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Suzuki Kizashi

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  • Yep! Those are 18'' wheels,20 spokes each! I know...cause I clean each and every one! And to me,they look better than the upgraded 18''ers! But as someone stated earlier, other companies have surpassed Suzuki,just think of the Bluetooth in the base model Kia Optima,but I was willing to forego it because of the aggressive looks. As promised, fuel economy.....I live on a military post,lots of 30 mph zones,15 mph etc.And I drive to PT,then home,work call,then home for lunch.Back to work at 1 pm,then home for the evening at 5 pm,and I live 2.5 miles from home! I average app.25 mpg,here on post! On the interstate,I get about 35.7 mpg at 70 mph! I love this car! Oh did I say that I love this car?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited October 2012
    well, we have something in common then, because I love this car, too. I don't think Suzuki is going to be leaving the American market. They don't subsist on U.S. sales, for only one reason. Come on!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    From a past press release...
    "American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today reported August 2012 sales
    of 1,968 units. SX4 continues to lead sales with a 2% year to date sales increase ...

    This is all their car lines for the month of August. Seriously, they are hanging on by a thread. U.S. sales cannot be profitable for them or their dealers. For comparison, Toyota sells this many Camrys in about a day or 2.
  • that, like Mitsubishi, they don't in any way depend on American sales at all. They both have huge Japanese parent companies that just take them and have them play puppet games in America for our benefit completely. I know, that last part was kind of goofy, but, the point is, if you like a Suzuki Kizashi or a Mitsubishi Lancer, buy one for goodness sake.

    Any competent American certified mechanic will be able to work on it for you and you will get a really good car from each Japanese automaker, too!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Yeah,but they don't have to! That's the beauty! I , for one,don't like driving cars that everyone and their mothers have,It's just me! For me it about exclusivtivity. If I can have a great vehichle,with a decent price,and a few of the bells and whistles,then I'm good. I'd forgotten all about Mitsubishi!!
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    The only problem being that one of the reasons that Suzuki and Mitsubishi are losing dealerships and sales is that while their cars are decent, the competition is mostly better and definitely updated more often. Buy a Suzuki if you can get a really good deal. However, when the Kizashi is compared with what is now the best field of mid-size cars ever available here in the US, it is no longer ranked anywhere but near the bottom of the pile. It is the oldest design among them all (Sonata, Camry, Fusion, Legacy, Optima, Malibu, Passat, Altima, Accord) and with no firm update in sight. It is arguably a better choice than the Chrysler 200 (which will also be renewed to a much better car in about a year), and the Mitsubishi Galant (if that is still being sold), and is probably a better choice than the VW Jetta against which it matches up well.

    Suzuki made a big mistake by closing and consolidating dealerships in an attempt to sell more cars per dealer. All they did was kill more sales. Then they got into a pissing match with VW after VW came along to prop them up.

    There is something going on with the leadership of that corporation that has demonstrated no understanding of how to market cars in the US. There motorcycle sales have been nothing to crow about for several years now as well (they didn't even import any 2010 models in order to clear out old inventory). Europe is beginning to dry up for them as well. A third of its profit comes from home country Japan's sales, where interest in cars among young people is on the decline. Maruti Suzuki in India is a bright spot, and nearly half Suzuki's sales occur in India. However, labor unrest there has cut into sales and profits.

    I don't know what the answer is, but they need more than what they are fielding. Saturns were decent cars too at the end.
  • i guess all we can do is enjoy the ride while it lasts! But you're right. They do need to re-think their leadership! Being super good in India won't help them here in the states! They need to be more like Nissan.....They have models for example in Europe, (I lived for 19 years in Germany) they cater to the styles, wants and needs of the population. For example, I've owned a Nissan Almera,3 Nissan Micra's and 2 Nissan Primera's. Primera= Infinit G 20. The Maxima didn't do well there,because Germans tend to stick to what they know,Beemers and Benzes! They also don't have Altimas. Maxima and Altimas cater to American tastes,while Micras and Almeras,which are hatchbacks,cater to Europeans. So Suzuki has got to learn how to straddle the fence,and know when to jump down and play in others'yards.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    An ex-dealer for Suzuki was quoted as saying the President and upper management of Suzuki live in their own little world and are very difficult to do business with and will not take any suggestions from their dealers.

    A little "sour grapes"? Perhaps, but some of it rings true if you look at where they are at today.
  • Wow! But they can get together and put put out a car that's pretty damn good,give it a bold name then sit back and leave things to their own devices....That's crazy, but like you said, look where they are today!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited October 2012
    both automakers are putting out good, competitive product. I would buy my car (a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS) before I would buy a Honda Civic, Ford Focus or Dodge Dart. Easily. That's just for starters. Nobody else in here has test-drove or investigated the compact category car from Mitsubishi besides me, that being of course the Lancer.

    As for mid-sized rigs, the smallest mid-sized rig offered is the Suzuki Kizashi. I have read everything I could get my hands on about the car and test drove one and I can tell you that you would not even be close to getting ripped off buying a 2013 Suzuki Kizashi. Solid, great ride, great handling, stellar looks and fair price.

