1985 Suzuki SJ410 Reviews

1985 Suzuki SJ410 Soft-top 1.6 Ford X-flow ! from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Ford X-flow ! Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra


A superb bouncy off-road toy


Bought as a project, because of the crazy engine transplant; all it took for the MOT was un-seizing a front brake caliper and adjusting the handbrake by a notch or two.

So far, my only problems are the electrics, which have been bodged by previous owners - I retrieved a loom from a Jeep in a breakers yard for £30, which will be installed when I have a dry day.

I would like to replace the rag-top as it is patched and poor, but have yet to find a source of cheap replacements.

General Comments:

My tiny sister had one as her first car, so I knew it to be fun, light, slow, noisy and generally competent off-road.

The big engine provides much more power with minimal modification to the car and could probably take the vehicle faster than the transmission is designed to endure. Steep hills and bad ground are no obstacle!

It is too light to tow Land Rovers etc. out of the mud, but skips across boggy ground that heavier vehicles would flounder in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2001

1985 Suzuki SJ410 Fibreglass removable canopy 1.0 petrol from South Africa

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance41000 kilometres
Previous carVokswagen Golf


The smallest 4x4 so far


Absolutely no complaints ever. The only problem that I have is that the seats are not the most comfortable ever.

General Comments:

For 4x4 driving it can't be beaten. Even on the beaches where most other 4x4's struggle to keep up, it goes OK.

If you can find one - buy it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2001

9th Apr 2001, 08:43

I do agree it is the best 4X4 on road and very cheap insurance.

26th Apr 2001, 11:47

The only problem encountered by me with our Suzuki is that the gear box mounting in the center is not a very good support. It makes a lever action and then tend to break the cross member it is mounted on. The one we use are used on dirt roads mainly and broke a couple of times. In the end we had to make a carrier that is bolted to the chassis to prevent this from re occurring. I have looked at several other Suzuki's and all of them has been modified to concur this problem.

Yours sincerely

Braam & Marlene


South Africa.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews