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Suzuki Kizashi



  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,236
    you are right on with buying what you like, even if you have to spend a lot. I spent a titch over $24,000 for my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS but still love looking at and driving my car! I can't get enough of it. That's the way it's supposed to be and I couldn't agree with you more. And now the car is paid off - an added bonus!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,282 what you like that is affordable. And if one goes a bit over budget, just think about how much the cost is per day to relax and enjoy the ride. I do plan on purchasing eventually but right now since the Civic had some work done, it's driving like brand new so I see no point in getting something new. I'm happy with it and will go for that 10 year ownership if all goes according to plan. If my boy wants it though, he can take/purchase it from me and I'll get my Tuscon or Rogue that much earlier but that isn't happening quite yet. I did see a new Elantra GT on the highway yesterday and thought it was an impressive looking vehicle, a bit low to the ground but they did a great job style wise. And another vehicle i like, truth be told, is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ute...seriously! I hear the audio isn't the best but I like the smallish size of it and hey, one can always go aftermarket with a new head unit and amp to get the perfect sound. But with Mitsu possibly leaving the U S market, probably not the best choice in vehicles though there is a dealership right outside our development next to the Hyundai store...a nice perk! When I bring in the Accent for any warranty work, it is so close, a good thing.

    I have the new car itch but with my job moving rentals around Florida, I scratch it daily and am driving some amazing vehicles like the 2012 Infiniti G37 I had the other day...outstanding vehicle! And the best part is I don't pay for the gas or tolls and usually ahve my choice of vehicles, which ever one I get over to though there is some competition among my fellow co-workers for certain rigs. We all have our likes/dislikes but usually get what we want...a few times I've traded with another person when I know I have one of their favorites but so far, no one has returned the favor...maybe it is time for me to stop being so nice to the others...?

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • jaydee11jaydee11 Posts: 19
    I know what you mean! How does one get a job like that!? Does it pay well? I'll be leaving the military in a few months,and I could use a good job! But back to the topic at hand...I have tried to hold on to a car for 10 years so many times,that I don't think I am capable of it! The longest I have had one was 6 years,the shortest,1 year and 4 months,both of them Infinit G20s! The latter was an automatic,which I hated and it smelled like cigar smoke.I should not have bought it,but it had low miles! And I've run the gamut from convertible,hatchbacks,wagons,sedans you name it! But the Kizashi is fun! Even if they have disappeared from the American market!!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,282
    Craigslist is where I found the job...hard to believe but that's where it was. The timing was perfect but G-d planned it that way just like he did way back when I got my postal job/career...he just presents the opportunity and it is up to us to act on it. But yes, this gig is perfect for a retired guy like myself as a lot of my co-workers are retired folks who want and need the extra income and also want to get out of the house. And driving newer vehicles on their dime is the icing on the cake...the drama I don't like and having my ipod on while going home in the chase vehicle solves that issue nicely. A totally win/win situation for me at this stage of my life where I can still get around though I use a cane to walk. And being flexible is the key as we hardly know when we're going to work...very seldom are we told the day before when we have runs to make. We usually get texted a couple of hours before letting us know where and when we are going but I am very flexible and have so much time on my side now.

    A great opportunity that I took and ran a very happy camper here!

    The Happy Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • rcopa1rcopa1 Posts: 24
    I've had my 2011 Kizashi SE for over 2 years now and i only have one regret, that i did not buy the SLS model with all the bells and whistles. I love this car and while i usually trade my cars in after three years i will probably keep this one longer.

    My alloy rims started to peel. I have seen this happen with other kiszashi's. The dealer recently had them stripped and repainted. They came out great and the dealer did not hesitate to do this work under warranty. The only thing they did ask me was if i was the original owner, not sure why this would matter, they should still cover for someone who bought the car used.

    I had always wanted the fogs lights. I purchased a complete OEM kit on ebay for $199 including shipping. I was going to have a professional install be when the kit arrived the instructions made it seem like something i could install and every part needed was included. It said it would take about 30 minutes. I am not handy type guy so i was unsure but i gave it a shot. It was actually pretty easy to do but did take me about 2 hours. While this sounds a little scary, the front bumper has to come completely off the car. Surprisingly this was very easy to do. Be sure to lay out a very large oversize drop cloth so you don"t scratch the fender once it comes off the car.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    You are brave. Of course it is on a car that you intend to keep, and even though it is well engineered, it is an orphan, and will not be worth much more or less if you scratch it.

    Suzuki really, really screwed up in the US of A. Fortunately, they have retained significant markets elsewhere. Maybe one day they will return...after the current CEO is gone.
  • rcopa1rcopa1 Posts: 24
    Brave? Let’s see, I bought a new, nicely equipped car that I really like at a huge discount, it's got a bit of exclusivity to it, people still complement me on it and ask what kind of car it is, it handles and rides like a European car but has Japanese quality, all this and I only paid $18,750? I'd say I was smart. It's funny the people on here who criticize buying an "orphaned" car, a Kizashi, have never even driven one. Suzuki has left the US market in an honorable way by keeping their warranties in effect. My experience is proof of that. Yes, I could have bought what everyone else buys when they want to make a safe and sensible purchase, a Civic or a Corolla, but I would have hated my ride for years to come.
  • jaydee11jaydee11 Posts: 19
    Hear hear,I love my Suzuki Kizashi! The ride is great,the handling is superb and no one I know personally has one! But at least 4 of my friends drive Nissans! Everyone from the insurance agent to the folks at Best buy,where I purchased a new head unit with Navigation, DVD and Bluetooth,didn't know what a Kizashi was!! My wheels are starting to develop weird spots,that will not come off.I have even tried NEV'R DULL and it is still spotting. But otherwise,I am still happy with my ride! And the dealer threw in the fog lights for free,plus a set of splash guards! And those who DO actually get inside are really impressed! And why not? It's a great car! So,do we own orphans? Maybe... But even orphans need love!
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    There is nothing wrong with owning a discontinued car, as long as you drive it until the wheels fall off. The resale value is non-existent on Suzukis in general.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Civics and Corollas are definitely not in the same class as the Kizashi.

    It is too bad that Suzuki screwed up so badly here. I drove a Kizashi and briefly considered buying it, because it is a good car.

    Leadership was lacking, and hubris evident. Suzuki never figured out why its sales were tanking here year after year. There were answers to that. However, Suzuki leadership was not interested. They paid the price.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Agreed! And Suzuki made some major mistakes in their distribution (dealer) networks as well.
  • I have paint flaking just behind the front tires on my 2012 Kizashi along with all four rims. Took it in to the dealership where I purchased it and they are not going to fix any of it because they said I drive on gravel roads. There is no paint chipping where the paint is flaking. So, should there be a clause in the warranty that you can't drive on gravel roads? The salesman who sold us the car knew we lived on gravel roads. So I guess he should have told us this would void the warranty. I have 30,000 miles on the car and my warranty is up at 36,000.

    BTW, the service tech told me that there was a post about paint peeling on the hood of the car but nowhere else, so the person that has that problem needs to contact their dealership. Wow! You must have an honest dealership that stands behind Suzuki. Mine is in Junction City, KS, Jim Clark Suzuki.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Suzuki nor the dealer have any motivation to fix this. Suzuki Auto is not coming back to America for the foreseeable future. And the dealer doesn't care about making you happy so you will come back and buy another car.

    Suzuki left and the owners have lost.
  • They tried to pull that BS with me too on my 2010. Mine eventually had paint chipping in areas that in no way could've been normal wear and tear. They reprinted the really chipped parts once and it chipped again. They then agreed to repaint my whole car and that seems to have done the trick. I now have a lifetime warranty on the paint from the bodyshop that did it. I LOVE everything about my car except for this issue and how hard I had to fight to have it corrected. My local dealership denied my claim too and I had to fight with Suzuki directly. Suzuki has know about this issue since 2010 and if I can do anything to help, let me know! I do agree with the other person that posted though, they may not do anything about it now that they're not selling cars in the US anymore...good luck!
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