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Suzuki Esteem, Wagon
#6 of 204 2000 Suzuki Esteem station wagon
May 15, 2001 (8:26 am)
I bought a 2000 Suzuki Esteem station Wagon, the GL four months ago. On the whole I am pleased with it, except for a rotten egg smell that we get after a short run, when we stop the vehicle. This smell is so bad that it almost makes a person vomit, and co workers when they see the vehicle being parked, move away to avoid the smell.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has had similar problems, as to whether they have found a solution.
#7 of 204 Re: mikeyew
May 16, 2001 (12:18 pm)
I have a Geo Metro (which is essentially a Suzuki) and I've gotten almost 50,000 trouble-free miles from it. The only repairs I've had to make were brakes (normal wear) and window glass from a break-in. Suzuki is known to make reliable small motors. If you take care of the car it should last a long time.
I'm also in the market for a small wagon or hathcback; unfortunately, Suzuki dealerships can be hard to find. If you are getting a good deal from yours then I'd say go for it.
#8 of 204 Rotten egg smell------------
May 18, 2001 (4:45 pm)
bobtay: The most common cause of the smell comes from fuel that has a high sulpher content. try changing your brand of gas. You could have a malfunctioning cat converter or you car's computer may be allowing it to run too rich. This used to be a big problem with GM cars a few years back ( tho any mfg can have the problem)but is not much of a problem now days. In any event the problem can be cured by your dealer. it is emissions related and would be covered under warranty for at least 50K miles. Good luck
#9 of 204 Happy Birthday 99GLX Auto
May 20, 2001 (9:39 pm)
Today is my car's second birthday (May 20) and the tally today is 131,000km. The car is running in top form and no major problems have occurred. Hope this helps any curious onlookers.Quality.
#10 of 204 FUEL GAUGE, 2001 SUSUKI ESTEEM GLX WGN
May 28, 2001 (2:15 am)
I HAVE HAD MY WAGON FOR FIVE DAYS NOW. THE ONLY DEFECT I HAVE NOTED IS THAT THE FUEL GAUGE WILL NOT GO ALL THE WAY TO FULL. WHEN I FILL HER UP IT STAYS DOWN ABOUT HALF A MARK. I READ SOMEWHERE THAT THE LAST GALLON IS HARD TO GET IN. SHOULD I JUST FORCE THE LAST GALLON IN TO GET A FULL READING OR WHAT? THE PUMP SAYS DO NOT TOP OFF! ON OTHER THING I NOTICED IS THAT THE REMOTE ENTRY SYSTEM AND INTERIOR LIGHTS DEPEND ON THE REAR GATE BEING CLOSED FULLY. OTHERWISE, THE INTERIOR LIGHTS WILL STAY ON AND THE REMOTES WILL NOT WORK. WHAT KIND OF MOTOR OIL IS NEEDED IN MY WAGON... IS IT MOBILE 1? CAN I TAKE TO SAY QUIKLUBE? JOE IN ATLANTA!
#11 of 204 2001 SUZUKI WAGON STATION WAGON
May 28, 2001 (2:56 am)
SHOULD I CHAGE OIL EVERY 3,000 MILES. ON FELLOW ON HERE SAID HE CHANGED THE OIL AFTER THE FIRST 500 MILES. ONE SAID HE CHANGED TO MOBIL OIL. WHAT ABOUT CARBON BUILDUP IN THE ENGINE WHICH I READ ABOUT...CAN THAT BE PREVENTED AND HOW? THANKS FOLKS! WANT TO GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT HERE YOU KNOW. ONLY HAD CAR A WEEK!
#12 of 204 Rattle in Rear
May 28, 2001 (5:12 am)
I have a 2000 Esteem GL. Purchased used with 5,000 miles. When going over rough pavement there is a rattle around both struts in the rear. I notice the seat belt retractors are in the same area. I cannot determine the source of the rattle. Anyone else with the same problem?
#13 of 204 Carbon build-up
May 28, 2001 (8:50 pm)
Just read entry # 9 and the concern about carbon build-up. My carbon problem that I mentioned earlier on in the discussions was not a carbon problem at all. I had a rattling noise coming from somewhere. Every time I took my car in for servicing the dealership could not hear this noise because it occurred mainly while climbing steeper hills. The dealership never heard the noises that bothered me. So, I went for the " de-carbon " job. This must be a problem sometimes for some people if the service manager is recommending this procedure. But, it was not my problem. My problem turned out to be a clamp that broke on the exhaust system ( a stiffener is its name ) Just got this fixed recently. I am sure that rattling occurs because of carbonization but it was not my problem as I reported earlier. Just trying to keep the record straight while presenting the information as it presents itself.Quality.
#14 of 204 happy so far
May 31, 2001 (2:17 am)
I got a black GL 5-speed wagon about a month ago, have put about 5,300 kilometers on it, and so far I am extremely pleased with it. It's quick, quiet, roomy, comfortable and, for an econo-wagon, supremely good-looking. Took a 2,500-km (1,500-mile) vacation drive last week, including a couple of 600-mile days. Emerged unscathed (very nice seats). The car easily passed the crucial dead-skunk avoidance test (sudden lane change), easily swallowed a week's worth of luggage and various bulky purchases, and exhibited a very comforting reserve of passing power. When I got home, it passed two more important tests. Returning my empties to the beer store, I found the little Esteem actually held more cases than the much bigger, vastly more expensive 4-Runner parked next to it. And on a trip to the vet, my two dogs (a 30-pound border collie and a 100-pound Lab-shepherd) had lots of room in the back without folding down the rear seats. People should buy these cars. Mine functions as well and looks as good as vehicles costing twice as much or more. People are lined up around the block to pay thousands more for the new Mazda Protege 5, which is slower, no better looking and far less practical. Go figure.
#15 of 204 Suzuki GL wagon
Jun 03, 2001 (5:31 pm)
I still haven't jumped onto the Suzuki bandwagon for one main reason, quality. Does
the Suzuki feel like a quality wagon, or does
it feel like the low price it commands?