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Hi I may be in a position to buy a new car in several months time,i wasnt looking to spend more than 8 grand,and got several vehicles in mind from a dacia sandero(dont laugh!!),peugeot 107,citreon c1,toyota aygo,hyundai i10,kia picanto,ford ka,vw up,and the 2 suzuki cars I would be interested in would be the Alto or splash.The vat free offer for the Alto with a price of £5995 looks tempting.Ive looked at one in a showroom,and the funny thing is I actually like the shape of the alto alot more than most of the other brands and models I listed above.The question is how reliable is the Alto?If anyone has a used alto what problems are common,ive read before about the engine mounting problem.And looking at the forum,someone mentioned they had the clutch go which wasnt covered by the warranty(though I read about someone having the same problem with a 1000mile VW up,so much for quality),is the ALto worth a gamble new with a 3yr warranty,or would I be better spending more on a splash?

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The newest model (post-2012 revision to get the emissions down) is too new to get any long-term opinions on - though they all seem positive. It's hard to find a negative opinion especially amongst the Indian drivers, who are buying the exact same car under the Maruti badge, as a 'Maruti A-Star'.

The engine mount issue appears to not be an issue anymore, but watch this space, it took Suzuki/Maruti at least four attempts...

Clutch issues I would take with a pinch of salt, there are obviously lemons out there but clutch wear is extremely influenced by driver ability and type of driving. A crap clutch-riding driver in city traffic will rip up any clutch in short order.

For under £6K I thought it was a no-brainer for a new car. My advice is not to be tempted to go for any higher trim than the SZ - you don't need AC in the UK, they just waste fuel, add weight and more parts to fail in a car like this - just open a window or use the cold blower. And if you miss having a tachometer, buy an UltraGauge. They work well with the car (though it cannot display fuel level, it can be set to track MPG) and I honestly can't recommend them enough.
 

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Thanks Ritty,i wasnt sure I was going to get a reply on here,as i realised after this is more an US or international site,not the uk forum,so not even sure if they call the alto something different outside europe and the Uk.The funny thing is,i was originally looking at a second hand toyota yaris at the suzuki garage,but got collared by a pretty saleswoman,damn im a sucker for a pretty lady lol.If I dont get an alto,i could at least invite the saleswoman out for a drink(well she was hot).I had a look at the alto in the showroom,didnt have a test drive though.But I actually liked the look of the car alot more than more expensive cars from other brands,and reading reviews online,its hard to judge how good or bad the car is.

They still have the offer on at Bristol street motors in the uk for the Alto Vat free for £5995 or £4995 with a grand minimum part exchange for an old car.My cars an ancient 16yo puegeot 106 diesel that sounds like a tractor and im getting fed up reattaching door trims,lol.But for the price of the alto with a 3 year warranty,reckon it may be worth a punt.
 

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The Alto does seem to be a bargain at the moment, £6k for a brand new car with great fuel economy.
 

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Hi Luckyboy74, I'm in a similar situation to you, my 2001 Mini Cooper has reached the point where things are going wrong on a regular basis and it's getting too expensive to justify keeping it. I looked at all the other options, Citroen C1, peugeot 107 and the Toyota aygo, but the suzuki offers far better value and it has the bonus of being tax free and exempt from the congestion charge. A brand new car for less than £6000 is a bargain.
 
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