    What more could you ask for? Warranty? How does 10 years and 100,000 miles sound to you guys?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    The Kizashi is a good value if you plan on keeping it until if falls apart. Otherwise, resale value (except at a Suzuki dealer to buy another) is almost non existent.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    So, have you driven the 2013 Honda Civic, Ford Focus or Dodge Dart? And stellar looks are in the eye of the beholder. The Kizashi's looks are more bland than say the Dart's. And that is just one example. You love the Kizashi...buy one! They are relatively cheap, compared to the competition. And you can keep it a long time, as that 10 year warranty implies. For most of us, the lack of dealerships and lack of updates is a big problem.
  • Hey guys, been following this post awhile and wanted to weigh in. I too love the Kizashi, sephia, just pull the trigger. I had a 04 BMW 330XI that was just killing me with maintenance and repair and I kept going back and forth on trading it in towards a Kizashi. I've tried many compact/midsize sedans including the new focus, dart, the legacy and impreza, the optima and I'm a former accord owner. I think it comes down to what the foremost expert on wine, Robert Parker says, "Drink what you like."

    I used to sell cars years ago and its amazing how many people buy what vehicles other people like or what the automotive press likes. Consumer and press feedback has its place but you're the one driving the rig and putting the money into it. If you love it, what else matters? Someone will always come out with the latest, greatest, fastest, best rated etc. down the road.

    Almost all modern vehicles will get you well over 100k without much issue. All are far safer than vehicles of just ten years ago. All will have far more technology as well. For me the Kizashi just spoke to me. I took it for a short test drive, loved it, almost pulled the trigger but walked. Later I tried more cars and was convinced I wouldn't make a move after driving a Legacy that on paper looks as identical a car as possible and I just didn't care for it.

    I drove the Kizashi again and remembered why I liked it so much. Handsome looks, well appointed cabin, sporty handling and steering that make it fun to drive, helpful tech like blue tooth integration without being overwhelming (the focus was like driving a flight simulator and my wife drives an 05 that we love). AWD which for a Mainer who drives 20k miles a year is great along with all the additional corrosion prevention on the vehicle. I can't come up with a better package, for me.

    This is my long winded way of saying stop doubting yourself. Drive what you like. I'm the proud owner of a new 2012 Kizashi Sport SLS in Azure Gray Metallic. Others might prefer the Optima, Sonata, Legacy, Fusion et all but you're not buying a car for them, it's for you.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited October 2012
    This is my long winded way of saying stop doubting yourself. Drive what you like. I'm the proud owner of a new 2012 Kizashi Sport SLS in Azure Gray Metallic. Others might prefer the Optima, Sonata, Legacy, Fusion et all but you're not buying a car for them, it's for you.

    Bingo! You hit the nail on the head. I am a car guy and I find out about new releases way before they hit the sales lots. That's why I was only happy ta drive the 208 miles NW of Willcox, AZ, to buy our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. The fact that I own a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red is probably the only reason I don't own a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. In silver.

    I may one day buy a silver Kizashi but won't until we get more thousands and thousands of miles out of our '08 Lancer GTS. The Lancer GTS has about 95,700 miles on it and is running like an absolute champ, and I plan on keeping it running that way, so I won't be pulling the trigger anytime soon on a Kizashi.

    As to Suzuki leaving, who knows? They might. But Mitsubishi won't leave the U.S. market. Mark my words. You read it here first, Mitsubishi won't be leaving the U.S. marketplace.

    Ever. Oops. Don't ever say ever. Never. I don't even think Suzuki's gonna be leaving the U.S. market either. You see, Suzuki is just pulling your chain by even doing poorly here. As I was told by an Avondale, AZ, Suzuki salesman, Suzuki doesn't need ta be here. Their parent company, like Mitsubishi's parent company, funds their automotive "branch", if you will. Get it?

    They're not hanging on U.S. profits like some junked-up U.S. daytrader. :shades:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I couldn't have said it better myself! We tend to want to please our friends! I remember someone saying about my BMW convertible,that the back seat was a tight fit! Like I would care,with my wife and I! Like you,the car just spoke to me!!
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    They will continue to sell cars here until Suzuki Corporate is tired of pouring money in to American Suzuki Motors.

    It's a risk to buy any auto manufactured by this company. You could have an "orphan" at any time.
  • This is true and it's risk one takes but I think it's overblown. Suzuki has been selling cars in the US for a long time and they have large market share in other countries. The Kizashi is a world vehicle and therefore parts would still be manufactured and available even if they pulled out of the US market. I can't say it wasn't a thought when I was considering buying this car but you know there's no guarantee I don't step off the curb today and get hit by a bus. Sometimes you have to overcome your fear of the worst case scenario or you'd never get out of bed in the morning :)
  • So true!! I mean, look at Saab! I used to love Saab,would buy one in a minute,almost did while in Germany! And they'd been around for years too! And although they fought,in the end it wasn't enough! I didn't see this as taking a chance when I bought my Kizashi. I saw a great car,and I wanted it. Life''s a gamble,sometimes you just gotta play! And ,since I still have ties to Germany,where they also sell the Kizashi, I could still get parts. But let's cross that bridge when we get to it,ok?
  • you didn't take a gamble at all! Anyone buying a Suzuki will be just fine. I don't know what the big feeling of trepidation is for. Any competent mechanic will be able to work on your Suzuki and a good parts place like NAPA will be able to run your parts down in one of their cool 2006 Scion xA's. In white. In 5-speeds. With fog lights.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Ha ha ha! Good deal! No , i am not afraid! Suzuki has never had a dealership on every corner,but then neither has Saab,VW,BMW, Mitsubishi and a few others! So I'll have to take a drive to find one..big deal! I love to drive! And speaking of such, it's a nice dry day here in Kansas....... Think I'll swerve on down to Wal-mart,and yes.......I will be taking the long way.....At least 5 miles til I am off post,then a fast sprint down the interstate for about 4 miles,where I'll downshift like i'm in the Formula 1,and I just might let the tires scream a little!!! Kizashiiiiiiiiii!!!
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