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Suzuki XL-7

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  • bobp11bobp11 Posts: 24
    Mine do it first thing in the morning or upon a later in the day start up. It appears to happen more often when there is a lot of moisture present. After a short drive they don't squeak anymore. I only have 7K on the car so I know the brakes are not shot. I'm not sure to have it checked out or not.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Our brakes squeel sometimes, but I can't recall when. In the 9 months that we have had our 2003 XL7 Limited, I have rarely heard the brakes squeek. It usually depends on how much water has touched the brakes. When we get the car washed, the brakes usually squeel for a couple of minutes. Same goes with our G35. Don't worry - it's no problem! :)
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    I have an 2002 Limited bought it used and have had brake squeak almost everyday first thing but then stops usually when we get out of the driveway. We as well as some other have had squeaky brakes when the moisture is high or extreme cold. I had them checked and the dealer said as long as it is not constant, meaning even after they have warmed up, there was nothing they could do. I am currently suspecting the brake pads themselves, i plan on purchasing some high dollar ones the have less brake dust as well.

    During the first winter we have had it we have had a problem with the ice and snow build up in the wheel wells, to the point you can hardly turn the wheel or get some feed back. But have never had anything like what would cause damage to the door.

    Have had surprising no problems with alignment, considering we live in the the one state with the worst roads in america. No really, look it up, Missouri roads sink.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    nope. 10k miles and not a peep out of the brakes.. Some cars squeek and others don't . My wifes last car did first thing in the morn. After that it was fine all day..

    Frank
  • My 03 Limited has one that comes from the frame of the passengers seat. It depends on the temp. After awhile it goes away.
  • parideparide Posts: 52
    Has anyone replaced the brakes on the brakes on their XL-7? If so, what was done and at what mileage?
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    I am thinking of adding either a new muffler for added horsepower or a low-pressure turbo to our 03 XL7. Has anyone added any of those yet? If so, what is your current horsepower rating and how well is it working to improve engine power?

    I am also thinking of adding HID headlamps. Anyone know where I can find one for the XL7? Do I have to just buy the bulb or replace the whole headlamp or what?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated! :)
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    A low pressure turbo?? Is there a kit out there for one? If not do u really think its worth the time and $$ to cobble us all the piping, electronics and exhaust manifolds and downpipe for a turbo?? hardly. Its a 4000 6 cylinder SUV. its not a race car. and will not be fast no matter what you do.. Leve it alone and just enjoy it.. If you want to build a fast car pick something that lends itself to be fast..

    You can buy HID liting conversion for it tho. Costly and again hardly worth it..

    Frank
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Well, I was leaning mostly towards a universal muffler. And I think HIDs look very good, and I think I'd like to have it. Again, personal preference.

    Anyone have any REAL information on where to find HIDs for an 03 XL7??
  • ronlt2ronlt2 Posts: 9
    As far as the ABS lites coming on it is a sensor thing that will and can happen to all ABS brakes. It has to do with the sensor getting a piece of dirt/ice in it between the wheel and the sensor. At that point the sensor is not picking up the movement of the tire (usually one) and the others are moving, then the lite comes on. It does it w/my wifes Mercedes also (and my XL7). I would like to know what muffler to put on to get better mileage or alittle more power. Is it the standard glass pac type? I have put a K&N filter on mine and it gave me more power and mileage, well worth it. Also had a weird thing happen, my 4x4 went out on me and the right front axle slipped out of it's retainer. They put it back in and no problem.
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    I have searched the web looking for upgrades to mine. The only thing i have found it a K&N air filter, after market mufflers, and some kind of chip on ebay. I am kind of skeptical about the whole chip thing, don't know of anybody whom has used one. I am hoping that after i purchase my DVD system for my Suzuki, that i will have enough for a bolt on after market muffler. I am looking at getting a bolt on turbo muffler.

    Hey retennis3811, do you have any pictures of your DVD player in your suzuki. I would like to see how it looks installed. Do you find it a problem with the rear view mirror??
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    I'll take some later today with our digital cam. Do you want me to e-mail to u??
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    trust me people. There is NO aftermarket chip that is worth the $$.. Same with a muffler. The cat converter is gonna be the highest restriction anyway so a muffler after won't do a thing.. I have seen it proved many times over at my friends chassis dyno shop. The only time your will make hp with mufflers if you are making a whole lot to begin with and you have a very restrictive system,. Otherwise don't waste your $$..

    Same with chips. Unless you are forced induction or some major ho its won't do a thing. Period. Go with a K&N filter and jsut enjoy yhr XL7 as it is. A SUV not a race car..

