Suzuki cars

TrickyD

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Anyone have any user insight into Suzuki cars ? Thinking of changing my Kia (lovely car-too nice for fishing) for a small runaround that the wife can use as well, and a van for fishing. Thought I may go down the hybrid route, and as the wife hates auto's, the only option is Suzuki, plus, for some reason, they are ridiculously cheap compared to other makes.
 

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There may be a reason for that! I’ve only driven a Jimny on a holiday hire & it was OK. Wouldn’t want to buy one, though. Have you thought about a Dacia?
 

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There may be a reason for that! I’ve only driven a Jimny on a holiday hire & it was OK. Wouldn’t want to buy one, though. Have you thought about a Dacia?
European, same as I won't buy an MG as it's Chinese.
 

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Had 2 Vitaras and a Jimny. All worked hard off road, towing trailers, fencing, moving livestock etc. Reliable, cheap, good value for money. Only real problem was rust. If the Jimny returns as a Diesel engine commercial I will be putting a deposit down on a new one as soon as possible.
 

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Alto's get a good write up but are quite small
 

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I’ve had a few vitara‘s and they’ve all been good. Cheap to run, reliable and good in the mucky stuff. I stopped using them when I needed more room!
 

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Alto's get a good write up but are quite small
Wife is driving a Hyundai getz, had it 16 years now, so not fussed about small(ish) cars, as it will be a runaround, will be getting a van to chuck the gear in. SWMBO won't drive an auto, last time she drove one, she reversed it through the front of the house, put her off for life.
 

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The youngest son bought a Suzuki swift sport new in 2016. Only things its had is a new battery and a pair of front tyres. Been reliable.
 
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Had a Jimny and absolutely ragged it - used it for fishing and birdwatching, did big motorway mileage and hard miles on bad roads & tracks and it never missed a beat.

Other than oil changes & tyres I didn’t have to spend on it. I’d have another one in a heartbeat.
 

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Currently got a grand Vitara 4x4, had absolutely no problems with it at all . It's big and roomy and has a big engine 2.4 petrol.
Goes like stink and reasonable mpg.
 

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Suzuki seem to do well in the reliability surveys (based on warranty data). I think they aren't that popular with many as they tend not to be fashionable and interiors use cheaper grade materials. I was looking at a swift sport a couple of years back, one of the previous gen normally aspirated ones. Not particularly quick but apparently fun to drive!
 

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Also, love the look of the new square Jimny, Mat Watson from carwow recently bought one (with his own cash), they were selling more than original price on the used market due to demand and they have stopped producing due to emissions!
 

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Speaking to my lad at Uni it seems the Swift is the latest fad with students. Cheap to run/insure and ok to do up. It used to be Ford escorts in my day
 

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The outlaws have had a couple of Swift’s, been pretty good, by all accounts. I have driven the latest one, and it’s not a bad little car. I had a Fiat 500 as a hire car in Italy a few years ago and that was good.
 

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The outlaws have had a couple of Swift’s, been pretty good, by all accounts. I have driven the latest one, and it’s not a bad little car. I had a Fiat 500 as a hire car in Italy a few years ago and that was good.
Hired a Fiat 500 in Lanzarote for a couple of weeks about 5 years ago, I thought it was seriously under powered. It was pretty hilly though.
 

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Hired a Fiat 500 in Lanzarote for a couple of weeks about 5 years ago, I thought it was seriously under powered. It was pretty hilly though.
They did have some problems with some models being under powered. I remember the stig driving one around Bristol for a news item, as many people had complained. He tried to do a hill start on one of the steepest hills in Bristol and it didn’t have enough power to pull away. I think it was something to do with EU emissions at the time and was a cheap fix for Fiat that didn’t work. The one I drove in Italy was one of the first models and it was brilliant. I’m pretty sure they have sorted it now though.
 

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No experience of Suzuki cars. They're popular in my area of Stourbridge though due to the S logo, along with Seats. I have had a couple of Japanese cars and liked them though, the Toyota MR2 for one, but also an Aygo that I went everywhere in for a couple of years, clocked up thousands of miles on it until I was driving along the M40, just came to a traffic jam, and the engine clonked out meaning I had to abandon it on the central reservation. Good car while it lasted. Not sure if Suzuki are anything to match Toyota though.
 
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