The car is rather in poor condition, both aesthetically and mechanically. While the rest of the car is yellow, the right rear door has been replaced by a red one.
At some point when Jimmy arrived at Albuquerque, he bought the Esteem to use as his primary transport. The year of purchase is unknown however it is definitely between 1998-2002. At some point the Esteem's right back door was replaced with a red door of the same kind, presumably due to damages to the original door.
Better Call Saul
While Jimmy drives from HMM, Cal and Lars Lindholm run their usual broken leg scam on his car and smashes the windshield. Jimmy, who is a former scam artist himself, berates them for their choice of victim. To emphasis how poor he is, he describes his car as to only be worth $500 if a $300 stripper is in it. Jimmy then asks for them to pay him for the broken windscreen, in which the twins flee. ("")
During a conversation with Kim Wexler about his willingness to work with Davis & Main, Jimmy is excited about not having a bi-color car. ("")
When he eventually gets fired from Davis & Main, Jimmy is forced to abandon the Mercedes and retrieves his bi-color wreck, which no one seems to have wanted to buy. ("")
After another round of community service, Jimmy races to meet Joey Dixon's crew, only for the Suzuki to not start. Jimmy and the crew are forced to take a bus to their next job. ("") The car breaks down on Jimmy yet again after a meeting at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, which is the final straw for Jimmy after a series of unfortunate events that cause him to have a meltdown. ("")
When sent to collect Lalo Salamanca's bail money, Jimmy, now going by Saul Goodman, assures Kim that he will be safe as ”no one has ever kept more than $50 in an Esteem”. However, Saul is ambushed by a gang after collecting the seven million dollars from the Cousins. Saul is rescued by Mike Ehrmantraut, but the car takes at least two shots to the engine and one to the passenger side door much to Saul's dismay. As Mike's truck was destroyed by the gunfight, the two are forced to use Saul's car, but it breaks down partway back to civilization. Mike discovers that "the alternator is shot. Literally" and the car is thus useless. Saul removes his vanity plate and Mike takes the gas cap on which he'd placed one of Gus Fring's tracking devices. Saul then reluctantly helps Mike push the car off a cliff before they begin trekking through the desert as one man escaped. After seeing Tiburón doing a grid search for them, Mike states that he must've found the wrecked car. ("")
As Lalo prepares to be picked up by the Cousins, he has Nacho Varga turn back to look for Jimmy's car which Jimmy claimed broke down. Lalo finds the wrecked car with the bullet hole in the passenger door and as a result, orders Nacho to take him back to Albuquerque. Lalo subsequently demands answers from Jimmy and Kim with Kim eventually claiming that someone probably found the broken-down car in the desert, shot it up for fun and shoved it into the ditch. After Kim berates him for his lack of trust, Lalo appears to accept her explanation and leaves but orders Nacho to take him to a different location in Mexico as a result. ("")
- As confirmed by Peter Gould on Twitter, hotter colors are associated with crime in Better Call Saul, more particularly the red color. The unorthodox painting work of the car could suggest Jimmy's inner turmoil, the note of red brought by the door symbolizing his sometimes unscrupulous methods and his attraction to crime.
- 1998 Suzuki Esteem in Better Call Saul at IMCDb.org