car!
Now at 153,000km, it has now taken on an 80km round trip to work, rather than the 15km's of my previous job. The car is loving its new role & is now driving better than when I bought it at 77,000km. Nothing more has gone wrong; still on the original suspension, clutch, exhaust etc. It has now turned into the car that cannot be sold; even my mechanic can't fault it! So I'm going to keep running the old girl until major problems show.
Have just pulled all the interior panels off to add sound deadening, which has cured a number of ills.
Has now spent 7.5 years outside in all weathers, & even now scrubs up beautifully after a wash & polish.