2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara limited four wheel drive V 6 from North America
Good city car, poor overall
Nothing mechanical has gone wrong with the car, a few recalls.
One time, entering a curve too fast resulted into a skid that almost rolled the car, I now go very slow into curves and stops, something I never had to do with my Cavalier.
1. underpowered- merging with traffic can be difficult.
2. handling- poor, very tippy feeling even at slow speeds.
3. weak blower- for heat/air conditioner is very poor.
4. very small cabin, even for medium-sized people, leg room in back is very limited.
5. when door is shut lights go out inside instantly, irritating at nighttime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th December, 2004
I have owned several 4x4's, from Merc ML 270, Land Rover 90, Mitsubishi Pajero, Subaru Forester, Jeep junk Cherokee, Lada Niva, and 5 Suzuki 4x4s, Samurai 1.3, Vitara 1.6 plus V6, and two Grand Vitaras 2.5s.
I live in Africa, travel millions of kilometres over the roughest terrain as well as the finest highways, and only the Suzuki's have never let me down. The rest I call plug and pay vehicles. Why? Because they are all plastic junk, full of computer gizmos that cost a fortune to replace, and don't last anyway.
If you want a vehicle that you know will take you and your family off the beaten track, then there is no alternative. Suzuki are probably the last company to offer you a vehicle that is not a rip off.
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