2004 Suzuki XL-7 3.0L V6 from North America
Should be better quality
The engine smells of burning oil when running hot, for example, uphill under load.
A speaker failed, under warranty.
A light switch failed, under warranty.
The airbag sensor on the passenger side failed, resulting in a $1500 out-of-warranty repair, at only 35,000 miles.
The car would be my ideal car, if it were more reliable.
Our XL-7 has the third row seat option, with rear A/C, which is a great feature. I would definitely get the third row seat option again, although that seat really is only practical for children.
The XL-7 is just the right size; not a lumbering SUV, but large enough to carry 3 kayaks and 3 bikes and all the camping gear. The engine is adequately powered, and smooth and responsive.
The XL-7 is quite well-equipped, power everything, for the price.
Quality is a problem. My previous Suzuki Sidekick, I replaced at just over 100,000 miles when the transmission started leaking oil. This XL-7 is already somewhat leaky when hot. There have already been several electrical failures, the latest, an air bag sensor to the tune of $1500, on a 3 1/2 year old car with 33,000 miles on it. On the other hand, we have a Scion of the same age, with more mileage, and not a single flaw. Suzuki really needs to improve their quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2007