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Suzuki XL-7



  • i know this has been discussed before but I can't find the thread- help! How do I reprogram my keyless remote? I have already replaced the batteries and I have taken it to the dealer once before and they reprogrammed it but I don't want to have to drive 25 miles everytime...
  • avenger1avenger1 Posts: 90
    send me a PM and I'll send over the steps to reprogram the fob. I would tell you where to get it, but it's on another forum, and it's a no-no to post about other forums here.

    Just make sure you have the right kind of control module, as not all can be programmed (only newer ones).
  • hi. i also have one fob that has lost its combination. could you also help me? thanks

    Stephen Hitchcox
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Hi, Stephan.

    It is unwise to post your email address in a public posting - the spammers love harvesting them and the consequences are predictable.

    BTW - welcome to!

    tidester, host
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I am normally on Chevy Venture site, but bought a 2001 XL7, and have question on tire pressures. Plate on driver's door states 26psi Front and 36psi rear. Is this what most people run at as seems a wide gap?

    So far delighted.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    I run 35-40 psi in all 4. This will allow longer tread life, better handling and better gas mileage.

  • persanpersan Posts: 6
    engine vibration not like before but dealer says no it's Ok.But i now it is not.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Thanks your info, and ran them today all round with 35 psi, but found too hard for my taste. Dropped to 32 front and 34 rear and felt OK. Got last weekend and like the high view and overall performance. Testing the mpg to see how it goes.

    Only comment is that the horn sounds tinny, but intend to get transmission fluid changed as well as diff and transfer units. Has anybody put on a transmission cooler. I have one on my Chev Venture and for $200 seems a worthwhile investment.
  • fieldskafieldska Posts: 1
    Hey everybody,

    New member here. I have a 2004 Suzuki XL-7 which I love and spent alot of time in. I have a Aftermarket head unit that I want to install that was in my 99 Grand Vitara. But everywhere I look I can't find a installtion kit.

    Does anybody have an idea where I can find such a beast if it exists?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Have a look at to see whether they carry the part. When you put the XL7 details in to their system it brings up various options.

    Worth calling them, if not already done so, but but put car radio installation kit in your search engine - google as it will bring up a lot of info.
  • terrajmterrajm Posts: 1
    Hello everybody,
    I am looking into a 2005 Suzuki XL7 it is used with 650 miles. They are asking 21,900. That is just on the site. I have not talked to anyone yet. I was hoping someone could tell me about how much they have been paying.
    I was also wondering about the comfort and convenience. I have a 12 year old and a 9 year old. We are military so we travel around a lot.
    Thanks to anyone that can help a little.
  • scully62scully62 Posts: 7
    I was wondering if you could provide me with the Tire brand and #s you made reference to in your message posted on 3/14/05? I would appreciate this.I have had nothing but problems with the original tires on this SUV,they are the worse tires I've ever had! Thanks for the info.
  • mm9351mm9351 Posts: 72
    I must have changed hundreds of oil filters in my days, but never have had the difficulty of changing out the filter for the '04 XL-7. Anyone else have difficulty? If you bring it to the dealer, watch as he reaches high up into the engine compartment from underneath. You can't try that at home, even with a floor jack. So...try from the top; a real knuckle scraper / forearm, wrist, etc. but finally it might be the last time for me.

    Anyone else care to share their experience? I'd like to hear from you.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have just bought a 2001 XL 7 two weeks ago, it had come off a lease and always change the oil myself. I bought a new Purolator filter and got a matching end socket cap. However the one on there was slightly larger and could not move it.

    As I had drained the oil, decided to leave the old one on as it it went in three days later for a transmission change plus I had the front/rear differentials done as well as the transfer case. So the transmission guy took the old one off and put the new one on for me. $170 the whole lot.

    It looks as if it will require a short extension on the socket wrench before it goes into the filter end cap to get at it from the top. It cannot be done from underneath without a lift or you have a pit in the garage floor.

    I did want to put on a transmission cooler, which I had installed on our Chevy Venture on the front of the radiator for maximum efficiency, but on the Suze there is not any room.

    Fram do one with that black grip stuff on the end, but it seems a small filter compared with the Purolator or whatever was on there. I do like the oil drain plug location and allows you to drain everything out. I normally alllow an hour after a run.

    Using Exxon 5-30 which I have found the best across the board.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I found this message back on some other pages. I have a 2001 and cannot find any reference to them in the handbook. What year were they installed?

  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    According to the handbook, I should have an ABS sign on the instrument display. I just have a regualr "BRAKE" in red. However in the fuse box in the engine there is a circuit breaker for the ABS system. According to the specs the Touring version came with ABS as standard. Is there anyway to confirm?
  • parideparide Posts: 52
    Hello All - I've been away from this site for a while. Up until two weeks ago, I owned a 2002 XL-7 Touring which had 54K miles on it when I traded it in. Over my three + years of ownership, I did 14 oil changes on this vehicle, trying many different ways to "easily" change the oil filter. The best way I found was to slide an oil filter wrench onto the filter from the top, loosen the filter from underneath the truck, and once loosened, go back on top, remove the wrench and spin the filter off. Once off, there is a spot near the firewall by the master cylinder that the filter will fit through, allowing you to remove the filter from the engine compartment. You need to do some trial and error to find that one spot that the filter will fit through, and you have to be careful because of the brake lines. It still is not easy, and contortionist skills will come in handy especially if the engine and filter are hot.

    In Japan, where cars are right hand drive, the oil filter is probably not in a bad location. However, with the steering linkage and master cylinder/brake lines moved over to the left side of the engine compartment for North American vehicles, the oil filter location becomes a headache.

    Two weeks ago, I traded in my 2002 for a 2005 XL-7 LX3. The 2005 is a beautiful vehicle - Suzuki did a lot of refining on the XL-7 in three years. However, the oil filter is still in the same location. Guess I'll need to keep my contortionist skills intact for the next several years.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Bought the above for the XL 7 item 33-2155 and replaced the regular paper which I will keep handy. Took it out for a short run and definitely seems better on acceleration and will test the mpg over weekend as have a medium trip on hand. Getting 22mpg so far around town and commute a mix of Interstate and local.

    Got it on line at Fox Performance in Grand Terrace CA for $30.82 plus the Filter Care Kit for $8.68. UPS Ground included.This was the best price I could find.
  • gould1gould1 Posts: 1
    I just bought a brand new 04 in January, after almost 2 hours and a trip to the automotive department for a special wrench, I did it. I have decent sized hands and arms and there is no humanly way possible to get any leverage on the filter without a wrench. Once the filter is off good luck not spilling oil all over since you have to take it through a maze to get it out. This was the first and last time I will do the job myself. I would rather pay $30 than go through that again!
  • I have a 2003 XL-7 and blew out a tire. My spare has a locking lug that uses the XL-7 key to secure the spare. Has anyone heard of this or know a manufacturer that does this? The reason I ask is because the genius from AAA that unlocked it, lost the cylinder that actually does the locking, and now I have no way to secure my spare tire. It just sits in the cargo area.
    I bought it used from a Subaru dealership and they have no idea about it. The local Suzuki dealership also says that they have not heard of this and that it must be aftermarket. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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