2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara
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- Only smaller SUV remaining with dial-up 4 wheel drive. Rear tire mount allows exceptional room.
- Gas mileage could be better but my past Suzuki mileage has improved with age.
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My Grand Vitara is the best value vehicle I have ever owned. It has standard features that work better and are more reliable than vehicles costing $10,000 more. I don't like the handling of front wheel drive so rear-wheel drive shifting to all wheel drive when needed is perfect for me. I'm 6' 2" and can stretch my legs straight out while driving. I can also wear a fedora without hitting the roof and my 10-speed fits inside without removing the front wheel. The stereo CD system sounds and works better than the one in my more expensive G37S. I like the black interior without the leather seats---only option I don't have. Leather is stickly in the summer and cold in the winter, the black, airy material keeps your shirt from sticking to your back. Suzuki spoils you with their thoughtfulness like covering the doorsills with plastic for rust protection and easy cleaning. Like the pliable, instead of stiff seatbelts. Like the convient push button door and lock-unlock keyless start. It doesn't come with TV screen electronics but I like the easy, non-computerization controls. I had an '06 GV and have noticed several improvements. The tires and wheels are better quality and it handles better. The interior paint is now silver metalic, looks like pewter, and the horn "S" is chrome. The steering doesn't need correcting as much because it tracks better, and the transmission shift points are different. It's a solid, comfortable, speed-limit highway cruiser that can be driven for 12 hours straight with the added bonus of going off road or through snow storms. I had my first Suzuki, a Sidekick, for 13 years and never had any major problems; even the tires weren't changed until the 205,000 mark and if rust hadn't finally done old faithful in, I might still have it. During a vacation to Costa Rica, I thought Sidekicks were the national car due to its off road capabilities. I've found Suzuki can give you a bullet-proof warranty and towing with an overnight plan, because they hold together. The car is solid, feels safe and even the door hinges reek of quality. The build quality is exceptional for the price. It is a handsome, perfectly sized, easy to park car with quality materials used throughout. Pet Peeves: Although there are dual, overhead map lights, there are no backlights in the steering wheel sound, and cruise-control buttons. In "cruise" going up long grades, the car is constantly downshifting to maintain its speed. As I mentioned, the only other flaws I knew of have been fixed for '08. At speed limit speeds my '06 got a high of 26.7 mpg; a low of 19.8. On a recent trip I got 20.2 and a low of 16.9 mpg at over speed limit speeds. When broken in, I expect the new car to match the old one which I can live with. I can truthfully say that after having taken my '06 across the country and now having had my new one for 6 mos, I have never had ANYproblems with my Grand Vitaras. And the dealership offers friendly, courteous and passionate service, the best I've known. Recommendations: Buy an '08 now while prices are extremely competitive. Buy a fully-loaded GV because you get a truly luxury vehicle with everything on it except a GPS which you can have installed and moved to another vehicle or your next one. Don't worry about resale value, you can keep this car for 10 -15 yrs. And Suzuki is a coming trend setter so you'll be in the know and resale values will probably increase. I just hope they don't get too big and careless which seems to be problematical among car companies....read morehide
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- Fuel economy I get almost 30mpg in town. rides like car but truck tough
- could use more style detail on sides which appear box like
leather heated seats, full surround sound, real 4WD and traction control, sun roof slides and elevates, smooth acceleration and nice MPG.
Only thing I would change is the exterior the sides are non descriptive box like which is to bad given the great front and rear views, sides need detail.
Perhaps I over paid? Someone here got their luxury model for under 25,000? I paid almost 29,000 in New England....read morehide
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- Solid Construction, good visibility,good radio, well behaved on the road
- none yet
Purcahased 3 days ago for my wife. Took a 300 mile trip in Montana (75 plus mph and some combined city driving and the fuel economy was 24.1 mpg - this on a new engine. Did some in town driving from one end to the other and the mpg was over 20.0 mpg (combination of lights and extended two lane 35 mph zones. Just take it easy on the throttle - avolid the jackrabbit starts. This being Montana one of the big selling points was the two speed transfer case - it will be used and may give up some mpg for this additioanl gear box. The five speed auto does down shift on some long uphill climbs but the selector has a slick move to lock it into 4th gear to minimize the shifting. Back seat room is nice and the reclining seat backs for the back seat is sweet. This vehicles handles well - good tracking characteristics. Factory paint is top notch as is the undercoating. One of the most exciting vehicles we have purchased - good warranty and the keyless operation is just too cool. Nice ride! - and 6000 less than a comparable RAV4 without a two speed transfer case....read morehide
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