1988 Suzuki Samurai Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1988 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

The most fun one can have on four wheels

Faults:

I have replaced the rear U joints, and one set of plugs and that is all.

General Comments:

This is the funniest car I have ever owned.

It may take a while to get there, but it'll run down the highway at seventy miles per hour easy.

Not sure what the rollover problem is since I drive it pretty aggressively and it's never given me any problems.

No matter how much I abuse it, it always start and always runs. Best $400 I ever spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

24th Mar 2005, 18:56

If your samurai ever dies (not likely), or you get sick of it and want a different car (much more likely), you should try an X-90! The off-road worthiness of a Samurai, looks awesome, gets great mileage, and is REALLY FUN.

20th May 2008, 15:50

Yeah, really I got a ticket for going 78mph in a 70mph. If you feel that your Samurai is underpowered, you need to learn how to tune a carb or learn how to drive a stick.

1988 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMazda B2200

Summary:

This is one great hunting vehicle!

Faults:

When I bought this Suzuki Samurai for my teenage son, he ignored the oil warning light and ultimately blew up the engine. I got it from him, and installed another engine. The seats are shot and are in need of refurbishing. The hood release broke on me. I've had to replace the original radiator and rag top.

General Comments:

Once I got this little 4x4 back to life, it runs and runs! I use it for my hunting vehicle and it will go out and get my deer and haul them back without any fuss.

For a recreational vehicle, this is one reliable and fun vehicle to knock around in on and off road. It will haul your gear out to the boonies and bring you home again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

1988 Suzuki Samurai JX 1.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3L 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 acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carPorsche 928

Summary:

A fantastic bargain for 4WD

Faults:

Rebuilt rear brakes, wheel cylinders and Master Cylinder at 100,000 miles, had front discs turned.

Drivers seat was shot when I bought the rig, but some covers fixed that problem.

Starter liked to stick a little, but there are some very good "clicky-fix" repair solutions on Ebay.

General Comments:

This car is a blast to drive - it has a removable hardtop, so summer is loads of fun - plus my dogs like it! Not as powerful as I'd like, but since I bought it for its 4WD capability and not performance, I can't complain. It's a tight, neat little utility rig. It holds diving gear, hunting gear, dog gear, shooting gear - you name it, and I never worry about getting it messy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

1988 Suzuki Samurai JL from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Great truck, great bargain

Faults:

Transmission went bad at around 98000.

General Comments:

This was a very reliable vehicle.

Great in sand. It's so light that you don't get bogged down.

Not so great in rain, I had problems with hydroplaning (but I was probably driving too fast).

Not very comfortable for longer trips. I had a soft top and they are VERY loud (it drowns out the stereo). The ride is also quite bumpy.

Wonderfully fun auto, I hope to buy another someday.

This was my first vehicle, and I wish I still had it! I just couldn't afford to have it fixed (transmission went bad at 98000) and had to buy a new car.

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

Review Date: 20th January, 2003

1988 Suzuki Samurai 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance392000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Samurai

Summary:

The best off-road truck ever built

Faults:

The retaining plate on the transfer case. So she didn't have 4low.

The seats went just last year.

Carburated engine was no good for really steep hill climbing.

The seats weren't much for a long trip.

General Comments:

I loved that little truck. I off-roaded every day and she went everywhere the big boys did.

I added a 4" lift and ran 32's. For the first 2 years, other than the lift and tires, I ran bone stock. Mud, rocks, sand, she took it all. Later I added a new carb, headers, lockers, gears, deep reduction gear box and a roll cage plus a winch.

I have driven from Spokane Washington to Norfolk Virginia and back. Never a break down. I used it to pull several full size trucks out of ditches and have even used it to herd cattle. It even got me a few dates. Women thought it was cute.

I just traded it for a 95 model with EFI.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews