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Suzuki XL-7



  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    fantastic story! Suzuki is a first class car company!


  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    gas mileage is not the XL7's strong point. We get about 15 in the city and 21 on the highway


  • ronlt2ronlt2 Posts: 9
    I have been having the same problem the lst year or so, does this also pertain to 2001 vehicles? One problem is that I have 89000 on my XL7 now and I have no warrenty left?
  • garyl1garyl1 Posts: 2
    Recently, we are having problems with the 4WD in our 2001 XL7 (40,000 miles). When the lever is engaged, the transfer case "sounds" like it is in 4WD, yet the front tires do not have power. Also, the 4WD light is not on. Now, there is a clunk in the right front end. Of course warrantee is up. Any suggestions?
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    there is a small motor that supplies air pressure to lock the front wheels in 4wd.. If this is not working this will happen. Its behind the front bumper.. somewhere. I have not poked my herad up there to locate it..


  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Off-topic, but Suzuki fans may be interested in Suzuki's mid-size SUV concept:


    Suzuki Concept X


    Check out the Future Vehicles forums for other Suzuki future talk.


    Steve, Host
  • garyl1garyl1 Posts: 2
    thanks frank ill try to find out where it is behinde the bumper.when i find it ill let you know where too look. thanks
  • Hi Rohit,

    I've had the same problem with my 2001 XL-7. It has 94K miles on it and my 4WD light blinks about once per second when engaged. My wife drives it most of the time and she says it actually blinks for a while then the light stays off even though the vehicle is still in 4WD. I have a service manual, but there's no information about what this could be. Have you brought the vehicle in yet? If you have, please let me know what they found.


  • tomm2tomm2 Posts: 1
    Anyone out there have any issues with the AC/Heater sensor going bad? I bought an 03 XL7 and since I bought it (used from a dealer) I have had problems with the heater/AC climate control.


    It reads -58 and then the next minute it reads 111 out - can't get the ac/heater to work properly as it thinks its -58 when I want to have the AC on cause its 80 out the heater blows hot air..


    Dealership has no clue it seems - Its been in the shop 5x for repair and they still can't fix it
  • Hi all XL-7 owners.

    I have an 2003 XL-7, and realy like that car.I did about 55k but now i start to feel the engine vibration when the car is on.It is like low rpm vibrations just a little.I have all service history because i care about my XL-7.What it could be.
  • Hi,
    Just bought an '04 XL7, 4X4 with 10k miles, and getting 21 mpg with mix hiwy and town driving, got the 5 spd auto trans, (overdrive). Was pleasantly surprised.

  • ilmomof2ilmomof2 Posts: 4
    We have 2 kids, ages 5 & 2, and just bought a new '04 XL7. The baby seat fits great, but the 5 yr old's booster seat is causing a problem. He is big enough to use the seat as strictly a seat-belt positioning booster with the regular seat belt, but the latch part of the belt is so short in the base of the seat that I literally have to climb into the vehicle and buckle him in! When I asked the service/parts department, they said that there were seat belt extenders available. They ordered one for me and it came in today, BUT it only works for the front seats, not the second row seats! Since car seats are to be used in the passenger area only, not the front seat....I feel that this is a problem that Suzuki needs to address! Most states have increased the age/size requirements for car seats/booster seats, so there are going to be a lot of kids in these seats for a lot longer amount of time now. This is a pretty big inconvenience and I can't believe that I am the only Mom who is going to have to go through this!

  • I am sure this has been covered over and over again. I am sorry. I will also search this forum for info.

    What is the best advice for getting a trailer for my 04 xl7? We want to carry 3 motorcycles in bikes (lighter). What kind of hitch? Tranny cooler? Trailer Brakes? Does the payload and trailer rating mix, or is it 1200 payload plus 3000 towing?

    I am new to this towing thing, so any advice would be appreciated.

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Towing tips for SUVs may be helpful.

    Unfortunately, there appears to be no active discussions on trailers and hitches per se. Feel free to browse through these archived discussions which may contain helpful information and insights:

    Trailer Hitch

    Trailer Hitch Additions

    Car Trailer

    Accessories for Trailer hitch receivers

    Good luck!

    tidester, host
  • kc5ytikc5yti Posts: 38
    I have a 4, 7, and 9 year old, and have had them in the 2002 for the last 3 years, no problem. Do you have the middle seats back toward the rear of the truck or, are they closer to the front.


  • persanpersan Posts: 6
    XL -7 IS THE BEST MID SIZE SUV EVER !!!!!!!!!!!
  • persanpersan Posts: 6
  • avenger1avenger1 Posts: 90
    when it comes to baby seats, the XL-7 has the latch system that most car seats use. Try it out, it's really useful.

    I do agree about the short seat belt latches. One plus is that they stick straight up, which allows the kids to buckle up by them selves when the get a little older.
  • dep410dep410 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 XL-7. I too have noticed after going out of 4wd I get the same feeling that i am still engaged in 4wd. I either stop and back up a little it comes right out. Before stopping though you might just cycle the 4wd lever foward to 4wd and then right back out, this also has worked for me. I dont think it is a problem. Just a common quirk of this type of truck. Also if anyone is interested I found a great set of tires that are a little bigger than the originals and fit well. 235/65r/16 with truck tread. They are the best tires I have ever had. Let me know and I will get the exact #'s off the tire and post it.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    "Fiat's first entry into the SUV market, a compact off-roader jointly developed with Suzuki, will debut at the Frankfurt motor show this September."

    Fiat to Launch Suzuki-Based SUV at Frankfurt Show (Inside Line)

    Steve, Host
  • 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: 10,059
    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.
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