1997 Suzuki Sidekick Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carGeo Metro


Very good vehicle for the money


Broken clutch pedal - repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

Acceleration could be better.

A/C bogs it down, but that is to be expected with the relatively small engine.

Highway noise a little loud.

Only one major problem since I bought it and that was fixed under warranty.

Very reliable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2004

21st Aug 2009, 21:13

How did they fix your clutch? I have broke 2 clutch cables & 2 clutch pedals. The clutch is always stiff.

Thanks, Bryan.

1997 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 1.8L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired39200 miles
Most recent distance51800 miles
Previous carFord F150


An awesome little truck with a great price tag


Rear main seal started leaking at 42,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love my Sidekick and would definitely buy another Suzuki.

It's very reliable, the only problem I've had so far was the rear main seal, I changed it myself in a day.

The truck is very comfortable and handles well.

It performs well off-road.

It gets great gas mileage for a Sports Utility Vehicle, I get about 25 miles per gallon around town and 30 on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2001

28th Feb 2003, 15:51

I am an owner of a 1997 Suzuki Sidekick. I would say that your review was correct in every manner but one. The comfort level isn't what it should be in my opinion. For the most part it's fine, but it seems as if the driver side door is too close to the drivers left arm. I'm constantly hitting my arm against the window. Other than that I've been very pleased with the vehicle. Thank you for your time.


1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX 1.8 gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired400 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carNissan Pulsar


Please do not buy a Suzuki!


A rod is knocking. Estimated cost to replace the short block is $3,000.00. The tires outlasted the motor.

General Comments:

Very poor acceleration.

We waited 3 months for parts to come in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th June, 2001

17th Jun 2001, 21:09

Rod knocks only come from the oil being run low or used for too long without being changed. I have a 1994 Sidekick with 164,000 miles with no problem.

30th Aug 2001, 22:53

Rod knocks will happen to any engine if you run it out of oil.. Your poor Sidekick is not to blame.. It's operator error, I'm afraid.. Impressive.. The light would have gone on, when the oil pressure dropped, and it still didn't stop you from hammering on it, did it?

I drive a Suzuki Sidekick at the bone yard I work for, I also drive a Geo Tracker which is the same thing.. Both of these cars are great, they run superbly! Especially the Sidekick! Lots of power! I can do 4 wheel burnouts on the hard-packed dirt in 4 high.. The only reason the Tracker can't is because the air filter is dirty. I hammer on them both all the time and I will tie leaf springs onto the bumpers when the other yard guys and I decide to have little demo derbys.. The body is screwed on my poor, old Tracker, but even through all of that, it still rocks on.. I have driven longer on more flat tires. I have driven right over other cars and slammed into more crap with this thing than most of you readers will in yours, and your lives.. And this thing keeps kicking.. I have a deep rooted respect for this car. Suzuki did a wonderful job on making one TOUGH little off-roader.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews