1990 Suzuki Sierra Reviews

1990 Suzuki Sierra JX 1.3L N/A petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3L N/A petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 kilometres
Most recent distance162000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

The most inexpensive, reliable 4WD ever!

Faults:

Apart from the obvious servicing of the Sierra, I did bend my front axle in some sand dune, just north of Yanchep, due to excessive speed and a large bump, however could have easily been prevented.

I am just about to change the clutch, but it has the original clutch from the factory still in it, and it is just about to crack 162,000km.

Oh and it popped a radiator hose, no biggie, but other than that nothing.

General Comments:

If you are after a comfortable on road 4WD, don't buy a Sierra, but if you are a off-road fanatic, I recommend a Sierra to you!

It tends to get blown around a bit on the highways, nut off-road my car has out performed many landys and patrols!

The best 4WD ever I reckon!

The fuel burn is obviously a lot less than bigger 4WD, s, but I get between 10 - 13L per 100km, partly to do with my 2 inch exhaust though... but before I had that installed I got around 8.5L/100km, so not too bad I think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2006

1990 Suzuki Sierra LX 1.3 unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 unleaded Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A fun project for a serious four wheel driver!

Faults:

I have had to replace both the clutch and the accelerator cables.

The carburettor has also had to be restored as it was worn in places and missing parts.

Shattered the drive shaft after a run over some very big rocks.

General Comments:

A very fun and small four wheel drive. I have enjoyed taking it off-road and enjoyed making it more off-road able, with it being a reasonably cheap car to modify, and run.

It isn't a very fast on-road vehicle, but it runs like it was built for the wilderness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2003

1990 Suzuki Sierra JX 1.3 carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 carburettor Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

The greatest and most reliable cheap little on and off-road machine!

Faults:

Nothing. Just the usually tyre, oil, fan and timing belt changes. Just incredible!

General Comments:

This has to be the most amazing car I have ever known. It still runs like a dream. All I have had to do is replace the oil and filter every 12000km and keep the engine well tuned. As long as they are looked after these cars will last forever.

Off-road it's unstoppable.

The simple rule with these cars is, give them TLC and they will give you many years of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2000

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews