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Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006 through 2008



  • jay57jay57 Posts: 6
    I called Suzuki customer service, and the representative claims that the plug is located on the back of the head unit, and can only be accessed by removing the radio.

    There is a square connector on the rear of the radio, which is allegedly an industry standard connector (separate from that of the connector for the optional XM module) that any car audio ship will carry (I haven't checked yet, but I will).

    I'm just hesitant to let someone start pulling the dash apart, so I'll probably just order the sevice manual and do it myself (the dealer is 50 miles from home, so unless there is some other reason to make the drive, it's not worth my time to kill 2-3 hours on the road plus wait time).

    Suzuki does not sell the cable.

    I do wonder if the plug is compatible with other Clarion head units and accessories (like the SIR-CL1 Sirius receiver), so I'll probably call Clarion and see if they don't give me too much of a run-around about giving me data on an OEM unit.

    I'll update the post with my findings.

  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    A friend just went and bought a new Saturn. Really likes our Suzuki, but never gave it a chance. The Saturn does come with more horsepower, but I think it stops there. We had a lemon of a Saturn and a bad time with dealerships, so we never considered it.
    Just wondering if anyone looked at the VUE?
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    The only other thing I even considered was the X-Trail. The GV's low range sealed the decision, so I didn't look at the Vue.

    The Vue's advantages over the GV should include better mileage and more cargo space. I don't know about pricing. I've heard good and bad things about the plastic panels. The Theta underpinnings should be pretty good.

    If someone needs the space and/or power more than the ruggedness of the GV, then the Vue would make more sense, all else assumed equal.
  • rouge1rouge1 Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me how to enable the aux input on the 06 GV. I've lost my manual.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    Great news for Suzuki. I know it's off subject, but I was looking on the website and in the new sports car category, the chevy Cobalt beat the Corvette. Interesting
  • hi all!m new in this forum...i just bought the '06 GV (2WD Premium AT)a month ago (dec 09)..figured it would be best to assess it after a month of usage.

    so far, m very much pleased with the GV's performance. traction, acceleration, exterior and interior, comfortable ride and power. i get good mileage too 22 combined..i test drove CRV and RAV4. they don't come close..and the fact that its a few grand cheaper makes it more appealing...i got mine for $21700..all in (taxes, destination charge, auto tran, dealer protective paint)

    i used to own a suzuki samurai (from 1995-2004,back in the philippines), a true compact off-roader. it has been used and abused every weekend...not only by me, but also my friends and cousins who at times, had to take their off-roader for repairs...mine is a tough...

    if you guys doubt suzuki's reliability, dont be...mine is stil running good...(sold to it to a friend...m now in florida). in fact, it is still being used in competitions back ther...

    the only thing is that suzuki is not that well known here in the US, not yet..unlike in asia. i dont see a lot of suzukis on the road..

    Selling of GV '06 started in late september. But one dealer near where i live didnt have any on display til 3rd week of December...I had to drive 40 miles to get to the next dealer. But its worth it...
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    According to the sales figures, Suzuki has sold about 1200 "trucks" in Canada, for Sept - Dec inclusive. I'm guessing that would be XL-7's and the new GV, plus a few '05 GV's. So a rough guess would be, say, 800 '06 GV's in Canada so far. No wonder I've only seen one other one on the roads. Almost like owning a custom car.
  • The Motorweek that aired Sat 01/07/06 shows the 06 Suzuki Grand Vitara(premium) is one of their long term test vehicles which means periodic updates on the driving experience. 2 months, 4000 mi, 23.4mpg, & "our only beef so far is the cheap looking dash plugs that instantly say something is missing" other than that quote the testers seem quite pleased with the GV.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    Wow, that's it?! Cheap dash plugs? I was going to paint a smiley face on mine.
    Someone has a GV in our neighborhood, so much for that "custom" feeling for me.
  • jay57jay57 Posts: 6
    Well, it's run-around time.

    Clarion would not give me any information on the head unit in the GV; they referred me to a 1-800 number, which was simply an installer referral automated system.

    Called 5 local installers, who had no idea what I was talking about when I brought up the cable Suzuki stated would be available from any car audio shop.

    Called the dealer, who said the only way to get the cable was to buy the XM unit (which I tried to explain was allegedly not the same cable as the AUX input cable, but he kept on insisting was).

