1993 Suzuki Samurai Reviews

1993 Suzuki Samurai SJ413 1.3 petrol from Romania

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Tico

Summary:

Great offroad car

Faults:

The most common issue with this model is rust.

Second thing is the steering case, which needs to be replaced ~50 euros and the rubber bushes.

General Comments:

It's the best cheap offroad you can buy. I got it in places that I would only dream about.

It works like a dream on snow and mud with the proper tires.

I own another 2 cars, one for the city and one for long drives, but for rides in the mountains the Samurai rocks.

I got also in some offroad competitions, and I can say that it beats the Patrol, Land Cruiser and Pajero easily (all cars standard equipped).

I don't plan to sell this car ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2010

1993 Suzuki Samurai SJ413 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance90500 miles

Summary:

The greatest 4 wheel drive for cheap

Faults:

Transfer box seized in neutral 4wd when going off-road causing the gear box to become useless, had to be towed home.

Clutch cable snapped easily.

Gear box became stiff or jammed in certain gears... making it difficult to change gear.

Seats and hood wear badly.

General Comments:

Quality off-road vehicle, better than some Land Rovers due to high ground clearance.

Brilliant in summer when I took the roof off and drove round convertible.

Easy to clean due to the inside being mostly rubber and plastic.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2004

1993 Suzuki Samurai JX 1.3 from Philippines

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Great design in almost every possible way

Faults:

The air conditioning was somehow linked to the accelerator. So, you sometimes had to turn off the airconditioning to decrease the RPM.

The seals in the rear leaked often.

There are blind spots on both sides so you have to be very careful in adjusting your side view mirrors.

General Comments:

This car is fantastic. The engine is so quiet, powerful and well-designed. The interior has so much space.

I gave it to my grandfather who left it unmaintained in his farm in 1998. He gave it back to me in 2002 and while it needs work, it is still in pretty good shape. I really will relish fixing it up.

I've always wanted one since I gave it away and I got it back. I don't intend to give it away or sell it ever. Even if I had a lot of money, I'd stick with this one.

Plus, in our country where car napping is rampant, it will probably be very low in a car napper's wish list of cars to steal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2002

6th Apr 2006, 12:27

About the mirrors you only need to turn them almost 90ยบ... that's the secret buddy.

7th Jul 2009, 09:29

Increase your idling when you run most of the times with A/C. Change your side mirrors with vertical original Suzuki version which I got from Japan. Jimny's there are equipped with these side mirrors; that would solve your blind side problems.

23rd Oct 2009, 03:47

Sir, how about the availability of spare parts? I'm planning to get a 88 model JX type. Wise buy?

Thanks.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews