Suzuki Wagon R+ Reviews

2003 Suzuki Wagon R+ 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68157 miles
Most recent distance68920 miles
Previous carNissan Prairie

Summary:

The best elderly citizens runabout yet made

Faults:

Stater motor failed at 68324 miles.

Had to show my mother how to put in park to start it; I can't blame Suzuki for this!

General Comments:

I bought the car for my 80 year old mother when her Nissan Prairie succumbed to terminal rust.

It is perfect for her needs, as a shopping trolley for her weekly trip to the supermarket.

Not luxurious comfort inside, but it's easy to adjust the seats to a comfortable driving position.

So easy to drive with its automatic transmission and power steering; she likes the electric windows too.

Very easy to load through the rear door, and parking is very easy because it is so small.

It is also adequate for longer trips, as long as you aren't in a hurry.

It seems to have reasonable fuel economy, although with the tiny amount of miles it is driven, it doesn't matter much. It's only had 4 tankfuls of fuel since mother has owned it.

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

Review Date: 28th October, 2011

1999 Suzuki Wagon R+ GL 1.0 petrol from France

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Stroke of genius - can't find anything as space-efficient to replace it

Faults:

New front disks under warranty at 60,000 km.

Gearshift cable broke at 78,000 km.

Water leak into trunk from roof seam (several times).

Tyres at 93,000 km & 171,000 km (winter tyres all year).

Exhaust bracket welded at 178,000 km.

Sills rusted so patched at 192,000 km.

Handbrake cable freezes on if used in freezing conditions.

Rear brake shoes rust to drums if handbrake left on when wet.

General Comments:

Tiny outside & HUGE inside!

High seating position.

Airy & light inside.

Excellent visibility all round.

Good visibility for rear passengers too.

BRILLIANT fold-flat rear seats.

Big square trunk (for car size) & underseat storage.

It looks & drives like new at 200,000 km.

Criticisms:

A lot of people don't like the appearance.

Inadequate rear suspension travel.

Only 4 seat belts when room for 5 people.

Rear lamps unprotected in bumper (has not been a problem yet).

Several bulbs are very difficult to replace.

Rear screen & lighting controls badly placed & not illuminated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2009

1997 Suzuki Wagon R+ 0.9 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 0.9 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

If you don't require any street cred and simply want to go to and from work, it's perfect!

Faults:

I had to have the sill patched for MOT, and some brake work (cleaned and replaced disks and pads).

General Comments:

This car is a perfect city car for getting to and from work.

The car is nippy around town, but the most unbelievable struggle on A roads and getting up to speed.

Very roomy inside, almost like a Tardis!

Only has 4 seat belts, so I can only carry 3 passengers.

Basic inside, but well laid out.

Has electric windows, power steering and a driver's airbag, that's it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2009

24th Apr 2009, 01:13

Was the sill corrosion or had it been chipped or damaged?

The later version 2000 - got only 4 seats to start with, but later version 2003? - got a different rear seat with 3 headrests and belts, so became a 5 seater.

There are so many mk1 Wagon Rs around still - must have been well built!

13th Aug 2010, 07:48

If you pump old or new oil into the sills via the door open sensors, the sills will not rot from the inside out.

2002 Suzuki Wagon R+ petrol from Isle of Man

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Wagon R+

Summary:

Good value for money

Faults:

Had problem with the central locking system and to replace the motor was expensive.

Uneven wear for the front tyre's.

Less mileage.

General Comments:

Very spacious and reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2008

2000 Suzuki Wagon R+ 4wd 1.2 petrol from Norway

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 kilometres
Most recent distance91000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Marea

Summary:

Practical mini-van

Faults:

A few things, but myself to blame:

- New exhaust and suspension when I hit the road at 86,000 km

- New brakes at 91,000 km

- Some corrosion fixed at 89,000 km.

Otherwise, it starts every day from minus 25 to plus 25 Celsius.

General Comments:

Very nice city car!

4wd makes the car even more practical in wintertime. It is needed here in Norway!

The seats are not the best, but the car handling is surprisingly good.

It is also very practical. Friends call me all the time wanting help to transport something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2007

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 13 reviews