1998 Suzuki Esteem Base 1.6 litre from North America
A 4 star car with 5 star potential
Regular maintenance, defective starter.
Truly a great car. If Suzuki had the option of stuffing the 120hp Vitara engine into it, sticking on a turbo from the older Swifts, and beefing up the suspension, you'd have a great family car and a pocket rocket!
The car handles great, for such little power, it moves faster than you'd expect. A fully independent suspension does make the difference and the transmission feels like it's already got a shift kit in it! I've actually "chirped" the wheels in second gear.
I'm going to improve upon the engine a little bit and make it a little more comfy since the factory seats leave a little to be desired. If you need headroom in a car... this one has it! A quick glance at the car will sometimes elicit the thought of a BMW, then they realize what they are looking at..
All in all, there's great potential in the car and if you need an inexpensive family car, the Esteem is perfect.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th October, 2001