Suzuki Vitara Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 4

2000 Suzuki Vitara 2.0

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance71500 miles
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

I love it, especially how it handles

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong yet, besides a inside door handle broke.

General Comments:

The car is a little under powered, however I have been getting 30mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2008

2000 Suzuki Vitara JX 2.0 gas

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Great car for the money!

Faults:

Brakes at 65000 miles.

Door hinge bent (from wind blowing door open).

General Comments:

This car has been one of the finest I have ever owned. It has been steadfastly reliable and is as pleasurable to drive now as when I bought it in 2002.

While not a BMW, Benz or even a Toyota, it performs admirably for a car of its price range.

Reasonable power for the highway, considering its only a 4-cylinder.

Tight steering with excellent road feel.

Good A/C and heat.

Excellent factory stereo.

Four-wheel drive is not the best I have ever encountered, but it does its job.

Oh, did I mention reliability? No major repairs for a car now 8 years old approaching 100k miles. I guess that speaks for itself!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2008

2003 Suzuki Vitara JX 2.0

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carGeo Tracker

Summary:

Decent SUV, but could be a little better

Faults:

1) Transmission shifts rough at times.

2) Driver side power window makes strange noises.

3) A possible leak near the passenger side floor board.

4) Turn signal is stiff.

5) Window trim is coming off rear passenger door.

6) Front driver side seat starting to wear.

7) Rides like a horse and carriage.

8) Plastic interior scratches easy.

9) Four cylinder weak and consumes more gas than expected.

10) Cruise control is crazy, causing the transmission to shift constantly.

General Comments:

This is a decent little SUV. I think for the price I got a good deal. It has a few quirks that I listed above, but all of that is common stuff that happens to every car sooner or later. I love the style of it to me it looks really sporty.

One major issue I have with this vehicle is the four cylinder engine is way too weak for a SUV of this size. I mean traffic zooms by me, and I know there is no use to try and press the gas, because all it's going to do is rev up and make lots of noise with no progress, and the power button isn't much help unless you are flooring the thing, which I try not to do.

I wish I had went with the six cylinder model instead. I did drive a Honda CRV and a Kia Sportage, and they were also weak and underpowered, so maybe it comes with the territory.

I believe that it uses too much gas to have such a small engine; it seems every time I fill it up, before I know it, it's time to do so again, and I haven't really gone anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2007

2004 Suzuki Vitara LX 2.6

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great little do anything SUV

Faults:

Window was cracked from a rock, and spread fast.

Weather strip around passenger door is coming off.

General Comments:

This car has been perfect. I take it off-road almost every weekend. mine is stock, and it will go just about anywhere. now I wouldn't go rock crawling with it, but for some good old digging, dirt roads, etc it is great. I have had this thing on 2 wheels, every combination of 2 wheels. it gets about 22mpg in town, not great for a 2.6 v6 but good enough. the back seat is smaller than I would like.. but it works. I trust this car to take me anywhere common sense would allow, and even some places it wouldn't. my biggest complaint is freeway speeds are hard to maintain. past 65 and you have to punch it to keep up your speeds on any sized hill, though it will make it up without losing much speed, just a lot of gas. I am 6' and fit in this car just fine, given its small size this is nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2006

9th Feb 2007, 16:34

Very well written and useful, considering a Vitara, thanks for the insight!!!

12th May 2007, 12:51

You are right on.. I would have written the exact same review. A car seat is a VERY tight fit in the back seat, and it could use a 3.2 V6 instead of the 2.6... I would hate to see the 4 they put in some.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 11 reviews