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Suzuki Alto (1979 - 1984)

Last updated 6 November 2013


Buying Guide


  • Cheap, tiny, basic car with 40 bhp 796cc 3-cylinder engine and 4-speed manual gearbox or optional 2-speed autobox.
  • Weighs in at just 630kg.
  • It was UK's cheapest auto at £4,000.
  • Park anywhere and could still provide marginal motoring.
  • Suzuki generally 3rd lowest average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 43.23 v/s lowest 31.93) Link:-


  • Very small indeed.
  • Noisy.
  • Too slow for the motorway.
  • Very light build, so rusts easily.
  • Model dropped from UK line-up between 1992 and 1997.


  • Rust will seriously weaken the structure.
  • Suspension gets tired quickly.
  • Uneven tyre wear a more-than-usually bad sign.
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