Question is often asked from Suzuki Liana owners as to why did they buy Liana? Indeed, the interested buyers want a peace of mind before consuming their money for a so-called “out-of-market” car. Suzuki Liana often remains under consideration for buyer with a medium budget ranging from approx Rs 700k to 1.0 Million. This article will facilitate them in making decision FOR or AGAINST Suzuki Liana. Now i’ll share “My Suzuki Liana Buying Story” and will briefly narrate my personal experience on how and why did i buy Suzuki Liana.
What should i buy???
After selling my Suzuki Cultus in 2010, I wanted to upgrade my ride to sedan category with least money add-on. “What should I buy” was a big ‘?’ in my mind. Should I go for Honda City, Civic, Lancer or Suzuki Liana? I decided to go for Honda City or Civic within the price range of around Rs 800k. But regardless of car-hunt on internet, showrooms and ‘Car Sunday Bazaars’, I was unable to find a suitable Honda. Although, many cars fell in my budget, but then the conditions of the cars were way too bad compared to the demanded prices.
Like every Sunday, I and my cousin started our car hunt and reached Car Sunday bazaar. While searching for my desired make and model, we saw a Suzuki Liana parked for sale apparently in a good condition. My cousin said, “why not to have a look on this Liana?” I said, “Why to waste time? I’m not interested in Suzuki Liana, as I’ve heard about lots of problems with Liana…”. By then, I never had an experience of Liana ride and was totally occupied with rumors about the car. Anyways, on my cousin’s insistence we had a look on Liana for the first time.
First view of Suzuki Liana…
That was Suzuki Liana LXI version which we were looking at. The features of the car included, ABS, Immobilizer (theft protection), decent alloy rims, power steering, power windows, power side-mirrors, decent dual-tinge dashboard, extra lighter socket, reading spot lights and above all DOHC (Dual Over-Head Cam) engine with factory fitted CNG etc. My resolve of buying ‘only Honda’ got shaken up. From inside I was inclining for buying Liana. Once I asked the demand from the owner, it further stirred my ‘Honda’ plan. The demand was also well within my range and car was also in excellent condition with tonnes of features. But then again a thought overcame to my mind saying….”No Liana”. We returned home in the evening unsuccessful but Liana kept knocking my mind again and again.
Opinion Building about Suzuki Liana
I decided to do my own research about the problems and issues of Liana. After a week of hectic research through sources like friends, dealers, forums, Liana owners etc, I came to a conclusion. The crux of my research is as follows:-
Dealers’ showed concern over Liana’s limited resale value. I had no problem with that because I was not buying it for business purposes, instead wanted for personal use. Secondly, as I was buying at low rate, so later selling around the same price should not be an issue of resale. Good enough for me till the time I enjoy a comfortable drive.
Opinions of non-Liana-owner friends were quite discouraging as everyone spoke quite low of Liana. But for every such opinion, the individuals failed to come up with any concrete or persistent issues with Lianas. On their non-convincing arguments about technical issues of Liana, I concluded that all cars regardless of makes and models, have problems when they are on road. Otherwise, we could have seen only Suzuki Liana in the workshops, none else. I also searched international forums where Liana is named as ‘Suzuki Aerio’. There too, the most negative point about Liana was not technical, mostly voicing about the ‘shape’. For me the shape and the hearsay rumors did not matter much, so my decision remained unaltered.
Thirdly, for me the most important opinions were that of the Liana-owners. I found 80% to 90% owners happy with the performance of Suzuki Liana. I also discussed with them the rumors about technical issues. In their opinion, there were no specific issue with Liana, instead, the problem was mechanics. At the time of launch in 2006,Desi mechanic (ustaads) failed to understand the Electronically-Controlled engine, hence degraded Suzuki Liana as a whole.
On these bases I made my decision and bought Suzuki Liana LXI, Model 2006 and am happily enjoying its drive since last seven years. I have also traveled twice between Karachi-Multan where I drove 13 Hrs, each way, at a stretch. I have also traveled from Karachi to Islamabad (about 2500 Kms with one night stay) on my Suzuki Liana without even a single technical issue, Alhumdulillah.
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