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#306 of 500 Thinking of the Suzuki Grand Vitara
Jul 14, 2001 (9:34 am)
I'm looking seriously at the Suzuki Grand Vitara both the JLS and the JLX. Does anyone have any information on either of them? (Hopefully it is good news) I didn't like hearing they seemed weak in the snow! I live in Northern RI...and I HAVE TO have something that is excellant during the winter! I have looked at both the Toyota Rav4 and the Nissan Xterra....they both seemed o.k. too....in fact I own a Nissan Sentra, but I DON'T like the fact that the Rav4 is so "STANDARD".... and the power is crappy. I like the Xterra too, but there is something sweet about the GV. Please let me know what you think of this SUV....and how it handles. I'm looking at the 4wd, 2001.
#307 of 500 bunnyhop1
Jul 14, 2001 (3:34 pm)
I'm a 1999 Tracker owner, not a GV owner. I've read the postings about the GV's poor ice and snow performance, yet I have found my Tracker's performance on very slick Cascade mountain roads to be little short of perfect with just the stock all weather tires. I think the GV's disadvantages are the extra torque of the V6, the wide tires, and the probability that those owners complaining have the automatic transmission. If you must have the GV instead of the Vitara or the Tracker, consider buying the standard shift so that you can start in second or third gear on ice and stop without the transmission fighting the brakes, and buy a set of studless ice tread 205/75 X 15 tires mounted on Tracker 15 inch wheels to change over to in the winter.
Jul 14, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I understand what you are saying about the Tracker, but I was going to be buying the GV in the automatic transmission...... What I was hoping for was, some good news on their handling in the snow. I definitely could do the tire idea, and probably will..... I'm just gun shy now that I have heard some problems with their inclement weather handling. Maybe someone you know can tell me more about them? I'd hate to buy this SUV and end up with a raw deal! It snows far too much in NE, and I have to have complete confidence in the GV's inclement weather abilities.
Jul 16, 2001 (8:56 pm)
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Jul 21, 2001 (5:50 pm)
Hi, I know this is a Grand Vitara room, however, I noticed that several of you have owned Suzuki's in the past. I have a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Sport JX 4x4. I cannot agree with some people that it is one of the best SUVs ever made. I may have a lemon, but I have had many problems with my Sidekick. My current problem has left me without my car for a month now. The rear end (differential) decided to die at 34,000 miles. The problem had been a long lasting one, however I didn't notice it until it hit 34,000. The car has about 34,900 on it now. I cannot get a response from my local Suzuki dealer about a replacement, the car was there for 4 days and all the head guy in the shop could tell me was "you got a sound in that rear end there." I was like "thank you, I'm such an idiot!! I knew that and I brought it down here for you to tell me something I already knew!" I did not say these words to him, however I felt like it. He told me that I could make the 45 minute drive over a mountain back to where I live. I haven't driven the car since. Also, I was told that my warranty is already up, so, I sent Suzuki America a letter asking for help. Nothing from them either. I am seriously considering taking the thing to a dealer (as I cleaned it up last week, its ready to go away now) and trade it in on something that will get me somewhere. If any of you Suzuki owners have had ANY similar problems with your Sidekicks or Grand Vitaras please feel free to let me know. Also, if you have any reccomendations as to a good, fuel efficient vehicle as a replacement, please let me know that as well. Thank you in advance for any and all comments and advice!!!
#311 of 500 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Jul 27, 2001 (7:50 pm)
I haven't been on these message boards for some time... I purchased a 1999 GV way back in 1998. To date, it has been the most trouble free new vehicle I have ever owned! And considering I've averaged a new vehicle every 20 months in the last ten years, that's saying something!
The GV is the vehicle that is the exception... I've already had it a year longer than any other vehicle I've owned. Nothing has been done except normal maintenance... except I've changed the auto trans and diff oils more often than suggested... which Suzuki has made very easy by providing drain plugs.
As far as low-traction performance such as snow, the automatic GV has a nice feature. In "power" mode the transmission will start off in second gear by placing the shift selector in "2" instead of "D"... great feature!
The only drawback to snow is the stock Bridgestone tires that came on the '99 GV... but there are many good tires that will fit and provide excellent traction. (I don't know what the new GV's come with for tires)
In fact, if I had a "complaint", it would be those stock tires... but they wore out quickly and the Goodyears I replaced them with have been working and wearing great!
"GV" stands for "great value" in my opinion!
#313 of 500 Engine oil leak!?
Aug 12, 2001 (9:57 am)
While having the oil changed the technition discovered an oil leak. I looked at it myself and it appears to be coming from the top and front of the engine. Things are so tight in there that I can't really see any details, but the front and bottom of the engine are coated with grime. The funny thing is that even though it's leaking, there's no oil on the ground. This must be a very slow leak. Has anyone else had troubles with gaskets, because I think that's what it is. Also, does the basic 3 year 36,000 mile warranty cover something like this? At any rate it's going into the shop ASAP. Haven't even had it for two years yet, the warranty should cover it.....I hope!
#314 of 500 Response to Snow Questions
Aug 13, 2001 (10:35 am)
Like somebody else who posted on this GV board, I also own a 1999 Chev Tracker 4X4 and that thing flat out cruises through most anything I put it though. Not only does it cruise up extremely steep hills, whether they be dust or snow, it goes into small places where even a Jeep might start trembling.
I did not have any problems driving in the snow when I oringinally bought the vehicle, even though it was using stock tires at that time. I have upgraded tires on the vehicles now, which are taller and slightly wider than stock, but more importantly they are off road tires. Also my rig has the 5 speed manual, which makes it a whole lot less scarier in the stuff. Really its all a learning experience when it comes to driving any vehicle with 4WD. The only conditions that really bother me are slushy roads, which do pull this vehicle around a little bit, but not terrible.
Hope this helps,
#315 of 500 Please excuse the interruption....
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Aug 17, 2001 (7:11 am)
...but I'm here to announce the new Suzuki Grand Vitara Owners club now available on Edmunds.com Owner's Club board. Please stop by and introduce yourself in Meet the Members and let me know how I can help build your club.
I have linked this discussion into that folder, but it will always reside here in SUVs.
Looking forward to meeting everyone!