2001 Suzuki Esteem Reviews

2001 Suzuki Esteem GL 1.8L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Basic reliable transportation

Faults:

Been a very reliable car for the most with a few minor repairs. Had to replace CV joints, clutch, battery and alternator.

General Comments:

Get good gas mileage (33mpg). The 1.8L with the five speed is pretty peppy. Have owned Esteems with the 1.6L and found them to get better mileage but sluggish performance.

Car is not very comfortable, trunk is fairly small and folding down the back seat won't help much. But if you need something economical and reliable the Esteem is a good bet. Japanese quality that costs a lot less than a Honda or a Toyota.

Most common comment I get is that the car looks "Cute".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2009

2001 Suzuki Esteem 1.8 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance118900 miles

Summary:

This car is wonderful!

Faults:

This has been an excellent first car. I am the third owner of this vehicle, so I didn't expect perfection. Major problems have been few.

A problem I did not expect, though, was for the sub frame to rust out and collapse. Apparently this has happened to the years surrounding and including mine, and it has not been recalled. Thankfully I was near home when it happened and was able to get there safely. I know of others who were not so fortunate though.

Not equipped with ABS, you need to be extra careful because the back end can have a mind of it's own when you need to slam on the brakes.

I've recently had issues with the brakes, but I believe it's related to poor maintenance by previous owners. The drum brakes are easy to work on yourself though.

General Comments:

I love this car!

Very comfortable, easy to drive, has a lot of pep for such a small engine, handles well.

Easy to maintain, relatively cheap as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2009

2001 Suzuki Esteem GLX 1.6 EFI from Ecuador

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

A reliable, inexpensive and fun vehicle to drive in the city and at times out of it.

Faults:

Very recently and in my opinion way prematurely the clutch disc went out. Although the plate and bearing were replaced as well.

A small rattle coming from a loose engine cover underneath it.

Original tires felt like if they were made of solid plastic.

Normal oil changes every 5000 km and brakes changes/adjust every 30000 km.

General Comments:

This car has been mixed feelings, but overall has behaved very well. It is primarily driven in the city, this may explain why the clutch failed so early. Other than that this has been a great car. The acceleration is pretty peppy, the transmission feels good to shift and feels solid. The handling is well damped, but at times feels a bit too soft.

The strongest point of this vehicle is the fuel consumption. It is very very reduced. Although in the highway you will feel a lack of power and in order to get good engine response you have to drive at very high RPMs. The engine is quite noisy too, so it gets a little tiring to listen to the engine go loud (past 5000 RPMs) in long trips through twisty roads. The steering is very responsive and quick, making it fun to drive. Once at speed, the car gives you confidence to keep going fast, and the car handles very well even past the adherence limit (while compensating or "drifting"). The brakes can overheat quickly if you punish them too much and the car is loaded.

Other than those conditions that the car has, it is a very good transport. It is cheap to maintain, parts are inexpensive and doesn't uses gas. I would recommend this car for somebody looking for a basic ride that is reliable, fun to drive and won't break your bank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2006

3rd Apr 2007, 09:18

Are We talking about the Suzuki Esteem??? Because I happen to have one, and it, in my opinion, is "Garbage"

2001 Suzuki Esteem 1.8 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Great value for the money!

Faults:

Not a thing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

Inexpensive car to own and operate. Handles pretty good. Ride is OK for an economy car. Very nice paint, mine is Deep Space Blue. Replaced original tires (185/60.14) with BF Goodrich Traction T/A's (195/60.14). Basically, that's all the money I spent on this car since owning it, except for normal maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews