Was a good car except for the two major failures
At about 40,000 miles the power steering pump failed. This was a 700 dollar repair.
Power steering rack became noisy at around 35,000 miles. I never fixed it and it still makes a noise. This is a 1200 dollar repair. That's why I left it alone.
Check engine light for "stretched" (P008) timing chain came on at 105,000 miles. This is a known problem with these engines (GM LY7). Since I was out of warranty Suzuki would not cover the repair. I could not afford the 2000 dollars to replace the chain, so I just kept on driving it with the check engine light on. The timing chain finally broke at 141,000 miles. Note that GM issued a recall on these engines in 2010, but Suzuki did not. The Suzuki engine oil life monitor is too optimistic. If you change oil when the monitor tells you to, you are looking for problems. My car was using a quart of oil every 700 miles. Engine was worn out due to long oil change intervals suggested by the oil life monitor. FYI I have owned cars for over 200k miles without these kind of problems.
The car handled pretty good, and the engine had lots of power before the timing chains started to stretch.
It got decent gas mileage, around 22 MPG on average.
Overall it performed much better than my 2005 Suzuki XL7. It just did not last as long.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th January, 2014