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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#271 of 500 RE: Buy a Grand Vitara?
Dec 01, 2000 (8:58 am)
I'm not sure about the Limited that you drove (the situation seems suspect. Was it a demo car?) but I think the major issues dealing with vibration and steering have been resolved with the 2001 model. I have a 2001 CAMI truck with 5000 miles so far and there are no hints of any vibration. You have to remember even Toyota and Mazda/Ford are having major problems with their new generation mini-utes (look at the 2001 Rav4 discussion and read the papers about the windshield wiper breakdowns and fuel leakage problems on the Tribute/Escape).
You're right about some of the "shortcomings" being inherent. However, even these have flipsides (e.g. The gas mileage is decent and parking is a breeze). If you can live with these things, I think the GV will be an enjoyable car that lasts you a long time.
On a side note, the CAMI plant (I guess this doesn't pertain to the Limited and XL-7) is already "legendary" in the GM world. I have a friend who is a GM engineer and he tells me that the main reason GM agreed to the CAMI cooperative was so they could see how Suzuki makes cars and implement some of these ideas themselves (it definitely was not for financial reasons b/c they're losing money on it). My friend works for Cadillac and they're redesigning ALL their models from the ground up with many manufacturing ideas "borrowed" from Suzuki. While Toyota is still the industry standard, I think engineers agree that some companies, like Suzuki, are not too far behind.
Dec 01, 2000 (7:05 pm)
Thanks for the response.
I like to keep vehicles for a long time and add on the miles. To accomplish that, I recognize good maintenance is critical.
I have an 86 Acura Legend with 149,000 and one of the reasons I keep spending money on it is the fact that people have these vehicles with in excess of 400,000 miles.
The Grand Vitara strikes me as a robust little vehicle that seems like it should hold up. With normal preventative maintenance, can you get 150,000 trouble free miles?
This is pretty much a given with most Toyota and certainly Honda products. If you contemplate that sort of life cycle, the upfront cost advantages are not significant.
#273 of 500 Suzuki Sidekick at 72,000 miles
Dec 04, 2000 (3:00 pm)
My wife and I purchase a new 1997 Suzuki Sport Sidekick JLX and have had nothing but trouble. At
32,000 miles the engine slowly began self destructing necessitating a new short block at $3200 plus labor. Now at 72,000 miles, the auto tranny just blew up. The vehicle has been maintained at levels exceeding the manufacturer's recommendations (all my cars and trucks have gone at least 250,000 miles with NO problems under my ministrations: current truck, a 1987 GMC Jimmy, has 301,000 and is still going strong). Dealership Suzuki techs are undertrained. Parts are horribly expensive. The warranty period is woefully inadequate. Suzuki had little to say after a detailed complaint was filed. We wisely purchased a third party extended warranty when we bought the vehicle, and it has paid for itself five times over before the current tranny problem. Get any perceived problem diagnosed IMMEDIATELY! It will likely save you a bundle. I hope you all don't have the same problems we had. Good luck if you already have one!
#274 of 500 Sidekick squeak
Dec 04, 2000 (3:54 pm)
Although this is the GV site, I thought someone
might be able to help me diagnose the source of a
squeak in my 95 4wd 4dr. Sidekick JLX. There is
a sqeaking noise coming from the left front whenever I drive the car in cold weather. It goes away after a time, and hasn't seemed that serious but I would like to know what it is. I never hear the noise in warmer months. By the way, I love this
little truck. It's been very reliable, great in snow, comfortable and with the five speed, has
some spunk. I want something a little bigger and
more powerful, so I'm opting for an Xterra now, but
the Sidekick has been a great little vehicle for
Dec 11, 2000 (11:16 pm)
I also bought the Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited. I was a little above the $20,000 mark when the included accessories of floormats, bumper guards, and mud flaps were included. I researched many of the competitors and nothing compared to the Suzuki. The Suzuki is definitely the best kept secret around. I have previously driven Honda and Toyotas and the fit and finish is on par with these vehicles.
#276 of 500 Mailing list for Suzuki Grand Vitara owners
Dec 12, 2000 (2:19 pm)
There is a eGroups mailing list for the Suzuki
Grand Vitara owners. You are welcome to subscribe.
Only you can do is just send an email to
suzukigrandvitara-subscribeegroups.com with blank
subject and message and then you are automatically
subscribed. You can click www.egroups.com and
see for yourself.
Good Luck and enjoy this mailing list.
#277 of 500 Noisy V6
Dec 26, 2000 (6:53 am)
I just got a 2000 GV. It's very noisy when idling, dealer recommended using 20W50 oil, because the GV engine runs very hot. Says it's the lifters that have sediment on them. I never heard of a passenger car using 20W50... but, it's still under warranty...
Other than that, I love it. Besides, the rear seat is perfect for mounting a rear facing car seat with a base!
I had an '89 Sidekick JLX, and put 185K miles, and was still going strong when sold.
#278 of 500 Noisey clutch pedal
Dec 27, 2000 (6:22 pm)
I have a 2000 Vitara(not Grand). Recently when I depressed the clutch pedal, there was a "knock" that I felt in the pedal. This came on suddenly, no previous noise. My husband had me move the gear shift around and depress the pedal while he observed inside engine compartment. Nothing unusual. The next day the noise was gone. Help!
#279 of 500 orly's noisey V6
Jan 22, 2001 (10:37 pm)
Interesting that the '01 Tracker (4 cyl) manual emphasizes not to use 20W50. I use 10W40 but I don't know why they don't recommend 20W50. If my mechanical knowledge serves me right on an overhead cam (both 4 and 6 cyl) you don't have lifters, the cam lobes move directly on the rocker arm. Don't know why your idle is noisey other than in general these engines are noisey. Mine is noisier above 3000 rpm. I'd get another opinion. In case you are unaware Chevy Trackers are Suzukis.
Jan 24, 2001 (11:39 am)
I recently rented a 2000 Grand Vitara - and enjoyed driving it a lot so I decided to buy a 2001 Grand Vitara Limited. Haven't picked it up yet. The price, including tax, was $22,627.00. Is this a good deal? Which warranty does anyone recommend. I have most recently owned Saturn's which I found very reliable. Noticed the steering and brakes aren't the greatest on the GV but like sitting up high and the price tag isn't too much more than my Saturn SW2. Any advice would be appreciated.