    I've scoured the web, called companies like PIE & Metra & Blitzsafe (who say that due to the low volume of vehicles Suzuki sells in the states, they don't support the hardware), to no avail.

    I have not yet purchased the service manual for the vehicle, but intend to do so in the near future, just so I can tear down the dash and get to the back of the radio.

    Anyone know where the CD changer (external to the radio) would be installed? Perhaps there is some cabling there that might be useful.

    Any suggestions as to how to solve this problem are appreciated!
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  • highuphighup Posts: 31

    Pulled the radio and the socket you see on this interface is the same square socket on the rear of the radio. I've read some user's comments on this clarion interface and some weren't too pleased. I'll wait awhile and see what others come up with.
  • gvjongvjon Posts: 4
    Hey guys, just got a new '06 Pearl White GV Premium AWD w/5spd auto last week and already thinking about high flow intake, exhaust, and possibly lowering it by 2 inches or may just go with lower profile summer tires eventually. I really liked the look of the blizzard concept but I don't want to go quite that low. I love everything about it, but I've looked everywhere for aftermarket performance stuff, not just accessories, and have found absolutely nothing available. The XL7 has the same motor and K&N doesnt' even carry a filter for THAT. I emailed K&N about this and we'll see if they come up with at least a high flow filter, cuz all they have now is an oil filter. Big Woop. Anybody got any inside scoop on performance?
  • rostavrostav Posts: 2
    I would like to know if there is any way to start the vehicle and leave it running with the doors locked I've tried many different ways but it just seems that if it's running and you get out there is no way to lock it.
    Any help would be appreciated it's nice to let it warm up a bit when it's cold outside without worrying if someone is going to steal it.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    I'm also waiting to hear from K&N. All they make is the oil filter right now. With the GV so new, it might take awhile for aftermarket accessories to come in, especially if there isn't a demand for it.
  • jinvajinva Posts: 41
    We bought our CR-V in Nov '05 without a thought about any other vehicle. I'm not complaining. We're very happy with it. However, the other day I really looked at the GV and thought it was a very nice design. Then I read about the features & pricing and the customer reviews. And I'm thinking -we should have looked at that-.

    What's done is done. But congrats to you all for considering & buying the GV. If I had looked at it last fall, there might be one in front of my house.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    I wouldn't have second thoughts. At least you bought a Honda. You'll probably have better re-sale value. We always wonder too if we made the right choice. We're limited on the selection of dealers in our town and wanted something close by, although we did drive out of state to get a better deal. Sorry, but the Big 3 just don't do anything for me. Everytime we look at and drive our GV, we smile and are glad we made that choice.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    You must have the smartpass. It can be confusing on which door you open or where the remote is. I would leave a window open until you figure it out. Can you manually lock the drivers door and still get back in?
    I do hate how long it takes for the idle to come down. Maybe it's old school, but I like to wait until the rpm is under 1,000 before I shift(auto)
  • jinvajinva Posts: 41
    We're planning on keeping the CR-V for a long time and we have had good experience w/ Hondas in the past. We really like our nearby dealer. That's why we didn't look at anything else. I agree w/ you about the Big 3. Although I think the Escape is a nice product, the thought of dealing with a big city Ford dealership wasn't appealing at all. Good luck w/ the GV. It's has definitely made Suzuki a serious competitor in the small SUV market.
  • rostavrostav Posts: 2
    Yes I have the smartpass and I finally figured it out.You have to start it without the key then get out and lock the door with the key,and when you are ready to get back in you have to unlock with the key,the keyless entry won't work if the vehicle is running.
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    Thanks for the refreshingly objective comments. In the same vein, I think that if you need more cargo space and better mileage rather than the GV's rugged side, the CRV might be the better choice. The GV is cheaper, but that balances against resale value and dealer locations. Who knows how the quality compares? At most, you weren't far off the mark.

    I considered the CRV on the basis of the standard stability control and claims it does reasonably well off-road. But the clearance just wasn't adequate for us.

