Suzuki Esteem Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Suzuki Esteem

Suzuki Esteem Problems

Squeak type nosie from top of steering gear

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.

Check Engine Light due to poor fuel quality

Our technicians tell us these vehicles are sensitive to fuel quality. Using fuel of marginal quality can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light with misfire or oxygen sensor fault codes stored.

Engine Oil Leak From Front Crankshaft Seal

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.

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Suzuki Esteem Recalls

Recall 03V223000
CERTAIN PASSENGER (111 MY 2002 ESTEEM, 777 MY 2002 AERIO, 2,368 MY 2003 AERIO) AND SPORT UTILITY (324 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA, 274 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA, 684 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA XL-7, AND 781 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA XL-7) VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STA...

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Suzuki Esteem Reviews

105,000 miles great little car. excellent gas mileage. driven from NW Louisiana to St Petersburg Beach Fla. twice and to work everyday.
excellent for the price. A sweet gem. 2002 with 134000 miles.
i have a 95 esteem w/ 300,000 + miles & still get 40+ miles to gal.but lost 2nd gear recently, and cannot find replacement part's. don't know who makes tranny or if i have right model # SE5F-A. everyone has bearing & sycro kit, but no gear sets. who & were do i need to look?

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