1997 Suzuki Sidekick

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  • Styling7.8
  • Performance7.4
  • Interior7.8
  • Quality8.2
  • Recommendation8.0
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  • Performance2.0
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  • Recommendation1.0
If you like a good scare... by Bob from the vegetable aisle on 01/31/2009. Trim: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 4-Door 4WD, Owned 2 years.
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Pros: It's Cheap to buy, fairly cheap to own, nice interior room and turning radius.
Cons: It's Cheap...Don't think I've ever owned a vehicle that was as cheaply built as the Sidekick. Loud engine, downright scary engine sounds near redline, think bucket of nails meets circular saw. Automatic transmission hunts and never seems to select the right gear. Gets absolutely mauled by crosswinds, on a windy day you will suddenly find yourself facing oncoming traffic. Seats are terribly unsupportive, almost feels like a bar stool, not a driver's seat. You feel every bump, pothole, crack and fissure in the road. Oh, and don't even think about exceeding 75 MPH, unless you have nerves of steel. If you're actually considering it, know it got two stars in gov't crash testing.
Overall review: You get what you pay for, and in my experience with the Sidekick that can be a plus or a minus. Now that I have a family I would never put my children in it. There are much safer inexpensive vehicles available.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance10
  • Interior10
  • Quality10
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Best SUV For The Money by Korea War Veteran And Grandpa From Minneapolis on 01/31/2009. Trim: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 4-Door 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: Traffic Visibilty, safety, rugged design with a frame, body integrity, and fuel economy.
Cons: Tight turns with 4-wheel drive engaged.
Overall review: Best car we've ever owned of many cars. Most liked is high up seating and excellent visibility of traffic from all directions. Fuel economy is noticeable also. Turning with 4-wheel drive is somewhat problematic when making a tight turn. Otherwise, OK. We like this car very much, have owned it since new, and find it to be highly reliable. We also like the truck frame this vehicle has--makes for better safety. We rate this vehicle as Excellent!
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  • Styling10
  • Performance10
  • Interior10
  • Quality10
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Great little 4X4 by Amy on 03/03/2008. Trim: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 4-Door 4WD, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: quiet nice ride
Cons: nothing
Overall review: great for the price
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  • Styling7.0
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality7.0
  • Recommendation10
Great Little SUV with tons of great features. by Andy from Cornwall on 11/11/2006. Trim: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX Sport 4-Door 4WD, Owned 9 years.
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Pros: Handles great off and on road. Brakes well and handles wet roads with ease
Cons: May not have Porsche acceleration and styling, but it works well and gets the job done.
Overall review: I have a 1997 JX Sport Sidekick, with 450,000 Kilometers on it. It has been through a serious rear passenger side collision, and still runs like the day i drove it off the dealers lot. Fantastic little SUV and i would definatly reccomend this vehicle to anyone.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
A winter truck by George from NORWAY on 07/10/2006. Trim: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick JLX Sport 4-Door 4WD, Owned 9 years.
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Pros: It is a fantastik winter car
Cons: nothining
Overall review: fantastik
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