2003 Suzuki XL-7 Reviews

2003 Suzuki XL-7 2.7L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.7L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.3 / 10
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

Horrible car for the money

Faults:

The AC compressor leaks/makes noise.

The vehicle has a mysterious belt squeal that no one can seem to fix.

The interior has faded quickly.

The interior parts and accessories are low quality and have easily broken.

General Comments:

This SUV may seem to be a great value, but it is far from that. We have had this car for a couple of years, and it is rapidly falling apart.

The A/C keeps having problems that no mechanic can seem to fix. Suzuki dealers don't really seem to want to help owners fix the garbage they have built. The engine is underpowered for the weight of the car, so it gets horrible gas mileage (16 hwy).

Many of the interior parts like buttons have broke, and the interior is uncomfortable and has faded rapidly.

The car has a horrible suspension system and a terrible ride.

I believe this is one of the worst Japanese SUVs you can buy; go with a Nissan or a Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2010

2003 Suzuki XL-7 LX 4x4 2.7 V6 gas from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 gas Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Best 4x4 suv for the money, especially if you buy it one year used

Faults:

Hardly anything has gone wrong. Keyless entry failed after 2 years. Rear window washer had a pinched line. O2 sensor had to be replaced at 55,000 miles. that's it.

General Comments:

This is a great smaller 4x4 suv. I have pulled, motorcycles, boats, utility trailer without problems. In 4 wheel drive, I have gone through snow, sleet, rain and Georgia red clay. Original tires, bridgestone were not the best, otherwise I plan to drive this suv for a long time...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2008

2003 Suzuki XL-7 Grande Touring V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carChrysler Stratus

Summary:

Over all it has been a good car so far

Faults:

The air conditioner does not cool the car. I checked the fuse block under the hood and found relays for the air conditioner after checking the air fuse (good. I bought a new relay after tapping the front one and the compressor started. It made it through last summer and this fall it stopped completely. I changed the relay and nothing. I feel their should be a recall because I have found many other owners that had the air going. This was common in the 70's when I was a kid and air was a novelty for most. In this day and age air conditioning technology is such that the should run a million miles. I have a 60 year old refrigerator in my garage that runs like new, never touched. It was one of the first made after WWII so the technology is there. Come on Suzuki, back your products.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th February, 2008

2003 Suzuki XL-7 Limited 2.7 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carSuzuki XL-7

Summary:

Second time buyer... that should tell all!

Faults:

Had to replace the front pads a little early due to towing. Have had constant problems with the cd player on the 6-disk changer that I'm still waiting after two complaints in two years. Had a couple plastic levers and latches break off that were fixed on warranty. Factory tires were garbage and wore out at around 20,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is the second Xl-7 that I have owned. Gave my first one up in a divorce. I liked it so much that I bought another... that alone should speak volumes. I have an extended family any we needed the 7-seat option. The kids are growing now and it's a fight to get anyone to volunteer to set in the backseat.

I have really worked the snot out of this rig towing right up or slightly over the 3000lb towing limit. It does pretty well with the overdrive off and using the "power" option on the tranny which alters the shift points. Even up the steepest grades I can usually hold at 45 at a high RPM. I always use synthetics in the motor and have the diffs and tranny changed out when required.

Great build quality...I'd rate it right up there with Toyota's!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th March, 2007

2003 Suzuki XL-7 Liimited 2.7 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance48500 miles
Previous carSuzuki Grand Vitara

Summary:

This SUV delivers value, performance, and luxury at a great price

Faults:

The only problem that I've had is that the running boards faded due to rain water sitting.

General Comments:

The longer I own this vehicle, the more I like it.

Brakes are still good after 48,000 miles!

Gas mileage has improved with age.

The paint-job finish is flawless, people ask it the car is new still!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2005

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 9 reviews