Suzuki Sidekick Research & Reviews

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16 Total Reviews

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  • Excellent SUV for any situation Simple b - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    Increadible SUV The best SUV like this nothing Great For jumps sand montanins on the beach and carrier jet ski

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  • I Love My Suzuki - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    I cant tell you how happy Ive been with my Sidekick. It has 98,000 miles on it and still starts right up! My car performance has always exceeded my highest expectations. I feel secure knowing that I have AWD whenever the need arises. This feature has pulled me out of my driveway even after the plow trucks have blocked the end of the driveway with massive piles of snow. Now that my daughter has her license, she has taken over driving the car. I know the Suzuki will give her many more years of excellent performance.

  • Best fit my needs. - 1996 Suzuki Sidekick
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    I wanted a vehicle that was 4wd, got reasonable fuel ecomomy, could tow behind motor home, ample power, reliable, hunt in, drive across the USA w/o being beat to death, had plenty of headroom. This fit the bill. I have replaced the clutch, front wheel bearings, fan cooling clutch, reworked brakes, and replaced ignition coils. At 144000 mi. and 12 yrs. going strong!

  • This car wouldnt die - 1996 Suzuki Sidekick
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    I loved this car. I had the full SUV, hardtop, 4dr version. Out of date looking even in 96. Sadly I did not take very good care of this vehicle but the car hung very tough with the neglect. In the 8 years I owned it I had to replace a battery and adjust the clutch linkage and weld a broken clutch pedal. Thats it. ... Good MPG (27 hwy or city), extremely reliable, utilitarian, tough to the bone, fun. But boxy, square edges and narrow frame made it a whipsaw on the highway. Also sheet metal is paper thin and seemingly weak structure may not make this a family type / safe vehicle. Very spartan inside and an odd-looking vehicle outside. But... my favorite car ever.

  • Good Value with proper maintenance - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    Overall, my 1998 Suzuki Sidekick did well for its intended purpose. I did experience a spark plug blowing out of the cyclinder, but that only cost $187 to fix. Also, the clutch went at 92,000 miles, but thats not too bad. The truck never really left me stranded. Its 4x4 performance in serious offroad driving was surprisingly good!

  • Its a fun car to drive but not very practical - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    First off, this car is a lot of fun to drive, especially with the top down in summer. Its also pretty reliable and never failed to get me when needed. On the negative side, its it does show its age. The plastic trim crumbles, the exhaust manifold cracked and had to be replaced, the AC was not that strong. The 3 speed transmission was ok under 65 mph, but going above would bring MPG down into 12-15 range. The EGR was getting clogged. And getting spare parts became a huge problem because Suzuki went out of business in the US.

  • I have to have a title??? - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    A very fun vehicle to drive! Goes many places those big SUVs cant. Even my 2- Wheel drive model has gotten me in and out of some unbeliavable places. The comments I get about the vehicle when the top is down are a added plus.

  • Reliable but costly to repair - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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    I bought my Suzuki when it was 2 years old and it had just under 25000 miles on it. I now have 120,000 miles on it after about 6 1/2 years of driving. I have had few problems with it. This vehicle is very bad for rust and doesnt hold up well in places where salt is used on roads in the winter!!! They have NO resale value and Dealer parts are ridiculously expensive! You think that you are driving a Rolls when you buy parts. I am not kidding!!! They need to stop being so outrageously greedy when selling replacement parts. I went to the dealer once for a repair and told them I would never come back. I didnt. I shopped for after market parts where ever I could find them.

  • Reliable but ugly - 1996 Suzuki Sidekick
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    I bought this relatively high mileage (over 100k in 2000) sidekick for use at my second home in the NC mountains. None of my other vehicles have four wheel drive, so I needed a cheap and reliable vehicle to drive in the winter. This thing is anemic in normal driving, but for its low price and winter-driving ability, it cant be beat.

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