2000 Suzuki Baleno GL 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap, but not worth it in the end
The plastic cover over the interior light keeps falling off.
The seat belt constantly frays. I have had it replaced 4 times.
Second gear and reverse always grinds.
The windows have to be pulled up extra hard or else it is still down a little bit.
It is an OK car, but I wouldn't recommend that you buy one. I have had heaps of mechanical problems in the two years I have owned it. The car sometimes doesn't start first time, and sometimes it just stalls for no reason.
It has a quick responsive engine though. It is fun to drive because it is small and zippy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd December, 2003
25th Mar 2004, 10:01
"The car sometimes doesn't start first time, and sometimes it just stalls for no reason."
I have an 1800cc Fuel injected version - and it started playing up. I cleaned the idler device on the manifold (the round thing with wires, held by two bolts). Remove it from the car, and although it does not dismantle - unlike previous Ford versions I have known - it responded well to Carburettor Cleaner (the sort you buy into auto shops in an aerosol). I sprayed into it and rinsed it until the liquid ran clear - and refitted it. No more problems!!