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Suzuki XL-7



  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Glad to have you a part of the growing family of zuke owners. This is a fine rig and you will be more and more pleased with your choice as the miles pile up.
  • my family has a 2003 Suzuki XL7 Limited also, and I do not see why some Consumer (no names here!) magazines say that Suzuki quality is bad. the XL7 has a very nice interior, a quiet and smooth engine, and lots of features for the price!! i guess what drags the overall reliability of a auto manufacturer is one model that sticks out at POOR...(i think its the Vitara due to the old plastic dashboard)..but still, don't drag the XL7 down with it!! also, the Aerio is getting an interior restyle (like the 03 XL7 did) with a nicer dashboard, analog guages, the same climate control system as the XL7, the same steering wheel too!!! believe me with experience of two XL7s (2001 + 2003): Suzuki is underrated and they truly are reliable cars!!
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    These rigs are vasty underated in the marketplace.
    They offer a lot for the money and when you throw in legendary japanese reliability, you can't go wrong!
  • Thanks for the warm welcome to the club :).

    I agree, Suzuki has been under-rated in U.S for its worth. You cannot go wrong with the No.4 auto company in Japan. Here are some of the good articles on XL-7. May be we should share some articles here for everyone's benefit!

    4wheeldrive Review - Body and Heart of a Navy Seal

    Autobytel Review - An appealing, economical package
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    Hello all,

    This spring I purchased a 2002 XL-7 Limited with some sort of aqua tread tire on it that I have never heard of. For a water tire it is great I would buy them again but I am looking for a good all weather/snow tire for it. I have looked at but I am wondering what kind of tire you all out there are using and recommending. Any help would be appreciated.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You might take a look at the Tires, tires, tires and Snow/Ice winter tiresdiscussions.

    tidester, host
  • Here is one more review on XL-7:

    I have completed 3 weeks on my XL-7 LTD and have been extremely happy so far. I got to use the 4 wheel drive during the snow fall in D.C last week. XL-7 handled great in my snow-covered neighborhood. I could literally feel the difference of a 4-wheel drive while driving through the slush. I am planning to go on a long trip the Christmas weekend and am looking forward to it.

    Has anyone purchased a roof luggage rack for XL-7 ?. Should I go to the dealer or buy it online and install myself?.
  • parideparide Posts: 52
    I gave my 2002 XL-7 a workout in the snow last Friday night. I didn't even need to use the 4WD until I hit the last road to my house. The XL-7 was extremely stable in 2WD through slush and a few of inches of choppy snow. The last road to my house hadn't been plowed and had many inches of snow on it. The XL-7 cut right through it in 4WD. This is one tough truck.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    yup, You quickly forget about the so-so gas mileage when it snows and you drop it in 4wd. :) We were out Christmas shopping last saturday in the storm on the east coast and it was fun as always:) (except for the poor truck gettin so dirty!)

    Frank (Philadelphia)
  • can't wait to try our XL7 in the snow too!
  • lkrk11lkrk11 Posts: 15
    I would do it myself, if I where you would save you some money. You all are right, I had loads of fun in mine here in Kansas City during the recent snow storm. It did wonderfully I can only just imagine what it would do if I only had all weather tires.

    On another subject anybody out there replaced there Hepa filter yet?? I am wonder at what interval it should be done at, and how to do it?? I asked the local dealer and he actually looked at me in shock that it had one.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    I did some searching because the Suzuki wants like $50 a set for the 2 filters.. There is ONE aftermarket company who makes em:)
    ATP. The part # for the set is..
    I found a local auto parts store who can get em for $27 a set..
    go to
    to find a local dealer to you:)

  • The cheapest roof rack system I found was for $95 at . If I install the roof rack system can I use it to load luggage with no separate luggage module?.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    yes you can..

  • Haven't been on in a while so I thought you'll would be interested in an update. I now have 67480 on my odometer. I am getting an average of 19.5 mpg and I have a 6inch lift kit on it. I put on a K&N filter and before I lifted it was gettin 23/24 mpg on the highway. Now with the lift kit I get 20/22 on the highway. This si with Les Scwab agressive mud and snow. The only problems I have had is the 4x4 went out and it was the pump, warrenty paid for it and a leak in the oil seal. Still runs strong.
  • I have a 2001 XL-7
  • Thanks for the info! I'm sure that we'll all be glad to hear your specs. We drive an 03 XL7 Limited 4WD and I'm just curious ~ is yours 4WD, Automatic or what?
  • Mine is a 4wd automatic Tourer and the pump went out on it at about 60000. I went and got the extended warrenty up to 100,000. The lift kit and tires were 1800 total, the tires I got are alittle too wide and they rub on the struts so I will get one narrower when they wear out
  • It was about 20 degrees outside when I was riding in the back seat of my XL-7 the other day and I noticed that the rear blower was COLD when I was running the heat full blast. Has anyone else noticed this???

    Also I was planning to get an alarm that has remote start installed. Does using anything other than A suzuki alarm installed by the dealer void the warranty for the electrical system???
  • Which XL7 year do you have? The 01-02 models have the under-seat plastic heat blowers. It is under the second row bench. When you put the controls on anything that has the arrow pointing down (heat to feet) it'll activate the rear too. The 03-04 models don't have rear heat, except for the feet of the second-row passengers. The heat blower is under the front buckets and works the same way.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    huh? there are NO blowers under the second bench in 01-02's.. All there is is a hard plastic duct under the front buckets to get heat to the floor of the middle row. Nothing in the 3rd row at all.
    Where did you hear this??

  • That's what I meant...heating ducts, just try to think.

    "Nothing in the 3rd row at all.
    Where did you hear this?? "

    DUH! How could they fit heating ducts under the third row?? The plastic ducts feed heat TO the third row.

  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    no, the hard plastic heating ducts feed heat to the SECOND row, NOTHING to the third row.

  • I have the 03 XL7 Ltd 4x4 with third row. I hadn't looked lately but I don't remember seeing the the blowers on the floor (I thought they were traditionally under the front seats). I'm actually referring to the blower in the roof which is the one that blows cold.
  • That's only for the 03-04 models. The 01-02 models have holes feeding heat to the second and third row models. It's a split in between...
  • nhsjrnhsjr Posts: 15
    I picked up a XL7 last month. An early Christmass gift for my wife. I was driving past my local Suzuki dealer and saw several XL7's out front with $13,999. on the windos. If you have an Aerio SX you can make a U turn realie fast, I do, and I did. It turns out they were returning rental units, 2002 Touring model's, the brown one I picked had 33k mi. Being a returning customer they had no problim with us test driving it over the weekend to be sure it would be ok b4 commiting to the sale. It was difficult to tell it had ever been used at all, I asked them to replace the floor mats and give me the warrentee to 75k like the new one's. No problim, traided my 95 Previa witch had been a wonderfull vehicle but had 150k on the clock and would'ent live forever.
    My wife drove the XL7 all this month and we just returned from a 600 mi (300x2) road trip to visit the kids/grandbabies yesterday, no problims.
    I have been driving Suzuki cars off and on since they first arrived in the US in the mid 1980's as chevy sprint and later as metro/swift etc. a year and a half ago I gave my Daughter my 1997 Geo Metro to take to college. Suzuki makes very inexpensive highly reliable cars.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Mostly off-topic, but you'd probably enjoy this Aerio (LX) review from the Washington Post:

    "offers more proof that Suzuki, better known for building fast motorcycles, is beginning to take cars seriously"

    The Little Engine That Can

    Steve, Host
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    what are you talking about???? There is NO difference in 01 to 04 models at all when it comes to underseat heat or rear ac.. NONE. And the rear ac is just that. no heat can come from the overhead ac unit, only cold air.
    ALL 01-04's have plastic ducts under the 2 front buckets feeding floor heat to the second row. NO HEAT to the third row.
    I want to be sure everyone is gettin the corrct info here..


    rctennis3811 Dec 28, 2003 (5:44 pm)
    That's only for the 03-04 models. The 01-02 models have holes feeding heat to the second and third row models. It's a split in between
  • Are you sure? I owned an 01 XL7 and it did have the plastic vent under the second-row bench. It was replaced with the 03 XL7 when they moved the spare tire tools under the second row bench. Did you own an 01 XL7??? Or did you own an 03 XL7?? Plus, I never said the heat comes from the top...everyone knows that's AC.
  • flyingnflyingn Posts: 213
    Im *DEAD* sure. I own a 02 Limited. ALL the spare tire tools are under the drivers seat NOT under the middle row.. Including mine. The tools and the heat duct easily fits under the drivers bucket
    Tell me HOW the plastic duct makes it from the front to the second row???? On the floor??? Think about it.. It can't..


    Are you sure? I owned an 01 XL7 and it did have the plastic vent under the second-row bench. It was replaced with the 03 XL7 when they moved the spare tire tools under the second row bench. Did you own an 01 XL7??? Or did you own an 03 XL7?? Plus, I never said the heat comes from the top...everyone knows that's AC
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