Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4?
Most of the Suzuki Grand Vitara’s mechanicals are simple and trouble-free, with few problems of note to complain about. Watch out for examples that have been used hard off road, though; look for lots of mud in the wheel arches, scored brake discs from stones getting trapped in the brakes, or scuffing and scraping to the sills and lower parts of the front and rear bumpers.
Also check the interior for signs of wear. The Vitara’s plastics are not particularly high-quality, so they scratch easily. A car with a heavily scratched interior has probably led a hard life.
Be aware, too, that diesel versions are prone to clogged particulate filters, because they were often bought by low-mileage drivers when they were new. This sort of driving doesn’t allow a diesel particulate filter to self-clean, which it can only do at motorway speeds. A good, fast drive every couple of weeks should keep the filter clear, but beware cars that haven’t been driven this way - their particulate filters might be too clogged already, and need expensive replacement in short order.