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Suzuki SX4 Crossover

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  • emmy26emmy26 Posts: 1
    I bought one today and the saleswoman warned me if you push the lid back too far it will need "reset" by the service department. She accidentally did that when she showed me how to use it.

    Sure enough I drove the car home and when I took the GPS off the cradle I pushed it back too far.

    So I would guess that this is a common ( and definitely annoying) problem.
  • Has anyone taken advantage of this up to $2500 off manual tranny SX4 offer recently?
  • Hi My ID says it all. I'm in NS, Canada, in winter snow country, get off-road to forests and beaches so I use the AWD Lock alot. I've had my SX4 AWD, JLX Hatchback since March 2007 and I love it. I've got 79,000 km (50000m) on it. Only one maintenance problem, right rear wheel bearing, happily replaced under drive train warranty at about 65,000km. (might be related to my trailer that I pulled for 5000km) Mine is an automatic and heavy hill climbing around the NS coast does require me to shift it like a standard from time to time. Last winter in a big snow storm I covered up the front air intake holes, locked in the AWD and drove out my 900 ft laneway through 16 inches of soft snow with it rolling up over the hood and off the windshield. How cool is that? Just wish I had a video. Take it on the snow covered roads and it handles very well. Compared to a Nissan Versa or other small hatches it is rock solid on the highway. The automatic does get better mileage on the highway than the standard but it is best without the cruise on because the engine revs higher on the hills to keep the set speed. Call me biased but I had a 94' Suzuki Sidekick with 330,000km on it when I sold it after 12 years. :)
  • What's your average MPG?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Be sure to check out Suzuki SX4 MPG Real World Numbers.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I have done that. I was interested in this particular owners experience.
  • My experience is much the same as others. I drive it fairly hard but get 20 city - 30hwy most of the time. On a long trip from Ottawa ON to NS I got 32-33. Lot of flat country through Ontario and Quebec on the TransCanada.
  • 24-29 mpg
    2008 AWD
  • Thank you. Considering the 4wd capability this is not bad at all.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,419
    And I regularly get 29-31 with my 2008 AWD crossover. But it is mostly highway miles.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Some complain about the range but few complain about the view - that goes on for miles.

    2009 Suzuki SX4: I Can See for Miles and Miles (Inside Line)

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  • So true! It is a great looking car. And speaking of the "view," that's one of the huge advantages of the SX4 Crossover: the visibility. So many cars these days have low rooflines in the back with thick C pillars (the rear ones) so it can be hard to see well behind you. But the SX4 has relatively thin C pillars a big wide windows, even in the back, so visibility is excellent 360 degrees. A definitive plus when it comes to driving safety.
  • i just got a deal from my local dealer.

    i got the 2500 for the manual sx4 touring, plus 500 holiday cash.

    my dealer is also running a special to move the 2009's out; another 2000 off.

    sweet deal for the features in this little car!
  • Hi.

    I got a 2009 SX4 Cross over with the Tecnolgy Package and wanted to know what security/remote start system could i install ??

    Thanks
  • Yes, you can get a remote starter installed in any auto alarm dealer.
    I just got one installed last month and it works great in warming your car in the winter.
  • There must be something wrong with my car then,
    I just brought a 2009 SX4 Crossover AWD. I am a female and I drive fairly nice. I got ONLY 15/22 on my car. Could there be something wrong with my engine? Or is the MPG reader is defected? But then I have to fill up my tank every week. So I only drive for 7-8 days on a full tank of gas. I drive mainly on local, to work and grocery shopping. My MPG indicator says 15.5mpg. When I went to NY last month it went up to 22mpg on the highway. Then it kept dropping every day @ 0.3mpg so now it went down to 15.5. I don't know if it will go any lower. I hope not!
  • I don't know why I don't have the fuel economy I should have on my car.
    I just brought a SX4 Crossover AWD. I am very disappointed in the fuel economy.
    I wanted to know if anyone else have the same problem.
    The fuel economy indicator drops the MPG every day at 0.3mpg. I had the car for a month and it went from 23mpg when it was delivered to me DOWN to 15mpg right now.
    I don't understand. I know that the Gas Economy depend somewhat on your driving but I a woman. I don't think I drive hard. I drive normally every day to work and mostly locally. I have a 3 year old son, so I wont drive harsh. I am a very careful driver. But I don't understand why my fuel economy went down to 15mpg.
    Can anyone tell me why?
    How can I fix it?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,419
    What year is it? For example, the 2007 gearing for manual transmission gave lower mileage. The 2010s get better mileage because you have a choice of a 6 speed manual or a continuously variable automatic. Also, the AWD Crossover has a small fuel tank, so no matter how good your mileage, you will likely be filling it each week.

    The fuel economy indicator is not totally accurate, but it is a fair estimate of what you are getting. You can figure mileage by filling your tank, and setting the trip odometer, and then figure your mileage the next time you fill up (gallons used into miles driven).

    Fuel mileage drops considerably in really cold weather. It drops a lot with city and stop-and-go driving. It drops when you start off quickly and brake quickly. It drops if you drive over the speed limit. It drops if you carry a lot of crap around in your car.

    Re-set your fuel mileage gauge before you take a highway trip. Use your cruise control or pay attention to maintaining a constant speed. If you are at a long light in town, shut it down. In town, try to stay in the highest gear you can without lugging it.

    Oh, and it shouldn't make a difference, but on my Crossover it does...turn off the auto AWD when you don't need it. The readout will jump anywhere from .2 mpg to 1 mpg just by switching it off.

    Remember, you want to keep your revs down, except when you really need to accelerate, and drive like you have an egg between your foot and the accelerator. One other tip: use the instance mpg readout to train yourself to get better mpg. It can become a game to get the number to go up instantly.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Do you use snow tires or the original faactory tires during the winter months up in Nova Scotia?
  • Snow tires are a must here in winter as in most parts of Canada except the West Coast of British Columbia and a few areas of Southern Ontario nearer the Detroit and Niagara border areas. Some people try to drive on original equipment tires but they are likely to get in trouble just because the rubber compounds are not as flexible in colder temperatures so they do not grip very well. Just this past weekend, there was a big storm in parts of Atlantic Canada. One town about 200 miles from me got 22 inches of snow whereas at my place it was about 4 inches before it turned to rain. :)
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