1996 Suzuki Sidekick Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1996 Suzuki Sidekick jx 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carDodge Ramcharger

Summary:

Fun to drive

Faults:

Repaired timing gear twice and the third time it slipped the motor had to be replaced.

General Comments:

The Sidekick handles great.

4x4 works well.

It rides a little rough, but it's not a car.

Problems keep occurring with the timing gear.

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2004

1996 Suzuki Sidekick JA 1.6 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Reliant

Summary:

A reliable and affordable 4x4

Faults:

Battery cracked due to a major front collision.

Battery terminals were also replaced.

General Comments:

Before I bought this little truck, I was a bit skeptical since I have heard one too many stories about sidekicks prone to rolling over. This however after driving the vehicle for over a year is no longer a concern. I realized that since it has a body similar to that of a S.U.V. one has to drive it according to it's dimensions. As long as you don't do 90km/h off of a yield you should be fine. As I became accustomed to the vehicle I found myself pushing it to the limits at every destination I took it to. In traffic the sidekick is small and very easy to maneuver. It is quick when taking into consideration the vehicle weighs 3,307 lbs and is being pushed by only a 1.6L engine. Off-road the sidekick can go quite aways with decent tires, my 4x4 has manual locking hubs, however automatic locking hubs are also available. The vehicle sits 4 adults with plenty of head room. The front seats are bucket seats while the rear is a bench. The truck is durable and overall I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who wishes to sport a 4x4 that won't cost you an arm and a leg to purchase. Yet will always be there for you when you need it. These Suzuki's also come in convertible which is an excellent option come summer.

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

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

13th Sep 2006, 11:05

The Sidekick weighs about 2400 LBS.

1996 Suzuki Sidekick 4X4 1.6 Litre from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 kilometres
Most recent distance421000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Considering mileage and investment this has been the cheapest car to run I've owned

Faults:

I have had 2 major things go wrong with the car. The first one was due to my own lack of knowledge of the vehicle.

At 145,000km the timing belt went and resulted in the motor being replaced. Unlike cars I've owned in the past, the loss of a timing belt in the Suzuki will cause major damage to the engine. Live and learn...

At 420,000km the heater hose blew causing the engine to overheat. The engine hasn't been the same ever since. Many components have been replaced such as the water pump, thermostat, plugs and wires in an attempt to rectify the poor running engine. It does run more smoother now, but alas I think it's days are numbered, but at 420,000km I can't really complain.

General Comments:

The main reason I purchased this vehicle is for the 4X4. It has got me home many times in adverse winter conditions.

Not a very comfortable car, but it is simple and enjoyable.

Gotta love the soft top.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2003

15th Feb 2005, 07:34

Did you crack your head gasket when your car blew the heater hose?, I had the same problem not long ago just after I replaced the clutch, I was going on a long trip and next thing I know I'm broke down on the side of the interstate.

1996 Suzuki Sidekick JX 1.6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60 miles
Most recent distance69564 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

A tough as nails, severely reliable, and highly capable SUV

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with this truck was when the rear engine seal went out. That however was my own fault. I was off-roading with a friend who had a heavily modified 4x4, and we got to a point where going down a ravine my transmission caught onto a rock and it got jerked. It wasn't serious. The seal only dripped little drops of oil; however, I had to replace it.

General Comments:

As of 2003, my Sidekick is a serious go getter. She keeps up with most of the "import cars". The Suzuki Sidekick was my dream vehicle. If I died right now, I can honestly say that I had my dream vehicle.

With little modifications, this truck can really move and perform.

I especially like the feel you get in the cabin. It feels like a sports car.

This is a great vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 16 reviews