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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#620 of 1048 Re: GV long term road test [budman3]
Jul 11, 2006 (10:10 am)
I wish they would roadtest my Grand Vitara. Been making a droning noise with vbration since new between 55-68 mph, not just accellerating but while cruiing tht speed. Have replaced driveshaft propellor and differential mounting bracket, now want to replace axles, then differential. They have no idea what the problem is, also vibration on moderate acceleration between 30-45 mph. Owned 2001 and 2004 GV never a problem, very disapointed in this new Xsport 4mode 4wd model. They will never compete with Honda or Toyota maybe even KIA with crap like this that they have no idea what is causing this vibration and droning noise. I am very sour on Suzuki, though they were ready to make headway aginst the BIG 2. Not even close!!
#621 of 1048 Re: GV long term road test [badsuzuki]
Jul 11, 2006 (1:51 pm)
I have the same vibration you have, the dealer had replaced drive shafts rear and front but it reach small effect
so they install stabilizer part on got from suzuki especialy for this vibration issue the rear, which mean that suzuki know about this vibration problem on the NEW GV , SUZUKI send this stabilizer part,anyway it dosnot help , last week i have rabalnced the weels in adeffrent way which seems that help to decrees the vibration to alow level. soft vibrate still appear at 80 kph or 2200 rpm
very soft vibration but still there ,the problem is the 2200 rpm is a cruse drive and its make me nerves every time i drove for along distance
i wonder if suzuki the mother company has a technical support how can show us(the customers) what to do
#622 of 1048 Re: GV long term road test [shlomozv]
Jul 11, 2006 (5:37 pm)
What kind of stabilizer, something they put on the drive shaft ? Usually that kind of vibration is due to the drive shaft angle. When I had my Cherokee, and added a spring leaf on each side at the back, obviously it did change the angle, not a lot but a little, and so I got that small vibration at around 30-35 mph and 60-65 mph also, but in my case this was expected, I knew it would may be do it.
With my GV I cannot say that I have this problem, surely not enough to be noticed by any passengers (like if I'm sitting as a passenger, which is not often, I cannot notice anything), but when driving I can say yes, I can feel something really really small through the steering, nothing that can be eared or be annoying, or may be I'm just too used of the vibration I was getting with the Cherokee!!! And even then, it didn't do anything wrong to it, I drove it for 10 years, may be it's also the reason why I find the GV so smooth.
#623 of 1048 Re: GV long term road test [bm000092]
Jul 13, 2006 (6:11 am)
If there is a vibration when you're revving the engine while at a standstill then it's obviously not a driveline problem but an engine balance problem. If it only happens while driving then it's either the tires/wheels or the driveline. In this case I suggest to take the truck to a driveline shop that has the proper equipment to check and balance the driveline properly. It maybe something that Suzuki missed in the design and quality control. I have a '96 Grand Cherokee and it also has a mild driveline wibe at around 65. The Grand has good sound insulation and I just speed up a bit to around 90 and it goes away...
I'm going to check with the dealer where I test drove one that had the wibe and see what they've found out...
#624 of 1048 Re: Bumpy Ride [xostnot]
Jul 13, 2006 (12:10 pm)
Caught the re run of Motoring 2006 yesterday, but missed the first few minutes. Did I miss it, or is the long(er) term new GV test on the next show?
Of pretty great interest on the one I saw, was a first look/drive of the four cylinder turbocharged '07 Acura RDX. The EXPENSIVE, upgraded sister ship to the all new '07 Honda CRV which is also due out in the next while. Have to say it to the predominate number of ON road warriors out there?, the new CRV ought to be the clear pick of the litter when it debuts, assuming one doesn't face significant obstacles on route to the cottage.
For the rest of we present or still prospective future new GV owners, (xostnot, etc.), needing a tougher vehicle forr certain applications, I hope these initial problems with the new GV prove:
1.) isolated, and
2.) soon ironed out.
But you know, as a postscrip here, doesn't this yet again beg the question, why didn't Suzuki concentrate instead by making their own less complex YET ALL NEW own economical four cylinder version of their historic standard bearer, the Vitara/Escuido class of vehicles? Instead, "it's" just gotta have a six, then, so what?, hey, lets butt heads with the likes of the CRV, and others, while diluting more than just a bit, the prior standard level off Suzuki offf road capabilities, (in the new GV), in the process? Hmmm, the jury still seems out re: the wisdom of it all, to me at least.... Nwdsmn.
#625 of 1048 Annoying rattle in rear
Jul 13, 2006 (3:59 pm)
Well, after racking up about 7k miles on my '06 GV it has developed an annoying rattle in the interior rear of the vehicle. It rattles when I am driving on moderately rough roads particularly when the rear passenger side tire hits a "bump" in the road. To try an pinpoint the problem, I've driven with the rear cargo cover, spare tire cover, and rear headrests removed, but the problem remains. I suspect that it is the center seat belt mechanism inside the seat but not sure. My local dealer took it for a drive, but of course they claim that they didn't hear anything...
Anyone else experience this?
#626 of 1048 Re: Here's some info on the 2007's... [dclark2]
Jul 13, 2006 (6:29 pm)
I have been waiting to see if the GV was going to get a new (or different) engine for 2007, but at this point in time, I think it would not happend. No updated V6, no diesel.
Too bad, I think an outdated engine is the only problem with this otherwise fine SUV.
#627 of 1048 Re: Bumpy Ride [norwoodsmn]
Jul 13, 2006 (11:15 pm)
I haven't seen the Motoring episode yet because I have to tape it, and I'm still learning how to use our new DVD/VCR combo.
I understand what you're getting at about the new GV. But I think we have to admit the sales figures show they made a good decision as far as the market goes. Given their background, the new GV could hardly be doing better than it is unless they were giving them away in cereal boxes.
And in most of the world, the need for a product such as you'd like to see, is covered by other Suzuki models such as the Jimny. When you look at the GV's sales last year in North America, it's easy to conclude there's not enough people who want that sort of car.
No bad vibes yet with our GV.
BTW, someone's trying to get an '06 GV exclusive website going here:
#628 of 1048 Motoring 2006, short-changed
Jul 15, 2006 (11:40 pm)
I watched the entire episode of Motoring 2006 for this week, and no segment on the GV. So I checked their schedule, and the entry for it has been replaced by the report on the Honda Ridgeline.
#629 of 1048 Re: Motoring 2006, short-changed [xostnot]
Jul 17, 2006 (9:53 am)
Are you looking for the long term road test? If you go to the Motoring 2006 website, "test drive", then scroll down to show 11 and the GV has a short video.