    The X-Trail was at the top of our list as the most capable small suv for off-roading (other than the Liberty). But we actually use low range gearing sometimes, so we waited to see what the new GV was like. After seeing the specs and reviews, the decision was easy and we bought one sight-unseen without even going to see anything else.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    My neighbor bought the Escape hybrid fully loaded. Doesn't care for it. The hybrid part only works in stop and go driving and I think he expected better gas mileage. I also don't think he likes the smaller vehicle. He went and bought a Hummer. Still trying to figure that one out.
    Looking at the long term test on the Chevy Equinox and they seem happy with it getting less than 20 mpg. Most reviews on the GV didn't care for the mileage it was getting even though it was almost 24 mpg. I hope ours will get a bit more mpg over time, but it sure beats my truck's 9 mpg.
  • jay57jay57 Posts: 6
    So it is actually a CeNET compatible input? If that is indeed the case, then I assume CeNET accessories (like the Sirius receiver) would work (or not).

    I was told by Suzuki that there are 2 plugs, one for the AUX Input cable, one for the XM Radio input (anyone come up with a manufacturer and part number for the AUX Input cable?).

    What was involved with pulling the radio?

  • jay57jay57 Posts: 6
    Maybe now we're getting somewhere..

    Check this link:

    Now if we could just get a manufacturer and part number for a cable that terminates in either RCA or 1/8" plug.
  • gvjongvjon Posts: 4
    Here is the body of my emails to Leon Collins ( I sent these, hoping to get a positive reply. me-"I am a loyal K&N customer who has always used your filters in my previous vehicles, except this time I bought a brand new 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara with the 2.7 v-6, which I think is identical setup in the previous years of the XL7. Same motor size, so most likely same intake dimensions as well, yet your website has no intake filters or intake setups for either of these models. I have looked at just about every other manufacturer as well and had no luck. Usually your company is really good about being the first to offer at least a high flow filter. What gives?"
    K&N's reply: At this time K&N has not released a replacement air filter or a performance intake system for your vehicle, if you want to be notified when it does, blah blah blah blah blah bs bs bs.

    Don't you love these replies? I hope all of you can do me a favor and bombard this guy with emails from us Suzuki owners demanding they make a filter for us. It's not alot to ask for, and if they get enough emails they may actually help us out.
  • gvjongvjon Posts: 4
    ALSO: BE CAREFUL IF IT'S SLICK ON THE ROADS! The GV launches great off the line in snow but don't get too confident when coming to a stop like I did. I locked up the brakes even with the ABS tonight, and had to shift over a lane to avoid hitting someone in front. The ABS is good but it doesn't fight your foot hard enough to make you ease off the brake. If you hit the brakes suddenly, you WILL lock them up and even the ABS won't do much for you. It still does better in snow than any vehicle I've ever had. :shades:
  • highuphighup Posts: 31
    Looks like you found me (analog) again. I detailed how I removed the radio on that site and it's just a matter of pulling the aluminum strips on each side of the console and removing the screws behind them. The only sockets back there are the radio wiring harness and cenet sockets. If you come across an aux input cable with a cenet plug please share the info. Thanks.
  • highuphighup Posts: 31
    For those GV's equipped with the optional security system, does it have an audible confirmation like a horn or chirp when armed and/or disarmed? Thanks
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    I was driving up a steepish road covered with a 1-2" of mixed slush, snow and gravel. There was a section of road about twice the length of the GV which had about 4-5" of heavy wet snow on it. As the '06 GV went into it the deeper stuff, I increased the throttle a bit to maintain speed. But the thing almost stopped, like the engine had been turned off. I gave it more gas, and it suddenly came to life, dug in and charged through the deep snow.

    One theory is that the TC backs off the throttle in response to one wheel spinning, and doesn't restore the fuel flow until all four wheels are spinning. Or, as the wheels start spinning, one by one, the TC applies the brakes to them, but it's smart enough to know to release the wheels before all four wheels are being braked. I don't know.

    What I do know is that this will cost you almost all your momentum and will make the difference between making it or not making it up some hills or through some crap. I suppose I should have turned off the ESP before I got into the deep stuff, but that's exactly what I expect TC to deal with.
  • budman3budman3 Posts: 187
    How fast were you going? I think you can only shut the ESP off when you are under 19mph.
    I guess they work under certain conditions. I had a car with a similar system. If you had to accelerate to get out of the way or cross a street in a hurry, the motor would fall on it's face if the tires would start to spin. It's scary when you aren't going anywhere with that loss of power and cars coming at you. I feel more in control with wheels spinning and burning rubber. :)
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