Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Suzuki Alto hatchback?
Like most Japanese manufacturers, Suzuki has a solid track record when it comes to reliability. However, the Alto was around long before this reputation for solidity was achieved, which means you'll need to buy carefully.
The steering, suspension and brakes need a mid-life overhaul, so check the service history to see what work has been done. Make sure coolant levels are kept topped up because the engine can suffer badly if they aren't. Rust can take hold easily as well, especially on older cars, so look for bubbling under the paintwork. Also, check whether recall work has been carried out. There was a seatbelt problem on cars built in September 1999, and cars built in February 2004 might have a problem with the handbrake button. If buying a car built between 2002 and 2004, ensure that the brake pipes have been checked.