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Suzuki Weekend Showdown – A Sampling of Suzukis on eBay; Which would you choose?

Last weekend, we had several showdown posts in which you voted for your favorite car in key battleground states to tie in with the Presidential Election. That was fun, so why not do a showdown with this weekend’s theme, Suzuki… And that’s what this post is. Look, Suzuki isn’t really all that special, and I have identified a few that are at least somewhat interesting. It’s now your turn to choose the best of the worst…

And why not start with a clean Samurai? This is a 1994 Samurai JL Special Edition with a fiberglass top that can be removed if you want to install a soft top. According to the seller:

I have a really clean 1 owner Suzuki Samurai. This is a 1994 Suzuki Samurai Fuel Injected with only 80,668 miles. Most miles were used for towing behind a motorhome. The cables and setup is there, I just cant locate the tow bar. Any universal tow bar will work. Starts and runs like a new Suzuki Samurai. All Stock, Original Fiber glass body, interior and exterior all original. Not many Suzuki Samurais have chrome package. There is a lot of chrome on the Suzuki, I have never seen this much chrome on a Suzuki especially where there is chrome inside the on both doors. It says “4×4.” Everything works on the Suzuki. Idling is great, no problems with engine. Turn signals, lights all work. Dash has NO cracks. There is a small dent on the drivers side door you can hardly notice, caused by a shopping cart. Other than that, I cant see anything wrong with this Suzuki. 4×4 works great.

This Samurai has A/C, which really doesn’t help when you need the power. This is a no reserve auction, and with three days to go, the top bid so far is $4,000. See the auction here: 1994 Suzuki Samurai A/C Unrestored

Here is the oddest Suzuki ever sold. It is a 1996 Suzuki X90 Coupe, and this one is really special in the fact that it is only a 2WD version. According to the seller:

NO RESERVE heres a rare 1996 suzuki x90 coupe with low miles thats in great shape and great on gas.no rust but does have wear and tear and some scratches and maybe some dings from being used as with any used item may have.these are hard to find and collectable.has a split t top thats removeable and also has some inside panels that go on the glass which i forgot to take a pic of thats easy to put on and off.interior is nice and not worn out as shown.i wouldnt hesitate to drive anywhere but it is used.the only thing i find wrong is the throw out bearing makes a little noise but thats minor.runs,stops,steers,shifts great just as expected.just the money you save on gas will pay for it self in no time.this car gets looks fro everyone and if you want some thing that stands out from the cookie cutter crowd than this is it on a small price.i make it easy with a low starting bid and buy now price with no reserve so dont hesitate long because i have it listed lower than others ive seen in the past sell for.car was running while taking the pics as you can see from the dash and guages.

Yes that was one very long repetitive ad… anyway, this is also a no reserve auction, and with 5 days to go, the top bid is $2,995. See the auction here: 1996 Suzuki x90 Coupe

How about a one owner Suzuki Sidekick… This is a 1996 Suzuki Sidekick 4×4 with not one but two soft tops. According to the seller:

1 Owner, well maintained “Classic”…… Garage kept…..2 tops comes with SUV….A/C blows cold….Hard to find one like this…..Call Monty if you have questions….Please bid on line…Don’t call to ask what the bottom line is…

With only 81,000 miles, this looks like a reasonable little 4X4. With under 2 days to go, the top bid is $2,850 with no reserve. See the auction here: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick 4x4

This is a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, with a 2.5L V6, and a 5-speed stick. It only has 2WD though, but you could make it into a track SUV… According to the seller:

Sleek Black! Stick shift! Come take a look at the deal we have on this 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara. This extremely practical Grand Vitara can haul all your stuff in comfort and safety, and still have room to spare.

It has almost everything else you could need; A/C, reasonable tires, no rust. Asking price is $2,996, but they are open to offers. See the listing here: 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara JS

This is a 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7, with a 2.7L V6 and an Automatic. Again, we have a Suzuki with only 2WD… amazing! According to the seller:

2005 Suzuki XL-7 V6 Premium 2WD 1 Texas Owner. Powered by a 2.7 Liter V6 engine coupled with a automatic transmission. This is an extra clean pre owned 1 Texas Owner Suzuki. This is a Texas owned beauty! Its apparent the original owner took pride in owning this SUV. Its extremely nice all around. They really took great care of this truck. It has been well maintained, and looks fantastic inside and out. This XL-7 drives fantastic. The engine is strong, the transmission shifts very well. All the power options work too. Don’t hesitate to be the new proud owner of this very clean well maintained suv. It’s very well equipped: power windows, power locks, power mirrors, tilt, keyless entry,(2 remotes), ice cold ac, and much much more!

The mileage is over 157,000 miles, and the buy it now price is $5,795. See the listing here: 2005 Suzuki XL7 2WD 1 Owner

Here we have a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox Suzuki XL7 with AWD. According to the seller:

UP FOR SALE IS A 2007 SUZUKI XL-7 ALL WHEEL DRIVE 3.6 …
THIS IS A NON SMOKER VEHICLE …
WE HAVE OWNED THIS SUZUKI SINCE IT HAD 2500 MILES..
VERY DEPENDABLE VEHICLE WITH ALL THE OPTIONS…
FROM THE HEATED SEATS WITH ALL LEATHER INTERIOR AND THIRD ROW SEATING (SEATS 7)
THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR IS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION..
THE ONLY EXTERIOR FLAW IS A VERY SMALL DENT IN THE PLASTIC ON THE REAR BUMPER (VERY MINOR) SEE PIC…
THE BRIDGESTONE TIRES HAVE ABOUT 15000 MILES ON THEM (ABOUT 75 PERCENT LEFT)
PLEASE LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND YOU WILL SEE THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR / SERVICED AND READY FOR THE ROAD (FLY IN AND DRIVE HOME) NEEDS NOTHING…

I would imagine that this seller is trying to sell it privately because any resale value is out the window… and the buy-it-now price is $10,500. See the listing here (since expired): 2007 SUZUKI XL-7

This is a 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara, you know, an actual Suzuki… truck frame and all! This is the last restyle of the Grand Vitara, and its 4WD! According to the dealer:

Don’t pay too much for the good-looking SUV you want…Come on down and take a look at this great-looking 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Leave all the pavement-locked crowds behind with the off-road ability of this Grand Vitara.

