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Old 10-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm learning to drive in Easter 2014 and will be driving my mums car for about a year.. after that, I'm thinking about buying a new Alto from Suzuki direct.

The cheap running, initial cost and efficiency are all reasons I am considering it.

I'm in the UK here, so if anyone else would like to add their opinions I'd love to hear it
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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welcome and congrats! Post pics when you get it!
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Thanks! Will do!
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Alto rubbish and suzuki uk a waste of time!!!

all i can say is " to anyone thinking of buying an alto or buying anything from suzuki , dont do it , spend your hard earned money on another make of car!
this is a short version of my story , i brought a brand new Alto from a suzuki outlet, for cash which took me many years to save. It was all good for around 6 mouths until the clutch started slipping. i contacted suzuki and from the start they didn't wont to now? after an inspection by suzuki ,it was confirmed that the clutch was found to be badly worn? the car had only done 1100 miles , suzuki are now charging me 700 for a replacement unit?suzuki Warranty doesn't cover the clutch . suzuki main office ,waste of time , no help and did not care.my opinion is KEEP AWAY FROM SUZUKI.
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That's a pretty sad story Malwom and sad to say too that I have had a similar experience with Suzuki NZ with a motorbike some years back when they declined to honour warranty on a brake disk that went sloppy after six months.

Always a sucker for punishment I bought a K10b Alto new in 2010 but in this case I'm happy to say that after 90-odd thousand km my experience is good. It did suffer from the common starboard side engine mount problem but this was replaced by the dealer without fuss. Apart from this I've had a few other minor problems; a wheel bearing that was found to be sloppy after a couple of years which I chose to replace myself rather than taking it 100km to the dealer; a phantom rattle in the front which I finally tracked down to a dry slider pin on a brake caliper, problem fixed by a bit of grease; a resistor in the fan unit which was still OK but which was subject to a Suzuki NZ recall; and a broken outside door handle which I fixed with a bit of fancy two pot stuff.

So to keep the Alto thing in perspective I am pretty happy with it. One could never accuse the Alto of being powerful but it goes OK, for instance an extended run through the centre of our South Island with two people, baggage and a couple of bicycles on a rack, cruising at around 130km/hr while returning over 50mpg. I've replaced the skinny standard wheels with Mazda MX5 mags and 185 tyres and with these the car handles pretty well. There is a definite knack to getting results out of a highly geared, low powered car but once I got my head around that, and once I got better rubber on the car I actually quite enjoy driving it. I'm pretty tall at around 190cm but there's plenty of room for me and sometimes a couple of passengers. Average fuel mileage is between 55 & 60mpg driving normally.

So overall I'm pretty happy with it and would not know where to find anything that would produce similar results at the price.

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