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Suzuki SX4 Crossover

perry99perry99 Posts: 43
The 2008 SX4 Crossovers are out! Test drove one last weekend and liked it very much. (Note that the new sedan is called the SX4 Sport - confusing with the 2007 SX4 hatchback having a version called "Sport") So far, it seems as if both kbb.com and edmunds.com only have invoice pricing for the sedan and not the 2008 SX4 Crossover.
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  • perry99perry99 Posts: 43
    > That sounds like a good deal. I've been researching the
    > SX4 for a couple of months now. How is the back seat room?
    > I'm thinking of test driving the SX4 for use as a daily
    > commuter but carpool with 2 other guys. Both are about
    > 6'2" and 200lbs. Will it be an agonizing commute?

    I'm 5'10" and there's plenty of headroom and good legroom up front. But with the front seats all the way back, my legs touch the seat in front if I'm sitting in back, so 6'2" 200lb. guys probably won't do well in back, or in the back of any car in this class, for that matter...

    > Also I'm curious about the armrest. Is it a storage
    > armrest?

    There is a small space, good for maybe a pen/notepad and some mints. I think there are some 3rd party armrests that have some CD storage.
  • Went to by my very first new car on Halloween night, and ended up with this little car- and have not been dissapointed! Now granted, I am only 4'11" , but my 6'3" husband can fit in it too. The back seats aren't really made for the long haul for adults, but my grandkids can fit just fine. I think its a very zippy little thing that is great for around town- and also on the interstate. The first weekend after I got it I went on a 300+ mile trip and actually had to watch my speed, that's how smooth it was. We have also already had a few snow storms, and the AWD is great! (and you're talking to a woman who lived in Buffalo for many years!!!) I think this car is a keeper... :)
  • Hi...

    I'm glad you dig your little critter of a Suzuki. I'm interested in it too, but I'm curious: Did the warranty of this machine turn you on to it also? How was the dealership, and your saleperson's attitude in the transaction? Probably all good, I suspect. Nothing like the bad attitude one can get at a Honda or Toyota dealership, I'm sure. Know what I mean? It can be like they're doing you a favor with anything involved with their machines. They figure that if you don't buy another will. Indifference! Bummer!! Oh well...

    I've seen a few of the AWD SX4 liftbacks in my neck of the woods, so to speak. It looks like a winner. ;)

    Happy Holidays!!!

    Peace<-AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • Yes,the warranty was a factor, as was the AWD.(Living in the snow belt) I really did the research, looking for initially a 4WD, but wanted to keep the $ down.( I did drive the Grand Vitara but the seat did not fit me comfortably.) Plus, we don't do the "long hauls" like we used to, so this little critter suited me well. (With gas prices as they are!) I also know what you mean about dealerships! I sent my husband to check out a Jeep Liberty before looking at Suzuki and they could of cared less about even talking to him. Amazing to me, considering the price of vehicles these days are the same as I paid for my first house (way back when) but I could at least live in THAT purchase!!! ;) Anyway, our Suzuki dealership was VERY accommodating and still is (checking back with us, etc.) So lets hope it stays that way!
    Happy Holidays to you too! :)
  • I'm glad for you! My Lady and I have 5 vehicles on our list to check out, with the AWD Suzuki SX4 within that small group. I see that even at Jeep the salespeople can be tuned out, as you said about your husband's experience. Wotta shame, don'tcha think? The turn off he experienced at Jeep turned into a blessing though, with the purchase of your SX4, so a lemon becomes lemonade, if you get my drift.
    What color Suzuki did you go for? I don't mean to intrude, and I mean no harm in asking. I would go with the copper red...my Lady loves that color.

    Many thanx for responding. I appreciate it. I didn't think you would.

    Take good care, Mr. & Mrs. . .

    Happy Trails-

    Peace!<-AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • As for color, I must admit I truly liked them all-but NEVER owned a black vehicle, so thats what I ended up with. (Though being from the real muscle car era, I don't think its a true black, has more metallic in it) I looked at the white, but with our four seasons here in Pittsburgh, that was out! I didn't want blue, the red would have been hard to match if ever needed touched up (too many bodymen friends over the years telling me stories) the silver one I test drove ALREADY had noticable scratches inside the external door handle, so it really was between the copper and black (black winning out) I do plan on getting alittle graphic something on the sides, just to jazz it up alittle! I think its a great car for the money.My husband asked if I loved it--I said I really liked it--but if he would put a '69 Camaro Z/28 in the driveway, now THAT i would love!!!!!! Just remember when you test drive, its NOT a camaro or mercedes -- but then they aren't AWD and under $16K either...
    Later!!!
  • Gotcha! I hear ya...

