Used car review Suzuki Baleno 1995-2001 |

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Used car review Suzuki 1995-2001

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the used Suzuki 1995-2001, its fine points, its and what to watch for when buying it.

It was ridiculed as an ugly when new, but low running and few mechanical woes now make the Baleno an attractive used car Those familiar with like the Swift GTi and the four-wheel Vitara would have mystified by the Baleno. While the and Vitara were great cars that won a passionate the Baleno was so bland and uninspiring it have come from carmaker.

The Baleno was Suzuki’s in to another, larger segment of the than those in which it had out a nice little niche for But it was as if it had misread the market and arrived at the that small car buyers bland.

While it was very definitely on the outside Suzuki’s engineering meant it was well designed and and that has meant that cheap to run and little goes with it.

Suzuki needed to do special to make the Baleno out in a market segment crowded proven performers like the Corolla, Ford Laser, Pulsar and Mazda 323. It

The Baleno wasn’t a bad car by any measure; it was that it was lost in its own mediocrity it needed to be much better the opposition just to get noticed.

Its didn’t help, no matter it was the three-door hatch, four-door or wagon. Whichever, its looks bland and boring, the lines and soppy, the curves rounded clear definition. The best that could be said the Baleno’s looks was that were inoffensive.

The Baleno’s main engine was a 1.6-litre single overhead four-cylinder unit that 73 kW at 6000 revs along 127 Nm at 3000 revs. For those more there was a 1.8-litre overhead camshaft engine in the sporty GTX, which a more inspiring 89 kW at 6200 and 152 Nm at 3400 revs.

The transmission were a five-speed manual and auto, both of which competent and got the job done with fuss.

Ride comfort was over most types of the handling was also well and reasonably assured if not inspiring.

the Baleno was reasonably well The base model GA had power cloth trim, four-speaker and a split-fold rear seat, the GS had seats, height adjustment for the seat and colour-matched bumpers, the GLX also had remote central

At the top of the range sat the GTX with its alloy rear spoiler, sports velour trim, central power mirrors, power and six-speaker sound.

The major of the Baleno was its lack of refinement compared to its main rivals. noise, from engine and was quite high.

A facelift in brought a new look with new bumper, headlights, grille and but little else.

Don’t pay any than $5000 for the base GA sedan, the better-equipped models better buying.

For a GL three-door pay $5000-$8000, add $500 for the four-door

To make the step up to the GLX pay $5700-$10,500 for the add $600 for the wagon.

Go all the way to the GTX and you’ll pay for the hatch, another $500 for the and a further $500 for the wagon.

Suzukis fare well in of reliability, which says for the design and development that has into them. The Baleno is no

Owners report minor only, the engines and gearboxes up well in service if maintained

Look for a service record shows regular oil and oil filter and a cam timing belt change 90,000 km.

Tyres and brakes to last well. Brake typically need changing at km, tyres from 60,000 to appears the norm.

The Baleno is only average in crash in the annual survey of used car

While the GTX had dual front the rest of the range missed

David Hicks bought his Baleno sedan cheap at with 45,000 km on the odo and reckons the best car he’s ever It is light on fuel, light to and change gears, and is quiet especially with the dash mat used to reduce the engine

David Borton is also with the 1999 Suzuki he bought new. At the time he a car that would be cheap to run for a of years before he disposed of it and for the Baleno after his experience a Suzuki Vitara. Six years and km later he still has it.

The reason he’s stuck it are the running costs, which he are very low. Fuel is normally between 7.5 and 8.0 L/100 km. His problem has been a leak the top of the windscreen and a few dash rattles.

Callaghan owns a 2000 manual wagon, which he continues to give excellent after 80,000 km trouble kilometres. He rates the performance and and road feel good the power steering, and the consumption at 8.0-10.0 L/100 km around and 6.7 L/100 km on the highway.

• fuel consumption

• reliability

• Good and brake life

• looks

• Interior level high

• resale value

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