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2007 Suzuki XL7

navigator89navigator89 Member Posts: 1,080
edited September 2014 in Suzuki
The Suzuki XL7 gets a total makeover for 2007, as it loses its aging exterior and cheap interior for a more stylish and attractive design. It also gets more power, a 3.6L V6 putting out 250 horsepower. There are tons of nice options available, notably DVD entertainment, a navigation system and leather.

I really like the edgy design and the package as a whole and I doubt Suzuki will have any trouble selling this. This is a perfect competitor to the crossover SUVs on the market, and it's low price makes it even better.

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  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Member Posts: 338
    If it did not have only 18K and had only 6 payments left I would really condsider the new one. Looks good, however, I think I will go a year or so with no payments. I really hope it does well.
  • slinky1slinky1 Member Posts: 42
    Has anyone heard what the Canadian price range will be??
    looks great!!!!!!!!!!
  • allcarsrcoolallcarsrcool Member Posts: 113
    Though the new 2007 XL7 does look good... i cant help but notice that it looks a little too much like the chevy equinox with its roofline and windows and tail lights. Also sort of like the Honda CR-V with its headlights and front grill. I'd just wish that they had come up with something totoally origonal instead of copying other automakers designs.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Member Posts: 992
    IMO it looks too much like a tahoe from the rear and a sleepy drunk.
  • allcarsrcoolallcarsrcool Member Posts: 113
    "IMO" ?
  • navigator89navigator89 Member Posts: 1,080
    In my opinion.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Member Posts: 992
    in the front the sleepy thing... And i did 4get the imo thing... oops :blush: !!

    Any 1 surprised at the fact that "gm" finally offers a vehicle with fold flat 3rd row without having an extended wheel base. Looks like now you can take you, your spouse, benny, sally, betty, and bob on that road trip without removing the seats (or like toyota, fold them to the sidewalls) and still go on that shopping spree! :P :)
  • slinky1slinky1 Member Posts: 42
    There were 12 new xl7's travelling to nova scotia from Ingersoll ont. (where they are to be built), they looked really cool on the road!!!!!!!
  • navigator89navigator89 Member Posts: 1,080

    Lol, honestly I thought there would be more discussion on this thread. It's been pretty empty here.

    In any case, now that we know the price of the XL7, I think it will stack up very well to the others in it's class like the Santa Fe, Outlander, and RAV4. It's engine already beats the output of the Santa Fe and Outlander. Plus the interior is really nice.
  • aa0526aa0526 Member Posts: 29
    I am considering this or the Outlander 2007.
    I think the Outlander has more features though ... but I like the overall exterior design on this one.
    I need to fit a 1-booster and 2 car seats in the 2nd row so I can keep the 3rd row vacant for stuff.
    So far- the Oulander has more 2nd row shoulder room but the XL7 has 2 inches more of hip room.

    Does this have a timing chain or belt?
    Also - how is the reliability on the Chevy Equinox -- the sister car?

  • slinky1slinky1 Member Posts: 42
    Although they are both on the Theta platform, keep in mind it is difficult to compare the reliability with Equinox as the engine ,Tranny and suspension are completely different, the equinox will be getting the 3.6L later on in '07, but is now using GM's 3.4, the suspension is set up alot stronger on the suzuki as it will be carrying 7 people.
    But, you'll find the Equinox to be very "average" as far as quality goes..................
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Member Posts: 877
    XL7 is very roomy, and the new 3.6L V6 gets peak torque at only 2300 RPM -- awesome. All for $23,000 for a base model. Definitely a good buy, maybe the best buy out there.
  • mm9351mm9351 Member Posts: 72
    Picked up my platinum packaged limited XL7 yesterday and needless to say I'm loving it. It replaced an 04 EX XL7. First impressions: PLUSH compared to the 04; comfy seats, smooth, quiet and controlled ride, navigation system is awesome (has the 3-D view) and the audio system is simply outstanding. XM Radio is standard along with the mp3 input, rear heat & AC controls, and what's this? A desk / writing surface on the back of the passenger seat for your laptop? Wow, Suzuki thought of everything. I don't think you can find another vehicle in this class for this price. The deal breaker? The chrome wheels peg the 'wow' meter, and believe me this car is a head-turner. Suzuki has out-done themselves; this car is a winner. Let me know if there's anything I left out.
  • antoninbantoninb Member Posts: 49
    Has anyone heard what the Canadian price range will be??
    looks great!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck finding a dealer! Aside from Toronto, Brantford and a few other places, there aren't many Suzuki dealers around.
  • slinky1slinky1 Member Posts: 42
    Actualy, my home city (london ON) just got a brand new one thats huge!! , and Ingersoll has one as well.....
    Canadian prices are far better than i thought they would be!!
  • maideljebmaideljeb Member Posts: 1
    'got last weekend this new suzuki xl-7 with 7 passenger... wow! i love it. i'm just waiting for the accessories to come before it makes my year complete :)
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    Driving a XL7 (Limited Platinum package) for two days, the whole family like it.

    Our local dealer sold most of their XL7s, and we will get their last Limited with DVD. They have no hassle price ($22,000 for base 7-passenger, $25,2xx for Limited, $27,xxx for Limited Platinum package), plus Suzuki's great financing program. What else can we expected? :)
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    XL7 performed very well. :)

    I was sitting on the back seat for about 3 hours, playing the rear AC, watching DVD... The leg room is excellent, and the it is roomy for 2 people. :D
  • skyuskyu Member Posts: 1
    Could you please provide the details of your local dealer's contact information? Probably, I would like to buy a XL7-2007 from your area. Also, you could send the information to skyu101@yahoo.com. Many Thanks. Happy New Year! :blush:
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    I am located in North Alabama. Our local Suzuki dealer claims they are nation's #1 Suzuki dealer. Nation's top 4 or 5 salesmen are all in this dealership. They started from a small dealer selling used car on internet. Now, besides the original used car, they have 5 locations selling Suzuki in surrounding area and they just bought a Hyundai dealer (another cheap brand :P ) and a Toyota dealer.

    They have sold most of their XL7 for now, and seems they raised the price a little (not sure).

    They have fixed price on all Suzuki, and the sales people are salaried (not commission) employees. But they still have refer program. So if you like, I can refer you and we can split the refer fee. My email address is guxu(a)yahoo.com. Thanks and Happy New Year!
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    During the whole trip, the gas mileage is consistent. At 50-60 mph speed, it has the best gas mileage, above 24 mpg. The overall gas mileage is about the same as my 2001 CRV, which is much smaller with a weak engine. (We had a 1,600-mile trip with that CRV two months ago.)

    While I am not sure about the road noise, the wind noise is definitely much better than my CRV. While XL7's build quality is good, I have to admit that Honda still has the best build quality. XL7's front door trims are not very tight so when you close the door, you may hear the plastic trim knocking on the metal door frame. I also found small paint problem on both front door frames (inside). As far as I can tell, the problem was due to the poor design or missing certain procedure, so you may want to check your XL7, and apply some touch-up.

    Other than that, I do not have anything to complain. XL7 was well designed to provide lots of functions and comfort. But some of the features were not documented. e.g. the over-head console has a place to store the garage door opener. And you can operate the opener by pressing the console cover by using the provided "legos". I did not see that mentioned in manual.
  • 45auto45auto Member Posts: 16
    Hello from Belmont Mississippi. Greetings to all on this post. And for what its worth we, too have been looking at the honda crv, But I know the dealerships of which guxu speaks, and with the distance my wife and I dtive to work, Gas mileage is a big concern. That being said. Motorweek on the speed channel will be doing a piece on the xl-7 @ 9PM central time on jan 4th. Check your listings as I am sure it is on several more times this week. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Welcome to the Suzuki side of town 45auto - I used to know Tishomingo County a little bit. They hadn't even extended the Trace that way last time I spent any time cruising around there though. :shades:

    You need to set up your CarSpace page and post some scenery shots for us!
  • kc5ytikc5yti Member Posts: 38
    Welcome to the family. I have purchase our own 2007 XL-7. We have been with Suzuki since 2002 when we purchase an 02 XL-7. I love them both. My 02 is ROCK solid.


