Used Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

1998 - 2005 review
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 (98 - 05)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4?

The JD Power customer satisfaction survey has highlighted some faulty switchgear and controls. Electrics were a weak spot on the previous model, too, according to data from Warranty Direct, so check all switches and knobs.

The engines are generally very reliable, given proper servicing. However, because the service interval for all models is 6000 miles, it's tempting for owners to skip the odd one. Check the service history for any missed stamps and buy only if there is a full record.

Watch out for off-road damage, particularly on the underside, bumpers and suspension. There was also an important suspension-related recall on V6s and diesels over concerns that the studs on the front strut mountings may shear. Suzuki dealers fitted upper and lower reinforcement plates to the suspension turret and new strut mountings.

Generally, though, there are no major concerns over reliability or build quality, and a cared-for Grand Vitara should be largely trouble-free.

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