Just for fun, believe me!
The clutch failed at about 72k miles. Replaced for £300.
Interior plastic cover keeps coming off.
Front brakes replaced (discs & pads) at 79k miles. Cost £220.
Rusty wheel arches.
Rear right light does not work when the brakes are applied. No one will fix it because the rear bumper needs to be removed.
I bought this car because I liked the looks of it and I travelled a reasonably long distance to see it. However, I didn't like it overall because it reminded me of a pick-up truck rather than a fun vehicle.
I paid £1800 for an 11-year Vitara. I've paid more than £700 in 8 months for repairs, and now it won't pass the MOT, so either I get rid of it (throw it off a cliff and claim the insurance), or pay about £500 to get it fixed.
I like travelling, but if there's one thing this car isn't for, it's travelling. Fuel consumption is absolutely ridiculous, and the noise unbearable, except if you've got some good music playing LOUD. No complaints about comfort though. I guess it's because I'm sitting in the front.
No problems with handling either, unless if you ask for it. Performance is disappointing, but you won't notice because 70mph in a Vitara feels like 140 in a BMW 530.. and worse. No kidding. When I first drove the car, I wouldn't dare go more than 45-50mph. Scary. But you get used to it.
The reason I get frustrated is that I live in a place I don't like, and the Vitara cannot get me out of there fast enough. It can be a problem you know, considering fuel consumption etc. Also very little space can cause a big problem with 4 people in the vehicle.
I've had some off-road experience with it and I loved it. Can't wait to "download" it to Greece in the summer for some off-road adventure. So I'm going to keep it probably. It's great looking too.
That's all for now. I hope I don't have any updates in the near future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2002