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You are in the Suzuki SX4
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Suzuki SX4, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, SUV
#238 of 734 I think that the one you were
Sep 30, 2006 (8:09 am)
driving was working right, arkainzeye. You are right, it is the extra weight of the AWD system that is in part weighing the 2007 Suzuki SX4 down a tad.
Here's where I'm coming from. To me the extra weight is fine. I am currently driving a 3000lb. 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4, which, yes, has available 4WD. The Sportage has gotten me out of no less than 4 snow/ice incidents in the last 2 years. I want my next vehicle to have 4WD. What has me captivated with the SX4 is you can toggle it to 2WD(FWD), AWD-Auto for rain traction(up to 50% of the power can go to the rear wheels if needed)and AWD-Lock. When in AWD-Lock your 2 axles are actually locked together-that's right-you're in 4WD then, man! Awesome! I plan on taking my SX4 up the Mt.Graham road here in SE Arizona. Mt.Graham has an observatory at the top that the Vatican has a telescope on(yep, it's working fine). Also, the U.of Arizona is building an observatory that has a new state of the art technology of mirrors they're employing that, when done, is going to be the most effective telescope in the world for clarity and depth of view. It blows the Hubble telescope out-o-the water, man.
So, I want to head up there. Sometimes when I go traveling it will no doubt get nasty. Therein lies why I want a 2007 Suzuki SX4.
Did I mention wonderfully good looks? Italian design in it's body. State of the art electronics abound. Purchase price?
Only $14,999 for the 5-speed. Gentlemen-that is a flaming bargain. Suzuki is offering '0'% interest financing. I plan on test driving within the next few days-I'll keep y'all updated on my impressions.
Oh, 2007 Suzuki SX4 tires. They're installing P205/60R16 Yokohama's at their Japanese factory. The Japanese Suzuki factory is installing these Yokohama's for our U.S.market. The reason I mention this is that Fiat and Suzuki are also building 2007 SX4's at a factory in Eastern Europe-Hungary IIRC. So, we are no doubt going to get P205/60R16 Yokohama's on our 2007 Suzuki SX4's. Very, very cool, gentlemen. These Yokohama's are great tires.
I put some on my 1999 Kia Sephia back in early 2000 with my tax refund and my little Sephia was immediately turned into a bad little driving machine. No kidding. The car handled so much better, tracked so much better and took bumps way better.
The 2007 Suzuki SX4 picture just keeps getting clearer and clearer and clearer to me. This will be my next rig, men.
Sep 30, 2006 (9:02 am)
I forgot to look. Are the Yokohama tires all season mud and snow rated?
The base model sticker is good price. Not sure about the Sport though. For example, real world prices of Subaru around here are quite good. Today's paper had Forester X's from $18.5k. I've seen even better deals with the $2500 rebate Subaru had on the 06's. Hopefully Suzuki will offer rebates next year and make it an even better deal.
Speaking of bargains, for the person looking at the Aveo. They are going for $8k. The new base 2 dr Hyundai Accent is selling for $8.5k.
Of course, you could by this used Accent - for more than sticker. )
#240 of 734 I think that the one you were
Sep 30, 2006 (3:49 pm)
Can you get the base model with cruise control? I NEED cruise. I would like the Sport because it comes with cruise. hey i was just wondering. does anyone who owns one can you tell me how the headlights are at night? I know alot of honda fit owners are not happy with their headlights and the test drives were during the day so they never noticed anything.. Which little car is it that comes with a Blue Tooth cell phone adaptor built in. its basically a handsfree device for your blue tooth enabled cell phone from what i understand..
#241 of 734 Re: Well, here's another way to look at the new [arkainzeye]
Sep 30, 2006 (3:50 pm)
That's about the 5th time you've posted that info. and opinion. Can we move on? Obviously if higher torque and higher mpg are important to you, you need to look elsewhere. Be prepared to pay more then if you want AWD, or don't get AWD.
#242 of 734 Re: I think that the one you were [arkainzeye]
Sep 30, 2006 (3:58 pm)
The Versa has a Bluetooth option.
Or, a really nice headset that allows hands-free use of any cell phone, in any car (including the SX4) costs about $30.
#243 of 734 Re: Tires [erics6]
Sep 30, 2006 (4:45 pm)
Personally I wouldn't consider any car that doesn't have AC and ABS. You may not get those at that price. I also agree with the NHTSA that stability control saves lives - something my '04 Jag. X-Type didn't have, and found it to be rather disconcerting on the ice.
Also, especially in a small car I think side-airbags would be a definite want. You'd seem awful stupid to end-up crippled or dead in an accident without those features; but people could say you saved a few dollars by buying a lesser vehicle.
If you are looking to buy an SX4, I would assume you want an AWD vehicle. The competitiors to the SX4 thus would be the Caliber RT, the Jeep Compass and Patriot, the Impreza, and maybe the small utes of several companies. The competitors for the SX4 would not necessarily be the Fit, Versa, and Scions which are FWD only. If you want FWD and high mpg (high 30's), that is a different type vehicle than the SX4.
The SX4 is an alternative to the small SUV's.
#244 of 734 Re: Well, here's another way to look at the new [kernick]
Sep 30, 2006 (5:00 pm)
so posting FACTS bothers you? would you rather someone Lie to you instead? ok i will the sx4 has 100FTLBS MORE torque than anything in its class!! Feel better about the sx4 now? you should
#245 of 734 Re: I think that the one you were [iluvmysephia1]
Sep 30, 2006 (5:34 pm)
you said suzuki is offering 0% interest?! for how many months? I didnt see anything on their website about incentives for the sx4. When i asked my local dealer a week or so ago he said there was NO incentives for the sx4. is this something they just started to do? that makes the deal more interesting since dealers arent cutting any deals on these New suzuki's
#246 of 734 regarding Yokohama tires...
Sep 30, 2006 (7:10 pm)
Don't get too excited. Yokohama Geolandars were standard equipment on my 2004 Suzuki Aerio. Cruddy tires. The Geolandars were (I think) summer performance oriented meaning that they fared poorly on snow and ice and had very poor tread life. I believe they were rated for 30,000 miles which is basically the basement for tires. Mine didn't last 30K, and I read many accounts of people having to replace their tires well short of 20K.
I would not be surprised if Suzuki uses the same or similar tires for the SX4.
I'm not saying that ALL Yokohamas are bad, though. My replacement set of tires are 80,000 mile warranty all-season performance Yokohamas which, combined with the AWD, fared much better in winter conditions.
Sep 30, 2006 (8:01 pm)
While many magazines have compared the SX4 to the Honda Fit, Yaris, Versa... it's actually supposed to be lower priced alternative to the Impreza, Matrix, Patriot, and Caliber. At $16,399 for the GT manual, the SX4 isn't competitive with the Impreza. Subaru has lowered the MSRP of the Impreza to $17,995. For your $1,600 you get almost 40hp more and independant suspension. Let's not forget there is currently NO aftermarket for the SX4. If you're considering this car, just wait a couple months for the HUGE discounts to start. I'm guessing you'll be able to buy a loaded SX4 for around 13 grand in a few months. The hot deal right now is the Saab 9-2x. Dealers are selling the 2.5i linear around here for 17 grand.