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Suzuki Vitara Maintenance and Repair

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  • geversgevers Posts: 1
    I dropped off my 02 zr2 tracker 2.5L v6 11,000 mi with a possible head gasket leak on drivers side. It is leaking oil where the head meets the block. Anyone had this problem?? Otherwise great vehicle
  • HOT WEATHER - FUMES:
    Gas-like fumes enter passenger area from engine during very hot days.

    COLD WEATHER - 4x4 WON'T WORK:
    On very cold days at altitudes around 10,000 feet the 4-wheel drive won't work. It's fine at lower altitudes; and was fine at higher altitudes in the summer. But it doesn't like it high and cold.

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    Anyone else have these problems?

    HOT WEATHER:
    We brought our 99 Grand Vitara to Colorado from Eastern Canada last summer. During very hot days we noticed a fumey-gas-like smell entering the vehicle from the vents or from the direction of the engine. Have any other drivers noticed these 'fumes' in hot weather?
      
    We understand the charcoal filter in the engine fills up with fuel in the hot weather to avoid dangerous expansion in the gas tank. However, the charcoal filter can't seem to keep up on very hot days.

    COLD ALTITUDE:
    Someone suggested the pump may need replacing to engage the 4x4 at high altitude in cold weather. Anyone else have this problem?
  • jb12798jb12798 Posts: 1
    Only 64,000 miles on a 5 speed 4x4 Grand Vitara and the engine locked up.

    It is at a Suzuki dealership now and I am hoping to get assistance in fixing this problem from Suzuki. I get oil changes every 3,000 miles and take care of the car.

    They found the #3 crankshaft bearing spun locking the engine. The district manager is involved hopefully to get assistance.

    They have told me 'With so many miles on the car (I stopped them there and told them 64,000 is not a lot of miles. They said it is a lot of miles when you consider the 3yr/36,000 mile warranty.

    I am new waiting to see if they stand behind there car.

    Anybody have any similar problems or #'s at Suzuki I can call to get assistance?

    Thanks
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    The last post (#86) makes me wonder if this vehicle is worth buying. I just looked at brand new left over 2002 Grand Vitara X-7 4X4 and they are advertising $ 6000 off the MSRP. Very tempting, as this brings the price down to about $ 19K, but I need a reliable vehicle, not something that will not last 70K miles. What happened to the old Japanese bullet proof vehicles that you could drive 300K+ miles on the original engine? (Toyota trucks, 80's Honda Accords, etc)

    BTW, the statement by the manager that 64K miles is " a lot of miles" is BS. I sold my 92 Mazda Protege with 125K miles on it and it ran like a car with a new engine, most likely good for another 100K. No engine problems at all - ever- in 7 years of ownership. Any modern well built passenger car or truck engine should last at least 150K miles when properly maintained.
    I also own a 95 Nissan 4X4 SE V6 pickup with about 76K miles on it. The engine has been absolutely trouble free. I know several people who have almost 300K miles on the original engine on V6 Nissan trucks and still running strong. I think I will stay with what I have.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    The GV motors are Japanese made so 64K being a lot of miles is pure horse......you know what.
    Stay with this and get them to work with you on a new motor.
    My rig has been utterly reliable and I would not trade it for the world....well maybe for an XL7!

    Keep in mind zuki has a 7 year 100K powertrain warranty if you are concerned.
  • tony1011tony1011 Posts: 1
    My 2001 Suzuki Vitara has 73k on it. I only have it 18 months. The cost to replace
    the compressor will be $850.00. Suzuki refuses to to a goodwill gesture to
    repair it. The dealer Ertle Motors in Stroudsburg Pa refuses to speak with me.
    As anyone had a problem like this with this model.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    YOu might check aftermarket parts houses for that part. 850 is a bit high for an AC compressor.
    ANd, no kidding, try Ebay....you'd be amazed at what is on there.
  • tensionertensioner Posts: 1
    My 2000 Grand Vitara 6cyl needs the timing chain tensioner replaced for the second time ($1,072). This is what causes loud clicking engine noise. The first went at 39,000 and was covered by Warranty, and now again at 58,000. Has this been common? Should Suzuki be covering this repair? Any advice is appreciated.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Unless they can prove your maintenance is not sufficient.
    Do you have an extended warranty?
    What was the cause for the first failure?
  • My 99 GV didn't pass the Emission part of the inspection. I was advised to take it for diagnostic testing which I know will cost me. I purchased this car through a dealer and it only had a 60 day warranty. It came with the inspection and everything else! And though I purchased an additional warranty it doesn't cover this part of the car! R&S strauss claimed that they couldn't fix the problem b/c of the year and make of the car is too new???
  • I am having the same problem with my 99 GV not passing emissions insp. I have been told by the service tech at the dealer to just drive the car and I have placed over 1500 miles on the car to try to get through the drive cycle and it is not working. Just wanted to know if anyone knows what to do?
  • I went in to Firestone today to order tires to replace the originals on my '99. The service manager told me that he serviced two '02 Trackers this week, and both had smashed condenser fins identical to the damage to mine. Neither owner had a clue anything was wrong. He suggested they could either go to the dealer to try to get the condensers replaced under warranty, or to bring the Trackers back when the A/C quit. He assured them he would know exactly where to start the A/C diagnostics. As far as I know, neither Suzuki or Chevy has acknowledged this design flaw. My replacement condenser still looks brand new. I have run the A/C constantly for the past four months, but I did no driving in blizzard conditions last winter.
  • I have a 2000 Vitara convertible and the heat does not work in the winter. Last year the heat would not shut off in the summer! Any suggestions, before I take it to the shop and await the huge bill? Thanks!
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    their is a cable that controls the air damper which directs air either through or around the heater core. My guess is that the cable slipped or came loose.
  • phill5phill5 Posts: 4
    Thank you! How would one get to the cable? Is there a Chiltons book on this vehicle? I have looked around and the gentleman at the auto shop said that the vehicle is too new for one to have been published. Any suggestions?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    I would remove your glovebox first. Then follow the cable from the temp control lever down to the air damper on the HVAC box. On there, where it terminates at the HVAC box is a clip that holds the cable in place. Move the temp control and verify you have movement of the temp control door in both directions. Verify its connected to the temp control lever on the HVAC panel.
    IF all is good, then I would venture a partially blocked heater core or collapsed inlet or outlet hose.

    Good luck.
  • 1999 Grand Vitara 2.5L V6 with 20,000 miles. On start up 9 out of 10 times I get a rattle/tapping noise from the top of the engine from both sides of the camshaft banks. This disappears after about one mile when the temperature gauge has moved into the marked area. The vehicle has been regularly serviced by the agent (I live in Sweden) and he uses Castrol 10w-40 semi-synthetic oil. Anyone experienced this problem.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    5w30. Your current grade is a bit heavy for this engine, especially on cold startup.
  • ray127ray127 Posts: 4
    I've been reading this whole thread and I thought you guys did a great job finding the condenser problem. Hats off to you all. I was wondering what year model and engine size do you guys have, and are they CAMI-built or Japan-built. I am planning to buy a used GV, preferably 2001 and up because people are telling me never buy first/second year model because of the little quirks and stuff. Should I also used CAMI-built or Japan-built as a factor in choosing a used vehicle?
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