OK, so the ad leaves something to be desired. But it is a 4WD Suzuki with a 2.7L V6, automatic, and only 78,000 miles. The asking price is $10,786 but I bet they are willing to a reasonable offer. See the listing here: 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4X4

Here is a very unusual Suzuki Esteem Wagon from 2001. According to the dealer, this is a one owner new car trade. The listing goes on to say:

You are bidding on a very clean 2001 Suzuki Esteem. This is a 1 owner vehicle NEW CAR TRADE. This vehicle has an immaculate Auto Check report. Runs and Drives perfectly. There are no known Mechanical issues with this vehicle.

It does have aftermarket alloy wheels, but it looks great for what it is. The Buy-It-Now price is $3,250, but I would be willing to say that the dealer is flexible. See the listing here: 2001 Suzuki Esteem GLX Plus Wagon

Here is another Suzuki in name only, a 2011 Suzuki Equator. This is a RWD Crew Cab Pickup, with only 11,000 miles on the clock. According to the dealer:

2011 Suzuki Equator Sport 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6Cyl) with Glacier White Exterior, Dk. Gray Interior. Loaded with 4.0L V6 DOHC 24V Engine, Cloth Seats, Cruise Control, Audio Steering Wheel Controls, AM/FM/CD Audio System, Power Window, Power Door Locks, Power Exterior Mirrors, 17 Inch Alloy Wheels and more.

It’s a great looking Nissan Frontier Suzuki Equator, and the Buy-It-Now price is $17,980, which I think is rediculous. See the listing here: 2011 SUZUKI EQUATOR SPORT CREW

Which of these Suzuki Models would you want to own?

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Currently there are "18 comments" on this Article:

  1. skitter says:

    Can't… choose… between Swift GTI and 3-cylinder Metro.

  2. Devin says:

    I have a write-in candidate:

    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTk4WDkwMA==/$(KGrHqZ,!p!F!Q,NZB06BQVM5QS2Uw~~48_20.JPG" width="500"> http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-classic-

    He's charging way too much but it's the Suzuki I want.

  3. FuzzyPlushroom says:

    The Equator's not 4WD, the Esteem's cursed with a slushbox, the X-90 is a bit more than I'd consider paying, and the Samurai is too nice. The others have no real appeal to me.

    I'll take the Great Blumpkin instead.

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/e4sVhl.jpg&quot; width=600>

  4. mallthus says:

    For me, it came down to the Sidekick or Samurai. Given that the Samurai has the later FI engine and spent its life in the care of elderly folks, it's the winner for me.

    Pick that one up, then head over to http://www.puresuzuki.com/suzukimain.htm for some off-road upgrades like this.
    <img src="http://www.puresuzuki.com/SS3155fs.jpg&quot; width=600>

    Just my 2¢, as usual.

    • Rover1 says:

      Many happy memories of the 750ESD version while running it as a courier bike for two years .100% reliability and a 200km/hr burst somewhere on the Auckland motorway system EVERYday.

  5. $kaycog says:

    If I had to buy one of these Suzukis, I'd choose the X90 Coupe because Resale Red.

    • Rover1 says:

      I always remember UK Autocar magazines end of year sum-up where they put the X90 in a class of it's own with no other vehicles except imaginary ones -then called it as last, because they thought it was so badly executed. All the disadvantages of a 2door convertible combined with all the disadvantages of a small 4WD and NONE of the advantages of either.

  6. Devin says:

    Poking around what Suzuki made, I think I want a Mighty Boy.

    <img src="http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z237/scott-riz/IMG_0055.jpg&quot; width="500">

  7. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    Having owned a '99 Suzuki Grand Vitara as my first brand-new vehicle, I can say, without hesitation, the only Suzuki I want to own is a Hayabusa.

    Oh, or maybe a Cavalcade.

    The GV consumed four rear diffs between 55K and 73K miles. Nothing happened to it, either, it just started killing rear diffs at a disturbing rate.

  8. Van_Sarockin says:

    I'm going to have to smoke some more crack before I can feel confident about this decision.

  9. facelvega says:

    Yes of course Swift GT and Samurai, but the Esteem wagon is the sleeper here: tons of space in a tiny, lightweight package, disc and struts all around, and a nice dohc 1.8 liter mazda engine provides decent pep and economy. It was available with a stick, too, though the one up above is a slushbox. For an anonymous beater, you could do way worse.

  10. dukeisduke says:

    The Esteem would probably be a decent car, but the Equator is a ripoff (a dented tailgate?), and I've never been a fan of the Emmet Kelly headlights on the later XL-7. The Samurai looks like the best deal, but it would take a crapload of 3M Release Agent and elbow grease to get all that stick-on chrome off of it.

  11. failboat says:

    one thing I can't get past is how the Esteem wagon looks like a cheap rip-off of a Subaru Legacy.

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