1986 Suzuki SJ410 Reviews

1986 Suzuki SJ410 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carSkoda Favorit

Summary:

Put a smile on your face

Faults:

Well I cursed this thing when I got it.

20 mph uphill-are they joking?!

Little old ladies on electic invalid scooters were overtaking me. and they were towing trailers...

Then I took it to the garage and found it was only firing on 3!!laugh? I could have cried.

Now I take hills in top gear and leave invalid scooters in my dust. I'm still having trouble with enthusiastic cyclists, however..

General Comments:

Lots of reviews about how this thing won't do 80 on motorways/ highways.

Give Me a Break!

That isn't what it is for!!!

Its fun. It will put a smile on your face. You really CAN take it shopping and then off road and not be worried about bending something-there isn't anything to damage!basic basic basic. I saw a young couple this evening at a gas (filling) station and they were both smiling-they were in a van version of the SJ. Why are there so many miserable people £100,000 vehicles? By a 410. Have a laugh. Its'cheaper than a psychotherapist. But hey guys-if you do motorways, don't use an SJ...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2004

22nd Nov 2004, 11:31

Spot on.

You have to accept this car for what is, FUN!

I use mine as an urban run around, it's cheap to run, short enough to squeeze into some very tight parking spaces, and with the back of the soft top rolled up you have a cool breeze on a hot day with perfect rear visibility. If the road ahead is flooded you've got higher clearance than most other cars and if there's snow on the road just slip it into 4WD.

Insurance is cheap and the mechanics are so simple that it's straightforward to keep it running. These babies go on forever!!

For long distance journeys? Well, I just hire a conventional saloon!

I love these little cars.

8th Sep 2007, 00:34

I just bought an sj410 a feew months ago... it's the best thing that's happened to me. They really are unstoppable. I really did drive up an incline where I felt like I was going to tip backwards... it was only about 10 -15 feet of incline though. I had to high-rev it in 4low, but I made it. I can't even believe the places these little things will go. Go Suzuki.

21st Mar 2011, 06:07

I agree with the above comments! I purchased a 2002 SJ410 in September 2010... Have heard strange things about this little toy. But when I put this to the test, it proved wonderful. For a test drive I took this to Skardu (Northern Pakistan, the foothills of K2), while driving on the highest, narrowest and challenging road in the world. It left behind even many Land Cruisers on the slopes. My SJ covered over 2000 Km in five days and came back victoriously. Its very economic too. It performs in all weather conditions.

You do not have to go to a mechanic very often. Do not forget to change its oil in time, then drive, drive and drive. Basically it's a 4x4, so do not expect Mercedes behaviour from it...

1986 Suzuki SJ410 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

A great first car, and an excellent offroader

Faults:

Only a few small things went wrong with this car. The worst was a shoddy exhaust that the previous owner (it had three before me) hadn't repaired properly. The other thing that went wrong was that the door handle on the passenger side eventually stopped opening the door. But I guess that's what you expect from a car this age.

General Comments:

An excellent first car, good because it doesn't go too fast for the new driver, and reliable to boot. It also had excellent off road ability, beating a lot of Landrovers and other muscley 4x4s due to its light weight and short wheelbase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

25th Mar 2006, 10:53

How much are they to insure as a first car (17 year old)

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews