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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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19 reader reviews for Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4.
  • 2.0 TD 5dr

    derek mcewan Date: 26/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the Gran Vitara from new. In three and a half years, it had not had one single problem. It has clocked up 40,000 trouble-free miles and, for the money, it has a reasonable turn of speed.

    Although the engine is a tad noisy, the versatility and economy more than make up for that.

    It has travelled all over Europe and I have decided to keep it until it expires of natural causes, which hopefully is a while away, and buy a second car with a bit more comfort and speed. All in all a very good buy.

  • 1.6 16V 3dr

    Sue Atherton , Selkirkshire . Date: 26/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After owning this car for nearly two years, it has been plagued with problems.

    For the first two months, the car was a dream. It was the first new car I had ever owned. Then at three months, while overtaking, the car just went dead, lost all power, the engine management light came on and then restarted by itself.

    This was terrifying as it was in traffic. I hate to think what would have happened if it hadn't restarted itself. The car was temporarily parylized.

    This happened two or three times again while it was waiting to be seen to. The dealership where it was purchased could not find what was causing the fault. The car was returned to me but within a couple of months the fault was reoccuring.

    Various engine parts where checked but to no avail. Now the fault has reappeared and is causing major problems.

    The dealership has discussed the problem with Suzuki, who claim they have never heard of the fault - yet I myself have found forums where other owners have detailed exactly the same fault on this model.

    In addition, two weeks after my car went in for the second time, a second vehicle went in with an identical fault. The only comparison is that both cars, although different ages, both had an almost identical mileage of 25K. The car is also running at 13.5mpg and that is not town running but on the open road.

    As a 4x4 the car is a star.

    My advice, though, as for purchasing: think hard before getting one. I am getting rid of mine very quickly.

  • 2.0 TD SE 3dr

    derek damper Date: 05/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is much maligned (unjustly). People seem to miss the distinction between the Vitata and the Grand Vitara.

    Mine is a face-lifted 2003 model. The interior was vastly improved from the old one.

    The best thing is how it drives. It has 235/60R16 Tyres. It is normally rear-wheel drive so the steering is neutral and it is very easy to drive - and, if in the mood, you can get oversteer on demand.

    The 2.0 Tdi (Peugeot-sourced 108bhp) is excellent - and for those that say it is too noisy - I say IT'S A TRUCK, so it suits the personality of the car.

    I traded in a BMW 735 for mine and prefer the Suzuki. I also got three years' waranty and servicing in the deal.

    Highly recommended (and available for £12,999).

  • 2.0 TD 5dr

    terence mainwaring , rct . Date: 25/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned this vehicle from new, I have found it to be very reliable as well as economical.

    The diesel engine is noisy at low speeds but at 60mph it is on a par with most petrol-engined vehicles I have driven.

    Two minuses are the small lugage space and the lack of leg room for rear passengers.

    If you're looking for a low-priced reliable 4X4 then the Grand Vitara is the vehicle for you. I would not hesitate to buy another Grand Vitara.

Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4

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