2000 Suzuki Baleno GLX 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap to run, easy to drive, all electronic
The only problem we have had was one electronic problem with the fuel management system which was fixed under warranty.
There have been no other electrical problems, despite having electronic everything.
We have had a 2000 Australian spec Baleno wagon since new, and it's living in the worst of tropical conditions: Darwin, Australia. It has got 60,000 km on it as of December 2005.
It is great to drive, very manoeuvrable, and easy to park, even as a wagon. It will sit on 140 km/hr on our open-roads, and copes well with an after-market cruise-control.
The air con keeps up with tropics, but it is either on or off; no climate control.
One minor complaint would be the quality of the trims. The exterior door handle surrounds and some of interior centre-pin type fasteners are not up to it.
Overall, I would recommend it. It was probably a bit over-priced as new, and Suzuki didn’t market it in Oz, so there aren’t too many around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th December, 2005
I own a 2000 model Suzuki Baleno hatch & have problems for the last 12 months with the engine shuddering once the car is warm, engine dying at intersections & the check engine light coming on.
I have had the car to 3 different mechanics (one of whom was a Suzuki dealer) and have spoken to numerous others, & after changing the crank angle sensor, fuel filter, spark plugs & spark plug leads, still no solution.
I was extremely happy with the car until this problem started, and given that the mechanics can't seem to figure it out, I definitely won't buy a Suzuki again.
Ditto to the above entry. We are having exactly the same problem and no one can fix it.
Yellowlyn February 8 2011.
It could be the CMP (Cam Shaft Position) sensor, rather than the crank shaft sensor. This was what was wrong with my 2001 Suzuki Baleno. We ordered a CMP sensor, fitted it ourselves (my boyfriend's dad with car knowledge helped us), and it fixed the problem, no more stalling!