Form, Function & Finesse ~~!!
By JS on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Surpasses most other SUVs, pricey or cheap."
Cons: "VERY hard to find anymore, unfortunately~~"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After doing a frame-off restoration on a 1988.5 Suzuki Samurai, and thinking I would keep it forever, learned that my left knee could no longer handle manual shifting. LOVED that car, it would go anywhere and was just savvy enough to draw a crowd where ever we went. So, began to look for an automatic Suzuki 4WD, as by this time I am spoiled at how these little vehicles can go without complaint, and slither through places that are often considered sidewalks . .. very handy when traffic is backed up and sliding out is important, eh ~~
Suzuki builds a fine vehicle, and more's the pity that they never captured the US market, and are no longer being imported here. I bought the Sidekick JX a little over a year ago, with 183000 miles,
a busted head gasket and other sundry mechanical issues. The body was solid, interior quite decent, and the wheel rims quite stunning.
Bought a rebuilt engine and fully remanufactured automatic transmission, along with numerous other restoration parts, as I wanted to make this little Suzuki superb again.
The 'fit' is excellent, with ample headroom and plenty of leg room, and it's easy access both in and out. Gets phenomenal gas mileage; about 25 city and just over 30 mpg highway with Regular fuel, and of course has the easy shift into 4WD without having to get out of the car and reset the hubs. Will thread through narrow trees in the forest or slide up a sidewalk, if necessary to get past an accident on the road. These very narrow Japanese SUVs are remarkable in their agility and economy.
Yes, this Suzuki Sidekick is a keeper, and the fun of ongoing restoration of small items is enormous fun, as well.
This car is more like a 'pet' than basic transport, though must confess that every day is all the more enjoyable with the low cost of insurance, fuel and upkeep ~~!!"
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