Last post on May 04, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Suzuki Kizashi, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#26 of 41 Re: stapleton doc's new ride [easypar]
Apr 02, 2010 (6:43 am)
I was NOT a fan of my 2009 Suzuki SX4 automatic touring crossover. In fact, I hated it. I called it the shitzhu. It had excessive road noise and the droning automatic transmission was a nightmare if you wanted to drive up I-70 into the Rockies. Now, having said that, I did test drive the 2010 SX4 touring crossover with CVT/automanual transmission. The CVT is a huge improvement! It also seemed to have less road noise. I would recommend the 2010 SX4 CVT for budget conscious folks who want a utilitarian vehicle with AWD capability. If you are a true car enthusiast, I definitely recommend the Kizashi.
#27 of 41 Re: Only day 4 of ownership in Denver, CO [ateixeira]
Apr 02, 2010 (6:49 am)
The dealerships I went to here Denver said that Kizashi is still in short supply. American Suzuki really needs to a major advertising campaign to let people know the car even exists. The dealerships here say they selling them as quickly as they can get them in. However, I have yet to see another one on the road here in my neighborhood. Despite all that, I still love the Kizashi. I not paying a premium with tons of expensive scheduled maintenances for car that feels very much premium. Now, I realize this may be a bit of gamble....the car may depreciate quickly. But, traditional luxury cars lose considerable value as well.
#28 of 41 Re: stapleton doc's new ride [easypar]
Apr 02, 2010 (6:52 am)
I owned it only 9 months.
#29 of 41 Re: Only day 4 of ownership in Denver, CO [stapletondoc]
Apr 02, 2010 (7:20 am)
Suzuki also discontinued cheaper models, so those sales are lost.
Hopefully Kizashi can at least pick up the slack.
#31 of 41 Re: No V6, no hybrid, but will VW provide the 2.0 TFSI? [ateixeira]
Apr 05, 2010 (10:09 am)
Well, I would not panic, at least not yet. GM does not have competitive hybrid technology, as a matter of fact it has none. As far as V6s goes, they seemed to be a dying breed (thanks to Hussein Obama's CAFE STDS) in midsize sedan class. Even future VW Passat is not gonna have V6 engine (they must taken a clue from Sonata). I looked in my crystal ball, and I see the future: VW TSFI turbo in the Kizashi, and this I'd buy in a heart beat.
#32 of 41 Re: No V6, no hybrid, but will VW provide the 2.0 TFSI? [googonabike]
Apr 05, 2010 (10:47 am)
Yeah, GM's hybrid is old-tech. But Suzuki is too small to design their own.
They'd be better off getting a TDI engine from VW as far as fuel misers go.
I hadn't thought about the VW partnership until this artible popped up.
#33 of 41 Re: No V6, no hybrid, but will VW provide the 2.0 TFSI? [ateixeira]
Apr 05, 2010 (12:21 pm)
Man, this (VW TDI) engine in the Kisashi, considering its able chassis would be much better match than any hybrid, and a bona fide contender to boot.
Just a few days ago I took a VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI for a long (one hour) test drive on very diversified surfaces and roads (concrete freeways and black top twisty country roads), and I was mighty impressed. Aside from huge economical disadvantage of the TDI, cost of fuel and and ca. $4000 premium compare to gasoline mill, considering VW's spotty quality and very inconsistent reliability, I would definitely stay clear from this brand. I am speaking from my own experiance and more than fair share of problems with 2002 Passat. On the other hand, I'd love to see, and possibly buy Forester with boxer TDI.
#34 of 41 Re: No V6, no hybrid, but will VW provide the 2.0 TFSI? [googonabike]
Apr 05, 2010 (12:35 pm)
They have one in Europe but it won't meet CARB emissions standards unless they add urea injection, which would make it expensive.
Apr 05, 2010 (11:34 pm)
I can't figure out why people are buying more VW's worldwide than ever before. All I hear is bad news about how they break down from this thing or that thing. Do they reach popularity merely on body style?