1992 Suzuki Vitara Reviews

1992 Suzuki Vitara JLX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles

Summary:

A fun, versatile and spacious small car

Faults:

Two pieces of fuel hose split.

Some trim in the rear has come away (I guess a previous owner had boisterous children).

Very low tick-over on start up, requires a little gas or it can stall.

Drivers seat has worn and broken stitching.

Passenger side seat rails are broken, the seat is stuck in one position (all back seat passengers have to get in through the drivers side).

General Comments:

This car is very reliable and has NEVER let me down.

It's great fun to drive, although it will try to understeer and bounce around (which is to be expected in a 4x4).

For its age, it has very little rust/wear and still looks very smart.

Parts for this car are quite cheap and readily available.

The boot looks very small, but as it is so tall, you can fit a surprising amount in it.

If you move the rear seats back, you can fit even a 6 foot tall man in with adequate leg room!

The 1.6L engine can struggle to pull the car at times; you can need to get the revs quite high.

Does fine in traffic jams, or going 80mph down the motorway.

All in all, surprisingly spacious and versatile for such a small overlooked vehicle.

Great fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

1992 Suzuki Vitara glk 1.6 single point fuel injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 single point fuel injection Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles

Summary:

Poor value utility vehicle.. continued

Faults:

Window motor switches on driver's door failed. I had to disassemble and clean contacts.

Tail door catch snapped due to being made of plastic and not designed for job being performed. Dealer wanted 50GBP for replacement. Repair was effected by gluing an aluminium backing plate to catch to reinforce it.

Headlight switch now failing, main beam sometimes goes off when signalling a right turn.

Ignition switch fails to start engine, occasionally and at totally random times, this as you can imagine is extremely frustrating as any attempt at fault finding is negated by it starting to work again.

The vehicle is still rusting pretty well.

General Comments:

This is a further report on the original comments headed 'Poor value utility vehicle'

The electrical components appear to be extremely poorly manufactured and have been extremely unreliable compared with other similar aged cars.

All the previous comments are still valid.

I have been told a Pinin is a much better vehicle and shall be swopping soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th March, 2003

24th May 2008, 08:28

Can't be that bad if you had it for 9 years!

1992 Suzuki Vitara JLX 1.6L 16-valve SOHC w. direct port injection from Iceland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L 16-valve SOHC w. direct port injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance202000 kilometres

Summary:

An extremely reliable bargain

Faults:

The water pump started leaking at 200000, replaced easily.

Rear right power window ripped a wire.

Heater motor is worn after 11 years of use.

Axle boot ripped at 195000.

General Comments:

It's super-reliable, always starts immediately, it even has the original battery. (as a sign of little cranking needed)

After 200000km the engine still has full 9.5:1 compression and doesn't burn oil at all.

The 1.6L engine moves the car forward, but lacks low-end torque.

Road noise is extremely low due to excellent suspension and good ground clearance.

Handling is ok, but a little under steered, the front end is much heavier than the back end, so it switches ends easily on slippery roads, but connecting the front wheel drive fixes that problem completely.

Driving in heavy side winds is hell, the door rubbers don't stand much against side winds, and due to the large flat side surface, the wind pushes the car a lot.

With four wheel drive, a transfer case and such, the car is still lighter than many front-wheel driven cars (1160kg from the factory)

Fuel economy is ok when cruising, goes low as 10 liters per 100km.

The 55L gas tank is fine in the city, but a little small for road trips.

There's little rust except in the wheelbases and below the doors. The bottom has no rust at all, pretty good for being driven in the salt drenched streets of Reykjavik every winter.

The front seats are comfortable, and sitting at this level is nice, rather than sitting on the ground.

The back seats lack legroom so they get a bit tiring during long trips.

Cargo space is rather small, but with the back seats folded away there's way enough room.

It's a good reliable car, but it hasn't got the space needed for a 5-person family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

17th Jan 2007, 02:09

I have Suzuki Vitara 92' 1.6 16V. I have it for almost a year now and (knock knock on the wood) there weren't any problems at all.. Really no problems: I changed oil and filters once and that's it. Fuel ecconomy is also great. It spends about 8 litres of fuel per 100km at summer (with lockers unlocked) combined (city + country) and once it spent 7,2 l/100km when I did 600km in one piece. It is fun to drive, engine runs smooth. But it is not a car to race with, because there is not enough engine power to do this. Anyway, this car is not meant for very high speeds and sport driving...

1992 Suzuki Vitara JLX Dakar 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

New fuel tank, new radiator.

General Comments:

Great fun on & off road. Soft top takes forever to take off and put on but well worth it when it's off. Go with PAS if you get the chance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th February, 2000

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews