Unbelievable endless problems
How can everything be so wrong with a five year old car. We replaced shockers, wheel bearings, starter motor, major exhaust problems still, mechanic still cant identify current running problems, surging, losing power intermittently, leaking power steering, cruise control and CD player not working.
Shame back seats don't lay flat down when folded down
Ok so far and learning more about it as time go's on...
I helped a friend buy this car after researching.Has done 115,000km so far no mechanical problems
She wanted a small 4WD that had a proper low range gearbox .The Suzuki grand vitara was the only car that had a low range gearbox at that time and she went for the diesel.I drive it often on road and organise the servicing.
I have learnt the following with a focus on preparing the car for off road use as it lacks some things that are important and a bit about servicing
An offload vehicle needs a low range gearbox and good clearance.This ca...r has one of those things,the low range gearbox.Plus you need good recovery points. Clearance-it is not good, if you lift the vehicle to give it improved clearance with new springs,shocks and camber bolts with wheel alignment is is expensive $1200-$1800.And you need to check it with your insurance company prior.It must also be legal. You could put a higher profile Tyre on it to get it higher, but if you do different to what the manufacturers recommendation,again, need to check with insurance.Also if the car wasn't designed for the bigger tyres it is worth considering the impact on gearing and speedo etc of installing a non recommended Tyre size.I have been told not to by my mechanic.
Nothing but trouble!
I have a 2009 Grand Vitara-comfortable drive, good fuel economy-however- despite low kilometres, full log book servicing at 75 000km have had to have the cam shaft replaced, both rear and front crank shaft seals replaced. Other seals and hoses are weeping and also need replacing. Car has been in northern Australia for most of its life. Terrible treatment from Suzuki Australia when car under warranty. Very distressing.unreliable, expensive to fix.Will never buy a Suzuki again!
Bought a used 3 door, 3 years old and 23000km's (2011 model, manual). The original tyres are rubbish, not only off road but on road as well. I drive it every day to work and it commutes very well. Have had it on the beach and thru state forests and national parks and have never had a worry. Putting decent rubber on it helped enormously. The rear seats are permanently folded as I have installed a rear shelf and fridge in the rear so I can take the 2 pug dogs and some gear. The dogs love it as they can see out and help with the driving. My next p...roject will be to upgrade the suspension so I can tow a small camper trailer. As a two person tourer, it's perfect. As I've had my little Zot for more than twelve months I have added a little extra to this review. I have added a popular 2 inch suspension lift kit to her and the ride has improved immensely both on and off road. I have completed 30000 kms in twelve months and cannot sing enough praises. For me it is a great buy.
Don't buy a Vitara!!!
2008 Grand Vitara cracked block at 120,000km and 6 years old in November 2014.
Well looked after and serviced, never off road and Suzuki doesn't want to know and won't help!
I loved the car but after such poor treatment from Suzuki Australia and a car needing a new engine at such a young age I will never ever ever buy another Suzuki again.
Just bought my second Grand Vitara Prestige. Bought 2006 model new which has been passed on to my son. 235000 km and still going like a gem. My son loves it! great family car. Nine years old and travelled all conditions. Air-conditioner just chucked it in, but after surviving Australia's harsh outback conditions, 47 degrees for half the year, pretty good I think.
Don't buy diesel
I bought a 2009 diesel grand vitara back at the end of November (2014). I have had nothing but problems with it. In the 7 or so months I have owned it, one mechanic has had it for a total of 5months & have only had it in my possession all of a month. It has had the injectors replace x2, the turbo replaced, the particulate filter replaced x2, the computer recalibrated, filters, sensors and other parts replaced and countless other issues that are only continuing to get worse with it now only going 50kms before breaking down. The mechanic is at a ...loss & doesn't know what else he can do to fix it as he has sent it off to different specialist places to try to get the issue resolved. In parts itself, it has cost over $5000. The diesels aren't even a Suzuki engine, they're fiats. Suzuki needs to manufacture their own Diesel engine & fix the numerous issues before I will buy another diesel made by them. I do recommend the grand vitara, as they are nice to drive and get the job done with plenty of space, but just not a diesel.
Bought the 2008 Suzuki Vitara Diesel for the right reasons
We bought the Suzuki Vitara diesel for specific reasons. We bought the 5 door model because we use it as our city car carrying up to 5 adults in comfort. Do not buy the diesel model as a commuter model as the DPF will frustrate you. It is a very green car(zero emmissions) and the exhaust still looks brand new. We bought the diesel model to go touring and tow a campertrailor(640kg). For this, the Suzuki has little competition in it's class. it is a true 4WD and and we don't notice any change when towing. It is economical if you keep the speed do...wn to 90kmh but people usually want to drive at least 100kph. With a full tank and carrying 40litres and towing 640kg we would range about 1200km.(@ 90km). Unloaded. we've never managed to reach the stated economy where as on previous vehicles I've always bettered the official figure. There was an engine oil leak which was fixed under warranty. The DPF displays occassionally but it is not a problem for us. We have an injector warning but no effect as yet.
I had GV V6 from brand new for 8 years now ,so far no problem with this car at all. Even we offroad driving a lot .very strong SUV . Now I'm looking for to update it to a diesel engine , but with Suzuki engine don't come with an auto so . I think I have to wait for a while
Very capable off road
No protection for the radiator
Great vehicle despite some issues
I bought a used 2009 model, 2.4L petrol Grand Vitara about 3 & 1/2 years ago with the aim of owning an economical vehicle with 4WD capability, ability to fly along at 110km/hour and the power to tow a 1.6T single axle caravan. I was initially dubious of the 5 speed manual gearbox, having driven automatics for the past 20 years but soon got used to it. The car has performed well against all these requirements. It has sufficient power for most situations. Going up steep hills with the caravan can be a bit slow - down to 60km/hour. I've been on t...he beach & down some rugged tracks and the 4WD has handled it well. Fuel consumption can go down to 8.2l/100km on a long flat run and averages 9.3l/100km around town. As the second owner I have done 58,000 km so far. At 130,000km the vehicle was found to be losing coolant. An inspection revealed the cause was a cracked engine block. A new short motor was installed and the opportunity was taken to replace the half -worn clutch plate at the same time. Suzuki came to the party and accepted the engine repair as a warranty claim. This outcome would not have occurred unless the vehicle had been faithfully serviced by a Suzuki authorised workshop, who lobbied on my behalf for the warranty claim. Despite this major repair, I am still satisfied with the vehicle and am now also impressed with the action taken by Suzuki. At 150,000km in May 2017 the ESP/ABS system stopped working. Fortunately the brakes still work. Repair quote was about $2600 for a new actuator . This problem is apparently somewhat common. I have tried to obtain a second hand unit but they are rare . Some minor criticisms - the 90,000km service was quite expensive - $ 890 but then, as the above experience shows, maybe it was actually quite cost effective in the long term. The large hinged rear door cannot be opened when a caravan is hitched up or when a tow bar mounted bike carrier is fitted. (This would be the same with other similarly configured light 4WDs). With the spare wheel mounted on the rear door, the tow bar had to be extended out to fit the bike carrier. No bluetooth installed on this year model. Easy to drive, handy 4WD capability, high drivers seating - good visibility, reasonably low fuel consumption. Limited rear access and expensive servicing.
A Lot to like about the Suzuki Grand Vitara Diesel
Bought new, travelled 20ks, Great country car. Due to lack of boot space vehicle probably more suited to couple than family. Interior a bit dated and could do with some colour to cheer it up. Standard tyres only any good on highway . A/T tyres improve dirt road driving but tyre size not common so had to compromise and also pay a bit more. Great tow vehicle for smaller van/camper trailer, hardly notice my 800kg camper in tow and is rated to 2000kg. V/good fuel economy cruising at 95 kph but drinks diesel at higher speeds even when no...t towing. Home servicing difficult due to location of oil filter and plastic under body protection next to useless. I expect timing belt change at 75k to be quite costly due to labour involved and high price of Suzuki parts. I found buying accessories to be more expensive and harder to find than other similar vehicles such as Nissan Xtrail etc A clutch kit and fitting is around 3 times more expensive than many common vehicles. Some say vehicle is slow off the mark and has notchy gear box but I have not found this to be the case but I do limited city driving and it is a proper 4wd. Changing from H to L range and back can be a bit tricky at times, Suzuki need to look at this.The diesel engine is a Renault 1.9 lt and while not common in Australia there are millions of them in Europe so it has been tested over time. I would buy again but not diesel because no auto gear box or prestige options such as leather and would not recommend diesel engine for people who do a lot of stop start driving or short trips. Also the extra cost of diesel engine probably not worth it unless you religiously stick to 90-95 kph, over this and it drinks fuel like a small 6 cyl. Ride comfort on long trips. Standard safety equipment. Real 4wd ability. Good fuel economy when driven 90 - 95 kph. Exterior looks. Costly timing belt change, difficult to do simple home oil change due to location of filter, cabin could do with some colour . Very small boot space unless rear seat folded down. Accessories often more expensive than other brands.
awesome 2002 2.5l manual
Full chassis little 4x4. Not a soft roader like the new ones. Awesome little 4x4 goes real good for what it is. Not bad on fuel and I am terrible for economy. Little narrow bodied for bulky kids seats so three adults in the back would be a tight squeeze. Cheep to look after with timing chain not a firm believer in timing belts myself. Quite capable in the bush. With xrox and side sliders and a 40mm lift will be real good off road. Shift on the fly Auto hubs work smoothly. All in all a great car.
