2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews from UK and Ireland

2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara GV 1600 Sport 1.6 VVTi

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 VVTi Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio


Not bad, doesn't like to be pushed too hard


Upholstery marks VERY easily, even from rain water, and is difficult to clean.

General Comments:

Very rugged and agile off road (sensibly off road...)

Manually selectable 4WD, including Low Ratio.

Very thirsty for a 1.6, approx 28 mpg.

Any speeds over 60 mph and I did feel I was pushing it too far.

Not very stable in windy conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.0 TD

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 TD Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired43 miles
Most recent distance45 miles
Previous carNissan Primera


Potentially a useful vehicle, but with worrying reliability issues


Engine Check/ECU/Turbo fault.

Continual limp mode activation.

General Comments:

The Grand Vitara has decent off-road ability and an adequate road going ride. It is solidly built and offers a reasonable level of comfort.

The diesel engine is relatively crude and noisy. It offers adequate performance and economy.

My Vitara, like my original 2.0 V6, had reliability issues. The TD was plagued by a fault detected by the engine management unit, which put the car into limp mode. Two separate dealers were unable to rectify the problem and the fault became dangerous as the power delivery was never predictable. The car spent a total of 5 weeks over 3 months in workshops, and for the rest of the period it was never safe or a pleasure to drive. I eventually returned it to the supplying dealer as not fit for purpose.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2007

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews