Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Suzuki Wagon R estate?
Suzuki's reliability record can't match that of some other Japanese manufacturers, but it has a pretty good track record overall. Recent JD Power Customer Satisfaction surveys put Suzuki mid-table, with most of its success being down to mechanical reliability.
With the Wagon R's simplicity, there isn't an awful lot to go wrong, and it should prove fairly reliable. There are a couple of things you should look out for, though.
On the pre face-lift models, the handbrake can be unreliable, and can either bind on or slip. If your chosen car has only had sporadic use, the brake discs can easily corrode. Keep an eye on the suspension, too, as it's likely to need regular attention.
On the newer cars, slipping clutches are one of the most frequent faults. The suspension can again cause problems, so listen out for unusual noises from underneath.