Week 2, a problem with the transmission (automatic); when rolling to a stop, it slams from second to first, causing the front wheels to skid. Have been to 2 different dealerships, 5 times total. They reprogrammed the transmission, and it's OK for 1 to 5 weeks, then it does the same thing again. Suzuki corp. tells me to keep taking it back.
Now at 50,007 miles, my water pump went out, taking the timing belt with it. The car has been in the shop a week today, and they are telling my wife the engine has to be torn down or replaced.
The reason we bought the car was our 1998 Suzuki Esteem went 96,000 and never a problem. If we only had it to do over...
We also have a 2004 Mazda RX8; the car drinks the gas (18 MPG), but it's service you only dream of. Got a recall for the converter, they asked if I needed a free loaner for the day it got repaired, replaced the spark plugs and reprogrammed the computer on idle settings at no cost. The dealer gave us a 20.00 voucher for Texas Roadhouse for the inconvenience thru Mazda. We bought it 2 years old with 12,438 miles, and yes I'd buy another Mazda.