  • ViperggVipergg Member Posts: 24
    How is Suzuki's long term quality? Debating a new 2007 model ,local dealer around here is selling the FWD version for $19995 which i consider pretty good . I am just a somewhat leary of Suzuki's quality for the term and don't want to be in the shop all the time even with a good warranty . Looks like a nice vehicle Like the Dark Cranberry one . A lot of the switchgear and radio inside looks like stock GM stuff , is this correct ? I knwo these are brand new but does anyone have any early opinions on this new model , they say it is a lot better than Chevy's Equinox or the Torrent ?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye Member Posts: 473
    i was wondering if anyone has a 2002 xl-7 here. i found one used and i am seriously thinking about getting it. is there any problem years to watch out for. what i mean is i have a 1999 chevy tracker, and i found out that 1999 was a bad year for the A/C units. well 2 years after i bought it the a/c completely failed. $$$$ and alot of others with a 1999 had the same problem. i was wondering if there are years like this for the xl7? and what kind of MPG are you getting with the 2.7 xl-7? basically i dont want to go through another case where i find out after i buy it that (xxxx) yr was a bad year to buy..
  • kc5ytikc5yti Member Posts: 38
    Mine rocks. Just try to get to the dealer and try to listen it start up from an overnight or long period of being unused. Listen carefully for any bicycle chain like rattle sound coming from the lower front of the engine. The 2002 and previous had issues with timing chain tensioner #1 not adjusting properly after some time. Mine had a warranty replacement for this in 2005 after 45K miles. I use only mobile1 5W30 in my truck. Also, look at the manufacture date. Trucks sold after August 2002 have the 7y/100K mile. warranty. Mine is one of them. I have had very few issues with my truck. She gets from 16 in the winter to 20-21 on the highway all year round. I average around 18mpg city/highway.


    Ivan, kc5yti
    2002 XL-7+
  • kc5ytikc5yti Member Posts: 38
    We just bought the dark cranberry one. Very nice. I can't say for sure how well this XL-7 will treat us. It is a joint venture with GM. A blend of torrent, I dare not mention Equinox, with a touch of the SRX. She is about 35% japan parts, so the sticker says, so that makes me feel a bit better. I have had Suzukis since 2002. Not one major issue, except fot the tensioner issue that my XL-7 had after 45K miles. I have not been a fan of GM since my dreadfull run in with a 2000 Astro, traded for my XL-7 in 2002. The Astro spent almost as much time in the shop as our 1995 Neon. Both, lemons. Suzuki has never let me down, however, we are going down a new path here. We will see. I have heard that the 3.6l powerplant is a very good engine. Suzuki has licensed that engine and is producing it in Japan. The tranny is an Aisin unit that many of the Asian automakers use. So not many concerns there. We will see. As for Suzuki, I would recommend them to my friends. I will by another Zuk someday soon. :)


    Ivan, kc5yti
    2002 XL-7
    2007 XL7
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    The reviewer does not know how to access the 3rd-row seats, so he said it was "nearly inaccessible" :sick:

    Business Week Review
  • kc5ytikc5yti Member Posts: 38
    Wow, no kidding. The reviewer needs to learn how to read a manual. My kids know to operate the middle seats. The 2007 XL7 third row is easy to get in compared to the 2002 XL-7 that I have. however, I can get my fat but in each. The 2007 is far more roomy back there. The seat is slightly more narrow, but the leg room is improved. I do wish they could have left much of the GM influence on the table, but it did show up in the console, engine, and body. Only small things that bother me, but all in all, the SUV is nice. I can't call it a truck anymore.


    Ivan, kc5yti
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    So both of us posted comments there :) :P :shades:
  • redjackalredjackal Member Posts: 8
    I almost bought one a few weeks ago, but decided not to. Then today I spot a white xl7 on the side of the freeway and thought, Wow its breaking down already? Then, to my surprise, 2 miles further on the opposite side of the freeway was another black xl7 on the side! What are the odds of that? I don't know what to make of it.
  • spaceman210spaceman210 Member Posts: 50
    Did any of you folks loving the XL-7 drive the '07 Outlander or RAV4 V6 before deciding? What did you find superior about the XL-7 apart from seating? thanks
  • guxuguxu Member Posts: 32
    I did test drive Outlander. It is a very cool small SUV, much smaller than XL7. The outlander is not as smooth or quiet as XL7.

    Outlander has a very simple folding chair style 3rd row seat, which even kids do not want to sit in. But I guess it is not worse than Highlander. Outlander does not have rear AC control either.
  • clownfishfunkclownfishfunk Member Posts: 7
    My boyfriend is considering purchasing a 2007 XL7. We have been curious how this vehicle works during big snow storms. Does anyone have any experience using their XL7 in a big storm? He is a volunteer fire fighter and needs to be able to respond to the fire house during big snow storms (a time when there are likely to be even more emergencies than usual). Any information on this would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • flybyspamflybyspam Member Posts: 1
    I own a 2002 xl-7 with 55,000 miles on it. The A/C compressor recently locked up. I searched the internet and found enough people writing about this same failure to indicate that this is a flaw (just google "suzuki a/c problem"). I understand that parts sometimes fail prematurely and believed that Suzuki might feel responsible considering the low mileage of the vehicle and the fact that this is probably related to a design/manufacturing flaw. I called the Suzuki customer service hotline and was issued a very curt and unsympathetic "it's out of warranty." I attempted to appeal my case to the district service rep (Bill Hawker) but he could not be bothered.

    Ok, I can accept the fact that they won't stand behind their product...the car IS technically "out of warranty." But, Here's the real insult....Suzuki wants $2500.00 to fix the A/C. Suzuki has made it clear that they're really going to put the screws to the customer when they know they can get away with it. they are charging in excess of $1000.00 for a part that costs $150.00 to $300.00 for any other car...I start to get concerned about all the other parts they will overcharge for.

    An overall thumbs down for ANY Suzuki product. The vehicles poor construction is augmented by support that will abscond with your money...These are folks that you just can't trust.

    (For anyone who is still "Rah Rah Suzuki." I will be happy to sell this POS to you cheap).

    Brad Winter - Overland Park, KS.
    email: flybyspam2002@yahoo.com
  • kc5ytikc5yti Member Posts: 38
    If I had the spare cash, I would love to take it off your hands. Mine is a 2002 with 58K. The AC is fine in it. Did you get the BOM for the repair. I bet they want to replace the lines, dryer, and coils. A compressor that fails will probably spew crap into the lines, and then the system would need to be cleaned out or replaced. Sorry to hear about the failure. I live in Olathe, myself. You could try to get your own compressor, install it, charge the system wig R-134A and PAG oil and see what happens. :)


    Ivan, kc5yti
  • astrovetteastrovette Member Posts: 10
    I'm a current 2001 Astro owner and have just replaced my rear end as the diff went on it @ only 55,300 mls. Don't think i want to start spending on other things that may break down.

    I'm considering purchasing an SUV and am looking at the Suzuki as a possiblity. Seems the price is fair. Did you purchase the base model w/and of the upgrades? How has the Suzuki held up? Any minor/major issue? Also, I've been spoiled with all the space in the Astro and was wondering if i would be disappointed with the space in this SUV.

    I appreciate your feedback.

