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Suzuki XL-7



  • I'm not usually apt to flame but if you are serious you deserve it.

    Please get informed about vehicles, especially "4wd" vehicels, before even thinking about buying one. Here is a site that may help:

    I don't agree with some of this guys opinions but its is a good source of info.

    I have owned part time 4wd (Suzuki, Tacoma, etc) and AWD (Subaru) vehicles. I actually prefer the part time system.

    IMO the best safety onroad for any vehicle is a combination of driver knowledge (understanding what the **** are you driving ) and appropriate tires. The motoring journos who put a black mark against part time 4wd irritate me. Why on a perfectly good road would I need 4WD or AWD if I have some skill and most importantly the right tires on the car.

    Hope you take some time to go out and learn something about cars.
  • The reason why you would want AWD on pavement is for the handling. That is what Subaru is well known for. An person with some skill driving will be able to maneuver a vehicle a lot better with AWD.
  • Thanks for answering. Why didn't you buy an AWD vehicle? They suck offroad. The zuke is a solid offroader and built uses an inexpensive and reliable offroad transmission (part time 4wd). You had plenty of choices out there - why buy the Suzuki?
  • There were several reasons I got the Zuki.

    1. I got a killer deal on it, $14,995, brand new! The invoice price for it is a little over $18,300.

    2. I don't do any serious off roading; I mainly go camping. When I do need to drive in the rain or snow on occasion, I have a 4wd CR-V.

    3. It is also the roomiest compact SUV you can get on the market. Yes, I did my research... :P I tend to haul a lot of cargo and people when going on trips.

    4. Arguably the best warranty (7-years, 100K, transferable vs Hyundai's 10-years, 100K, non-transferable). Realistically most of us drive more than 10K a year, so the 100K is the key number for most of us.

    Including the reasons above, another reason I did not get an AWD vehicle is because I don't drive like a maniac anymore. I use to have a 94 Honda Prelude which was a very fun car to take on the corners, but now I got all that out of my system.
  • Hi Everyone,

    Does anyone know if they sell a clutch fan for a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7?
  • Hello everyone! I have a 2001 XL-7 5 spd and usually when I first drive in the morning or when the vehicle is cold it makes a noise everytime I press the clutch pedal I have recently replaced the whole clutch components and still does the noise, now once I drive for a while it stops until the vehicle gets cold again. Do you all have the same problems? Do you all know why it does it? and one more thing.. about the Timing Belt Tensioner: Is there a do it yourself manual that can help me replaced the Tensioner on my own because $950.00 it is a lot of money for a little Tensioner replacement!!!!!! and by the way the vehicle has not warranty it has over 100,000 miles.
    Thanks for your time!!!!
  • What great reasons to choose a superb vehicle! I was just flaming you for complaining in the first place :P
  • elirelir Posts: 3
    i was reading your message about the brake pads, was your xl7 a 4x4 or a 2wd i've been having problems finding brake pads for mine. and your right about the price at the dealer. i think there is a difference in size from a 4wd to a 2wd
  • elirelir Posts: 3
    i went to a auto parts store and bought a stp air filter, when i took the old one out it did not match it was smaller, does anybody know where to buy one that is the same size as the original. its for a xl7 4wd thank you
  • Does anyone know if the stock clarion cd player has a cd-changer control, I want to install a module to hook up my ipod to it.

    thanks for any help you can give
  • If the air filter did not fit then the parts store gave you the wrong filter or you picked the wrong one. :shades:
  • carrinocarrino Posts: 42
    elir, my wifes xl7 was a 4wd, and there is no difference in brake pad size. I get all my brake pads from rock I put a second set on at 36000 miles, and about a month ago traded the 2002 xl7 in for a 2005 model.. great suv
  • kc5ytikc5yti Posts: 38
    Got mine at AutoZone. No problems at all. I went ahead and replaced mine at 36K miles, but did not need to at all. The original pads still had half of the pad material on them. :shades:
  • elirelir Posts: 3
    i'm still having problems trying to get brake pads for my xl7 4x4 all the auto parts stores have brake pads but for some reason the pad that they show me is about 1/2 to small then the original if someone knows why let me know the dealer price is $80.00 vs $30.00 to $40.00 at any auto parts store
  • Go to, click on suzuki and then xl7.. click on brake pads and all the pads will come up.. price from 22.00-56.00
  • josesjoses Posts: 1
    Is there a way to switch the head light bulbs in a 2004 xl7 beside the dealer?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I had the rear differential oil changed when I first got the vehicle at 38000 and now notice a whine coming from the rear. Has anybody else had this problem or is it part of the XL 7. Planning to change again to see if any better. Any comments would be appreciated.Currently 48K on the clock.
  • I LOVE thy new 06' Grand Vitara's new styling. Does anyone know if the XL-7 is scheduled for a similar facelift for 07' ?


  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    The concensus seems to be that the '07 XL7 will be a stretched version of the '06 Grand Vitara, with a larger engine, no low range, and no ladder frame welded on. Sort of a Chev Equinox or Pontiac Torrent with the GV's styling.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Determined that it is a wheel bearing that needs replacing
  • Pardon my ignorance but I just bought what I think is a 02 XR7 [ says it on wheel cover] but the dealer called it a grand vitara on papers- any hints ?
    I like the machine - has 81k and nice to get a 4wd again - used to have older jeeps and my other is a 91 Astro awd and my joy is a 74T500 Titan Suzie motorcycle
  • I had the same noise in my 2004 that seemed to get louder as a slowed to a stop it was replaced under warrantee (<36,000 Miles) because it was they said the rear differential was defective.
  • My 2004 XL-7 has the push button 4x4 that does not work if the ambient tempurature outside is less than 25 degrees. It engages fine but it will not disengage until I either come to a complete stop or come to a complete stop and backup. The dealer said that it is due to the lube in the 4x4 crankcase being too cold to function properly I don't believe them, has anyone else had this problem out there?
  • parideparide Posts: 52
    What indication are you getting that it is not disengaging? I have a 2005, and every time I try to disengage the 4WD when stopped, the indication lights for the front wheels blink until the truck is back in motion.

    Prior to owning the 2005 XL-7, I owned a 2002 XL-7. A few winters ago, on a night when it was about 5deg F, the 4WD would not engage, forcing me to leave the vehicle at the bottom of my driveway. The next morning, I tried it again when the temperature was over 20deg F, and the 4WD engaged without a problem. I had no other problems engaging/disengaging the 4WD prior to or after that incident.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Had the wheel bearings replaced. Total cost $410 and the mechanic showed me the old ones and would appear the hardening material on the actual bearings had gone. No noise from the rear anymore.
  • mm9351mm9351 Posts: 72
    Anyone on this board hear annoying faint rattles from the rear seat area? I have an 04 XL-7 EX / leather and lately I've been hearing some faint to moderate rattles from the rear seat. Checked the seat tracks / rear cover pull shade / license plate / etc. but no relief.

    Then I check once again under the seat...the seat cables rapping into the spring undercarriage were suspect. These cables (kind of like bicycle brake cables) are for the release mechanism which allows you to fold the seats flat. I used a few tie-wraps to secure the cables to the under-seat carriage, and that did the trick!

    Comments, questions let me know.
  • slinky1slinky1 Posts: 42
    Yes it is, 2007, it is on gm's theta platform but has a much different look from the equinox/torrent and is somewhat larger.
    It also has a larger more powerfull engine.
  • joey2brixjoey2brix Posts: 463
    Well, after the Torrent came out, I doubt the '07 XL-7 will look any different other then a different grill and headlights. Keep praying that they don't screw up and use the cheap garbage 3.4L used in the Nox/Torrent.
  • slinky1slinky1 Posts: 42
    It is gonna have a new 3.6 L v6, and trust me , it looks different than the torrent, longer by about 18 inches!!!!, you cant even tell its on the same platform..........
  • slinky1slinky1 Posts: 42
    its going to receive a new name as well........
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