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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#854 of 1050 Re: 2006 Grand Vitara Luxury [shuckapeafarms]
Feb 26, 2008 (7:06 pm)
I want to update readers on my 2006 GV!
The tire problem was as suspected! Suzuki used the wrong calibration at the factory and mine did need realignment. NO, I did not hit the curbs or anything else that affected the alignment. It did this from day one.
The electrical problems stem from faulty speed sensors on the rear wheels. My extended warranty cover both defects.
Overall, I like the vehicle but feel we shouldn't be experiencing these kind of failures on a $25,000 vehicle in the first year or two of ownership! Suzuki also had problems with the auto tranny but did make modifications to correct it. Hopefully mine is one of the modified versions. They also used a plastic part on the power steering pump that has given people nightmares but they have owned up to it and rectify it at no cost to the customer.
I feel they should own up to the rest of the KNOWN factory defects and repair those free of charge to the customer also.
Please also note that Suzuki used various Geolanders on their vehicle and not all were equipped with 280 tires. Mine were G93's that the dealer insist were 40,000 mile tires. I got about about 20,000-25,000 before wear was totally noticable however, with the alignment defect, my right rear wore completely out at 25,000 while the other three still had significant tread at 40,000. It was definitely the alignment and the dealer informed me he had numerous complaints---some that tires were replaced and others that were not. Unfortunately, I had to purchase a new set to which Geolander was not my choice of tire!
#855 of 1050 2006 GV Door Lock Problems
Mar 11, 2008 (2:51 am)
Has anyone had any problems with there keyless entry. My door locks do not function properly. I have changed the batteries in the remote and I still cannot lock the doors without using the key. The open door icon on the dash indicates the doors are open and there not. Could this be an electrical problem?
Any help would be appreciated
#856 of 1050 Well, the POS is gone...........
Apr 03, 2008 (8:49 pm)
Well, the Suzuki lemon from hell is now gone. I am now the proud owner of an Icy-blue Mazda MX5 Miata Grand Touring Edition with a 6-speed auto. Consumer Reports "Best Buy", J.D. Power "Best Buy", Car & Driver "10 Best" in the world, Road & Track, "Best Buy"............
No more burning, smoking, vibrating, gas-sucking, saggy-leather, buzzing, clicking, creaking, gear-hunting, no-balls Suzuki products for me anymore.
ZOOM-ZOOM baby! ZOOM-ZOOM!
Ha! Ha! The '08 Mazda Miata is pure fun and I am loving it!
Bye-bye you POS Vitara
Best regards, EX-Vitara4me
#857 of 1050 Re: 2006 GV Door Lock Problems [den54]
Apr 03, 2008 (9:19 pm)
Have you had an alarm system installed? This can foul up the keyless entry, and then you have Suzuki and the alarm vendor pointing fingers at each other. Been there, doing that.
We had the power door locks quit working on another car. It had blown a fuse. I'd have your dealer look at this since presumably your GV is still under warranty.
#858 of 1050 Re: Well, the POS is gone........... [vitara4me]
Apr 03, 2008 (9:24 pm)
What did you tell the person who bought the GV about it? Sorry to hear the GV was such a pia for you, and that Suzuki wouldn't sort it out. But it's good you're now free of that hassle. Take care.
#859 of 1050 Re: Well, the POS is gone........... [vitara4me]
Apr 04, 2008 (3:54 am)
I'm glad that you're happy with your new aquisition, but I just cannot understand someone who goes from a 5 seater 4x4 not really intended for gaz economy, neither performance, to a 2 seater performance oriented car, as I would never buy a 4x4 if I wouldn't need its characteristics. It's unrationnal.
#860 of 1050 Problem with 06 Grand Vitara clutch repair
Apr 09, 2008 (11:15 pm)
I had my clutch replaced and the mechanic cannot get it to work now. It workd for about 2 hours then the clutch pedal goes to the floor. I have had nothing but issues with this vehicle and it is undriveable now. Can anyone help?
Jul 15, 2008 (12:36 pm)
Scuttlebutt "out there" seems to suggest the '99 2.5L Grand Vitara derivative 2.7L engine currently motivating the GV, will finally be history soon.... If the rumors are correct, at long last finally an up to date modern fuel efficient GM designed 3.2L engine, (built in Japan), will find a new home under the hood of a tweaked '09 Grand Vitara. Most notably [also] seems it may have rear discs replacing the current rear drums, and some other new bits and pieces here and there along with some minor cosmetic changes. Further, (and I sure hope this one is true), they will be bringing in the 2.4L inline four 5 door also. One source even suggested we may get an appropriately woodsey looking new forest green one to boot. If this info is accurate Suzuki will at least have a chance of recouping [some] of their former customers by closing the huge gap left upon discontinuation of the basic utility oriented four cylinder "Vitara" model. Now if they just don't do a Suzuki on us by loading that particular model by giving it an auto trannie only, etc., in hopes of maximizing profits in year one, or no low range gear set either [of course] until a few years after its released, if they can avoid all those woeful past mistakes, some of us could finally be attracted back into the fold.
Should caution here none of this has been personally observed as having been writ in stone yet, and represents a gleaning of postings from various sources. So I am waiting myself to see if these dreams really will come true for '09.
#862 of 1050 Re: FINALLY [norwoodsmn]
Jul 15, 2008 (1:12 pm)
Hey norwoodsman, welcome back. I have to say something, you were right.
We still have our GV, unfortunately. It's OK, but there are many other vehicles out there in the price range that would be far better choices. Our GV has held up, unlike vitara4me's, but it has visited the shop a couple times. I never saw the oil leaks but they said they were there and it was fixed under warranty along with a few other minor issues. Strange but that happened twice. I think they just wanted some work.
Suzuki never did reimburse me for tires wearing out by 16,000 miles, they said it was normal.
AND just wait till you want to trade the ol zuke in. It's not worth s!#.
We decided to drive the zuke into the ground and then off a cliff since that will bring more satisfaction to us.
Not only will we never buy another Suzuki again, but I was also looking at the Suzuki Hyabusa for a bike and said no way and bought the Kawasaki ZX14.
I hope you find the right vehicle,norwoodsman. Let us know what you do.
#863 of 1050 Re: FINALLY [budman3]
Jul 15, 2008 (5:13 pm)
Yo, bud! Thank you. I've always tried to tell it like it "was" re: my general experience(s) with Zukes. As mentioned way back when?, maybe take a little comfort knowing at some point "they", (all Suzukis?), seem to pass through "a teething period", then settle down to give a long reasonably reliable service life. At least that's my experience with prior models, though they were less complex than the current GV. Also find a mechanic at a dealership somewhere who knows ALL the idiosyncrasies of the beast, and put him on your Christmas card list.
For additional relief, Rx: "Take dirt and call me in the morning". Seriously, I used 18 year old "Rusty" last week en route to tying into a four pound bow at a deep woods lake hereabouts. Just me and the Loons. A soft roader could have made it but probably would have suffered loose nuts by the end of the day. So use it well out there off the beaten track to help bring forgetfulness re: those on road issues.
Additional since this am: Found another July post stating that in the home market in Japan the 3.2L, 230hp six, with improved mileage vs. the current 185hp 2.7L, is debuting under the hoods of "Escudos", (GV's), NOW. It is joined by a new 2.4L inline four that makes166hp. Again speculation is both of them will show up here for the '09 model year. Will they be more refined in other ways as well? Once again, only time will tell. Regards. Nwdsmn.