Purchased a new Vitara v6 auto petrol AWD in 2005 and have done 50000 kms, and it still looks like a new vehicle. It's performance is fantastic and road holding and cornering ability outstanding. Driving position is just right and pick up from a standing position very quick. Have it serviced twice yearly from private mechanic and have never had a problem in all this time. Dealership servicing was too expensive, and unreliable. Running costs are What you would expect, a pleasant surprise after owning a challenger which was far more expensive and like a truck to drive. Can't pick a fault with Vitara, roomy handles well and is always reliable and affordable. What more could you ask?
top little 4wd'er
Had my v6 2.5 vitara for nearly 3 yrs now and am more than happy with it. I drop the oil and change the filter every 5000kms and never had a issue with reliability. I have found if I run it on anything else but BP 98 it runs shocking, but on the 98 oct runs well.I have put a 35 mm dobinson lift in it and mickey Thompson STZ 29 inch tyres on it and never had a problem off road. I get around 460kms out of tank city driving and less country driving (loaded with camping gear and swag on roof).I do find the lack of room for storage a problem and bec...ause of that I brought a dual cab ute.Now having said that I am looking at selling the ute and putting up with the lack of storage of the vitara as I believe the capabilities of it are a match for the ute and drives better.As my young family don't want to rough it the vitara really is all I need for those camping and fishing trips and my daily driver.
I loved my Grand Vitara Sport
it's a great car for around town and off road.
I bought mine 2nd hand with 60K on the clock. Never had any issues with it. Took it offroad numerous times and performed well on soft sand on the beach too.
Ended up trading it in as i got a lease car thru work. Ended up buying another suzuki (swift) a few yeas later.
Will definitely consider suzuki again when i am looking for a new car.
stylish, roomy inside
little bit long in the body
A True 4WD; Many features to recommend it.
My budget was about $35,000 for a new diesel, true 4WD. The Grand Vitara is the ONLY vehicle in this class. The Subaru Forester X and Nissan X-Trail were on the short list, but the Subaru is petrol and the Nissan is not a true 4WD. (Subaru now has a Forester diesel but is manual and way above the budget.)
The GV is a smooth running, nice handling vehicle with a firm ride.
The interior is functional and an easy layout.
Apart from lack of space in the cargo area, the need for a 6th gear, this is a great small-sized, true 4WD, that is a very go...
2008 Grand Vitara Diesel
Great car, very comfortable to drive and handles well. Needs long stretches of driving over 80 kms per hour on a regular basis to keep the diesel filter unclogged. Handles well in city traffic and is great on sand - super light and handles really well in 4WD. Great first 4WD and can go anywhere!
2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Don't Buy!!
Had numerous problems with the air conditioning and cooling system early on which are never ending. About 4-5 years down the road it started to burn oil so much so that I need to top up 2 quarts every 2-3 weeks or so. Suzuki parts are insanely expensive for what I think are sub standard. Nissan and Toyota parts are of much better quality and cheaper.
In my country of Trinidad and Tobago the worst part of buying a Suzuki is the dealer Lifestyle motors! they have the worst customer service. I initially brought this vehicle when people told me about their good experience with suzuki vehicles (much older models though, 2003 and below), but Suzuki has lost its way with this current generation of Vitara. Don't waste your money or time on this.
Don't buy a Suzuki grand vitara
So it was a great car until my aircon started to leak inside my car down the entire passenger side of my car. Suzuki are useless. They told my they don't know what the problem is, but yet I jump on line and find the problem in 20 min. Buyer beware!!! I have the prestige grand vitara 2011.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2010
Disappointing air conditioner has a very bad design fault where the evaporator on the unit is not aligned properly between the firewall and nothing to seal between the 2 drains , which means the water eventually overflows back into the passengers floor this takes a while to happen by which time the car is out of warranty Suzuki don't want to know about it . The cost to re run drain out of car was $1,800. a comment from the Suzuki mechanic was ,these cars are usually bullet proof, this is a bad design with this model. also we purchased extra ...12 month warranty for $1000 thinking it was from Suzuki but apparently it was from swan insurance they only cover mechanical faults buyer beware . We have had the car from new , and have done 64000 k so in no way has the car been over worked ...
Questions & Answers
a v6 2.6 is selling with 250k on the clock is this end of life? - well maintained looks good. 1 lady owner
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|Fuel Consumption||9.9 L/100km||9.6 L/100km||8.9 L/100km||9.9 L/100km||9.5 L/100km||8.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||66 L||55 L||66 L||66 L||66 L||66 L||66 L||55 L|
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|Ground Clearance||200 mm||200 mm||200 mm||200 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,700 kg||1,700 kg||1,600 kg||1,850 kg||1,850 kg||1,700 kg||1,700 kg||1,600 kg|
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