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#250 of 344 To buy, or not to buy?
Jul 29, 2006 (11:04 am)
I am a new member to the forums, although I have used the website many times researching cars. I am in the process of buying a vehicle for my teenage son to replace his 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was totaled in a wreck (not his fault, BTW). He loved his Jeep, except for the MPG, so we are considering a 2001 Suzuki Vitara JLX 4X4, 4-door, Auto, 96K miles. (Yes, it's high mileage, but that's nothing for an import, right???)
We test-drove this vehicle and were very impressed. All the power features, cruise, & remote worked, but we didn't engage the 4WD. We heard no unusual engine noises, no vibrations, etc. All in all, seemed to be a pretty solid ride.
This vehicle is on an independent lot, but the owner was manager of local new car dealership for 30+ years (retired), and has a good reputation. He said he had just received the vehicle (it was still in the back of the lot) and had not had time to check it out fully, but knows it needs new tires (obvious) and an A/C recharge because the air is not as cool as it should be.
After reading this entire thread, I am wondering...could the A/C problem be something more involved than low refrigerant...such as bent condenser fins, or has this "flaw" been corrected in the '01 models?
Before I purchase, I will definitely take it to my trusted mechanic for a complete inspection. But is there anything else that should warrant special attention on this vehicle? I have owned many imports, but never a Suzuki, so I am naive about this brand and need some guidance.
Thanks for any advice from anyone.
#251 of 344 Front and Rear Axle Seal replacement
Jul 30, 2006 (9:38 pm)
Hello, I just had my 2001 Suzuki GV in to the dealership for a regular scheduled maintenance. It has 95KM on it and with the exception of replacing the tires (like everyone else) has not has any major problems. I was told that i have a serious leak in BOTH the rear right axle seal and the front right axle seal. I had the rear axle seal replaced which cost $14.88 for the part and $247. for the labour.(apparently it is hard to access?) I was told it would cost approx $150 to do the front axle seal. Unfortunately, when the mechanic tried to repair the front axle seal, he found that it had seized and told me he will run the risk of damaging the axle itself which would cost another $250 to replace in addition to the seal and worst case if he damages another part close to where he is working it could cost up to $700 OUCH! I was prepared to spend another $150 but i'm very anxious about the risk of damaging something else that could cost up to $700. I'm very surprised that both seals would leak at 95km and at the same time. I'm wondering if it is possibe faulty seals were put in? I checked for recalls but didn't see anything? I'm supposed to be taking a vacation trip in a couple of weeks so feel pressurd to get the front axle seal repaired but very nervous about the risk. Has anyone had similar problems? Any advise would be appreciated.
Thx, i'm not a happy GV owner right now!
#252 of 344 Re: Front and Rear Axle Seal replacement [nodar]
Jul 31, 2006 (7:40 pm)
I replaced the front brake pads on my 2002 Suzuki Vitara (JLX?) the other day and saw evidence of something slinging oil all around the right front fender well. I trace it to the right front axle seal on the front differential (is a 4WD). I have not had a chance to check the oil level in the front differential. Uh oh! How does an axle seal seize? Do you mean that it is frozen onto the axleshaft and is spinning in its seat on the differential? Something does not sound right here. The seal is "rubber" lip on the metal axleshaft, maybe with a spring band behind it to keep a tight grip on the shaft going thru it, but I cannot see how the seal would seize on the shaft; seems sort of an impossibility to me. Is the individual working on it an independent repairman or is he working for a Suzuki dealership? If he is an independent, I would suggest getting a second opinion, preferably from a dealer. Sometimes they cost more, some times they don't, but in any event, you're more likely to get an honest answer to what ails the car. If the shaft gets scratched removing the seal, fine emery cloth can probably polish it up good as new again. I would also suggest buying a Haynes or Clymer repair manual so you can understand exactly what is involved in removing the seal and what exactly seized up!! Good luck to both of us. If I was 10 years younger, I would probably attempt to replace the seal myself.
Aug 07, 2006 (7:51 pm)
Just picked this up from a dealer with 26,700+ miles on it. Clean as a whistle inside and out...however; I'm now hearing what sounds like coke bottles rattling around and it seems to be coming from up front. I checked under the hood and can't find anything loose. Rattles on bumpy roads or when I hit a dip on the left or right side. And can't tell where it's coming from....I'm leaning toward something in the suspension. Motor mounts, hoses, brackets, etc all look fine..only place I haven't been is under the thing.
#254 of 344 Mine has a jingle....
Aug 08, 2006 (8:03 pm)
Sounds like the place you need to go IS under it. Mine has a squeal somewhere in the engine, possibly a bearing on something that the fan belt runs over. I am considering trading it on an '06 Prius since it has 77K hard miles on it. Suzukis have come up in quality so much in the last 4 years it isn't even funny. I consider my '02 Vitara a bit of a tin can, but checking out an '06 Grand Vitara, it doesn't look like they were made by the same car company.
On your problem, check the running gear closely, including the wheel and drive shaft bearings. One good place for a rattle is the exhaust system: not just how the pipe runs or may be loose, but the guts of the muffler and/or resonator can get loose and rattle. Also check the exhaust heat shields on the pipe and over the manifold. These are the most likely places that come to mind, and I have had a problem with just those same things over the 45 years of driving. Good luck with it.
Aug 20, 2006 (9:13 am)
Just bought 2001 suzuki GV 4wd. Was wondering why my tach shows 3100rpm 75 mph. Is this normal. Also went 105 miles and used a 1/2 tank of gas.
#256 of 344 Re: Mine has a jingle.... [old911guy]
Aug 21, 2006 (5:36 am)
OK, so I'm a coward, or at least taking the coward's way out and am trading in my Vitara on a 2006 Toyota Prius. I have just had knee surgery and it has been very debilitating and I don't have the time to mess with an engine miss or skip, vibrations that did not use to be there, oil getting slung around the wheelwell from an unknown leak and so on. Basically, I think the handwriting was on the wall and it was telling to me get rid of the car before I had to spend lots of money on it and it would have to spend lots of time in the shop. Oh well!
#257 of 344 Re: RPM's [workingman6]
Aug 21, 2006 (8:11 am)
I have a 2004 Tracker v6 and the tach is the same around 3100 at 75. I get around 21 miles per gallon and normally have about 150 on the trip odo when I get to half a tank.
#258 of 344 Re: 1993 convertable [robbo2]
Aug 21, 2006 (2:46 pm)
Hi Robbo, bonnet release catch is in the glove compartment box on the top left. I'll try and get some photographs of my own roof being taken off to send you- its not half as bad it looks!!!
#259 of 344 Re: RPM's [cob]
Aug 22, 2006 (5:52 am)
Sort of sounds like the electric overdrive switch is "Off", or the transmission is stuck in the power mode (if you have a "normal-power" mode selector switch. My 2002 Vitara had this problem and my mileage/engine rpm figures were similar to yours. Look for indicator lights on the dash that say either "O/D OFF" or "POWER". Good luck with it!