2001 Suzuki Baleno GLX 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand
A super reliable, trustworthy, solid car that keeps driving on and on
I have owned this car since new. It has never had any mechanical failure of any kind. Mind you it is serviced every 6 months as per the recommended schedule.
In the time I have had the car (2001-2014), there have been only a few minor issues: fuel pump sensor - this had to be replaced. I believe due to a bad batch of petrol - the warning signs for this problem at the time were a lack of power and and shuddering. Once the sensor was fixed - no problem ever again. Note - this car DOES NOT take the new ethanol blend petrol - you must use only UNLEADED petrol, and it is best to buy at reputable petrol stations only. It costs a bit more, but I believe from reports that I have read that you get better mileage per/km anyway on pure unleaded petrol.
The brakes and tires seem to be the main items that have had to be replaced over the years, but I would say this is wear and tear, not the fault of the car.
Also some non-mechanical things have broken down over the years inside the cabin. The cover for the luggage compartment fell apart after 10 years of use. One sun visor had to be replaced, but luckily I found the part secondhand online. And the cover for the console compartment between the front seats has come off its hinge. So all very minor.
Suspension can feel a bit rough when going over speed bumps. I think modern cars are better "padded".
The body of the car has a very solid feel unlike modern cars. Once a larger car rolled into the side of my car in a parking lot, but there was no dent at all.
I have the wagon model - it is super easy to load things into the spacious luggage compartment.
My model was made in Japan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd December, 2014