1987 Suzuki Samurai Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1987 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

A great little Jeep

Faults:

The car needed a major service (valve adjustment, tires, belts, etc..), but otherwise was in very good shape.

I put almost 20 thousand miles on it and the only problem was that the starter stopped working intermittently. I replaced it and have had no other problems.

General Comments:

When I got the car, I didn't like the stock seats. I purchased a set of Swift seats modified to fit the Samurai from hawk strictly suzuki, and they are extremely comfortable.

It does very well on the trails and the rough stuff, and is reliable as can be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2001

1987 Suzuki Samurai JX 1.3 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 gas Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles

Summary:

If you want something that looks cool and is economical, this is the truck for you!

Faults:

Replaced the starter @ 43,000 miles.

Replaced the distributor @ 43,000 miles.

Replaced the O2 sensor @ 28,000 miles.

Replaced the tires @ 42,000 miles.

Regularly changed the oil.

Recent tune-up.

5 inch axle over lift.

Replaced the u-joints @ 48,000 miles.

Was hit at a dead stop in a rear-end. I drove the truck home, but the other guy took his to the junk yard and his was a 2001 Dodge Dakota.

Replaced the stock top @ 48,000 miles.

Replaced the bumper @ 48,000 miles.

General Comments:

It is a very capable Off-Road vehicle even without modification.

It does lack power, but a few engine mods and some tuning will quickly end that problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

1987 Suzuki Samurai JA 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired800 miles
Most recent distance100450 miles
Previous carSuburu BRAT

Summary:

My magic Samurai...

Faults:

20,000 mi, distributer.

45,000 mi. and 80,000 mi, minor electrical cabling.

100,200 mi. battery cables.

General Comments:

Used in commercial service to access remote radio transmitter sites, frequently under dusty and rough conditions. Absolutely amazingly reliable, required first tow ever at 100,000+ mi. Bought near-new, body now very rough but runs fine. Maintenance mostly consists of oil changes at 3k mile intervals and fluid checks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2000

1987 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.3 gas
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

New engine rings, bearings and crank at 128kmi. Replaced rear axle bearing at 87kmi. Catalytic converter plugged at 140kmi (roded it out).

General Comments:

Great car, very reliable, good mileage for a Jeep type. It is reasonably confortable and it does very well on the forest roads and cat trails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 1999

1987 Suzuki Samurai JX 1.3 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.3 gas
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

With all the 4-wheeling I do, I go through u-joints rather quickly, but other than that, I have no complaints whatsoever.

General Comments:

Samurais are by far the best stock 4x4 for off-roading, with the possible exception of the AM General Hummer. I highly recommend this vehicle, it's the best purchase I have ever made!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 1998

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 20 reviews