1996 Suzuki Baleno Reviews

1996 Suzuki Baleno GL 1.6 G16 16v from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 G16 16v Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6 kilometres
Most recent distance433788 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Baleno

Summary:

Very good from new

Faults:

Water pump at 200000 kilometers

General Comments:

This has been a very dependable car. It is not fast 0 to 100kph in 15 seconds. The car is not quiet. Auto gearbox uses a lot of engine power. A/C is very cold. Tiny 13 inch wheels too small for car. Paint still shines 9 years from new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2005

5th Oct 2008, 08:35

Lol, my baleno's water pump has started leaking too and at 180,000kms : (

1996 Suzuki Baleno GLX 1.6 from Norway

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance101000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Baleno

Faults:

Electrical problems with this car, I have seen other people writing the same thing so don't buy a Baleno!

I started getting a few electical problems first with the engine and then door-locks, horn, alarm and anyting else broke down.

General Comments:

I did think this car was a good, but I was wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th April, 2004

1996 Suzuki Baleno GTX Hatch 1.8 DOHC, fuel injection from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC, fuel injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired44298 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres

Summary:

A great looking and driving performance hatch, but beware gearbox troubles

Faults:

Basically nothing went wrong in the one year I owned the car, although at times the engine seemed to nearly drop out when idling, particularly if coasting with clutch in or after pulling up suddenly.

Also I think the gearbox may be a weakness at around 60-70 thousand k's, as when I went to sell the car to a dealer, an inspection revealed leaks "from one end of the gearbox to the other." It was going to require major work to fix (or so they said)

General Comments:

I love this car. It was a nice sporty looking hatch, but not too overdone, with after-market 16" alloys & 205/45R16 tyres and the tame factory body kit (rear spoiler, skirts, front and rear under spoilers) doing the trick.

The seats were sporty yet comfy enough, but not on the really long trips. Very reliable and never looked like needing attention, though as I say it may have run into big problems had I kept it much longer.

I should have replaced the shocks to get a better ride which was a little rough, but I don't mind that in small cars.

The clutch was very nice and responsive with a very short shift esp. for a non-specialized sports car. 1st gear has impressive torque and acceleration was great, though gear changes a little jerky, but this you expect when moving fast through the gears.

Red line/cut-out at approx 7'200, but I wouldn't recommend making a habit of this. The engine makes a lovely whining sound as it climbs through 4,5,6 K, gaining power all the way and never sounding out of breath or wanting to give it up... attacks the red line and I swear it wants to break through it, but of course the cut-out is in place.

Lastly, some great features were the anti-lock brakes, twin airbags, power windows, steering, mirrors, a very easy car to get about town in, with great rear visibility and small in size... yet the 1.8 Double Overhead Cam injection engine gives the car more punch and HP than other similar hatches, example: mirage, starlet (non-turbo), charade, etc. which generally have 1.3 or 1.5 engines at best.

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

Review Date: 4th April, 2002

25th Apr 2004, 07:06

Methinks that the buying dealer was making up stories about the gearbox to drop the price he paid. When you buy a car, it's the greatest thing on wheels. Take it back two hours later and it's the worst, so they can't give you anything! My brother and I have had zero gearbox issues/comments with ours - mine is a 1995, his is a 2000 model.

1996 Suzuki Baleno Estate GLX 1.6 16v from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance88550 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Just a great small station-wagon !!

Faults:

Nothing really.

General Comments:

It's a well equipped car for it's money.

I'm very fond of the rear of the car, it's a very different than other Japanese cars.

The inner room of the car could be a little bit bigger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2002

1996 Suzuki Baleno 1.3 from Finland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.3
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

After 7000 km driving exhaust system began to resonate, when rpm was about 2500. Dealer repaired it (guarantee 3 years). Suspension is poor!

General Comments:

As a whole, I like the car. Fuel consumption is not so big, in longer trips even 5.5l/100km. Lights are OK and price is relatively low.

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

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews