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Suzuki XL-7



  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    hi again Kimmy. Im guesssing that this is the sensor that beeps faster as you get closer to the object behind you as you are backing. You don't need this in an XL7. Its not that high of a vehicle. You can buy these at parts places like Pep Boys etc. You mount a sencor beneith the rear bumper and run the wires inside to the drivers seat and install the beeper under the dash. Its a waste of $$ IMHO. Whats your email Kimmy. Ill email you some pics of our XL7.
    Mine is
  • I have a 01 XL7 and I have been meaning to have a rear sensor system put on. The problem with the XL-7 is the tire carrier sticks out a little further than the bumper so once in awhile you forget it is there if you are doing a quick backup. I have a 2000 Windstar SEL with the sensors on it and they really are nice. I would not consider it a waste of money. If it saves you one time it is money well spent.
  • Still haven't seen any responses to posts about putting larger tires on the XL-7? Has anyone done this? and what tires did you put on?
  • Hi,

    Just bought 2002 used XL7 with 10K mileage. Just want to check, how do you know if the oil need to be replaced already? forget about the service period suggestion, can you determine by the color of the oil?

    Have anyone of you use synthetic oil for this XL7? and is it worth it?

    Thanks a lot.

  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Unless you have the receipts on this, best bet is go have it done or do it yourself. The color of the oil is not a reliable inidcator of the need to change the oil since all modern oils contain detergent despersants which serve to hold the dirt particles in suspension until the oil is drained out.
    Synthetic oil is a very good investment in your rig! SInce it is 'man made" it can be produced to conform to the necessary standards far better than dino oil. YOu have four camshafts located at the farthest point away from your oil sump. Synthetics will pump up more quickly in cold weather while maintaining viscosity grade during hot weather. Expensive yes, but very much well worth it.
  • Thanks mopar67 for the respond!

    Anyone use a higher gas rating (89 or even higher), and how is the effect to the car? better gas mileage, improve acceleration, etc?

    Thanks again.
  • Just to let you know that I got the XL7, 2002 the base trim with 10000 mileage on it for US$ 14,750 (pay cash) (exclude tax). What do you think?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    I'd avoid the higher octane unless you have spark knock.
    Stick with a major brand of gas. Avoid the exlixirs that promise fantastic results.
    I looked at the XL7 when I got the vitara. The didn't have a 5 speed on the lot plus they weren't willing to move much on price so I settled for a lesser rig.....but a tough rig at that.
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  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    Finally am getting the XL-7 in for the 15K service. It will run about 175. Does that sound about right?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will give you a baseline to compare your estimate to.

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  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    what are they doing?

    I am curious.
  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    It is the normal stuff, replace all the filters (air, fuel, etc) do the oil, diagnostic of the systems, fluids, etc. Actually, according to edmunds it runs about $250 here in the DC area but my dealer gives me a discount.
  • xl7manxl7man Posts: 3
    Bought xl7lim last car is for me.. very solid. I still happy about my choice. but ((
    - a couple weeks ago my interior fan went dead. it can blow only in MAX position.. any quick fixes or thoughts for that?
    - one of my remotes has also said "good night", I checked battery.. it's 3.0V.. replaced it.. and it's still not working. while the other works just fine. may be there is a way to reset it somehow or other tricks?
    - when it was around 7,5k miles I went to dealership and asked them to perform all necessary maint. routines. I didn't find "Differential Fluid Change" on my invoice. Mechanic said that it's only necessary for heavy driving conditions (towing etc.) Is this true?? I've been worried about it..
  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    I would not be overly concerned about the differential fluid change. It should not need it at 7.5. I have mine in for the 15k service as I write this and it is just a fluid check. (Mine is a 2001 limited) The change is at 30k, I think. Happy you like it. I know about the remotes. They are really weak to begin with so to have one go belly up is not a surprise. Have the fan replaced. It is still under the 3/36 warranty.
  • xl7manxl7man Posts: 3
    hope this will be biggest disappointment ever with this car.. too naive?? ))
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I did mine at 35K on my Trooper. :) I should have done em at 20K cause mine is heavy duty use.

  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    Id recommend changing the diff fluids at 7500 like the factory recommends. Its easy to do and sure as HECK not worth NOT doing it if the factory recommends to. I mean not like its expensive.. Your only spiting yourself.. The factory would not recommend it it did not need it. Maybe the factory uses a light weight fluid to break in the diff and needs ther heavier fluid at the 7500 mark. I say this because looking at the factory maintenance schedule, it does not say to change it again till 100k limes. This tells me that the factory uses a lighter fluid for break in.

  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    I just pulled my service book out and the factory says replace the diff at 7.5, you are right. I looked at my records and it was done when I bought it. It was a demo so they serviced it prior to me picking it up.
  • Hi Everyone,

    I have been following this board for some time.The time is now to get a bigger vehicle. I went to the local Suzuki dealer and they had 4 new 2002 Touring Plus 4x4 models with auto. Should I tell them to take the depreciation hit before I purchase. Think they would go for that? Trade in value is under 16,000 for a 2002 with 100 miles. Sticker on the 4 was from 22k-24k. Any negotiating info would be very helpful.

    Thanks a bunch,
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    my local Suzuki dealer has a 2002 Touring (new) on the lot and they want around $16k for it. Great price. Its $22,9xx sticker.

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