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Suzuki SX4. Would you buy this car?



  • mandi79mandi79 Posts: 12
    That's true, but on the other hand there would be a benefit to having a manual when going to drag strips. AT is slower, and not as quick off the line.

  • I bought my SX4 in November of 2006, and I really do love the car. It doesn't get stellar gas mileage (I average about 26 mpg), but it is decent gas mileage considering it is AWD. ..and I love the AWD. I use it all the time in the winter, and with the snow tires I put on this car, I can swerve around and pass SUV's all day long. You simply can't compare this car to some of the gas mizers out there since cars like the Aveo, Mazda 3, Kia Soul etc, etc, do not have AWD. That being said, I have had a few disappointments.

    1) 1st, the gas mileage is decent, but this car has a very small gas tank (11 gallons). I used to drive a Kia Sportage, and with my commute, I would have to gas up twice a week. With the Suzuki, I am in the gas station just about every day. I have to or else I'll get stuck too low on gas either coming or going.
    2) I bought the Manual to get more horsepower out of the car. I've never had a problem either keeping up with traffic or going up hills etc. Being able to downshift for more power is the difference. I would bet this car is VERY poky with an automatic. The problem here though is, even going just 65+ miles per hour, the engine always sounds like it is ready for take off. The first few weeks driving this car I kept thinking I needed to upshift when I hit 60 miles per hour, but nope, I was already in 5th gear, the last gear. So keep that in mind: if you do a lot of highway driving, this car is noisy. And because mine is revving so hard all of the time, I have to be careful to maintain my oil changing regimen. I change it every 3500 miles like clock-work and the old stuff comes out black as night with very little viscosity left. I'm currently experimenting with blending some synthetic in as well to make sure my engine is protected.
    3) My only other negative with the car, and this is a biggy, is the terrible warranty. There basically isn't one. 3 years and 36,000 miles is nothing. I've had mine for less than 3 years and I am at 57,000 miles. ...and like a lot of other SX4 owners, at 55,000 miles (2.5 years), my AC unit went and it cost close to $2000 to fix. Nope, not even close to being covered by warranty. Nothing is. There is a 7 year, 100,000 mile powertrain, but read the fine print, almost nothing is covered by that either. Now I knew the warranty was crappy going into this car. My complaint really is the fact that in less than 3 years, the clutch assembly to the AC unit can wear out already, and even more amazing is that when it did, the dealer wasn't anywhere near willing to fix it under warranty. They have just had too many of these fail and Suzuki has never issued a recall. I then discovered that both this AC issue, and a problem with rear axles leaking is a big problem with these cars and neither is covered under any warranty since neither present themselves until after 36,000 miles.

    So I do love my SX4, and don't regret buying it per se, but it is not the "Home Run" I used to think it was, and honestly, knowing what I know now, don't think I would buy another one...
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    This AC thing really worries me as I am more than half way there to the 50,000 mile mark and I personally don't have an extra $2000 laying around. Here in Louisiana it is just about impossible to drive without it. I don't know what I would do. Trade before it happens I guess.
  • nace818nace818 Posts: 140
    I too am surprised at all the dealership closings. Mine also closed. If I have a major problem, my car would have to be towed about 45 miles. Even a small problem would be a big inconvenience. They were open one day with plenty of cars and two days later I drove by an empty lot. I may not have bought my SX4 Sport sedan if I had known.
  • mandi79mandi79 Posts: 12
    Our dealership also closed shortly after we purchased the SX4 Sedan, but we found a great dealer in Sanford, FL Mastro Imports. It is about an 1 1/2 drive, but totally worth the drive, they our a great company.

  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    And you must have rocks in your head. What's wrong with you? An hour and a half drive one way? They are "worth the drive?" For servicing your SX4 sedan? I would think your time is more valuable than that. If the dealer network is shrinking and these
    cars are presenting issues, if it was me, this car would already be history. That is, if I could find a buyer to buy one of these. I guess keeping the vehicle and driving 3 hours( round-trip) for service and warranty is worth it to you. As former tennis star
    John McEnroe said, "You CAN'T be serious!"
    To me, a vehicle like this is not worth it, given its issues and low resale values.
    Enjoy your (frequent) long drives for servicing at Mastro Imports.
  • Your point may be well taken, but let's try to be more polite.
  • even how you get your vehicle serviced is kind of a personal thing. If it works for mandi79 to get their SX-4 serviced an hour and a half drive away then so be it. As long as the SX-4 keeps running right that's the important thing.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I got my SX4 Crossover because it's the lowest cost AWD hatchback. Those of you who disparage the SX4, what low-cost AWD hatchback would you recommend instead?
  • when it came out. I waited just about another month and decided to buy a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. Wanted one of those more.

    But I still like the Suzuki SX-4 and love looking at them out on the road. They look fun to drive and I don't see how anyone can beat their low-priced AWD functionality. And Suzuki is no slouch at kei-class car production. They lead Japan in kei-class carmaking. I look at an SX-4 like it's a kei car.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Might as well take this with a laugh.
    I did the same mileage for 1 entire year when I was going out with my girlfriend, got married, had to move, had kids, then divorced, paid lawyers, had to sell my business, appartements and I'm back to 0.
    Making that mileage to get a car fixed and coming back home happy listening to music and enjoying your car... that's nothing.
    Let me tell you, the're are things in life worse than that.
    Road Assistance can't do something about this (compensate)?
  • I can only speak for my car, but in the 7 months I have owned it I have loved it! I got the 5 speed manual and it has handled every hill, turn, and type of traffic imaginable. I am a big man and even after a 9 hour drive I felt fresh.
    I think people have to remember what they are buying. I saw CR "complaint" from one man who said he hated the car. He listed about 15 things he didnt like. Then at the end you find out he was comparing it to a C series Mercedez Benz!
    Considering the price point and functionality, I find the SX4 cleverly put together with a nice ride and reasonable gas mileage considering the size of the engine. I traded my Honda Pilot for this car to save money (son going to college! Yikes!). I loved my Pilot but this SX4 has been a hoot to drive and very reliable. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • a_ca_c Posts: 2
    edited February 2010
    Very pleased with my 2008 SX4 purchased summer 2008. It's fun to drive, steering very positive and the manual trans is very crisp to shift.

    The mileage isn't great but I new that when I bought the car. The AWD IS great. I have to go up a hill to get out of my neighborhood regardless of what street I use. When it snows here I always go up the steepest street that is not normally plowed until 2-3 days after the snow BECAUSE I CAN!! Last year, right after an overnight 6" snow I even stopped half way up to let another car back out of their driveway and go down the hill. Two people shoveling their walks stopped shoveling to watch me slip N' slide then back down the hill. I think I disappointed them as I simply restarted from where I was and drove on up the hill.

    The dealership that I bought the car from closed summer of 2009 which was a downer not only because of warranty and service concerns but also because they threw in free oil changes and tire replacement for life. Suzuki has addressed the warranty/service concerns by contracting with the best Lincoln/Mercury dealer in the area (excellent reputation for both their service center and their body shop) to handle warranty and service. Good move Suzuki.

    Would I buy another. Good question. I normally wouldn't expect to replace this car before 2018-2021 and predicting what the auto market will be that far out is beyond my crystal ball. However if a semi drove over my SX4 while it was parked at a rest stop tomorrow I'd sure replace it with another SX4.

    For the record I've had no problems what so ever.
  • For the record, as well, I'm very happy for those who have and/or had a much better experience with the SX4 than I did. I do not doubt that Suzuki can make a good product. Unfortunately, I did not have the same experience with my car, a SX4 touring with automatic transmission. In retrospect, a manual transmission, or an automatic with auto-manual, would have been a much better option for me. This automatic transmission groans and loses considerable speed with the smallest of inclines---not to mention the highway going up the foot hills and the Rocky Mountains. One can forget about using the cruise control when faced with gradations/inclines on the road because the same thing happens then. There is still the question of having to replace my passenger seat because of a malfunctioning air bag sensor. So, for those who think I am comparing oranges to strawberries. Let it be known that it matters not what badge is on the car....I would still have the same concern no matter whom made the car.

    I have not given up on Suzuki, however. I recently test drove the Suzuki Kizashi. It is more substantial car that does not appear to be plagued with the same loss of power (and it gets the same mileage as the SX4...if not better). It will probably replace my current car in the not too distant future.

    No doubt the SX4 is the right car for some folks.

    Hugs and Cheers all around!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    edited February 2010
    this new Kizashi of Suzuki has my interest as well. Let us know if you decide to buy a Kizashi. I read in an ad in a car mag yesterday that Suzuki spent over a billion dollars developing their new Kizashi. Wow...that's a lot of money.

    Suzuki is now partly owned by VW and is selling cars in India. VW recognized their kei-car prowess in Japan and signed on to get their small-car expertise for the Indian market.

    I remember being quite excited about the new SX-4 crossover when it came out. I still like the SX-4 but most of the initial excitement has wore off. Early reports on the Suzuki Kizashi are good where I've read them. Good steering, handling, stereo, power and pickup, even soft feel of interior fabrics.

    Stitched leather for all seats? Or just certain loaded-up Kizashi's? Have to check that one out. I like the look of this car-sort of VW Jetta-like only a bit different. Different in a good way, though. ;) I'll be following the consumer reaction to the Suzuki Kizashi pretty closely as it looks to be the best midsize car for me on the market and I think about that size of car as being appealing to me from time to time.

    There's the new all-electric i-MiEV coming out from Mitsubishi and their concept PX-MiEV gas-electric larger than Outlander hybrid SUV and their proposed Lancer GTS Hybrid that all have my attention as I continue to drive and enjoy our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. This new Kizashi from Suzuki is right up there neck and neck with the Mitsubishi's vying for my next automotive purchase dollar.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Three days ago, I traded my red 2009 SX4 AWD Touring automatic Crossover for the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD CVT/auto-manual in platinum silver. In the past, I was a consummate car snob, only wanting to drive European cars like Saab, VW, BMW, and MB. Seriously, no one has ever accused me of being a Suzuki apologist. Then, Kizashi converted me into a Suzuki believer. I love the Kizzy!!!

    I cannot say enough great things about the Kizashi!!! It feels, looks, and drives like an expensive European car; not unlike the '05 C240 4matic Mercedes I owned in the recent past----but without paying a premium and without $$$$$ A & B scheduled maintenance. If you have not test-driven this car.....go find a dealership and try it. You will certainly be impressed.

    For those critics and car pundits, who are afraid to give Suzuki and the Kizashi the respect it justly deserves, I dare them to find a car anywhere that offers all the options, athleticism, and handsome aesthetics of a Kizashi for less money. One certainly cannot find that at Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, BMW, Audi, VW, Infiniti, Acura, or Lexus. And yes, the Kizashi can compete with those folks easily.

    Let it also be known that I test drove the 2010 SX4 AWD Crossover with the CVT transmission (with auto-manual). The CVT/auto-manual makes a world of difference---at least for me. It could climb the foothills and highway I-70 in the Colorado Rocky Mountains easily. I would highly recommend it.

    I can only hope my opinion of the Kizashi and Suzuki doesn't change after a few months' and/or years' ownership. I look forward to owning future generations of Kizashi.

    In the future, I will offer more comments in the proper Kizashi section of the forum.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited April 2010
    Congrats on the new ride!

    Here's the link (but I guess it'll be moving from Future Vehicles soon if they are at the dealers):

    2010 Suzuki Kizashi.....Very Nice!!!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You may want to write a review and read what others had to say in our Consumer Ratings which you can access from here.

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  • joeyrabjoeyrab Posts: 65
    edited December 2010
    I am looking at either the sx4 hatch or sedan with a manual transmission. It seems with this car you either get a "good" one or a "bad" one. It seems for the most part the car is decent. In my readings here, it appears they had a problem with airbag lights, and "shimmying", I hope 2010 models have them rectified. Also for the member who's oil is as "black as night" makes me wonder if the engine is kind of "crude", not efficient like a Toyota VVT-i for example. I hope alot of early problems have been rectified. I really like this car and will be test driving it soon....Does anyone know if Suzuki engines are know to go 180,000 miles...? I wonder if they are as durable as toyota, honda, etc...
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