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Suzuki XL-7, Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#559 of 1355 reply to azpcdude39
Apr 11, 2002 (4:50 am)
I've owned my 2002 XL-7 Touring for a little over a month, and have taken it on a couple of 200 mile day trips to my father's house in Pennsylvania (we live in New York State). My wife, three children (ages 15,12 and 10) and I have found the XL-7 extremely comfortable on these trips. There's plenty of room for the kids.
My father owns a 2001 Rav 4 and has complained of how the engine labors on hills since the day he brought it home. The XL-7's engine has no problems with these same hills. My father was surprised to find that we paid basically the same amount for the XL-7 as he paid for the Rav 4, but received so much more for our money (V6 engine, sunroof, third row seating, rear ac). I agree with 5greyhounds that you should consider the Touring or Limited models. The Suzuki dealerships I went to before purchasing my truck were much more willing to deal on these models, and the equipment included on the Touring and Limited models is well worth the additional cost.
#560 of 1355 2003 xl-7
Apr 11, 2002 (2:19 pm)
Does anyone have any clue what 2003 xl-7 going to be? Is it going to have a major cosmetic change or any new improvements? Thanks a mil.
Apr 12, 2002 (4:54 am)
I have read the new (2003) XL-7 will be a crossover like the RAV-4. So if you want a true truck go for it now. However, I take this with a grain of salt. Suzuki put a lot of money in the XL-7 to just do a massive change after only two years.
Apr 12, 2002 (5:10 am)
5greyhounds: My guy tells me the Grand Vitara(not XL7) will be the crossover vehicle, with the XL7 remaing as truck base. Makes more sense. XL7 needs to address some shortcomings to gain the public's attention as well as reviewers. Competition in this category only gonna get get more heated.
Apr 12, 2002 (7:23 am)
Thanks for the update. It makes much more sense. The short wheelbase GV is really competing against the XL-7 and the price is really not that much different and you get so much more for your money with the XL-7.
#564 of 1355 Just the right size
Apr 13, 2002 (6:13 pm)
My new XL7 has a wheelbase of 110.2" The Isuzu Rodeo has a wheelbase of 106.2" just enough to make the ride a lot smoother than the Honda Passport and Isuzu Rodeo. The Isuzu Trooper has a wheel base of 108.7" suprise, suprise. Height of all three vehicles is IR-70.4", IT-72.2" and the XL7 70.1" so this ought to make it a pretty stable vehicle in the wind. It is a vehicle about in the middle of the mid-size SUV's. I have owned and driven a Suzuki with a 97.6" wheelbase and it handles like hell in the wind. It should be a lot more stable than a lot of midsize SUV's. The engine is not a powerfull as the Isuzu Rodeo but its pretty good.
Apr 13, 2002 (9:58 pm)
After months of research, test drives, more research, and yes even some prayer, I am the new owner of an XL-7 Limited.
My wife and I are Realtors in N. Idaho and have fought the "suv" bug for a long time, but finally we've had a winter that's pushed us into the need for 4 wheel drive. We are both naitives of the great northwest, and have never had a 4 wheel drive vehicle, never even used snowtires, but our growing family, changing needs, and slick weather changed our minds.
SUV's in our area demand a premium and I just could not justify the price for the Tahoe's, Yukon's, Envoy's, Expeditions, and Explorers. We wanted a rugged off-road vehicle, with good winter driving dynamics and a 3rd row seat. I NEVER thought of myself as an import buyer (especially a Suzuki?!) but oh-my-goodness, what a wonderful vehicle! Great lines, real ladder frame design, good interior space, and talk about loaded to the gills. Leather heated front seats, auto-on lights at dusk, sunroof, power windows, locks, remote keyless entry, rear air, cruise, two trip meters, heated mirrors, full size spare, 3rd row (although mainly for kids) seating, decent power, sliding 2nd row seats (try that in your Durango) all for $27,000...unbelievable!
I read a lot of different messages at this townhall discussion and I just wanted to say Thank-you to everyone who has posted any info (good or bad) regarding the XL(ent)-7. This vehicle is definitely a sleeper in a field of posers and wannabe's. You can keep your car based mini-utes for those mall speed bumps, but if you really need to travel off road, or deal with "back-40" areas then the Suzuki XL-7 should be at the top of your list.
Apr 13, 2002 (10:06 pm)
Congrats on your new ride from S. Idaho (Boise). You can keep the slick weather, thank you
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#567 of 1355 Third row seat
Apr 14, 2002 (7:59 am)
Is the third row seat a bench seat, does it face foward or backward?
Another question can it be bought and installed after initial purchase and what would be the cost?
#568 of 1355 Farewell Probe GT/idealtor
Apr 14, 2002 (8:48 am)
I know this is the XL-7 board but you will understand why I am saying farewell. After 8 years and 118k my wifes Probe GT is headed to Florida and will be residing in he father's garage. When my mother died this winder we inherited, among lots of really nice things, a 1990 maxima with 84K on it. We both drive to work and have been driving the Probe and the Maxima while the XL-7 and Windstar stayed in the garage. Well, her dad needed a car and while the probe is not new it beats 245K on a old chevy beater. Thus, the XL-7 will enter the real world and join the commute.
Idealtor, you will enjoy your ride. I have a 01 limited so I missed out on the heated seats but in Virginia they are really not needed. Just two points. If you need to adjust your seat back do it with the door open. Your watch will scratch the side of the door if you are not careful. The other is when you do put it in 4WD make sure the wheels are dead on straight. They will not engage otherwise.