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1996 Suzuki X-90 4x4

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 80,000 Miles

Engine: 1.6-Liter 4 Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Silver Pearl Exterior

Interior: “Stylish” Cloth Interior

VIN: JS3LB11S0T4104323

Additional features:

Automatic Front Hubs

Removable T-Tops

Sport Seats

Factory Alpine Cassette Player

Factory Tinted Glass

Rear Spoiler

Halogen Headlights

Power Steering

Power Windows

Power Door Locks

Anti-Lock Brakes

Driver/Passenger Airbags

Alarm

Dual Cup Holders

Alloy Wheels

Continental TrueContact All-Season Tires

100% Stock and Unmolested

Time-Capsule

2-Owner Car

Clean Carfax

Background

1996 Suzuki X-90 4x4 exterior photo

What would happen if a Honda Del Sol got drunk at the bar went home with a Suzuki Samurai? The Suzuki X-90! A product of 1990’s radness, the Suzuki X-90 is a funky two-seat T-Top 4x4 off-roader with a splash of “confetti cup” color across its cloth seats and door cards. The X-90 improved upon the Suzuki Samurai with sport seats, airbags, power options, and optional air conditioning without compromising any of the former’s 4x4 abilities. With roughly 7,000 imported to the United States over a three-year production run, the X-90 had a short lifespan and was basically a U.S.-legal version of the JDM model (the hood release and turn-signal ticker are located on the passenger side from the right-hand drive model). The X-90 did, however, find notoriety when Red Bull strapped a giant can to the roof and used a fleet of X-90s as promotional vehicles with scantily-clad models handing out cans of elixir at events. In the modern world the X-90 remains a cool throw-back to a unique little 4x4 that we applaud Suzuki for having the gusto to build.

Summary

 exterior photo

This 1996 Suzuki X-90 came to us from a friend and fellow airline pilot and is what we reckon may be one of the most pristine and original X-90s in the country. Finished in Silver Pearl over a “Stylish” Cloth interior, it also has the proper 5-speed manual gearbox. According to the original window sticker (included in the records binder) and Carfax it was delivered by Southtown Suzuki in Bloomington, Minnesota on July 15, 1996. The Carfax shows regular registrations for the next twenty-one years by the original owner. My friend’s father purchased it in 2017, having always wanted an X-90, and brought it to the suburbs of Chicago enjoying it during the fair-weather months until selling his house, which is how it ended up at Glen Shelly. His records show regular services over the last four years. In preparation for sale, we replaced the timing belt, valve cover gasket, accessory belts, an oxygen sensor, and gave it a fresh oil change. As it sits, it is ready to go for the next chapter of its funky and unique story.

Exterior

1996 Suzuki X-90 4x4 exterior photo

The Silver Pearl paint presents well and is in good condition. It has been repainted at some point with the majority of the car gauging at 6-9 mils with up to 13 mils in a few areas. Close scrutiny does reveal typical small flaws in the form of chips, scratches, and a few dents and dings. For living the mid-west, it has minimal corrosion, likely due to being used seasonally. The undercarriage shows expected surface corrosion on exposed metal surfaces, but there is nothing significant or notable on the body or frame. All trim is intact, but most of the blackwork does have UV fade. The T-top seals are soft and create a good seal. The interior T-top shades are also present, but the storage bags are not (the tops do fit snugly behind both seats). The windshield glass is crack-free and in excellent shape, having been replaced in March of 2021. The side and rear window glass are both in good shape. The headlights have some hazing on the upper portions of the lenses, but are crack-free. The markers, and taillights are also crack-free and in good condition. The wheels have moderate chips and some oxidation, but are overall very presentable. They are wearing Continental TrueContact with over 50% tread remaining and 2016 and 2018 DOT dates.

Interior

 interior photo

The interior is in excellent condition. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet has no rips or tears, but the driver’s side does have some visible wear. The dashboard is crack-free and in good condition. All instrument cluster functions work and there are no warning or CEL lights. The factory Alpine Stereo is present, functional and delightfully 1990s; the volume button can be a little finicky and we have yet to locate the alleged CD changer indicated on the tape deck cover. The heat blows warm and air conditioning was not fitted—but that’s what T-tops are for. The power doors, windows, mirrors, and cruise control function correctly. The seats and door cards are in excellent shape. A Haynes repair manual is included, and the factory spare tire and jacks are present in the trunk. Only one key is present.

Mechanical

 engine photo

The Carfax shows regular services by the previous owner since 2017; we did the list of maintenance in the summary paragraph in preparation for sale. The 1.6-liter engine starts on command and pulls strongly to redline. It definitely isn’t fast, but the power is adequate if you are willing to rev it. The clutch take-up is correct and the transmission shifts smoothly. The 4x4 system engages, and the automatic hubs and high and low function correctly. The suspension is serviceable, but also likely original. It could be driven for several years as is, or improved for a tighter ride. Or lift it and mount some BFG all-terrain tires and rally lights for a proper Safari build. There are no notable driveline vibrations and the brakes have plenty of life left. We pay for and ensure that it passes emissions in the State of Colorado.