2002 Suzuki Esteem Reviews

2002 Suzuki Esteem 1.8L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carAMC Spirit

Summary:

The car is good, solid, reliable transportation

Faults:

There are two minor things that have gone wrong with the car.

The dome light stopped working; the clamps which hold the heat shields onto the exhaust system rotted and broke causing them to rattle annoyingly.

General Comments:

This was my first Suzuki. I purchased it because of it's low mileage and low price.

I was also attracted to the car because it was a wagon and did not have a lot of "options" that you are forced to get on today's automobiles.

It does not have power windows; automatic transmission; alloy wheels; cruise control; leather seats; alarm; remote start; etc.

The car does have everything you really need: A/C; air bag; AM/FM/CD Stereo.

The 1.8 L four mated to the five speed transmission move the car along fairly well.

I have taken the car up to around 110 (according to the speedo) and still had plenty of pedal left.

The Esteem had an option for 15" wheels that weren't on my car when I purchased it; they should've been standard.

The vents in the center dash are flimsey and do not stay adjusted.

The gas gauge tends to vary greatly from the amount of fuel in the tank.

The dome light recently ceased to function properly.

The first two comments from friends upon seeing the car were that, "I owned a Suzuki in the Eighties and it was the biggest piece of junk"; and that, I "had just purchased a 'generic car', that was going to have little-to-no resale or trade-in value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2005

2002 Suzuki Esteem GLX 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance11500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

This is the car I have been looking for.

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong, and I have had no reason to contact the dealer about anything.

General Comments:

The fuel economy is commendable, being consistently over 33 mpg and usually 35+

It handles very well and is a pleasure to drive.

Visibility is a real plus and a reason to purchase this car.

It has clean, sporty, lines and is pleasant to look at.

It is quick to get into traffic and up to speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2002

2002 Suzuki Esteem GLX 1.8L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7136 miles
Previous carLexus Lx 450

Summary:

A stylish car that lacks refinement

Faults:

-Until now, here's what's gone wrong:

-The car leaks fluid from the cooling system.

-The compact disc changer got jammed two weeks after purchase.

-The speedometer began malfunctioning at 6,200 miles.

-The brakes tend to squeal shrilly under hard braking.

General Comments:

-This car has one of the worst rides of any vehicle I have ever owned.

-There is constant tire drumming and wheel patter even on the smoothest roads.

-On the plus side, the seats are rather comfortable. The exterior styling is suberb!

-Overall, this is another mediocre subcompact in a large and competitive market. Even if you want an Esteem, you'll have trouble getting one since Suzuki stopped producing them shortly after I purchased mine. It was replaced by the more refined Aerio.

-Bottom line: get a Civic, Corolla, Aerio, or a Focus instead. You'll thank me!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

3rd Sep 2003, 12:56

Sounds like your purchase was based on vehicle styling. A good test drive should have told you that this type vehicle was not for you.

28th Jul 2004, 13:05

I have a '00 GLX, and mine runs perfectly. Mine is at over 40,000 miles and I haven't had a problem with it yet. Maybe you should get a Escort or a Taurus if you can't handle a high maintanance car. All this car wants is some love, and in turn, you'll get a hell of a ride.

2002 Suzuki Esteem GL Sedan 1.8 DOHC Feul Injection from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC Feul Injection Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

The deals currently make this an exceptional value

Faults:

Came with a scratch on the roof, and dealer is repairing soon.

General Comments:

This vehicle has a surprising ability for passing on the highway, grips the off ramps at high speeds, the classy looks (in the silver metallic) are impressive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2002

2002 Suzuki Esteem GL Sedan 1.9L DOHC Fuel Injected from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance601 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Classy looks, great drive!

Faults:

Just bought the car, and I am very impressed with it's styling, handling and engine performance. In the process of repairing a scratch found on the hood from delivery of the vehicle.

General Comments:

Overall, peppy vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews