2004 Suzuki XL-7 Reviews

2004 Suzuki XL-7 3.0L V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Should be better quality

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2004 Suzuki XL-7 xl7 2wd/4wd 2.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Very good

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Very pleasantly surprised. At 170 kph or just over 100 mph with 3 passengers and luggage this SUV was rock solid in long corners. In passing big trucks did not experience that wind buffeting which really surprised me. Gas consumption was good, but could be better. The engine seems to like the higher rev band and was not noisy in that area. In lane changing at high speeds,it was not bothered by pavement differences. Of all the SUV I tested before buying, this was the most capable in winter in 4wd and this has translated just as well in dry weather. It was interesting to see how many big engined SUV were trying their best to catch up to see what had passed them so quickly.. This was on a long trip from toronto to ottawa and back 400kms each way. All in all very pleasantly surprised.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2005

14th Nov 2006, 17:35

I own the 2003 XL-7 Limited, and have thus far, not experienced any problems whatsoever. With over 67,000 miles on her, and service every 3,000 miles, I believe this SUV can go for many years to come. I do agree with the previous poster: this vehicle doesn't mind driving it like you stole it. My gas mileage has increased the longer I have owned it, and that was a surprise to me, and the dealer! The Interesting fact about ownership is, the longer I own it, the more I like it.

2004 Suzuki XL-7 2.7 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.7 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 kilometres
Most recent distance6700 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A very good vehicle overall

Faults:

Nothing mechanically, but there is an annoying rattle in the rear door on rough ground.

The dealer could not replicate it and therefore would not fix.

General Comments:

We have been very happy with this vehicle so far.

The V6 is very smooth, but seems to rev highly.

The finish is excellent and very luxurious.

We have not really tested it off-road yet.

Fuel consumption and turning circle could be better.

Rear visibility is not terrific, but it has good side mirrors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2005

3rd May 2005, 17:16

The rattle in the rear door-could very well be the number plate not as secure as it should be.

18th Dec 2005, 22:02

Suzukis are the bast cars ever made period!!!

29th May 2010, 20:39

We have had 2 Grand Vitara Prestige's and have a rear door rattle in both of them. The dealer tightened up a few things and it went away.

All round Zuks are beauts.

2004 Suzuki XL-7 EX 2.7 V6 Gas from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36 miles
Most recent distance12280 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Simply the best

Faults:

Absolutely Nothing!

General Comments:

Wonderful to drive. Sporty. Handles more like a sports CAR than a Sport Ute.

Comfort is a little down in the seat area, but ergonomics and control placement is above par.

Engine is ULTRA Smooth and quite powerfull givin the 3800lb weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews