Affordable AWD puddle jumper, but expect expensive problems over time
I have had 3 wheel bearing fail, when the car had roughly 40,000 km on it. The car is AWD, and because of that, all the wheel bearings are sealed hubs and very expensive to replace; thankfully the car was under warranty.
The check engine light used to come once in a while when it was raining, or there was a lot of slush on the ground. The light is now stuck on. Normally I wouldn't be bothered by this, except when the check engine light is on, the cruise control stops working. I've had no time to take the car to the dealer to get this checked out.
The air bag light has recently decided (within the last 15,000 km) to light up and stay on. From what I've read on a couple Suzuki forums, the whole passenger seat will probably have to be replaced, and this is no longer covered under what warranty I have left. Also, however this is not confirmed, my air bag system has possibly been disabled due to one little red light.
Overall it has been an OKAY little car for the past 4 years that I've owned it, however these annoying issues with sensors have seriously soured my opinion of the car.
The positives of the car: Handles well, has AWD.
The negatives: The car is cramped; I'm 6ft tall, and road trips are living hell in this thing.
It has the smallest gas tank I've ever seen. I find myself at the gas station just as often as I was when I had my 1999 Chevy Blazer LT with a 4.6lt Vortec V6.
Slow does not begin to describe this car. You will not be winning any races with this thing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th October, 2011