1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 1.8 from North America
Tough little 4 x 4 that can do just about anything
I purchased my Sidekick in 1998 with 20,000 miles on it. Since then, I have a total of 180,000 miles on it and everything is still operating just fine. I replaced the clutch for the first time and a rear wheel bearing at 170,000 miles.
This is my first time owning a Suzuki product and I have been extremely pleased with this tough and reliable Sidekick. The 1.8 liter engine has enough power for me to travel on the interstate and I still get 28 miles per gallon. Given all the miles and abuse I have put it through, I cannot say anything negative about it. It has the ability to tow a small trailer and the 4 x 4 system is great for traveling on narrow trails in the mountains. I put a roof rack system on it with a cargo basket for hauling extra gear and a bike rack on the spare tire for my mountain bike.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2005
23rd Aug 2006, 20:06
True! I got mine @ 28000km & unfortunately totalled it in an accident @ 175000km.
The only thing I did to it was a fan belt & rear axle seals!
The automatic is a little gutless on hills & not as good on gas -- a well-made vehicle!
11th Apr 2013, 22:26
I purchased my 97 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport in 1999. It only had 11,000 or so miles on it... All those years, I never had anything go wrong, and it had been a reliable, economical vehicle for years. The car went to a new owner who refused to change the timing and destroyed the engine. I took the car back, put in a rebuild, and it has been running great ever since!