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#575 of 1048 Re: First impressions of Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006 [xostnot]
Jun 28, 2006 (6:42 am)
"I think anyone researching to buy a GV is intelligent to take the criticism in the context of all the other information."
I agree, but your key word is "buy".
To constantly give the GV a bad rap doesn't prove any intelligence or useful research if it's only negative.
Is the GV perfect? No. I hope they make some changes, but for now, it works just fine and maybe in a couple years I'll buy another one with all the improvements.
#576 of 1048 Re: BUMPY RIDE ! [budman3]
Jun 28, 2006 (9:40 am)
Just bought an '06 Luxury GV - this is my third Suzuki, having owned a '95 Sidekick and an '00 GV. The Sidekick was a rough rider, and the '00 GV was much better. Noticed right away that the ride our new GV was extremely bumpy. Thanks to an earlier posting to check tire pressure, we did and found out that the two front tires were measuring approx 50 lbs pressure, and the two back were about 44 lb each. My husband called the mechanic at the dealer, who said he's comfortable at about 41 all round, so we set each at 40 lb - ride is now so much better (could probably go down more yet). My husband called the dealer and let him know about the pressure - it should be standard practice when they prep a new vehicle to check tire pressure before the customer drives it off the lot. Other than the issue with tire pressure, we're extremely happy with this vehicle - we got a great deal and dealer was excellent to work with.
#577 of 1048 Re: BUMPY RIDE ! [campdrafty]
Jun 28, 2006 (11:13 am)
God luv ya campdrafty!, at last a [fellow] poster with a long time Suzuki ownership perspective! Are we really the only ones out there? Re: Bumpy ride, try 32-36lbs in those tires. Zuke shocks are, as you may recall from past "rigs"?, lacking in sophistication/durability, especially if you're out there in the Outback "givin 'er" with all but the kitchen sink onboard, (take note xostnot, and hi again). For instance, we replaced our Sidekick shocks fairly early on with aftermarket ones, and they reamain out there on "Rusty" even today as he nears his 200,000 MILE birthday.
Ditto the Suzuki Esteem wagon. The blog site for same recommends KYB shocks which are available to we Canucks via US mail order sources. I need them NOW. So, replace your new ones on your new GV's with upscale aftermarket ones?, of course not. But just another attempt here to advise all who might be interested in knowing, there's ample room for the maturation of Suzuki's offerings, in a number of areas. But is it a "SIN" to say so, here on this site?
Totally negative on the new GV?, nothing could be farther from the truth. It reamains a quantum leap forward for the brand. Yet, as I've stated before, by raising the bar so high [themselves] with this new model, owners' expectations, (expecially we long time owners' expectations), re: features and quality issues, likewise has every reason to move FAR up the scale as well... Got it Bud?
As an esoteric, likely fruitless excercise, to try to understand Bud3's perspective, I'd have to take myself all the way back to my Whistler days with the Samurai, (1988). Incidentally, dinner on the restaurant patio atop the Gondola, was great/spectacular this past Monday evening! Good to revisit our 2010 Winter Olympics venue locale, and test neighborhood for the new GV! Sorry to digress. I guess I'd have to go back to when Consumer Reports (was it?) mounted those 40 or 80? pound weights on the end of long outriggers attached to the sides of the Samurai, to help "prove" it was susceptible to rollovers, to recall as being so upset at anyone criticizing my beloved Zuke of the day, as Bud seems to be now when I say something he finds [personally] "disparaging" about HIS new GV. LORD dude, rub mesquite bush on you're skin there twice a day, maybe it might thicken it up a bit?! But so few people had a Zuke back then, that I thought why even bother explaining that, well, "it", (Sammy), also could get you up right onto the side of the volcanic cone of Mount Garibaldi there at Whistler, (in 4wd, low range 1st, with it's 5 speed manual box), and really, that that was what the little bugger was designed for. So ya, I WAS PO'ED, (deeply), that anyone would criticize my [personal] choice to have bought that particular model. But it didn't go quite so far as "Bud's" level of misunderstanding as to what lies at the root of some items on my personal "wish list" for the new GV. So a quid pro quo, proprietary interest in Suzuki's [here],
(do I have that feeling?), and what I want [from them] NOW in return for retention my long time brand loyalty, are those items loomin' large on my personal radar screen?.... Ya got it mates, and I make no apologies for same, (even to you, Budman3), just kidding of course, as so many times you've reconfirmed we'll never ever see eye to eye on certain points. Again ones seemingly attacking your personal credibility, since you've bought one, while I of course who haven't [yet] therefore have little business even presuming to bang the keys here on this site, right? Sorry, [almost], you just don't get it Bud, and never will.
But I've belabored alot of dark horse points here, (like the preceeding), it seems. Soul searchin' really, trying to understand where Suzuki wants to take us on down the road [together] with it's one remaining OR capable 4wd product, (sold here in North America), the new GV.... To me, it reamains true, the world can potentially be Zuke's proverbial Oyster, should it show a willingness to begin to embrace, for instance, CONCEPTS GREEN in future products development process. Instead, (to me), where did on hell of alot of their, (our), money go concurrent with the intro of the new GV? What about all those concept idea vehicles? Just what did that cost, and what pray tell my buds, did any of that have to do with the [once] true mission of these vehicles, namely performance in all conditions out there in our respective "Outbacks"? I resent that, and I further resent, (and am worried by), this aparent demphasis of the OR 4wd performance abilities of the new GV, vs. this incongruous "tuner crowd" marketing glitz. You too? I hope so. Quirks with Zukes?, you bet, but we still love them. It's just that "in this day and age" we need to demand more, not the least of which being MORE from our fave auto maker of choice.
