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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#59 of 1050 Great GV Review
Nov 05, 2005 (10:39 pm)
great review of the GV
As good as a BMW X3 but $20k cheaper? Part 1-The exterior
I must tell you, when I got the invitation to Vancouver for the press launch of the 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara, my expectations about the new SUV weren't the highest.
In fact to be truthful, I went there thinking I was about to drive the lamest vehicle in a long time.
But from the minute I saw it and got inside, I knew I had made a mistake pre-judging it.
Not only did the SUV blow me away, it would turn out to be the best small SUV I've driven next to the BMW X3.
And in some ways, it's nicer!
The new exterior of the Grand Vitara is sharp attractive and aggressive.
No more 'I'm driving the cheapest, generic looking car on earth' look.
Suzuki has raised their design standing, to not only equal but better the Vitara's main competitors, the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and anything Subaru.
The interior is one of the nicest, cleanest layouts you will find anywhere.
Comfortable, functional and a more roomy feel, than its competitors.
Everything is in the right place and tastefully done.
And the drive does not disappoint.
The steering feel and suspension are outstanding.
In fact, I prefer the steering and suspension comfort of the Vitara to the BMW X3.
80MPH through the ‘S’ turns on the way to Whistler…No drama or problem for the Suzuki.
Go do a comparo of your own at your local dealer.
And remember when you drive it, that the Suzuki’s starting price is less than TWENTY GRAND!!!!
But the big surprise on the Vitara compared to its competitors, is that it can go off-road and not disappoint. REALLY!
#60 of 1050 Driver Door
Nov 16, 2005 (2:36 am)
I have noticed a small plastic cover under both front doors, looks like it was going to be door warning lights but it does nothing, the Suzuki dealer has no idea. Can anyone shed any light.
#61 of 1050 how to turn off ESP
Nov 21, 2005 (9:47 pm)
I just bought 06' GV for few days, can anyone tell me how to turn off ESP function. The manual said press and hold the ESP off button, but it doesn't work. Can anyone help? oh.. by the way, i also smell burning sometime.
#62 of 1050 Re: how to turn off ESP [benbenwan]
by packaging pro
Nov 22, 2005 (4:46 am)
I have the same problem. It seems that the switch does not work at all. Congrats on tne new ride! What model and color did you get? Are you happy so far? I have almost 4K on mine and I love it except for a few minor things.
#63 of 1050 Re: how to turn off ESP [packaging pro]
Nov 22, 2005 (12:25 pm)
you can only turn off the esp switch when driving under 20 mph sais the manual. i have the same smell at 1000 miles but it is slowly going away. it is an undercoating for crossing the ocean for delivery.
#64 of 1050 Re: how to turn off ESP [benbenwan]
Nov 23, 2005 (4:32 am)
push and hold the button for about 5 seconds. A light will come on saying esp off in the left gauge.
they all have that burning smell, slowly going away
#65 of 1050 xm radio
Nov 23, 2005 (4:36 am)
do you have to buy the xm receiver from a dealer? I had one dealer that wanted $800 including installation. I bought a portable unit and it works great.
I couldn't find any aftermarket receivers that would work.
"xm ready" doesn't seem to mean anything
#66 of 1050 whining noise
Nov 23, 2005 (4:39 am)
anybody notice a high pitched whine while accelerating around 60mph? It's not coming from the radio.
#67 of 1050 Re: xm radio [budman3]
Nov 23, 2005 (4:46 am)
I saw an Audi A3 the other day at the mall that was "XM Ready" and it had the sharkfin antenna on the roof, but not the actual receiver.
#68 of 1050 Re: xm radio [jchan2]
Nov 23, 2005 (4:51 am)
the suzuki doesn't even have the antenna. The accessory list shows the receiver for $399 plus installation.
I bought the xm myfi for $99 and I can use it just about anywhere.