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Suzuki SX4, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, SUV
Oct 15, 2006 (3:53 pm)
yeah, I am highly suspect of this report suddenly "sprung" out like a Dateline show or something about supposed 2007 Suzuki SX4 problems. How come nobody reviewing before this has published anything remotely close to these complaints before?
Owners of the 2007 Suzuki SX4 please do put your SX4's through some "paces" and see if you can duplicate any of these "problems" while you're out driving and report what you find. As rjared1 said it behooves you to find out because as a group you do have a better chance of getting a fix done at no cost to yourselves. I smell rotten Karl Malone socks though on this one. Very suspect report...reads like a mock witchhunt of some sort. You'd think the car in question is a 1999 Kia Sephia or something.
#368 of 734 Re: rjared1... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 15, 2006 (4:16 pm)
I would also be interested in knowing the channel or network this program was presented on. I'd make sure I watched. And I'm sure lots would be interested.
#369 of 734 Re: 5-Speed Test Drive [leseuldaniel]
Oct 15, 2006 (5:01 pm)
I too would be interested in this 1 hr program.
It would be interesting to get feedback from real owners with real experiences. Brakes, noise, other experiences... positive and negative feedback.
#370 of 734 TPMS - tire pressure system?
Oct 15, 2006 (6:08 pm)
I know not many here have an SX4 yet -- but any info on changing the tires with out messing up the air pressure monitor system.
on that note any feed back on the stock Bridgestone tires are in snow (again I know this hasn't been out during winter yet - but any previous cars)
thanks in advance,
2007 Suzuki SX4
2005 Isuzu Ascender
#371 of 734 about that review again
Oct 15, 2006 (6:47 pm)
Sorry I did not mean to upset anyone with that review. I'm in Canada, and the show is called RPM. Although it's in french (Quebec) this is the auto show with the biggest audience in Canada. The guy is really serious, not affiliated in any way with any auto maker and has been running his show for 8 years. The concept is as follow: every week he takes a car, bring it to a certified Canadian Tire auto center and shows and explains everything about the car, engine, trans, brakes, suspension, etc... He actually removes the tires shows and explains the braking systems, direction, suspension, everything. He notes any new technology and comments. All this is done then he goes on the track to do a 0-100kmph acceleration test, a 100kmph-0 braking test, sloping, doging, whatever.
He is really serious about his thing, and very trusted. He evaluated the yaris sedan, the caliber and the versa the three weeks before. One full hour for every car! You can see the car's behaviour live, so you don't have to trust his word only.
In any way, all I've described earlier has been shown: 0-100kmph acceleration gets decent time, but slow to start. The car's front plunges significantly when braking from 100 kmph and the distance is around 44 meters, when yaris and versa go around 39. Industry stadard is 40 The front wheels were jumping a bit during slalom...
there were other good and bad points about the car, but I can't remember all:
other good points: Good radio, no engine vibration inside, conmfy seats, security systems, powerful (but noisy) ventilation system, large windows
other bad points: washer fluid reservoir neck very small, with electric connections right underneath (so don't spill) tiny tiny rear pad (although the disks are nice and big) unidirectional rear suspension (ie absorbs on the way up, but drops strait when going down, plastic inside the rear door poorly assembled on his vehicle (JX AWD, auto), only 4-speed auto.
Anyways, the guy does not have anything against suzuki, his last review of the Grand Vitara was great. But here again, unless you need AWD, the yaris, versa and caliber got better reviews from him. It all depends on your need, and he would say.
Anyways, I was not pleased very much since I was considering the car, but I just can't ignore what I saw .If you have any specific question about the car, I can tell you if it's been discussed in the show.
Oct 15, 2006 (7:19 pm)
oh and by the way, the suspension issue is not a 'problem' per se. As he said, it's just that to offer a nice and unexpensive AWD car, suzuki had to cut costs somewhere. Cheaper or as he would say some 'very conventional' suspension, direction and braking components was their way to cut costs. Basically meaning you get what you pay for!
#373 of 734 Re: about that review again [leseuldaniel]
Oct 15, 2006 (7:19 pm)
I'd like to watch this show...
but so far I have to say the SX4 is great for what I needed. Just traded in a 2002 Montero Sport which is (was) much bigger, slightly more power. Also netted about 17 mpg and since I have a 100 mile round trip commute to work each day. And I live in CT where we get a good amount of snow on and off during the winter. Did I compromise - with out a doubt.
Only had the SX4 for a few days thus far - I got to say its quick enough, solid enough, comfy enough and "cheap" enough to buy and enjoy! I knew it wasn't a "fast/quick" road rocket.
as you stated maybe its only a good choice if AWD is the number one "need"... but I'd like to think the SX4 is a good choice either-way.
did he go into any details on the awd system?
#374 of 734 Re: about that review again [leseuldaniel]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 15, 2006 (7:51 pm)
It doesn't look like the SX4 show has hit the site news but here are a couple of translated links about it:
TQS (gotta love the translation - "The next emission of RPM")
#375 of 734 Re: about that review again [leseuldaniel]
Oct 15, 2006 (9:29 pm)
Good to know about the extensive review. It'll be interesting to see the English translation. Always funny to see the translation programs at work.
I actually agree with the reviewer that if you don't need AWD, there are a ton of good cars that would probably be better choices. I wouldn't even look at the Suzuki if I weren't a believer in the benefits of AWD
I too was disappointed by the live axle rear beam suspension (like the old and new Ford Mustang) and I'm not suprised braking suffers with the extra weight of AWD. Another big factor in braking is tires. Good tires can make all the difference. Subaru's don't do all that well, although their brakes have gotten bigger recently.
It will be interesting to see some performance numbers... hopefully in the near future.
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