1998 Suzuki Vitara LX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
If thinking of buying a Small SUV deffinately consider a Vitara
1) Hand-brake Cables at 54,000
2) New Exhaust System at 52,000
3) Radiater leak at 56,000.
2) Nct/Mot Failure Nov 2006 due to:
Worn Clutch/Brake Pedal Rubbers
Anti Roll Bar Buses and Links Worn
Condition of Rear Brake Hoses.
Suzuki Vitara Ax 98- 1.6 Injection (hardtop)
Chrome Rear wheel Cover
Front Chrome A-Bar and Chrome Spot-lights.
Chrome Side steps.
"Big" Alloy Wheels.
Slightly Tinted Windows.
(All fitted by previous UK owner)
Imported to Ireland from England by myself during the summer of 2006. I am the third owner.
(I bought the car of eBay, believe it or not).
I have always wanted a 4x4, and the vitara was my first. I love this car. Best way to describe it is "Fun and Practical".
Handling is very different from a car and takes a while to get used to. Tends to slip a bit in the wet, but I have always blamed the alloy wheels for this. Have yet to get a chance to try it out in snow.
Have never since I got it used it in 4x4 modes. Never had a need to, as car will go anywhere as it is.
Interior is very simple with no Electric Window or other Gadgets. I like this about it as there is less that can go wrong. Nothing is more annoying than an electric window that won’t go up or down when you want it to.
With the aftermarket parts, it all always gets a second look. No mater what it is parked beside? In Dublin is a slightly unusual car, beside all the Big SUV.
I do a lot of miles every week and the Vitara has no bother at all with anything. Is excellent on bumpy back roads and is able to hold its own on the motorways. Will Cruise at 120 with no bother at all.
Fuel Consumption is good. My average would be 240 to 250 miles from a Full Tank, costing around forty Euros. It really does depend on how you drive it.
I would definitely buy another Vitara.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2007