2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Trekker 2.7 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21 kilometres
Most recent distance3000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Barina

Summary:

Impressive!!!

Faults:

Happy to report that to date, nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

The car has done nothing but impress. Having never driven a Suzuki, I was skeptical regarding quality/durability, but so far I couldn't be happier. Friends and relatives have also passed the same comment.

The engine pulls strong past three grand, and highway overtaking is a breeze. I also tow a 600kg jet ski up and down beaches, and the Vitara handles it no problems; I am yet to use the low range transfer.

A recent 1200km trip to Broome, was both comfortable and enjoyable. Having three 12V points is a bonus, with the iPod, Engel fridge and satellite phone...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2006

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara grand vitara 2.7 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired84 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Grand Vitara

Summary:

Other than the above problem I am happy with it

Faults:

My only complain is I was going to buy a camper trailer with a tow ball weight of 105 kgs, and I realise that the car only accept by manufactured specificacions 85 kgs.

General Comments:

Happy with the car overall, but I think the problem I mention above should be rectified because most camper trailers have a ball weight of 100 kgs or more. The previous Vitara is OK for 140 kgs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2006

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Luxury 4x4 2.7L V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

This truck is a steal!

Faults:

Windshield wipers have gotten stuck a couple times when I've turned them off.

Acceleration is very slow when going uphill, and especially on the freeway.

General Comments:

This truck was a great value! The MSRP is around $25,000 and I got it for $21,000 with all the rebates. It's beautiful inside and out! It looks at least $30,000.

The V6 is not too powerful: even with cruise control on, it won't keep at the speed I set it at when going uphill. It's nice to drive around town, but the highway is a little bit irritating because of its slowness, and changing lanes becomes a bit frightening. If I set the cruise control at 70, even going up a slight hill will cause the car to slow down to 66. That isn't really a big deal though. I picked up this truck from Suzuki of East Tennessee and drove it back to my home in Georgia and it performed quite well.

One thing a bit irritating is how the steering wheel shakes. City driving is fine, but the long distance drive home from Tennessee put my arms to sleep a couple times with all the vibrating.

Lumbar support is lacking; on the drive home I had to stop a couple times to crack my back.

I need more storage compartments! I can't put my phone in the armrest hole on the door because it'll slide right through. In my 2001 Nissan Altima I had a little coin-holder built into the cup-holder area, so that was convenient going through toll plazas, something suburbanites have to do everyday when they need to go to Atlanta for work, fun, and school. There are cup-holders, a sunglasses-compartment, an armrest-compartment, and the glove-box for storage. Before I purchased the truck, I read many consumer reviews about the '06 GV not having enough storage, and I thought that was silly at the time, but now that I own the vehicle and have been driving it for three weeks, I agree with the reviews.

One thing odd about the truck is that there isn't a blue hazy sun-blocker at the top of the windshield; this isn't problematic though.

SmartPass is so convenient. Being in Atlanta is a bit scary at night, and the last thing I want to do is to dig through my purse searching for my keys while I'm walking to the car. I like to be aware of my surroundings at all times, and with SmartPass I can do that easily. Luxury cars have this, and my Luxury 4x4 GV was only $21k and this feature was STANDARD!

The warranty and standard features make this car a steal. The six-in-dash CD changer is great, and the steering wheel audio controls are very useful. They don't light up at night though, but they're easy to memorize.

The car reads INSTANT miles per gallon, instead of average, which is basically useless. It's more of a distraction than anything. The EPA mpg says that it gets 19/23; I haven't tested it yet.

It's quite a roomy car. There are so many accessories too to really jazz up your truck! I've got the chrome-looking hood vents (really sporty looking), body-side molding to protect my doors, mud-flaps, and the stainless steel exhaust.

The pros absolutely outweigh the cons. Purchase this vehicle today and smile everytime you drive it, like I do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2006

30th Nov 2006, 05:20

I have one of these in England, and I love it, no rattles and the diesel is powerful.

As for the miles per gallon indicator, if you press the button to the right of the display it will toggle between average, instant and blank screen!

19th Feb 2007, 15:59

I am the author of this review. I am disappointed in the fuel mileage. The EPA data must be off somewhat. I have checked my miles per gallon twice now and when I drive it's at least 80% highway. The two times I checked my mpg I received 19.1 three months ago and 17.9 two days ago.

2nd Aug 2009, 11:02

EPA rates the mileage at 55 mph on a flat road. I get about 19 mpg as well. The best I ever got was 21 when I very first put in a K&N filter.

As for the power being on the light side I agree the auto's are SLOW. The 5 speed I got seems to do just fine though. And what is with the cruise control? Every car I have owned adjusts the throttle on hills except this one. Weird!

The only complaints thus far, (27,000 miles and almost three years of owning it) are that the belt tensioner for the power steering exploded about 6 months ago. The dealer was pretty good about taking care of it but it took 4 days to get the part and they didn't offer me a loaner vehicle? And now the CD player won't accept or eject Cd's for my wife. It works fine for me but not for her?? It goes into the shop tomorrow for that.

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4x4 2.7 Liter from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance1800 miles
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Great quality and safety features for the price

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

We have owned this Grand Vitara for a month now and I cannot think of anything negative to say. We are previous Suzuki owners so we were familiar with the quality of product they make. The new body style was appealing, but the extra safety features won us over because we have a 2 year old. The interior has plenty of room for a family to travel on a long trip. With all the standard features, this vehicle is definitely a bargain in this price range.

If you need get other accessories (i.e. roof cross bars or a tow hitch), I would recommend purchasing them from the dealer rather than after market. I priced the after market products and they were almost double. Suzuki offers the roof cross bars, tow hitch and trailer light adapter in one bundle called "the Travel Package". I installed these items myself at home and was surprised at how easily the installation went. The cross bars attach to the existing roof rails in about 10 minutes, the trailer hitch and light adapter were on in about 1 hour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2006

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews