Last post on Apr 25, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV
#4 of 5 INSIST these problems be fixed
May 27, 2009 (10:40 pm)
Kara0611, At 32,000km (~18,000mi), our oem tires are less than half worn out. This is not uncommon. You don't sound like you drive like a maniac, so I suspect your GV is out of alignment. I've posted over and over about this. Not only will this kill the tires, it's a safety hazard. Rapid tire wear means the vehicle is always skidding a bit, which means early loss of control in marginal situations. And lousy traction on snow/ice. It also means lower mileage and extra wear and tear on the driveline. Suzuki knows how to fix this, and on another forum a Suzuki mechanic has described fixing this problem. The unacceptably frequent failures to fix it does not mean it can't be fixed.
The light bulb problem is just unacceptable. It's not like it could be caused by abuse.
If the dealership won't fix the alignment and the electrical problem, send a letter by REGISTERED mail to Suzuki America or Suzuki Canada. Include proof that your dealership has failed to fix the problems. Point out that part of what you paid for is the warranty, and Suzuki is not upholding their part of the sale
#5 of 5 2007 Grand Vitara Tires
Apr 25, 2010 (8:05 am)
We have a 2007 Grand Vitara with 64,000 miles on it and we're on our fourth set of tires on the rear of the vehicle. We took it to the dealer who insisted "over inflation" was the problem and that the alignment was "dead on. It came from Suzuki with Yokohama tires, they wore out on the rear after 26,000 miles. We put Bridgestone Turanza tires on the front and moved the original Yokohama’s (which were still in great shape) from the front to the rear. At 47,000 miles the Yokohama’s were bald. We put new Bridgestone Turanzas on the rear at that time and had the alignment checked, it was perfect. At 64,000 miles the Bridgestone’s on the rear were bald and needed to be replaced. Meanwhile the Bridgestone’s on the front are still in great shape after 38,000 miles. The tires wear out in the center . Excessive wear starts showing after only a few thousand miles and by 15,000 to 20,000 miles safety becomes an issue due to extreme wear in the center of the tire tread. The vehicle also feels very unstable at the rear end, on wet /icy/snowy roads at nearly any speed during the entire life of the tires. With safety in mind, not to mention the cost of replacing these tires so frequently, we are trying to raise awareness to this problem by getting enough Grand Vitara owners together to potentially/hopefully get some kind of recall for this problem with Suzuki Corporation. We have set up a facebook account for grandvitaratires and have also opened a gmail/email account - grandvitaratiresgmail.com. If you are interested in helping to expose this problem, please respond to either place. If anyone is aware of other established sites for this complaint, please respond with that information.