Off Road But Not Out of Road: 1997 Suzuki Sidekick 4X4

The Suzuki Sidekick was introduced in the USA for the 1988 model year as a 2-door convertible or hardtop with a 1 1.6 liter fuel injected engine. It wasn’t a premium offering, but by 1997 it was an interesting experiment in out of date technology and 80s styling. Today’s example has a 5-speed manual gearbox and enough basic ruggedness to survive the longest safari rally stages. Find this 1997 Suzuki Sidekick 4X4 offered for $4200 in Belmont, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1997 suzuki sidekick sport
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 211000
paint color: black
title status: clean
transmission: manual
1997 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX 4×4
5 Speed Manual
1.8L 4 cylinder motor.
RWD with manual locking hubs
Just passed smog with amazing numbers!
Registration Paid
211,000 miles

This sidekick was well taken care of all its life. The car runs and drives great. Amazing little 4×4 that is also great on gas. I average 24mpg. You will not find another 4×4 offroader that is 4 doors and so amazing on gas.

Asking $4200 obo. Priced for quick sale due to financial reasons. My loss your gain.

-Oil changed every 3k miles
-Transmission fluid changed
-New Shocks
-New spark plugs
-New heater core
-New thermostat
-Kenwood speakers with bluetooth headunit

-Driver window won’t roll down. Bad window motor.
-Small motor oil leak. About half a quart a month, its not bad. I keep the oil topped off religiously.

See a better way to drive a Sidekick?