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Suzuki XL-7

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  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Time for a new vehicle and I'm considering an 04 or 05 XL 7. What should I look out for. Anything specific I should know about. I thought I remembered reading about some recalls. If I'm not mistaken, shouldn't any recalls be performed before a vehicle is delivered.

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Per the original message, I'm also wondering about the price. This is an 04 EX limited, program car. It has 15k miles. Is fully loaded with leather heated seats, outside heated mirrors, CD changer, sun roof, and other stuff I can't remember. Dealer is asking $17,999. Does this sound like a good price.

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I'd try to get this car for closer to $16k. as it is an '04 model with 15k miles on it. Hopefully only the work force drove the car. If it was a loaner car for other customers, I'd be a bit leary as other folks just don't drive loaners or rentals like their own cars. Run this baby by Terry in the Real World Forum for a more accurate valuation. Since this is not a highly sought after auto, you just might have a good shot at it for $16k. And it is a 2 year old model now...almost 3 years now with the '06's starting to appear.
    Keep us posted on how it all went down. But definitely let Terry give you a valuation. He's usually dead on. He was on the new Mazda 3 S we bought this weekend. He valued our '01 Altima dead on, he said $4k. and they offered $4k. He's truly awesome on his prices for trade in's.

    The Sandman :sick:
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Thanks. After going back last night and getting inside and driving it, it actually has almost 22k on it. It was a program car driven by a Suzuki rep. It's in good shape otherwise and was pretty much what people on this forum had described the vehicle to be. We haven't talked price yet (other than what was on the window) so we'll see what happens. Not sure this is the direction I want to go, but it isn't a bad vehicle.

    Steve
  • cochrankcochrank Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 XL-7 and this issue always seems to come up in the beginning of summer. First year I had it (bought in August) the following spring I wanted to use the air conditioner and it wouldn't work. Kept blowing out warm air. Took it to the dealer and the mechanic stated that this is a common issue and pointed me to the fuse in the front blowing out. Drove all the way up there for a fuse. After that worked fine but every spring blown fuse. I now have 54,000 miles on it and again this summer started using the air conditioner and blew a fuse. Only thing different is that it keeps blowing them. Will work for fifteen minutes then it blows it. What is wrong here? Also I seem to have a problem with power losses. I will be driving down the road it is seems just to bog down sometimes. Changed to gas filter and air filter as stated but it just has that lugging sometimes. has anyone else experienced this. Last thing, why is it at night when you slow down (or push in clutch) the lights get dim? Is this normal? Any help would be apprieciated since this is drivining me nuts!!
  • pferraropferraro Posts: 2
    It's likely that your a/c condensor fan is freezing up. Its a poor design and exposed to weather. $280 part too. Aftermarket parts are available. Or used.

    Can't help you with the loss of power problem.
  • pferraropferraro Posts: 2
    I've owned a 2001 Suzuki XL-7 since buying it new.

    Likes: great supsension, reasonable reliability, roomy but not too big.

    Dislikes: lousy retained value. These things drop value faster than Chrysler products. Dealer isn't exactly my favorite for service. And the tires/wheel package. I HATE the H rated 16 inch tires. Run factory pressure settings and yiu are guaranteed center wear on the tire. These things are over-tired. I'd be a lot happier with a 15in wheel and a 70 series tire. Won't fit because the front rotor/caliper is too big. It's probably over sized too. The a/c condensor fan problem warrents a recall (see other forum posts regarding it chewing through the condensor - ouch).

    The resale value being what it is, I don't thing I'll buy another one, at least not new. Maybe used. Maybe.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    My Service Engine Light came on and found that Oxygen Sensor had gone. Only issue is that there are four on the XL7 2 front and rear left and right. has taken nearly two weeks to get one and dealer ordered wrong side. Hopefully it will be in overnight for replacement. Has made an impact on the mpg, but still like this van very much.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,944
    "In late 2006, Suzuki will begin selling a sport wagon in the U.S. that's smaller than the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V."

    lSuzuki Plans Entry-Level SUV in U.S. for 2007 (Inside Line)

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  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Last Thursday I bought a 2004 XL 7 EX. Friday the dealer was supposed to go to the registry and get my plates (Ma.). Got a call that the "title" had been flagged in Boston for some "simple" reason and they would have to wait until Monday. On Monday, I got a call from my salesman stating that there were two Certificates of Origin and they needed the car (being driven on dealer plates) so that the local police could inspect the car VIN. I brought the XL 7 back and "I" had to sign a form giving my permission to have the car's VIN inspected so they could get the Cert. of Origin.

    Now I'm suspicious. First they say title, then they say Cert. of Origin. Back when I was selling cars, if you lost the Cert. of Origin, there was unbelievable red tape to get another one.

    This is supposed to be a program car that was never "registered" so it should have the original cert. of origin. Not a title. If it was registered, then there should be ONE title. Does anyone know under what circumstances a vehicle may have two titles or two certificates of origin. Hopefully legit reasons. Is there any way I can investigate this myself. I'm planning on calling the registry but don't know how much they could help. Any ideas at all ????

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    To update my own note, I just spoke with the dealership manager. Here's his story. Suzuki leased the vehicle to a Suzuky employee for a year. That employee "registered" the vehicle in Mass and had Mass plates on the car. At the end of the year, he turned it back into Suzuki. As far as Suzuki is concerned, the car was never "sold" so they issued a new Certificate of Origin on the vehicle. (the first one going to the RMV when the vehicle was registered in Ma.) When they went to register the vehicle to me, the registry flagged the deal because there were two Certificates of Origin. I have a feeling we are not done with this yet but supposedly once the police inspect the vehicle, verify the VIN, then it will be all set. I guess we'll see.

    Any thoughts regarding this situation are appreciated.

    Regards,

    Steve
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,944
    Well, the explanation sort of makes sense. You may have to fight the same red tape if/when you sell it.

    Try the Any Questions for a Car Dealer? discussion. It's probably happened to one of the pros over there.

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  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    Was it a "real lease" or just a car used by an employee for the year? Salesman and managers get cars to use as part of their employment package but the cars are never "registered" in the true sense of the word.
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    5greyhounds, the vehicle was registered in Ma. It had Ma plates on it.

    Steve
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Mine seems to be off by quite a bit. After sitting in the parking lot all day yesterday with temps in the high 80's, it read something like 77 degrees. Is there a way to calibrate these or is this normal for the XL 7.

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    How do you like the truck? Did you get a fair price on it?

    The Sandman :)
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    Sandman, so far it's great. Glad I made the buy. Ended up getting it for $16,700 with 4 brand new tires, two new remotes, a small ding taken out of the passenger door, and two free oil changes. Looks and runs like new. Very happy with the decision. :)

    Steve
  • wingman3wingman3 Posts: 13
    I went to the local Home Depot today to have a spare key made and they didn't have the correct blank out of all the ones they did have. One was close for Suzuki but wouldn't work.

    Anyone know what key blank works for the XL 7 locks ???

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • zukimockzukimock Posts: 28
    Hi everyone,

    I have a 2004 XL-7, and sometimes when i accelerate, it will make a sparking kinda sound. I think it's the ignition. I could hear it off and on at random. Any ideas what is it or what is causing it? Has anyone else had this issue?
  • Hi All!

    While driving my 2004 XL-7 a few days ago I tried to change the CD that was in the factory AM/FM/CD unit. After pressing the eject button the unit made a whirring and clicking noise like it was trying to eject the disc but no disc came out. I've tried several times since then with the same result. In addition to not ejecting the disc the CD player now won't play it either. All the radio functions still work. Has anyone else had this problem and if so how was it dealt with? The car's under warranty but I expect the dealer will try to get off the hook by simply removing the disc and pronouncing the problem solved. Personally I think the unit should be replaced as it will probably happen again otherwise.

    Thanks,

    Sam :cry:
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