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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#837 of 1050 Look at me previous postings.........
Nov 06, 2007 (11:24 am)
My 2006 Grand Vitara almost caught fire pulling a trailer to Las Vegas, in the wintertime! Can you imagine if I tried that in the summer?
It also still has the vibration problem. The dealership replaced the transfer case, and the vibration is "less", but it is still there. I feel it everyday when the transmission shifts into 4th gear.
Now it has developed yet another problem. I go to Las Vegas at least once a month. I drive there by way of the 15 freeway. On at least 6 different occasions, I had to turn off the air conditioning because of toxic fumes coming into the passenger cabin. It only happens when the outside temperature is over 100 degrees. Well, it always over 100 degrees in Vegas in the summer, and I have to drive around in my new 2006 Grand Vitara with the windows DOWN, because my wife and kids can't breathe.
In Vegas in the summer, you MUST have air conditioning. It is just too hot.
Of course, the dealership cannot duplicate the problem in California, so they tell me, "No problem found, vehicle is ok".
My vehicle must have been built on a Monday, after a long Japanese holiday, and all the Suzuki factory workers were still drunk or hung over.
Suzuki has the attitude that if they have worked on the vehicle, and replaced parts, therefore, the vehicle is now fixed. Strange logic.
Well, WRONG Suzuki of America. Just because you work on my vehicle, it does not mean that you have actually fixed anything.
Hey, before you guys flame me for my comments, try reading prior posts so that you can see what kind of problems I have had with this vehicle.
#838 of 1050 Re: Look at me previous postings......... [vitara4me]
Nov 06, 2007 (10:14 pm)
I'm somewhat amazed at the variation in owner experience different people are having. Subarus are like that too.
I'm not going to criticize you. Having a problematic new car is enough without adding insult to injury. I'm somewhat peeved because Suzuki dealers won't do anything about the baggy leather seats. But that's nothing compared to your GV problems.
I noticed that there's a piece of styrofoam under the floor carpet right where yours would have melted through. The styrofoam is to level out the floor. Seemed like an odd thing to find, but why not?
Hopefully something will bust on yours and then it will be easy for the dealer to fix it. Or carefully document all these hassles and force a buy-back.
#839 of 1050 Re: Look at me previous postings......... [vitara4me]
Nov 07, 2007 (5:03 am)
Sorry, I did not mean to "flame you for your comments."
Although "Edmunds" has a great forum,sometimes looking for previous posts can be cumbersome.
I only have 12k on my 07 GV. I haven't experienced any major problems with it. It does get pretty crappy gas mileage for a mini suv. (17-18mpg rural)
I will have to wait and see how the tire wear does.
I also have an 02 Impala that is a total lemon!!
I wish you the best of luck with "Suzuki of America!"
I hope they fix their customer service problems!!
#840 of 1050 Re: Look at me previous postings......... [revjim64]
Nov 08, 2007 (5:10 am)
About the tire wear, watch them closely, there is a Suzuki TSB about it, some GV came out of the factory mis-aligned, they do correct it for free at the dealer.
I got my GV almost 2 years ago now, no problem at all so far, just had to do the regular maintenance (oil, ...), it's still running as a champion.
I wouldn't consider my gas mileage too bad for a compact SUV, I get around 21mpg (us gal.) average, (around 17.8 city driving and around 26-27mpg on highway. It is a little bit better than my previous Cherokee that was about the same weight and size.
#841 of 1050 Power Steering Belt Tensioner
Nov 21, 2007 (4:04 pm)
Just thought I'd share a problem that I had with my '06 GV this past weekend. At this point I've got about 48,000 km. on the GV and have never had a problem with it that was not of my own doing.
But this past weekend we drove from Edmonton to Calgary for a visit. When we got to Calgary the power steering stopped working. I was able to still steer the GV but it was not easy, especially when the vehicle speed was slow.
I did get it in to a Suzuki dealer, who on a Saturday where they only work half a day and were already totally booked, still took my GV in and repaired the problem. Turns out that in '06 they used a plastic part to keep tension on the belt around the power steering pump. The new GV's now have metal tensioners and this is what they replaced in my GV now as well. The repair was covered completely under warranty.
Had I known that this plastic power steering belt tensioner was a weak link in an otherwise great vehicle, I would have replaced it on one of my regular maintenance service visits... even if I would have had to pay for it myself.
Hope this experience is of value to anyone out there with an '06 GV. I don't know when they changed to metal tensioners, so not sure if this also affected some '07's.
#842 of 1050 Tire Wear
Dec 14, 2007 (2:42 pm)
Last week we took the GV in for the annual Pa inspection. The vehicle passed but the mechanic told us the tires were just off the wear bars and should be replaced soon. With only 17000 miles and rotated every 3000, the Geolanders wore out prematurely. We went to the local Suzuki Dealer with our complaint. After inspection of the tires they agreed to the premature wear. Today the tires were replaced along with a four wheel alignment compliments of Suzuki. This is the only problem to date and we are very satsfied with the performance and gas mileage(high 20s)...I think it's a keeper.
#843 of 1050 Re: Tire Wear [tim66]
Dec 14, 2007 (3:04 pm)
Wow, thanks for sharing. I hope my dealer is just as generous. Although from what I've been told by the Suzuki dealer, and tire dealer (Kal Tire), OEM tires are much softer rubber and wear out prematurely vis a vis after market tires. I have about 25000 KMS (about 16000 miles) on my Geo's, with only one tire rotation, and the 2 that were on the front are beyond the warning treads. I'm running new Geo winters on steel rims now, but come Spring, I'll be seeing if I can get the same deal you got !!
#844 of 1050 Re: Tire Wear [denverleigh]
Dec 14, 2007 (3:20 pm)
I will say that our wear problem was from the soft compound as all four were worn evenly across. The only downside was the Dealer stated this is a one time deal and we had to take the same type tire that was on the vehicle. Was hoping for a different brand.
#845 of 1050 Re: Tire Wear [denverleigh]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:22 pm)
I imagine you know the tires are supposed to be rotated much more frequently than that. It's especially important on the GV because of the negative camber on the rear wheels. You need to rotate them to the front to even out the tread face. Ours have 21,000km on them, and are not visibly worn. They look good enough that I haven't bothered to measure them.
#846 of 1050 high idle/ acceleration problem
Jan 07, 2008 (7:15 am)
I wanted to find out if there are any 2006 GV owners that are having a probvlem with a high idle or acceleration problem. If your vehichle just revs up to a high RPM or any kind of a racing of the engine. My dad was in an accident a couple of days ago and was gassing up his GV. When he was done he put his foot on the brake to put the GV in drive and the car revved up and he said it happened so fast that the car took off and he hit the garage of the gas station. He is alright, but I wanted to find out if there are other people experiencing similar problems.