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Suzuki XL-7, Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#1213 of 1355 First Oil Change - 2005 XL-7
Jul 01, 2005 (5:09 am)
This past weekend, I performed the first oil change on my 2005 XL-7. Compared to my 2002 XL-7 (on which I had performed 10+ oil changes), Suzuki has made some significant changes for access to the oil filter. First, air conditioner lines are now located in the area of the engine compartment where I used to be able to remove the oil filter, effectively preventing you from taking the oil filter off from the top of the engine compartment. The space is so limited that I could not reach the oil filter with my hand or get a cap and ratchet on it. I then looked underneath and found that Suzuki has added a plastic skid plate to the bottom of the engine compartment. To see anything, you have to jack up the truck or put it on ramps. My fear was that the skid plate had to be removed to change the oil. Once the truck was jacked up however, I found 1) that there was an opening in the skid plate which provides access to the oil drain plug and 2) there is now a descent sized opening that provides fairly good access to the oil filter. I drained the oil and proceeded to remove the filter. Unlike my 2002, I had very little spillage from the filter because most of the oil in the filter seemed to have drained into the pan when I first drained the system. Overall, the changes Suzuki made on the 2005 (aside from now having to jack up the truck) make it much easier and cleaner to change the oil and filter.
#1214 of 1355 Considering new XL 7
Jul 05, 2005 (6:27 am)
Time for a new vehicle and I'm considering an 04 or 05 XL 7. What should I look out for. Anything specific I should know about. I thought I remembered reading about some recalls. If I'm not mistaken, shouldn't any recalls be performed before a vehicle is delivered.
#1215 of 1355 Re: Considering new XL 7 [wingman3]
Jul 05, 2005 (10:37 am)
Per the original message, I'm also wondering about the price. This is an 04 EX limited, program car. It has 15k miles. Is fully loaded with leather heated seats, outside heated mirrors, CD changer, sun roof, and other stuff I can't remember. Dealer is asking $17,999. Does this sound like a good price.
Jul 05, 2005 (12:07 pm)
I'd try to get this car for closer to $16k. as it is an '04 model with 15k miles on it. Hopefully only the work force drove the car. If it was a loaner car for other customers, I'd be a bit leary as other folks just don't drive loaners or rentals like their own cars. Run this baby by Terry in the Real World Forum for a more accurate valuation. Since this is not a highly sought after auto, you just might have a good shot at it for $16k. And it is a 2 year old model now...almost 3 years now with the '06's starting to appear.
Keep us posted on how it all went down. But definitely let Terry give you a valuation. He's usually dead on. He was on the new Mazda 3 S we bought this weekend. He valued our '01 Altima dead on, he said $4k. and they offered $4k. He's truly awesome on his prices for trade in's.
#1217 of 1355 Re: $16,000. [sandman46]
Jul 06, 2005 (4:35 am)
Thanks. After going back last night and getting inside and driving it, it actually has almost 22k on it. It was a program car driven by a Suzuki rep. It's in good shape otherwise and was pretty much what people on this forum had described the vehicle to be. We haven't talked price yet (other than what was on the window) so we'll see what happens. Not sure this is the direction I want to go, but it isn't a bad vehicle.
#1218 of 1355 AC fuse blowing and power loss
Jul 06, 2005 (12:44 pm)
I have a 2001 XL-7 and this issue always seems to come up in the beginning of summer. First year I had it (bought in August) the following spring I wanted to use the air conditioner and it wouldn't work. Kept blowing out warm air. Took it to the dealer and the mechanic stated that this is a common issue and pointed me to the fuse in the front blowing out. Drove all the way up there for a fuse. After that worked fine but every spring blown fuse. I now have 54,000 miles on it and again this summer started using the air conditioner and blew a fuse. Only thing different is that it keeps blowing them. Will work for fifteen minutes then it blows it. What is wrong here? Also I seem to have a problem with power losses. I will be driving down the road it is seems just to bog down sometimes. Changed to gas filter and air filter as stated but it just has that lugging sometimes. has anyone else experienced this. Last thing, why is it at night when you slow down (or push in clutch) the lights get dim? Is this normal? Any help would be apprieciated since this is drivining me nuts!!
#1219 of 1355 Re: AC fuse blowing and power loss [cochrank]
Jul 08, 2005 (5:45 pm)
It's likely that your a/c condensor fan is freezing up. Its a poor design and exposed to weather. $280 part too. Aftermarket parts are available. Or used.
Can't help you with the loss of power problem.
#1220 of 1355 Gneeral carping and complaints
Jul 08, 2005 (5:56 pm)
I've owned a 2001 Suzuki XL-7 since buying it new.
Likes: great supsension, reasonable reliability, roomy but not too big.
Dislikes: lousy retained value. These things drop value faster than Chrysler products. Dealer isn't exactly my favorite for service. And the tires/wheel package. I HATE the H rated 16 inch tires. Run factory pressure settings and yiu are guaranteed center wear on the tire. These things are over-tired. I'd be a lot happier with a 15in wheel and a 70 series tire. Won't fit because the front rotor/caliper is too big. It's probably over sized too. The a/c condensor fan problem warrents a recall (see other forum posts regarding it chewing through the condensor - ouch).
The resale value being what it is, I don't thing I'll buy another one, at least not new. Maybe used. Maybe.
#1221 of 1355 Oxygen Sensors
Jul 09, 2005 (3:09 am)
My Service Engine Light came on and found that Oxygen Sensor had gone. Only issue is that there are four on the XL7 2 front and rear left and right. has taken nearly two weeks to get one and dealer ordered wrong side. Hopefully it will be in overnight for replacement. Has made an impact on the mpg, but still like this van very much.