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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#285 of 500 2001 Grand Vitara
Feb 05, 2001 (11:01 am)
When I went to exchange my Sidekick for a new Grand Vitara., I was a little upset. I liked the roughness of my Sidekick. The Grand Vitara. seemed more like a luxury car than like a real SUB. So, I went to Honda and via dealerships. The via dealership didn't even have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. I was told that SUB drivers don't really want or need 4WD. So, I left. Taking a quick look at the Honda was enough for me. It is not an SUB. It is a car that pretends to be an SUB. I thought of checking the Toyotas, but I knew that the RAV4 is not a real 4WD either. So, I read all the specifications of the Grand Vitara. and figure that it still is a real SUB trying to pass for a car. So, I bought a Grand Vitara. I just hope that it will be as good as my Sidekick.
So far, I like the way it rides. I am used to the carder suspension of the Sidekick. But I'll get used to the softer suspension. I like to feel the road. When I wanted a soft suspension, I bought an Oldsmobile. It was like an airplane on the freeway. My Suzuki should let me feel the road.
I normally carry children on the back seat. So, I don't find the back to be small. Actually, my Sidekick was smaller. Smaller is better. If I wanted a large vehicle I would buy a Durango, a MC, or some other bulky, heavy, hard to park absurd vehicle.
My Suzuki does not make any noises while I drive. I do hear the wind at high speed, and that is fine with me. I never heard the wind in my Old.
The acceleration is more than fine. I get to 60 in about 10 seconds. In other words, I am the first one out of the traffic light or the tall plaza. When I wanted more acceleration I bought sport cars. But since I left my twenties I stopped desiring that thrill. What matters to me now is that I can pass easily at speeds under 75 MPH.
I think that the complaints about acceleration and roughness that the reviewers are giving the Suzuki are leading Suzuki to go in the wrong direction. My brother just bought a 14 year old Samurai and I am jealous. He drove it up stairs that were almost like a wall. Perhaps I'll get one of those too. I hope Suzuki does not go the luxury way. Those of us who like rough small, gas efficient cars need Suzuki.
A complaint about the Grand Vitara. is that it gives me only 19 MPG. The Sidekick delivered 22MPG in heavy traffic.
#286 of 500 2000 GV V6 engine knock
Feb 21, 2001 (6:01 pm)
We purchased a 2000 Grand Vitara (V-6 plus 5 speed manual) in October 2000. Driven daily as freeway commuter (100 miles roundtrip); very little start and stop town driving except for weekends. Comming up on 10K miles and have developed an engine knock that sounds like a wrist pin/rod knock to me. Have to listen closely to hear it, but it is there. Seems to be most pronounced when engine is warm. Never heard this knock until our first oil change at "Jiffy Lube" and were advised (by "Jiffy Lube" to use their premium half petrolium and half synthetic oil). The Suzuki manual did not advise against this half/half oil combo; so I felt relatively safe in using it. Has anyone else experienced this faint rod knock sound? This SUV has never been driven hard. Driven daily at a consistent speed of 65 to 75 mph. I have only gotten into the throttle a few times and never touched redline.
#287 of 500 clarkart's new noise
Feb 25, 2001 (12:10 am)
Yikes, that kind of noise would scare me too. I have the 2.0 I4 with 3K miles and although the engine is generally noisey I haven't experienced a specific knock. It seems unlikely the oil change could be responsible, although I haven't heard of mixing petrol base and synthetic even though they are compatible. Change back to your usual oil and see if the noise goes away, if not I would take it to a good foreign auto mechanic and have him listen with a auto stethoscope and with that info see your Suzuki service manager. Good luck, keep us posted.
I just installed from GM accessories a quality made skid plate package which included a large front plate and a long narrow transfer case plate, both from heavy gauge steel. This design is much better than Suzuki accessories plate which hangs down from the frame with brackets. GM's bolts directly to the frame. It fits from '99, 2 dr. and 4 dr., 2 and 4wd.
#288 of 500 Transmission Clunk
Feb 26, 2001 (8:08 am)
While driving the 2001 V-6 Tracker, made by Suzuki, the third to fourth gear shift in the automatic transmission seems to shift into a neutral position, then goes into fourth gear. This has happened twice in the last month. It will go into neutral for maybe 1 second. When I mean neutral, I mean the engine will increase in RPM, like it is out of gear, then with a clunk the transmision will active again and will be in fourth gear. Has anyone had experiences with this? The vehicle is 5 months old with 6,000 miles on it.
#289 of 500 Grand Vitara vs. CR-V EX?
Mar 05, 2001 (5:58 am)
I was close to buying a 2001 CR- EX, Automatic, including dest chg. $19,670, but I'm not completely convinced to go with Honda. I've been seeing the Grand Vitara around and now I'm in the process of researching it and learning more about it. Can anyone share info they've learned by comparing the CR-V to the Grand Vitara? I lean toward Honda because of the reputation for reliability, but the GV seems to be a great value... Thanks in advance for your comments.
#290 of 500 Do you want a car or an SUV?
Mar 05, 2001 (10:33 am)
If you like a car that looks like an SUV, the honda is probably better than the Suzuki. Although I have heard and read that the Forrester is better as a car-like SUV than the honda.
If you plan to get off the road, the Suzuki is the only small alternative.
I had a Sidekick for three years and gave it 100,000 miles. Now I have a Grand vitara. In 7 weeks I have added about 4000 miles to it. It seems perfectly fine.
Overall, I would not buy any thing other than a Suzuki.
#291 of 500 buying a GV 2000
Mar 11, 2001 (9:06 pm)
I am in the process of shopping for a new car
I really like the GV
I was offered one for $18000 with 13000 miles
I would trade my Mazda 94 with 50.000 miles for $3500
is it a good deal
please some advice on what goes wrong with NV and if it would last for 100.000 headache free
thanks for your respond
Mar 26, 2001 (7:49 pm)
I need to buy a new car and was looking at basically everything, when I fell in love with the GV. I think I got a really good deal on it. The only thing that is holding me back is that I dont know anything about Suzuki.I dont know anyone that has owned one before either. I was also considering the Rav4 but got disgusted with Toyota and its lack of standard options. Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated.