2001 Suzuki XL-7 EX 2.7L from North America


Best SUV out there!


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the car.

Changed oil, filter, spark plugs and tires once, and that was all.

General Comments:

This has been the most dependable, fun car to drive. I live in Hawaii and would drive it to the beaches, up into the mountains and just zipping around all the curvy roads, and it was there for you 100%.

I really couldn't find one fault except that mine wasn't 4x4. I just sold it for that reason, and am about to buy the same car, except with 4x4.

The inside was comfortable, and my passengers in the back seat said it was fine also.

It can hold a lot of stuff, and I used to always fill it with camping gear and sleep in it in the forest with a futon in it.

One more thing; the sideways rear door is AWESOME, since a lot of doors that lift up have shocks that go bad, and you won't have to worry about a door slamming you in the head.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2010

2001 Suzuki XL-7 Plus from North America


I love love love it!


At about 23,000 miles, the fuel gauge broke.

About 30,000 miles, the A/C died.

Stock tires leave a little to be desired, they wore out early, but replacements do great.

The A/C and fuel gauge were under warranty and were fixed free of charge.

General Comments:

I couldn't love this vehicle any more!! It is zippy and powerful, even under full load, going up long hills. Even the slopes of Pennsylvania and Vermont were no challenge when fully loaded - even on steep grade it's still easy to accelerate in 4th gear.

We have taken countless road trips, some pretty hard off-road, through "mud season" in northern NH, and anything else I could think you would put a vehicle through - and it has been flawless. Sadly, someone rear-ended me hard, taking out the whole back door / glass / pillars, which has totaled the SUV. I am desperately looking for another, but for some reason everyone seems to be keeping theirs!! (wink).

I owned one of the first XL-7's to hit the road. I expected to have problems being the "first model year" and I have been delighted in how little trouble I've ever had. After the initial glitches, it's been all normal wear and tear items.

I would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle to anyone who wanted a nice size SUV with room to seat 7!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2009

2001 Suzuki XL-7 2.7 from North America


Big disappointment


Up until a few weeks ago, this has been a good little car. We took the car into the dealer because the A/C quit working. They replaced a fuse, and the in-cabin air filter and pronounced it healed. ($160.00)

A couple days later my wife reported that it was not cooling again, and the belt was squealing. Back to the dealer. This time they said the compressor had locked up and needed to be replaced. $1910.31 was the est.. I asked if this was for a new or rebuilt compressor and they replied that a rebuilt was not avail. because of a design change in the compressor. "A completely different compressor" was what the service manager said.

After contacting the company, Suzuki's DSM talked with the dealer service manager and rejected my request for some factory assistance. (I had been told by the factory rep. on the phone that the DSM's word was final)

General Comments:

OK --- so it's not a new car, but $2000.00 repair to the A/C at 48000 miles? I had considered fixing it (with the factory's help) but now I'm not sure.

We have another, older Suzuki Sidekick 4 door, and a Chevy Tracker (made by Suzuki), but at this point, it would be hard to convince me to buy anything else made by this company.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th June, 2008

28th Jun 2008, 07:01

I can understand why they would refuse a repair as the car is seven years old, and would be very surprised of any offer of assistance due to the car's age.

I would try a non-Suzuki specialist first, or perhaps go driect to the maker of the compressor to ask advice or if the unit could be exchanged/repaired by them.

A specialist compressor dealer or secondhand parts supplier, with a decent non-franchised garage with a cheaper labour rate to do the fitting would be my solution to the problem.

I would be annoyed at this expense, but you will find a cheaper fix if you try the above tip.

If this is the first major fault in seven years, look on the bright side!!

Next time look at the Kia range-in the UK they have a good range of 4x4s/SUVs and introduced a seven year warranty on their new Cee'd hatchback, with other models likely to follow soon.

Good luck!