Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (2001–2005)

What's good

Importantly, the engine has a timing chain rather than timing belt for long term reliability.

Front suspension is independent by MacPerson strut; rear is a solid axle on five-link trailing arms.

Suzuki generally 3rd lowest average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 43.23 v/s lowest 31.93) www.reliabilityindex.co.uk

What to watch out for

Only three star 2003 NCAP crash test rating and no stars for pedestrian safety.

One report (24-12-2004) of problems with tyres.

2nd generation XL-7 2006-2009 was a USA model with a 3.6 litre V6 developing 252PS.

Surprisingly, this was apparently the 'basis' for the massively modified Suzuk XL7 in which Nobuhiro Tajima made a record breaking run on the 2007 Pikes Peak hillclimb. He made a subsequenbt record breaking run 2011 in a specialist 910PS car badged as a Suzuki SX4, but actually nothing remotely like an SX4. That is the current overall record of 9 minutes 51.278 seconds, 10 seconds under his 2007 time in the XL7.

9-4-2012: Fuel tank lifter pump prone to breaking up.

30-10-2012: Inlet manifold swirl chamber butterflys can get cummed up by a build-up of carbon due to the burn cycle of the engine. Injectors can seize in place and be very difficult to remove.

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