2004 Suzuki Liana 1.6 petrol from Spain

Summary:

Reliable cheap workhorse, unfortunately hit with the ugly stick

Faults:

A/C not blowing cold.

General Comments:

Bought as stop-gap for 400 euros. Quite impressed with the way it drives. I am used to very powerful cars, but in this case what I needed was a temporary replacement to my BMW diesel, which was written off, so speed and power was not really top of my list.

Extremely reliable. Almost silent at idle, although when pushed the engine noise is quite unrefined. Very good around town, and being an automatic makes it very easy to live with. B roads are handled pretty well. Motorway driving experience is poor - noisy and feels a bit nervous at speed. I would not recommend cornering too quickly in it either, as it seems to have a high centre of gravity.

Equipment pretty basic as you would expect, but has everything you really need.

Boot is surprisingly large for quite a small car.

Looks wise - it's better on the inside looking out than vice versa! This car was hit with the ugly stick. It looks stumpy, the front slopes down too much, the rear is too high, it sits way too high on its wheels and looks all wrong.

Despite that it's bangernomics at its finest. I can see myself keeping it for a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th June, 2018

2004 Suzuki Liana GLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Crazy depreciation turns the car to scrap

Faults:

Front suspension bushes, several times.

Drivers seat bolster.

Steering bearing.

Automatic transmission.

General Comments:

Spacious, good headroom.

Front suspension bushes had to be sorted under warranty at least 3 times - dealer said this was a known problem, but all they were doing to rectify it was the old 'tin' trick.

Comfortable, ride not bad, but could be better, did roll and understeer quite a lot if driven a little more enthusiastically, luckily this wasn't an issue as it was the wife's car.

OK for the money, but ready for the scrapper at only 5 years old and 27,000 miles due to an unknown fault in the auto transmission. We paid £100 to the dealer for a diagnostic, which stated 'There's something wrong with the gearbox, it needs to be checked'. So it cost us £100 to be told what we already knew. We were then quoted at least £500 to have the transmission removed and sent to gearbox specialist for diagnostic, this is before any kind of repair. We were also quoted £4000 (yes £4000!!!!!!) for a new gearbox, plus fitting and VAT. Seeing as the car was now only worth £1900 trade, the repair was not viable so we got rid of it.

Nice car, and on the face of it, reliable, but an auto box should NOT fall to bits after only 27,000 miles of very gentle driving, so sorry Suzuki, we won't be buying again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

2004 Suzuki Liana LX 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Great Family Vehicle

Faults:

We brought this car brand new, so to date nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The Liana is a all round family car that is very affordable. Compared to the prices you can pay for used cars, the price increase to new was minimal.

This car can carry a family of five nicely, and has plenty of room for its size.

The performance is average for a car of comparison, and it has a modern but conservative body shape.

Initially we were put off Suzuki because they were generally seen to be elderly folk cars, however with the new body shapes, the market may change.

I would recommend this vehicle to any family wanting value for money.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2006

2004 Suzuki Liana 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The Liana is reliable, well made and kitted out, but its Achilles heel of poor ride really let down

Faults:

I have had the Liana for 8 months now and nothing has gone wrong with it, thankfully.

General Comments:

It is a great size and design for a 5 seater hatch.

Its generously equipped even if being the basic model here it lacks airconditioning.

However the suspension leaves a lot to be desired being as bumpy as a forklift - does it actually have any springing?

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

Review Date: 7th February, 2005