So I remain, hopefully not TOO un-intelligently awaiting further developments along with EVERYONE else on this site, it seems, to see what's up Suzuki's sleeves next for it's 4wd SUV, the new GV. But on the other hand, if a majority of folks choose to just sit on 'em, raise the flag on high and therreby fail to demand MORE, well get used to what you've got, long term, as with those new model sales figures, from one perspective, why should Suzuki do ANYTHING at all to expedite the evoloution of this [mostly] fine new model?
A squeaky wheel here, you got it Bud....
#578 of 1048 Re: BUMPY RIDE ! [norwoodsmn]
Jun 28, 2006 (11:41 am)
Norwoodsmn,You win. Friends? Bud
#579 of 1048 Re: BUMPY RIDE ! [budman3]
Jun 28, 2006 (2:43 pm)
Of course!, now we've reaffirmed we're here for the same reason, (we dig 'em)! Fair dinkum down there in Aus too, eh?
At the risk of [over] "lightening up", let me add I'm still waiting to see someone do a Lo-rider version. All together now: "All my friends own a lo-rider...." Why not for a bit of levity, some one must have done one, Suzuki? Back to you there on Palm Boulevard, (if you're still putting up with "us"?), I always liked those shots of your "rig" too. Still yet again, whereforeartthou oh Zuke, re: one for we backwoods types? Seems only yesterday we used to count for something, (in numbers there on your balance sheet), don't we AT ALL anymore?????
Sure, those Zuke concept rigs look fun, but oh Lord what I and many of us wouldn't have given to have seen all those copious AD gimick bucks plowed instead into other areas like further initial product development/refinement for the new GV. If you agree, and seriously want to do it in the dirt like many of us?, hey, let's all keep fighting the good fight here, [together] and stand up to be counted. We all should benefit on down the road.
Again Suzuki, get real Please pay some due respect to your roots on this side of the pond, (historic customer base), and give we hard core types back a stock basic bush beater model option, (skid plates availability, etc.), and make it literally and figuratively "Green" while you're at it, eh? Even this woodlands troll couldn't bitch then.
#580 of 1048 Bumpy Ride
Jun 29, 2006 (5:32 am)
G'day all from Australia. Trust you are all well. Our new Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD V6 rides like a dream. It floats over bumps, corrugations, indentations on the highway and side streets. I havent checked my tyre pressure but at a rough look/guesstimate it wouldnt be anywhere near 50 psi. Our tyres are 16" bridgestone duellers. I don't know what brand your tyres are over there. The brand of tyre, inflation level can make one heap of difference. In all my years of owning numerous cars (and heaps of motorbikes - during a misspent youth)and pickups I would venture to say that the ride in our new Suzuki is the best out of any car I have owned. My suzuki 2006 came with a bog standard clarion CD (not MP3 included) and today I had it replaced by a car audio specialist. It was somewhat frustrating to find that the local Suzuki dealer did not stock parts such as a under head unit radio pocket. It appears that Suzuki parts availability may be an issue - ditto with no companies here making steering wheel audio control adapters for non suzuki factory audio head units. Other than this extremely happy, as is the wife, whom sneaks off with the Suzuki 4WD, at every opportunity, despite her having a 1 year old toyota corolla. I certainly hope that Suzuki do not go the way of soft SUV's. If Suzuki pulled their finger out then they would corner the market in its current class. This vehicle has a lot of potential - I just hope that Suzuki, Japan listens and learns and does not attempt to economize by cutting corners/features. It would be interesting to compare the Australian Suzuki Grand Vitaras 2006 (which are fully manufactured and assembled in Japan) with the ones sold in the US and Canada to compare the quality/finish.
Will toast your health with a few aussie beers.
#581 of 1048 Another Happy Owner
Jun 29, 2006 (8:19 am)
We are pushing 5000 miles on our GV and very satified. We swapped in a 2003 4cyl Vitara and there is a world of difference in ride and handling. Our tires were also overinflated when received(48psi).Maybe the factory should check calibration on their gages. My only complaint is the MPG readout on the dash. What good is it? Talked to my sales rep yesterday and he told me Suzuki has a small pickup in the works. This sounds interesting.
#582 of 1048 Re: Bumpy Ride [rszabo]
Jun 29, 2006 (11:23 am)
Our new Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD V6 rides like a dream. It floats over bumps, corrugations, indentations on the highway and side streets.
If I can ever achieve to float over the indentations on the highway if not over the bumps; I will be more than Happy! What is your Tire pressure rszabo ??? Does anyone also have a floating GV like rsZabo
Meanwhile, I have some tyre brand called: YoKoHaMa!
Has anyone soften the Suspension on the GV or is everyone with the factory's Stiff Suspension
I am never going to go Off-road with GV; so will the dealer soften it!
#583 of 1048 Re: Bumpy Ride [manoj]
Jun 29, 2006 (3:15 pm)
Suzuki inflates the tires to max psi for shipping purposes. The dealer (dealer prep? yea, right$$$) is supposed to adjust the pressure to specs. Ours rode extremely rough until I adjusted mine to 32psi. The tag is on the inside driver's door jamb. We have the Yokohama's, too.
I won't say ours "rides like a Cadillac", but it's very comfortable and handles great, although it does get thrown around in heavy winds.
Maybe rszabo's GV is loaded down with that great aussie ale.
#584 of 1048 Re: Bumpy Ride [budman3]
Jun 29, 2006 (5:22 pm)
budman3 & manoj, I suspect(beside the pressure) that it should be the 16in wheel which is making rszabo's GV to float. This is due to the higher profile tyres (which should be fitted) which will be more absorbent to the bumpy rides as compared to ours which is on 17in wheels and lower profile tyres. However, the downside of a higher profile rubber will be lower connering stability due to the higher flex of the rubber.
Any other ideas?