  • batman47batman47 Member Posts: 606
    I compared this vehicle with other ones using Edmunds comparison on line and for my surprise it appears that the XL7 does not have any of these: Center differential, limited slip differential rear, limited slip differential center, descent control, etc. So how this car manages to be a SUV?
  • goaterguygoaterguy Member Posts: 64
    SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle and for a vehicle to fall under that category doesn't require any of the items you mentioned, its just an acronism. Before owning the XL7, I owned a 1997 Ford Explorer RWD and although it was an SUV, it lacked all the items you stated. Click on the link for a brief explanation of Suzuki's AWD system. The drivetrain computer takes care of what most of the parts you describe by braking an individual wheel allowing the wheel with the most traction to have the power like a limited slip diferential.
  • slinky1slinky1 Member Posts: 42
    I am loving my black '07 XL7 , had it for 4 months now, no probs, drives great, it's my first vehicle with AWD and with my Canadian winters i am wondering now how i lived without it!!!
  • got_viagragot_viagra Member Posts: 4
    I have an 07 XL7 and so far everything is perfect. this vehicle for snow is the best one we have ever owned. This past winter on a really bad storm here I tryed to drive this car out of control on purpose but the the AWD system keep it strait and in control all the time. I like the way the system also works for the rain.

    Cars are just that, cars and sometime they have bad flaws in them. Until today I have not been able to find the PERFECT ONE. I owned in the past 3 Chevy, 4 Ford including an F-150, Expedition, F-250, 2 Dodge including a Durango, one Nissan, one Eclipse and so on where the mayority of them are 4x4 and until today all are CRAP. Beautiful technology but bad quality, today is the AC and tomorrow is the Trans.
    If some one really wants to find a good car then roll the time back 20 or 30 years and you will find it.
  • dawnledawnle Member Posts: 2
    I just recently purchased a new 2007 XL7. I noticed the map lights rattle. I did take it in to the dealership and they supposedly put a new unit on and it still rattles. It is just the plastic covers. I have a sunroof so it is not the normal with the sunglass holder, etc. The rattle does get a little annoying at times. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if so, was a solution found.

    Also, I have been trying to find a cargo cover for the back area. It is a 7 pssgr SUV, but I only have that because it came as such. Only the 5 pssgr comes with a cargo cover. I have been trying to get one, but cannot find any. Suzuki does not even show it as an accessory. Anyone have ideas on where to find one?
  • got_viagragot_viagra Member Posts: 4
    Hey dawnle I wonder if you may be able to find the awnser here: http://www.suzuki-forums.com/ or here: http://www.car-help.net/suzuki/ These last one will charge you $9 for your Q's: http://car.justanswer.com/JA/ASP_ASK/FID_11/K_1483/P_0/TR/Suzuki-Questions.htm

  • dawnledawnle Member Posts: 2
    Thank you. I will give the sites a try.
  • ahmed2ahmed2 Member Posts: 3
    I scratched my XL7 and I need touch paint code ZV7. I called two dealers and I was told that Suzuki discontinued the paint. How do I get it?
    Any help will be appreciated.
  • got_viagragot_viagra Member Posts: 4
    Hope this helps, some sites that I included here are for Bikes and Car Dealers, but sometimes the paint used is the same by manufacturer/codes. Sometimes a phone call to them will go far.

    Good Luck !


    http://www.automotivetouchup.com/choosecolor/year.aspx?make=Suzuki&model=Sx4&gcl- id=CKCOzoaGpJsCFRYiagodCil3DA





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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Sometimes you can get someone with a paint booth to make up a small quantity of auto paint for you using their paint computer gizmo. A friend of mine used to own a truck canopy business and he could make up an ounce or less of paint without much trouble. He had most of the color codes for trucks since he painted canopies to match; I assume you could plug in the Suzuki color code too and match car or SUV paint.
  • got_viagragot_viagra Member Posts: 4
    Suzuki was already contacted by the lady who originally started this thread, and by me. They Do Not have the Touch up needed nor they make them any more. Hope this helps
  • ucanfarmucanfarm Member Posts: 33
    I am looking at a used XL7 with a failed timing chain. Will this engine destroy itself if the timing chain failed?
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