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NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
200,000 miles

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1998 Suzuki Esteem body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Suzuki Esteem Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 162012

Esteem 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles


I was driving on flat paved road at approximately 30 miles per hour when the subframe snapped on the right front passenger side of the vehicle causing the vehicle to immediately jerk right with substantial force. I was able to maintain control of the vehicle with the steering wheel due to driving at a low speed but the car was pulling very hard to the right and the steering wheel was almost impossible to steer. I drove approximately one half mile to a spot where I was able to pull over safely, I noticed the subframe which connects the front right passenger wheel to the body had rusted severely and broke apart, it was so bad the material was crumbling. If the car was traveling at a high rate of speed a terrible accident would have almost certainly occurred. A search on the internet cites hundreds of similar incidents for this exact same problem recalls were made on subsequent years but not on this model year despite the exact same problem with the subframe.

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

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