1985 Suzuki Samurai Review

1985 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 litre from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.3 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance168000 kilometres

Summary:

The best 4X4

Faults:

Nothing went wrong with this 4X4.

Regular maintenance, brakes, battery, oil etc...

Head gasket had to be changed at 110 000Km, cost $25.

Bearing had to be replaced at 120 000 Km, cost $60.

Vehicle started to rust badly at 130 000 Km.

New paint at 130 000 Km (1994), cost $300 done by my neighbor.

New fabric roof at 140 000 Km, cost $150.

Radio cassette broke at 145 000 Km.

Needed a new clutch at 155 000 Km, cost $250.

General Comments:

Bought new in Quebec City in August 1985. My first car!

I have abused this 4X4 and it has never broken down.

I used it every week, in the bush, with my winch.

Bad handling on the road, but quick enough.

I have never visited the dealer (there was no dealer in my area).

I sold this Suzuki for $1000 to my neighbor 10 years ago.

It is still working today (with a snow shovel during winter time).

I still have regrets about not keeping it.

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

Review Date: 12th November, 2008

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review