    U bet...

    Black is mystery and drama. Metallic Black only makes it more so, IMHO...
    Good choice!!! ;)

    Happy Trails...

    Peace<-AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • nryan1nryan1 Posts: 5
    I just took a test drive in the new 2008 SX4 today. I loved it, but I'm curious, I live in a very hilly region in Upstate NY. Some of the grades are quite steep and there are times in the winter when I couldn't get up them even with a 4-wheel drive. The problem was the 4-wheel was a 2002 Kia Sportage, no power and extremely lightweight. Living in Pittsburgh, I thought maybe you encounter a lot of hills there and could give me an idea of how it handles them. Thanks for your input.
  • Yes, we do have a TON of hills in Pittsburgh! Unfortunately, so far this year we haven't had hardly any snow! (And trust me, I lived next to a ski resort outside of Buffalo/Erie for 15 years-so I know what kind of snow you are talking about!!!) But I did make it a point to go out in our inclement weather a few weeks ago and came up the "back way" to our house on top of the hill and never had to use that little button between the front seats! (that was with ice under snow covered roads) I tell my husband that is because of those damn 16" tires- its the only thing that keeps it on the roads- ha! Of course he holds on to that "Oh SH*T" handle on the passenger side when I take him out - a rookie that never went 4 wheeling!!!! I would suggest taking another test drive on one of those hills when you DO have some snow; I sure wouldn't buy anything that didn't work for me up in your neck of the woods. Although back when I lived up there my best car was a VW rabbit- the thing was a TANK and I NEVER EVER got stuck!!! and look how little those things were- and only FWD! Good luck and let me know how it goes! ;)
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    What is your opinion of the quality control of the interior? I went for a road test..saw the plastic around the seat looked like it was ready to fall apart..decided against it;how do you feel about how it is put together? I have a Prius and an Odyssey and the interior on both are flawless !
  • I have not compared its interior to anything else- except my other vehicles-but I have no problems with mine. (yes, pretty basic -even in my opinion) But I think of it as this: its not a Escalade either! I still think its a good value car for the money- especially when I'm not sliding around the hills of Pittsburgh in the snow and that I can pass a gas station more often than not!
  • I recently purchased the 2008 SX4, and wow, what a vehicle. It's quick, good on gas, and the AWD is amazing. I live in Michigan, and it takes on the snow and ice like it's on dry pavement. It's a very nice car, and I plan to keep it for quite awhile.
  • jbrew7jbrew7 Posts: 17
    I purchased my Copper Red SX4 last April. And I must say this car is one of the best purchases I have made. I live in the Lake Tahoe area and I commute over a 7200 ' pass every day. This car handles the road with no problems. We had some real icy roads the other day and cars were sliding all over the place--the SX4 handled great!!! I would recommend this car to anyone who needs an affordable AWD. Sure it's small, but with gas prices the way they are, it's perfect. I would put this car up against any high priced, gas guzzling SUV any day.
  • nryan1nryan1 Posts: 5
    That is really, really good to hear! It's always so hard when making a decision to buy a new car, but having the security of going up and down hills and great handling abilities is very important to me, and so far this is the only vehicle I've seen that matches all my needs (plus great gas mileage!). Did you get the touring or convenience package? Do you like the copper color? I'm having a hard time deciding. I liked the silver, but I liked the copper too!
  • jbrew7jbrew7 Posts: 17
    I purchased a manual sunlight copper SX4 sport. I test-drove both the manual and automatic and really preferred the control of the manual, plus the manual is $1000 cheaper. I also never thought I would of liked the keyless entry and start. I would definitely recommend the sport over all the others since you get so much more for not much of a price increase.
  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    We're considering a SX4 Crossover, and would like to know what RPM the engine turns at 70MPH with the 4-speed automatic and the 5-speed manual transmissions. So, SX4 automatic and stick owners please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Don
  • :) Just purchased an '08 SX4 and love it! It handles well, goes through the snow great....and climbs hills with a lot of guts. I hope to have this vehicle for a very long time!
  • I just drove to work this morning after an ice storm, (when even getting out of my driveway can be a challenge) but the little SX4 acted like it was a sunny day in Florida!!! I really am impressed with this little car ! ;)
  • I purchased a 2008 sx4 1-22-2008. 1. In 5th gear the rpm's are 3,000 @ 70 mph on a 2008.
    2. The 2007 sx4 5th gear is lower, so the rpm's are 3,400 @ 70 mph.. The 2008 sx4 automatic in highest gear(4th) was 2,600 rpm @ 70 mph.. The transmission had to down shift constantly when changing speed, the engine would then increase to 3,500 to 3,600 rpm's. I didn't like it. The "convenience package" is well worth the $500.00. The mileage has been 27.4 mpg @ highway 70 mph.
    Go drive one, it's a real sleeper. David
  • I agree! I finally bit the bullet and bought the SX4 crossover (white, don't ask, I just couldn't decide) and I love it! I've driven in some bad, ice packed parking lots, and we had a little snow the other day and it handles wonderfully. Definitely a 5 Star! I still have a little trouble on the hills, but if I put it into 3rd as it slows down, it gets it's momentum back and climbs through with a lot of guts! I'm really, really happy with this car....plus it's fun to drive! Gas mileage open road has been about 30 mpg.
    :)
  • How did you buy a sunlight copper SPORT model when they only sell that color in the CROSSOVER version! Are you someone posing as a suzuki owner?
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Probably meant the crossover since it was called sport in 07. Suzuki needs to do a better job naming their cars!
  • I agree. The names are confusing. Also the packages. You have to read them really carefully to see exactly what you're getting. I still love the crossover though. It's the best winter vehicle I've driven in a long time!
  • Hello All,
    I am leaning strongly towards getting the Cross Over SX4. However I am unable to locate any modification parts for it in North America. I am eager to find a lowering Kit, Has anyone gone to this extent to modify their SX4? And if so where did you source your parts.

