2001 Suzuki Vitara Reviews

2001 Suzuki Vitara soft top 2.1 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Fun, reliable and economical to run

Faults:

So far nothing

Brake pads wear out quicker, but that is probably because I go 4x4 quite a lot.

General Comments:

This is the best vehicle I have ever had

Great fuel economy, fun to drive and the 4x4 is excellent when driving in winter and wheb the roads are slick.

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

Review Date: 8th September, 2006

9th Sep 2006, 15:48

Yea the Suzuki Vitara is a good vehicle I love mine, but let me warn you they don't hold up well in an accident. I think I'm lucky to even be alive.

10th May 2007, 09:38

I've gotten over 225,000 miles out of mine, I've only had to replace tires once, battery once and idler pulley (and supretyme belt) once. It's an automatic 2 wheel drive and I've never had a better auto.

Bob Palmer

2001 Suzuki Vitara JLX 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance26500 miles

Summary:

It was an decent vehicle.

Faults:

Well the power window on the driver side was the first thing to go. It would go down at a slant. To get the window back up you had to lift the window back in place.

Other problem was the paint. We have a lot of salt here on the roads in the winter, that may have been a factor. Anyways lots of little rusty dots showed up. Nothing terribly noticable unless you looked closely. Makes you wonder what the car will look like in a couple years tho.

Wind noise was a factor on the highway.

General Comments:

Good gas mileage. Handled really well in the snow. Gotta love shift on the fly 4 wheel drive. Excellent turning and low roll factor. Good little SUV for city driving. Doesn't make sense to have a big-ass Excursion to drive to work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2004

7th Mar 2005, 14:42

Doesn't make sense having a big-ass Excursion at all! The little Suzuki 4x4's a great, economical, and reliable little trucks. They're affordable to purchase, to fuel, and to maintain! It's somewhat costly to take care of the rust once it appears, but it's not too hard to prevent, or to maintain if you get it repainted. A Suzuki can last as long as you want it to!

7th Aug 2006, 08:53

I couldn't agree more. Why buy a $30000 big-ass SUV that gets 12 MPG and will have tons of problems in the future. These Vitaras are bullet proof. No, they are not Bentleys or Mercedes, but how expensive is it to fix a lock, a window or little stuff like that. Specially on a vehicle that had a low initial cost. So suck it up, don't complain and get your car fixed. Large American SUV's are only large, shiny pieces of junk that are only driven by people with personality issues.

2001 Suzuki Vitara JLX-Santana 1.6L, 16v, 4 cylinder. from Turkey

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L, 16v, 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carLada Niva

Summary:

A reliable urban and off-road friend

Faults:

Up to now absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Successfull 4x4 driving over mud and snow.

Seperate ladder frame makes quiet and comfortable.

Difficult driving against side winds.

Brakes efficient and safe with reliable brake pads still original.

High quality, but complicated stereo unit.

Always starts easily even at extreme cold.

Door rubbers leaks wind noise.

Two front rubber pads over the ladder frame chasis subject to splash water from front wheels results in squeal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews