2002 Suzuki XL-7 from North America
A poor design
There are air leaks through the vents.
The floor heater does not work well.
The brakes squeak.
The vehicle is hard to control in extreme wind.
The vehicle idles high when initially started and stays high for quite awhile.
It also has noisy squeaks and interior noise.
These problems were presented to the dealership and eventually to the manufacturer.
I was told they were all structural problems that could not be fixed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th May, 2004
12th Sep 2005, 18:16
To the first review when the engine is cold it will turn faster to warm up then whrn it gets up to temperature will return to it's original speed. To the comment you have a leak somewhere UV light test might reveal where.
27th Jul 2007, 17:59
@ original comments:
Re: instability on highway: assuming you have standard 16 inch steel or alloy wheels with P235/60 R16 tires; you cannot buy inexpensive tires for this vehicle; we had same issue and finally Michelin X-Ones at 4PSI (COLD) over door sticker minimized the problem. The design trades off between side-wind resistance and agility. Stiffening up the highway stability would decrease the agility. Personally, we like the handling so we just pay closer attention at speed. Potayto, potahto.
Re engine idle speed: it should drop down in a few minutes (it does not require full engine temperature)... sounds like the idle control module or solenoid isn't working properly; good luck getting competent attention on that.
Re brake squeak: probably someone forgot the anti-squeak paste on the back of the brake pads again... pretty common error.
1st Oct 2009, 21:46
Brake squeak on my XL-7 was caused by the shims on each end of the pads in front, took them out, ground about 1/16th inch off, reinstalled and no problems since.
Cheaper tires can be used on this vehicle. Switch to a 225/60-16, a little smaller tire that is off 1mph @ 60mph. Handles great with these sized tires and I get 2-3 more miles per gallon.
I agree about a UV test for coolant, but have a vacuum test done on the radiator instead of a pressure test. It's easier for air to enter the system than coolant to escape, so that would give you more reliable results.