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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-02-2007, 05:02 PM
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Hello everyone, my names Peter and live in calgary alberta, im in the rockies pretty often and my car is less and less practical, its lowered too so it doesnt help on anything more then a paved road.

i've been intrested in the suzuki sidekick for quite some time but its been abit hard to find an active forum

theres not going to be more then just me or me and another person plus gear so i oped for the 2dr 4wd since i really like idea of a soft top but it only has a 1.6L 80hp I4 comparing to the 1.6L 95hp I4 that the 4dr's come with, its not much hp to begin with but i wont be doing any really hard trails or rocks with it, just lighter trails and the usual ditches and closer to road stuff.

my budget lets me go to about a 1990 to 96 sidekick. are there any years to stay away from in that range? or is the first generation unchanged throughout its production.

and lastly are there any particular trouble spots or areas which are prone to problems that i should look out for when purchasing one?

thanks alot for any help
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Rust is the biggest problem. Check it all over, lift the carpet and check around the seat belt mountings. Mechanically they're pretty reliable but watch out for overheating, head gasket problems aren't unknown. If it has FWH make sure that they can be engaged properly, if they're not used they can seize up. they usually just need regreasing but its a good bargaining point.

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check out Zuki Nation in NE calgary. i've only been there a couple of times, but the guys there are really helpful and will answer all of your questions.
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