1998 Suzuki Sidekick Reviews

1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport 1.8L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Dakota


Transmission gave out twice very expensive rebuilds.

The vehicle is on it's second alternator in two years.

Starter motor malfunction tore teeth from flywheel; another very costly repair (transmission had to come out for a third time).

Body rusted significantly: Had to replace both rear quarter panels and rocker panels on both sides.

In a three year period repair costs are over $8,000.

Think I have a lemon, as friends with same vehicle do not seem to have similar problems as mine.

General Comments:

I like the styling.

Relatively fuel efficient although under-powered for highway use.

Excellent for driving around the city: small & maneuverable; cheap on fuel.

Not a serious 4X4 for off-roading; but great for on-road use in our harsh Canadian winters.

Fair amount of interior noise due to a lack of insulation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2008

1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

General Comments:

Fun to drive, even though the engine is not too powerful.

Very quiet even at highway speeds.

Radio's got too small buttons.

New model seems to have those issues fixed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews