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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Door Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,850 miles

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1998 Suzuki Esteem body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Suzuki Esteem Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 062000


  • Manual transmission
  • 7,700 miles


Re: 1-131916218, 1998 Suzuki Esteem clutch failed. Seat belt loosening while driving. Driver's seat cover and door panel needed to be replaced. Hestiation on acceleration. Clutch failed prematurely.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 281999


  • miles
This is the second seperate incident with door handles on this car. The first failure was on the rear drivers side door, the second failure is on the drivers side door. Both handles lift up and jam in an open position. Handles can be pushed back down with some effort but then fail to operate. This makes the doors inoperative from the outside, so in an accident passengers would not be able to be extracted from the vehicle. I have researched the web and no service bulletins exist for this problem.

- Deforest, WI, USA

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