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Mr C thomas
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.6 VVT 3dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)
a good car, despite all reviews, instead of comparing it to other 4 wheel drives, compare it to other 1600cc engines, which i have had plenty of previously, and this is well on par.
i brought this to get me out and about in the snow, as i live in the country, therefore a Chelsea Tractor is not needed.
A great little Car
Decent 4 x 4 With reservations.
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 8th June '11)
Bought this Grand Vitara DDiS 5 door in Sept 2007 because we live in a hilly rural area with no public transport and needed 4wd for winter reliability.
The car is comfortable but not sharp to drive, rolls quite a bit due to it's height, it is reasonable on diesel for its size at about 36 mpg. Tyre wear not too excessive.
In deep snow and ice it is excellent, driven sensibly, will cope with any public road in winter.
The bad side is that it had 4 recalls (sometimes for apparently petty items) which, as we live 35 miles from the dealer, leads to expense and inconvenience.
Then at 31,000 miles and well inside the warranty the front brake discs needed replacing (rust!). As the car had never been neglected or abused I asked Suzuki to pay for the repair, they refused.
Then at 39,000 miles there was an issue with the exhaust particle emission filter that was fixed under warranty. Next we had a light collision near the front nearside wheel with a pheasant, which broke the exterior temperature sensor behind the plastic bumper, causing the engine management problems, raising the question of the sense of putting such a vital part in such a vulnerable area.
Servicing too expensive, road tax far too expensive especially considering that we use the car everyday as a necessity.
Looking under the car there are suspension parts which have never been properly protected and are showing surface rust.
Later we have had a towbar fitted and it has been excellent for towing a small caravan with plenty of power in reserve for hills.
I see that the OTR price for a new one is now around £23,000 and I certainly would not buy one at that price as I think there are better alternatives...
Suzuki Grand Vitara
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr (Review date: 28th May '11)
The Grand Vitara comes in at the low end of the price range for a really good performing 4x4 off road. Whilst the petrol is not as economic as the diesel it is a quieter engine. The car performs well on the road and it is a comfortable and spacious beast. The longer wheel base means the room is plentiful and with alloys as standard it is a good looking car.
value for money 4x4
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.4 VVT SZ4 3dr (Review date: 29th April '11)
the suzuki 3 door will not suit everybody because of lack of rear space but as only me and the wife use the car it suits us,the weekly shop which usually means five large shopping bags fit nicely into the luggage space without having to fold the rear seats down
I opted for the 2.4 petrol engine as i thought the 1.6 would be underpowered for the 4x4 system,the 2.4 engine is a real pocket rocket,in third gear it pulls like a train,great for overtaking slow moving vehicles.
The fuel consumption is always 27-32 however i seem to drive the car,obviously higher mpg on motorway runs but have never bettered the 32mpg although only done 17,000 miles so far so engine not fully run in yet.
The suzuki dealership that i use have been excellent,not cheap but excellent.the dealership informed me at the second service that the brake disc,s were wearing like a vinyl record grooved and the brake pads and disc,s were replaced free of charge under warranty,cannot fault that for service
The only real gripe i have with the 3 door is the ride over poorly maintained roads,not pleasant and comfortable,much jiggling and pitching but thats the price you pay for a short wheelbase vehicle
GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v X-EC 5dr Auto 2007
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v X-EC 5dr Auto (Review date: 28th March '11)
I like it's look and exclusivity but petrol cost is a downer. Only been able to average 24.2 at best and that's by not exceeding 60mph on the motorway. It is a proper rugged midi offroader; unlike those swollen hatchbacks parading as 4x4s. Love its wide swinging boot door.
1. Good load size
3. Non pretentious
4. Reliable but not cheap to fuel and auto box not as refined as would wish, probably an extra gear @ the top to reduce revs would help with frugality.
Looks good but poor quality
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 1.9 DDiS 5dr (Review date: 10th March '11)
The car looks good, has good space and is very practical.
I have owned my vehicle for 5 months and had the following repaired under warranty:
Crankshaft rear oil seal
Transfer gearbox gasket
Front prop shaft
Anti roll bar bushes
It also has a rattle deep behind the dash.
The problem is that these are not isolated to my car, a quick trawl of owners club sites will demonstrate that other owners are having the same problems. In addition starters are burning out and thermostats are sticking.
In my opinion this is due to a lack of development around the Renault sourced engine. Its a transverse engine fitted in line.
Fuel consumption is high 20's at best. I have driven three of these, mine and two on loan. All have unacceptably high amounts of vibration from the engine transmitted through the car. The gearbox has poor synchro and baulks on changes, again identical in all cars.
I personally think this car is under developed and flawed.
A comfortable and reliable piece of engineering
SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.0 16v 5dr (Review date: 2nd March '11)