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Suzuki SX4. Would you buy this car?

frank77frank77 Posts: 3
edited March 25 in Suzuki
I've been searching for a used car for 2 months now!
Matrix, Mazda3, Spectra5, Elantra hatchback, etc.
At least visually I really like the SX4
One just showed up at a dealer near me: 2007, 16000 miles for $13000. They are holding it for me.
But I just went onto Consumer Reports to read owner reviews that were not good. Apparently reliability issues and warranty issues? Now I'm not so sure and I have an hour to decide.
Any advice?????
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  • rangnerrangner Posts: 336
    It sounds like you're not in a position to make an informed decision. Forget about the "gotta get it now" thinking. If you're there, they've got you already. Look into what options are on the car, maintenance records etc. Then relax and if it makes sense to you then buy it otherwise walk away
  • Take another look at this months Consumer Reports. They rated the Suzuki SX4 as the 3rd most realabile vehicle on the market. Gk
  • I have my SX4 Crossover for a year now and so far I have no encounter any problem. I check the new reviews in CR and all were excellent (circle with full red dot) especially its reliability! Before it was not recomended by CR now it's a YES.
  • CR is not a foolproof nor statistically sound system. I recommend you not take them as the Word of God.

    Any "reliability report" that gives different rankings for identical cars, like Ford Taurus vs. Mercury Sable, or Pontiac Grand Am vs. its Buick or Chevy siblings, has some serious flaws.

    Enjoy your new car.
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    All of the reports I have read have been for the most part very positive. I bought my SX4 Sport about two months ago and really love it. I've already put 5000 miles on it and no mechanical problems so far, only the accident I spoke of on another page and it held up really well.
  • I've had my SX4 Crossover for almost a year and I still love it. The only issue I've had with it is that the tire pressure sensors are very sensitive to cold and has lit up the past two days of very cold - for South Carolina - weather. I've got over 8000 miles on it, and have not had one minute of trouble out of it.
  • I've had my sx4 since Sept. 06 when it first hit the lot. i have 40,000 miles on it and everything seems to be messing up. My sensors are all screwed up, had to have a new AC put in, transmission is missin, not to mention the lil rust spots on the car from salt and poor clear coat
  • I bought an sx4 jx and iI'm really impressed. It gets good fuel economy for an AWD 28-32 mpg highway. The suspension offers a comfortable ride and good handling. 143 hp is quite quick around town, very nimble, good brakes, outstanding visibility. The fuel tank is small, you don't even get the windshield washed before you are full! That's enough for 250 miles. The structure is strong and the comfort features work well. It can tackle 12 inches of snow and win. Recently took my 5speed 300 miles through the rockies was passed once by a bright yellow mustang with the bulged hood he must have been proud to own a car with 3x the hp and twice the price of my car. The low gears suit the mountains. On th flat it will do125-130mph what more could you want for the price! Dealer was excellent and regular service is cheap cheap. If it seems slow, buy the 5 speed and drive it at 4-6 grand and you won't feel that way anymore.
  • I cannot recommend this car to anyone. I've had the car 3 weeks and already it's in the shop for an airbag service light. Apparently, the passenger seat is malfunctioning and must be replaced. I can only look forward the check engine light, ESP malfunction light, warped doors, leaky A/C, etc. At this moment, I am waiting to get the car back from the dealership so I can get rid of it. Don't waste your hard earned money on something that is going to fall apart before the warranty expires and has incredibly poor resale value. Buyer beware!
  • Funny, strange....I took my new SX4 crossover touring automatic up the hill from Denver on I-70 towards the Rockies....and it had a difficult time keeping up with the traffic....engine growled like it was fighting for its life....Needless to say, I am very unhappy with my recent purchase. Believing all the hype about comsumer reports and the positive reviews online was such a huge mistake for me. I'm beginning to think many of the reviews were paid adverts by Suzuki to better its horrific reputation here in the USA....just my opinion though. Perhaps I am bitter and jaded because this new car is at Shortline Automotive already being repaired for a faulty airbag sensor in the passenger seat (very common problem for this make of

  • sunnyb1sunnyb1 Posts: 4
    Hmmmm, its posts like this that make me think I should forget about getting a SX4 and get a Nissan Cube instead. I'm sorry to hear that you're unhappy w/ your car. Are there any other issues that you've had with it?
  • perry99perry99 Posts: 43
    Don't judge the SX4 based on bitter stapletondoc's posts. See his/her post on the "Suzuki SX4 Crossover" forum #88 and my and others' followup postings.
  • Automatic transmissions are frequently sub-par for optimizing power in small cars. I got my SX4 with a manual transmission specifically so that I could gear down when I need extra power for hill climbing, acceleration, etc.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    how is that manual transmission. one of the reviews i read said the manual was clunky. is this truth with the newer SX4?
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    I have a SX4 Sport with a manual also. Yes I have to agree that it is a little clunky. But not irritating enough that I would wish for the automatic. I like the extra power. There is one thing I don't understand though. All my life I had the understanding that manuals got better gas mileage than automatics, but this manual is rated 1 mpg less than the automatic. If anyone knows why, please explain. Thanks.
  • The only problem I sometimes have with the manual transmission is that if I let the clutch out too fast and don't give it enough gas, I'll sometimes stall the engine. I see that as my own klutziness, not a criticism of the SX4. I occasionally did the same thing on my previous car, a Kia Rio. The overriding consideration for me is the extra power I can get with the manual transmission.
  • mandi79mandi79 Posts: 12
    I bought an AT, and I can say that I will never buy another!!! I love manual, and I got an auto because I thought it was time for a change, bad move in my opinion! The auto's are slower off the line, and they seem to have more problems with the trans.

    Thanks Mandi
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    I've done the same with the stalling. Very embarrasing at a red light with cars all around you!
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    one plus about the auto trans are. if something goes wrong with it, its covered under the warranty. like if it slips. If your manual slips they are going to blame the clutches and then blame you cause NO one covers the clutch. even if it is defective you would have an impossible time proving it was defective and Not a cause of drivers error..
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    Yes, the clutch is a wear and tear item. I try to be careful by letting it out all the way between shifts and NEVER rest my foot on it at any time. Also at long red lights, rather than holding it in I slip in neutral until the light is almost ready to change. I hope this is a good way of minimizing wear.
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