    Frank
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Frank, we all know that you can't make an automatic transmission SUV to go very fast, but some of us actually want just a little bit more speed. Whatever you do with yours doesn't mean we should all follow.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    I have a K&N in mine. I have a race car to so I know what fast is and 3900 4wd suv's are not and never meant to be.. :) I am just helping you guys save your $$ trying to make our trucks fast..

    Frank
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    I would love for you to send them to me, lkrk10@chater.net.

    I will take what you said (flyingn)into consideration, but what about all of those shows and magazine articles that have just put a high performance muffler on and wham! 5 to 10 more horse power along with better gas mileage. I know it isn't race far from it been there done that have the trophy, but you to want the best you could possibly get out of the truck.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    what magazine articles? I have never seen one that actually proved on a dyno that a muffler on an otherwise stock vehicle gave you one extra hp. I, on the other hand, have seen it proved that it DON'T give you one ho many times on a real live dyno:)
    You watching too much "hi rev tuners" lol

    Frank
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    But a little bit more HP can make a pretty good difference in highway acceleration. If you don't want to add one, then don't..but others might want to!

    lkrk11: Ok I sent the e-mail. I sent one to you at "chater.net" and one to "charter.net" I don't know if it was a misspell or what. LOL. Hope you get it soon!
  • HI,

    Wow, time flys when you are a new parent. Haven't had much time to spend on this board. Here is my update. Now with 16,400 miles I have had a couple of issues with the XL-7.
    1. The windshield washer line to the rear window seperated behind the headliner over the second row seat. My headliner turned a nice shade of blue. This was caused by a bad hose coupler from the factory. Suzuki fixed the problem and replaced the headliner.
    2. Today, the Brake and ABS warning lights came on. It has an appointment at the dealer next week for the recall and I will have them fix the brake issue.

    I had XM radio installed almost a year ago as well as Thule roof racks. What a nice truck. It's a definite keeper.

    Best 73,
    Randy
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    Your too funny! Just because you saw one does not mean that is it. Many variables go into it, car, technical expertise, etc. etc. I raced a new vette in my mustang, do i think all vettes are junk, no. Many variables go into it, but just about all muscle car magazines do dyno tests with the new camaro's and mustang's, to see what they really base line at. Then they start adding air filters, Exhaust, chips, under drive pulley's, cooler's, the lists go on and they all publish what they improved on in HP and Torque. That is how the aftermarket came about, but hey even if you where right, i have mine tagged in a state where i don't even have to have one, I'll just go straight pipe.

    Randyrodhes, tough break, that would suck to have happen good thing it was all covered.
  • snuke59snuke59 Posts: 29
    I am seriously considering buying a Suzuki XL-7. However, the problems that you have had has me having 2nd thoughts. Why do you still feel your Suzuki is a nice truck and a keeper?
  • Hi Snuke59,

    I have been in the service industry for 15 years now. The issues with my XL-7 are minor. This truck is very rugged and proven to be a fine vehicle. I can go places that my wifes Honda CRV can't go or my friends Ford Escape because the XL-7 has true four wheel drive. Besides, you can't beat the warranty.

    If you have anymore questions, I'll be glad to help.

    73,
    Randy
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Yup, you can't beat that warranty! I still can't believe HyunKia is still saying theirs is "America's Best Warranty" when in fact theirs has the same mileage (100K) and is non-transferrable.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    yea dennis .. In fact Suzukis warranty is BETTER cause its allow over 14000 miles a year a year.. The 10/100k miles allows only 10k miles a year. Everyoen KNOWS that the average mileage Americans drive a year is 12-14k miles a yea. SO the Hy/kia warranty is gone after 7 years anywayand its NOT transferrabe.. what a scam.. heuy KNIOW that most people get rid of their cars after a few years so the warranty goes into the toilet..

    Frank
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    Anybody here changed these 2 items out yet?? Just wondering if the Fuel filter is easily assessable. I can't for the life of me figure how and where the Hepa filter is inside. Obviously under the dash,and i know if it was a snake it probably would have bitten me by now, but i am just not seeing it.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    I might be able to assist with the cabin air filter.
  • Hey Guys,

    My ABS and Brake light went out this morning after a warm up here in Connecticut. I figure a piece of ice or something was stuck on one of the speed sensors. All is well, but I will still have the codes pulled at the dealer while getting the throttle cable recall done on Wednesday.

    See ya,
    Randy

    XM makes the ride so much better.
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    It's a 2002 Limited. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    The cabin air filters are located behind the glovebox. Open it and squeeze the stops to completly lower the glovebox. The filters are back there.

    Frank
  • parideparide Posts: 52
    The same thing happened to me twice last winter when the temperature was at or below 10 deg F. Both the "Brake" and "ABS" lights came on simultaneously, and both lights turned off after several miles of driving. I brought it to the dealer after the first incident. They could find nothing wrong and suggested that it was due to ice.
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