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Suzuki XL-7, Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#903 of 1355 Bought 2003 XL-7 LTD
Nov 25, 2003 (1:05 pm)
It's been three days since I bought my 2003 XL-7 Limited Edition and I love it. Considering I paid just $22,883 on road for a nice SUV with so many features - it feels great .
I did lot of research on internet and had to choose between Honda Pilot and XL-7. I decided against Pilot for the main reason that it feels heavy behind the wheel and you have to pay MSRP just because it's in demand right now. Few years down the line - people would be paying invoice price so what you pay now is like premium.
The lowest price I found in D.C area for 2003 XL-7 LTD was at Fitzerald's fitzmall.com which was an internet delivered price of $21,782 (including freight). I called a Manassas delaer with this quote and he was willing to beat it at $21,300 (but with a dealer processing charge of $259). But it was not the color I wanted and mileage was a bit high. I called Fitzerald Wheaton with this new quote and they came down to $21,500 after few minutes of talking. This is with no dealer processing charge. They also gave buyer protection plan (free oil changes, coupons etc.) and free rental car at every service. So including MD tax and tags, I paid $22,883 on road. I did all the talking on phone so I just had to test drive and sign the paper work with the dealer. They were probably the best dealer I have dealt with so far.
Look at some of the stuff I got for this low price : 4X4, Leather seats, woodgrain trim, Heated front-seats, 3rd row seating, Climate control, Rear air-conditioning, six-disc in-dash CD changer with subwoofer.. wow!. I would have had to pay $10,000 more for a comparable Honda or Toyota. Considering XL-7 is made 100% in Japan (well may be 90%) and Suzuki is one of the top auotomobile companies in Asia I think it's a great deal.
I haven't made any long trips on XL-7 yet and I will post more after making a long trip. So far city driving has been great. Many of my friends who saw the SUV went wow even before I told them the price!. I especially like the six-disc changer and the heated front seats option (which I am going to love this winter). 3rd row option was another main reason for buying XL-7. I tried seating few of my friends in 2nd as well as 3rd row. If you learn to space the seats correctly it's not difficult to accommodate seven. Ofcourse I am not talking about seven heavy-built adults here. Cargo space is perfect when 3rd row is folded down but otherwise it's enough only for grocery bags.
All in all - a proud owner of XL-7 .
#904 of 1355 Excellent choice
Nov 25, 2003 (4:01 pm)
Glad to have you a part of the growing family of zuke owners. This is a fine rig and you will be more and more pleased with your choice as the miles pile up.
Nov 25, 2003 (5:44 pm)
my family has a 2003 Suzuki XL7 Limited also, and I do not see why some Consumer (no names here!) magazines say that Suzuki quality is bad. the XL7 has a very nice interior, a quiet and smooth engine, and lots of features for the price!! i guess what drags the overall reliability of a auto manufacturer is one model that sticks out at POOR...(i think its the Vitara due to the old plastic dashboard)..but still, don't drag the XL7 down with it!! also, the Aerio is getting an interior restyle (like the 03 XL7 did) with a nicer dashboard, analog guages, the same climate control system as the XL7, the same steering wheel too!!! believe me with experience of two XL7s (2001 + 2003): Suzuki is underrated and they truly are reliable cars!!
Nov 25, 2003 (5:46 pm)
These rigs are vasty underated in the marketplace.
They offer a lot for the money and when you throw in legendary japanese reliability, you can't go wrong!
Dec 11, 2003 (7:09 am)
This spring I purchased a 2002 XL-7 Limited with some sort of aqua tread tire on it that I have never heard of. For a water tire it is great I would buy them again but I am looking for a good all weather/snow tire for it. I have looked at tirerack.com but I am wondering what kind of tire you all out there are using and recommending. Any help would be appreciated.
#910 of 1355 Another review!
Dec 12, 2003 (8:41 am)
Here is one more review on XL-7: http://www.truckworld.com/Sport-Utility/03-xl7/03-xl7.html
I have completed 3 weeks on my XL-7 LTD and have been extremely happy so far. I got to use the 4 wheel drive during the snow fall in D.C last week. XL-7 handled great in my snow-covered neighborhood. I could literally feel the difference of a 4-wheel drive while driving through the slush. I am planning to go on a long trip the Christmas weekend and am looking forward to it.
Has anyone purchased a roof luggage rack for XL-7 ?. Should I go to the dealer or buy it online and install myself?.
#911 of 1355 Yes - these trucks are great in the snow.
Dec 12, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I gave my 2002 XL-7 a workout in the snow last Friday night. I didn't even need to use the 4WD until I hit the last road to my house. The XL-7 was extremely stable in 2WD through slush and a few of inches of choppy snow. The last road to my house hadn't been plowed and had many inches of snow on it. The XL-7 cut right through it in 4WD. This is one tough truck.
#912 of 1355 snow running
Dec 13, 2003 (8:07 am)
yup, You quickly forget about the so-so gas mileage when it snows and you drop it in 4wd. We were out Christmas shopping last saturday in the storm on the east coast and it was fun as always:) (except for the poor truck gettin so dirty!)