As the Swift's bigger brother, the Suzuki Esteem boasts its European-inspired shape. The interesting development of the Esteem's available power options made it a decent competitor among the subcompact category. Aside from its design, the Esteem had good maneuverability, cargo room (for the wagon type), and fuel economy. Since there's a lot to look forward to in an Esteem, it's equally important to know the problems that users encounter with it.
Esteem users have experienced only a few problems with the vehicle. Built using only high-quality materials, the Esteem had minor problems to be taken note of. Before getting a unit, be sure to check out these few setbacks first:
One of these concerns involved the car's electrical system. Approximately 9,731 units in Canada have been subjected to recall in 1998. Some of the Suzuki Esteem accessories have been found to be defective, including the Suzuki accessory engine block heater. Units affected are the 1995-1998 model years.
Vehicles equipped with the heater may experience an excessively hot silicone connector plug or electrical extension cord. Material degradation and an electrical short circuit are some of the potential results when the plug and cord is allowed to be in a prolonged high temperature condition. Moreover, experiencing a short circuit with combustible materials nearby may end up in an engine compartment fire.
In 2003, the NTHSA issued a recall affecting an approximate of 5,319 units. This is due to the Esteem's improperly installed windshield. On some 2002 Esteem units, the windshield may not be secured firmly to the vehicle as a result of insufficient adhesion between the surfaces in contact. The adhesive between the paint applied during the painting process' second stage and the paint applied during the final stage may not be enough to hold the windshield in place.
One of the potential dangers of having a loose windshield is that it may separate from the vehicle during collision, resulting in the unbelted passengers getting thrown out of the windshield. This puts the lives of the passengers at risk of severe injury or even death.
Some of the users have also complained of hearing a squeaking noise from the top of the steering gear. This is usually an outcome of the friction between the steering pinion shaft and its seal. One way to remedy this problem is to remove and reinstall the pinion seal. The key is to apply a multipurpose wheel bearing grease during the reinstallation of the seal.