1988 Suzuki Samurai JA 1.3 gas from North America
One tough and reliable 4x4!
Replaced the clutch at 118,000 miles.
Replaced U-joints at 118,000 miles.
Starter relay replaced at 149,000.
Front brakes replaced at 92,000.
Rear brakes replaced at 151,000.
Hoses and belt replaced at 92,000.
Driver's seat is worn out.
This vehicle has been extremely reliable. I have added a lift kit, larger tires, rear locker, gear reduction transfer case, and various other accessories.
The ride is terrible. The interior is small. Yet this vehicle has been through some incredibly tough trails. It is great in the snow when in 4wd, if in 2wd you won't go far.
When new (with stock tires, gearing, etc.) the vehicle averaged 32 mpg. With the modifications (tires, gearing) and over 151,000 miles, it now averages 25 mpg.
The engine is still completely stock and the head has never been off. It just passed the CA emissions test with ease. Until about 100,000 miles, the engine never used any oil between changes (every 5000). Now it uses about a quart every 3000 miles.
This is one tough little vehicle. I paid about $7000 US for this car in 1988 and I still take it out four-wheeling regularly. With gas prices on the rise I drive it more often than my 1993 Ford Bronco (4wd, 351 V8).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2001