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SUZUKI ALTO Hatchback 2003‑2005

4.3
Based on 19 reviews
SUZUKI ALTO Hatchback 2003‑2005

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19 owner reviews for SUZUKI ALTO Hatchback 2003‑2005

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ahg14

cheap to run, spacious, but rust-prone

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 20th August '14)

4

Had this spacious little runner for the last 7 years, wheels all rusted through, oil sump needed replaced, needed new lamba sensor, all brakes needed replacing, needed new battery, the hand brake is beyond horrible, last three MOTs failed extremely expensive. Back windscreen wiper does not wipe properly as does not fit onto window correctly, not even during warranty period could it be properly fixed, had it in during its last year of warranty three times for one thing or another, ABS rumply.

I won't bother getting it through this years MOT as now the exhaust is gone for good. I like the boot space you get is this little car, good for transporting stuff but still easy to park, but not much space for 4 people to cram in, to adults and two small kids is all it can take.

All in all: the constant repairs tell me never to buy an Alto ever again.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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paulscott

Economic runabout.

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 28th April '14)

4

Wife had one when we met.

Used it personally for 2 weeks for zipping about the lake district whilst my car was off the road..

Yes it was small, basic and underpowered on long runs but it didn't matter when you got almost 60mpg and it cost 30 pound a year to tax.

In the 3 years she had it, the engine management light was on constant.

It was like a little smiley face showing all was not well, but but we're not sure what, and don't care to be honest.

Cheap, cheerful, five door, and didn't lose a penny on resale due to it being perfect for new drivers.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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nikolov

Great Town Car

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 8th December '13)

4.5

+low road tax

+low insurance

+low maintenance costs- fuel ,servicing,possible repairs

+very responsive little engine considering it is 1.1L

-small car ,therefore not suitable for long distances

-not as stable on corners,as most from its class

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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encore

Great Little Car

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 16th September '13)

4.3

Have owned this little car since August 2013. Paid £1150.00 for it with full service history, low mileage, 2 previous owners and loads of bills to show. Car drives really well, the Maruti engine is eager, though with fairly high gearing, you have to choose changes carefully to prevent the engine from laboring. gear change is light and precise. Can't really give an exact MPG return, though I suspect it comes into its own on the motorway with probably well over 60mpg. Body wise, whilst they don't seem to suffer from any major rust issues externally, you do need to keep an eye on the underneath, as the car is quite low. Fortunately the previous owner was aware of this and went to town on the Waxoyl treatment. To summarise, the little Alto is what it is and doesn't pretend to be anything else. Whilst it gets a slating from the "snobby" professionals, for the main, owners seem to love its uncomplicated charm and at the age of 61, this suits my lifestyle perfectly My only regret is that I didn't buy one brand new, before production ceased, as I could have had one for under £5.000.00

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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bandit600

great secondhand car

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 17th March '13)

5

i brought one of these cars secondhand from a dealer in october 2011 and never looked back.i paided £1700 .it had one owner and only 31800 miles.had it fulling serviced and had the gearbox oil changed to and since never spent any more on it .great on petrol and still in great condition.i pay only 30 road tax .it handles well,drives great and room for 4 average people .its very easy to park and can keep up with modern traffic .the only thing i would say is if you drive at 60mph its fast enough .if your looking for a cheap round around you can pick one up under £1500 with low miles and will serve you well and not let you down.well done suzuki

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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alan851603

Nearly 10 years

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 25th August '12)

4.5

Had my 2003 Alto for nearly 10 years now, and no plans to let it go.

I do approx 20,000 miles a year.

50mpg / £30 tax, saves me a fortune every year, so am happy to pay the maintenance to keep it going and avoid depreciation on a new one.

Tyres cheap and last for ages (one did 30k!)

Lightweight, easy to park, 4 doors

Had 4 big blokes in it once or twice but i'm usually alone with lot of files for work.

Family think I'm sad.

I think they are idiots paying out for petrol they don't have to.

180,000 miles on the clock now - it was off the road for 2 years while engine was being replaced etc - £200 from ebay plus £600 for fitting.

(If a lump of steel flies up off the motorway and punctures the radiator its probably best to stop before the engine overheats, the aluminium head does not take new gaskets easily.)

Usual maintenance - Oil change every 9,000 miles.

Front brake pads and discs, lost count of how many

Windscreen wiper blades every 2 years

N/S front wheel bearings have needed doing each 60,000 miles.

Other wheel bearings last much longer

Cambelts due at 60,000 but I go over a bit.

New Radiator due to damage

Rear brake cable, shoes and drums at about 110,000

Shocks at 120,000, (aggressive rumble strips near home)

CV joints at 150,000 . Track rod at 160,000

Clutch cable broke at 140,000 miles.

Heard of two cars that year with gearbox problems, (mine ok).

Plugs every 50,000 miles or so.

Had it undersealed before rust gets too bad.

I don't recall washing it ever, may have put it through an automatic car wash once or twice. body paintwork is fine.

Recommend this car for local use or second car or a little work pony.

Alan

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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gemmell72

had it 1 full day and 2 half days

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 21st August '12)

3.8

into bikes and owned Yamaha R6, lotus, its go kart fun on the road, and its getting kids aged 3 and 2 year old about. cant believe fuel figures.

spend on dvd entertainment. its a fun car. good in town gear ratios..

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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trevor15

MR Trevor Long

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

5

We bought our suzuki from abbey ars in wymondham we have had a wonderful year of trouble free motoring exploring suffolk

we go out once a week either on a saturday or sunday as I work all week with my friend who i care for with her wheelchair in the back.it so heap to run and look after iam about to have the cars first service in a few weeks time .we are looking forward to exploring more of suffolk both in land and the coast

we are both delighted with the suzuki very reliable, clean and cheap to run.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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steveH

nice cheap budget run about

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 14th August '11)

4.3

nice budget run about. has a cable clutch rather than auto adjusting hydraulic. Good for town driving can happily go faster but i only do max 80 on motorways and at 80 you can feel buffiting from lorrys, some outside noise but over all i happy enough driving down the motor way.

light car if driven steady, they are a good run about but small 13 inch tires good when coming getting new ones just means less tire less grip if you drive you drive fast round corners. Fuel good about 50 miles gallon, starts first time and parts compared some cars very cheap on ebay so happy when i do have get few bits for the car.

For someone who doing under 6000 miles a year i would recemend one to a friend. some say they seat 5 when they have only enough seatbelts for 4 people which can be adults not a problem.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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katieC

Cheap, reliable, much loved car

SUZUKI ALTO 1.1 GL 5dr (Review date: 13th August '11)

4.5

Very cheap to run (£35 a year tax, cheap insurance), very economical and surprisingly nippy for a 1.1L.

This is a perfect little run around car for city driving but also great for commuting on country roads and motorways (I've used it for all purposes). Great size - not too small (5 doors) but easy to park and to manoeuvre through narrow roads.

I've had no problems with this car whatsoever, it is very reliable. I find it very easy to drive and use generally, I always feel in control of it.

One con is that it does have a fairly small boot. Although this was never an issue for me it may be a problem for families. It also has 4 seats rather than 5.

I absolutely love this car and would definitely recommend it.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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