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#1321 of 1355 what is going on with my xl7 ?
Sep 08, 2006 (9:52 am)
I have an '04 XL7 EX I bought new in Aug 2004. Everything going well until this summer. First, OEM Bridgestone tires were almost completely shot after 23,000 miles, just replaced with a new set of Uniroyal Tiger Paws with 80,000 warranty. Last week, I couldn't start the car (due to dead battery). Battery replaced in 23 months (24 month OEM warranty) no $$ help from Suzuki. Now I checked the front rotors and see grooving along the outer edge of the RHS wheel. Could it be time for new brake pads after only 24,000 miles? This is my spouse's car and she can be tough on cars, but one would think pads should last 30K.
Anyone with a similar problem(s) please let me know ... thanks.
#1322 of 1355 XL 7 60,000
Sep 16, 2006 (7:26 pm)
I have just turned 60000 on a 2001 which I bought March 05. it had come off a lease in Sep 04 with 38800. Since the purchase, I have replaced one oxygen sensor and the two rear bearings. I had the trans fluid changed as soon as I got it and the oil in the two transfer units and rear axle.
I change the oil myself, although not the easiest it can be done with some patience and techniques learnt on this site. I have found that it needs to be done every 2500 and currently using a Purolator L22821 oil filter with Exxon 5-30. I am looking at Denso as well. I have a K&N Air Filter installed.
MPG on a long highway trip between 24 - 25mpg and plenty of throttle control by easing off the gas when convenient. I am running the tires at 26/36, although the flyer in the pack says back ones at 32 OK. Tires on the van when I got it are Kubota and have several 000's left. Front brake pads replaced and rotors re surfaced at 55,000.
I also found that WD-40 on the rubber bushings where the body connects to the frame along each side, seems to keep it pliant and no underbody noise. Also do the rear shock rubber bushings as well.
When I got the car I took out and extended warranty, so I hoping if timing chain or something major happens then I will be covered. However I am not wishing for that.
I know in many cases it is the luck of the draw, but I cannot be more than pleased with the feel, the controls and switches are positive and its ideal driving position.
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Nov 12, 2006 (4:49 pm)
#1326 of 1355 From Toy to Everyday Driver
Jan 30, 2007 (7:40 pm)
Now I will find out how good my 2003 Limited is. We just sold our old Windstar and purchased a 2007 Town and Country Limited. The windstar went to work in the car pool but now the van will stay at home in the garage and the XL-7 will do the daily drive either to the car pool pick up or do the drive. It only has 22,500 on it and it was purchased August of 03 so not a lot of miles. It has been babied and in the garage till now so the real test is about to begin.
#1327 of 1355 Re: what is going on with my xl7 ? [mm9351]
Mar 01, 2007 (5:11 pm)
hey! email me back on kimfogsyahoo.com cuz id like to find out more about your problem cuz im having a ton too
i have an 06 xl-7 and its OFFICIALLY a lemon law suit now. at 18,000 i went for an inspection and the guy said my brakes wouldnt pass...my fronts mainly. ive been in for transmission service 6 times each time they never fix it. took them 4 times to fix my keyless entry and now i have problems also with the passenger airbag
email me on my yahoo email and let me know if you have any of these problems. and yes 24,000 miles is pretty early for brake pads, especially if the car is relatively new.
#1328 of 1355 Re: what is going on with my xl7 ? [kimfogs]
Mar 02, 2007 (11:10 pm)
Actually, brake pad at 24K is about right if you drive in the city all of the time. My first set lasted about 20K. I replaced them and they would have lasted about 40-50K. I replaced them early. I was planning to change them out at the 40K mark, but when I pulled them off, it still had half the pad material remaining. I went ahead and changed them out since I already had the new pads. What changed, my driving pattern changed. My job moved. This forced me to drive a different route with fewer stops. Therefore, the pads lasted much longer. These pads are relatively small for a truck as heavy as the XL-7. She will go through them quick. Thankfully, I got my pads from AutoZone, lifetime warranty, free replacements, even if they are just worn out. I got my second set for free.
Ivan, 2002 XL-7
#1329 of 1355 Re: what is going on with my xl7 ? [mm9351]
Mar 02, 2007 (11:20 pm)
The OEM Bridgestones are crap. I bought Kumhos to replace them. They are much better. Also, if you read some of the previous posts, you will find that many of us, add alittle more air to the tires. I have mine at 36psi all the way around. They seem to wear better there. You will find that 4x4s are a bit hard on tires. I do not know very many that arent. Diligent tire rotations will help. As for the battery, I can't say. I my self have gone through three batterys. lead acid batteries are very sturdy to begin with. I have alot of communication gear in my XL-7. I forgot to turn some of the stuff off on two occasions while we were away. Sure enough, I came back to a dead battery.
#1330 of 1355 What's the noise I'm Hearing ?
Mar 24, 2007 (4:48 am)
Fist time in guys, I own a 2003 XL7 and recently I've been hearing road noise (I think) as the vehicle get up to 15-20 MPH (30-40Km) . It continues until I slow down again. It almost sounds like a fan cuts in and out. It is consistently doing this and has become an annoyance . I've brought it in to the dealer twice, they agreed it's abnormal but cannot explain what it is . Any thoughts ?