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1999 Suzuki Esteem

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1999 Suzuki Esteem Problems

Engine -- Verified

An engine oil leak may develop from the front crankshaft seal due to hardening of the rubber seal. There is a revised seal and sleeve available to correct this concern. Our technicians tell us that changing the oil every 3000 miles may help prolong seal life.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A squeak type noise may be noted from the top of the rack and pinion steering gear while turning the steering wheel. This is commonly caused by friction between the steering pinion shaft and its seal. Our technicians recommend to replace the pinion seal and use multi-purpose wheel bearing grease during reassembly to correct this concern.

Brakes -- Verified

The brake pedal may pulsate upon brake apply. The common causes are overheating from heavy braking an/or improper wheel torque. Our technicians tell us that brake pads and rotors should be replaced to correct this concern. Problems may arise from aftermarket rotors due to quality concerns. This applies to both front and rear disk brakes.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A condition may develop where the accelerator pedal sticks and is not smooth. This can be caused by carbon build up on the throttle shaft or throttle body cleaner was used which removed the special coating on the throttle shaft. Our technicians tell us that if this is the case the throttle body should be replaced.

1999 Suzuki Esteem Questions and Answers

MPG, 1999 Suzuki Esteem, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Los Angeles, CA

my car after engine warms up and driving around 30-40minutes begins to act like it wants to sputter. Tach needle wants to drop below 900rpm when at traffic light. Recently had tune-up/fuel injectio...

Visitor, 1999 Suzuki Esteem, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, New Castle, PA

where is the fuel filter at? I can't find it.

Visitor, 1999 Suzuki Esteem, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Naples, FL

A puff of blue smoke from the tail pipe when starting car in AM, then clear all day.

ciararanyne, 1999 Suzuki Esteem, Collinsville, OK

i cant seem to get my cam sprocket marks lined up with block marks what am i doing wrong? i have a brand new timing kit. i get it to run but i have to keep the gas on it or else it dies.

hotrod43320, 1999 Suzuki Esteem, Mount Gilead, OH

when i come to a stop or start my car idel real bad and no power then all of a suddon it take off like nothing wrong

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1999 Suzuki Esteem Reviews

bought the car brand new only 60k miles on it now. subframe replacement at 30k, cv axle at 25k, wagon still does not have much room in passenger seats,alternator replacement yesterday,exhaust heat shields vibrated loose wit in 20k. cheap car,but cheap is what we paid. problems with car but it served purpose.

cheap car, cheaper parts, beware of suspension subframe corrosion and breakage, has happened as early as 55 000 kms. on my it was at 130 000. all the bolts holding piece on broke off at their heads. replacement subframes from suzuki are nearly $700.00 new. there are now used subframes out there cos they all break. same problem with suzuki vitara. i drive semi for a living and am generally not hard on vehicles. my luck with the esteem i purchased new. transmission fell apart at 60 000 kms, at 130000kms i'm on my third set of transaxles, forth set of ball joint control arm units. the rear drums have a habit of seizing up, the clip spring in the steering column died at 100 000 kms. generally the car is weak, not as fuel efficient as expected from a 1.6l japanese motor. smaller than normal exhaust sizings mean expensive replacement parts, eg. to replace the muffler ya have to start replacing just after the converter, can't get a muffler to fit it, unless ya wanna squeeze the tubing. really poor resale value , currently the car is worth only a couple of grand, and because of the broken subframe, closer to a couple of hundred.
morale: don't buy suzuki

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