    Thks
    Kelton :D
  • Hi All,
    I am no car expert but I know quite some about cars. Putting aside what this little xover is made of it is almost a perfect car for the general car buying populace. YOU JUST DON'T FIND CARS AS GOOD LOOKING AS THIS ONE THESE DAYS. So many good features in and around it for a car of this size. I noticed the improvements from last year's model. I believe this is almost a perfect car because one (just one) good component is not there, the overdrive in the AT, :cry: . Would it make a good big difference? I don't know, I would need to be argued on this. If people mentioned about rpm in recent posts, then there is a legit concern here. I hope I am making no sense here because I like this car so much. I would buy one with my whole heart. Gas mileage,- I wouldn't care, pulling the differentials while 2 wheeling, - I wouldn't care either. AWD is nice even though it's not needed where I live. Someone please justify this NO-OD thing. It bothers me when the engine revs mad without overdrive. Is OD out of date already as those high end makes and models now use + and - signs in their gears? I am just so OD'd. By the way it should be a very safe car for it has quite a number of airbags.

    Happy Xovering.
  • jake52jake52 Posts: 2
    I am about to have a remote starter installed in the crossover and wonder if anyone else has had the same kind of work done! Does it effect the smart key aspect that's already installed,and does it require having the wiring harness being cut to install the new equipment? My wife is worried that this may cause problems afterward and may void the warranty currently in effect! We have already had a problem with the fob not locking the vehicle from the outside once! It returned to normal and we don't know why it failed in the first place! Has anyone else had any problems with the locking mechanism?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    What are the differences between the 2007 SX4 and the 2008?
    I notice there are two topics of discussion.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    ;) If you are smart...DO NOT !!!! If you are under warranty and installer goofs..then dealer can say go back to installer and have him pay $600 for the electronic control module that he fried. Do not let dealer do the work unless he guarantees that Suzuki will stand behind his work and you get a letter stating this from Suzuki because dealers are going out of business left and right. By the way..do you feel that Suzuki gave the interior a cheap look? Let me know :)
  • There is another blog going on about that, but let me just summarize:

    The AUTOmatic transmission actually turns lower RPM @ 70mph than the Manual WITH Overdrive... just under 3000. It's all about gearing. While no rocket, it's not gutless, either. My wife "LETS" me drive sometimes, and I've never been disappointed.
  • satguy84satguy84 Posts: 4
    Let me start by thanking all of the previous posters who related their experiences with their SX4 crossovers. I read them all before deciding to buy one. Now I can relate mine! Picked up my 2008 yesterday; had to drive an hour away to get one, but that gave me a nice drive home to test it out. Got the Touring package and manual transmission. For what I would have paid for a stripped down Toyota Matrix, I got ALL the goodies! Fit and finish are very good; a minor difficulty occurred during the dealer prep. They broke the hood prop, but have promised to make good on this small detail. The expressway drive home was smooth with no surprises, although I did notice that the higher profile (higher than my old '91 Corolla) did make it more susceptible to cross winds. I really appreciate the feedback on this site. It made my decision to purchase this car somewhat easier. I will update you on my experiences as I continue to drive, but so far I LOVE IT!
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