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Autotrader Find: Rare 1998 Suzuki Esteem Wagon

The Suzuki Esteem is a car that’s most famous for its lead automotive role in Better Call Saul. That one was a yellow sedan with one red door, and its haggard condition in the show is pretty typical of your average Suzuki Esteem, if you ever even see one running on the street. However, at least one Esteem wagon has been particularly well-preserved and is now for sale in Boise, Idaho for just $2,317. It has a little over 88,000 miles on it, and it’s in pretty darn good condition for being a disposable economy car that’s over 20 years old.

The paint is faded and chipped here and there, but the body appears to be in excellent condition and there’s no sign of any rust. The interior is in good shape and should look familiar to anyone who has driven a Geo Metro or Tracker. The Esteem was called the Cultus Crescent in its home market of Japan, and it served as Suzuki‘s compact car offering in North America from 1995 to 2002, slotted above the Swift (which was the same as the Metro).

This Esteem is powered by the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder version of the Suzuki G engine called the G16, which also saw duty in the Suzuki Sidekick, the Suzuki X-90 and the Chevy Tracker. In the Esteem, this engine makes 95 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque, which is…enough.

The car came with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission, and this wagon has the manual, which makes it the enthusiast version of the Esteem, if you’re brave enough to call this an enthusiast car.

So, if you’re looking for an affordable manual wagon that you don’t see every day, or if you’re just a big Better Call Saul fan, this Esteem wagon has a lot going for it. Just be prepared for people to ask you what kind of Subaru this is. Find a Suzuki Esteem Wagon for sale

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Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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