2008 Suzuki XL-7 Reviews

2008 Suzuki XL-7 Luxury 3.6 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CR-V


Exciting and disappointing at the same time


- Heated seat indicator occasionally doesn't function properly.

- Tire pressure sensors went on 2 wheels.

- Steering makes a whining noise, which started at about 65000 Km

- Power steering is failing.

General Comments:

I bought the vehicle based off of the reviews on this web site, as well as the 7 seated capacity, and of course the price.

Since owning the vehicle, I have been extremely impressed by the engine power on this vehicle; it really takes off when you want it to.

I have a family of 6, and the room is excellent. It could use a little more room for luggage, but overall it is good. I use it to haul a 12 foot tent trailer, and it does this without much difficulty, however gas mileage suffers a little.

Where my problems are with this truck, is with the steering. 07 to 09 XL7's have a design flaw with their rack and pinion, and it requires replacement almost every 50000k at 1500.00 a pop. The biggest problem is they repair it with a part with the same design flaw, so it is only a matter of when not if you will have to repair it again.

On top of that, my power steering is now failing, and has become a safety concern, as it will lock up without warning. This problem is all over the forums, but Suzuki has yet to recall the problem. It is too bad, because I really loved this truck up to this point, and was planning on driving it as long as I could. Now, we are looking at going back to Honda.

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

Review Date: 26th February, 2012

26th Feb 2012, 12:57

Since the dealer will not give you very much for it, and the public doesn't have a lot knowledge of Suzuki cars, it would be better you use it as second or emergency car.

Also, seek out a local person that works out of their garage, and cut the cost of fixing it up. You buy the parts and they do the labor. I have this arrangement with a local guy that works out of his house. The only problem is, since the economy went bad, a lot people are going to him, and I mean a lot. He is busy 24/7.

2008 Suzuki XL-7 from Saudi Arabia

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry


Not reliable at all


So, the car I'm talking about here is the XL7 that is designed in Japan and assembled in Canada. Since I owned this car, I started to get reliability problems like the front seat won't move forward, I needed to try several times, the indicators, air conditioner,... etc.

After 68,000 km, I heard a voice coming from the engine like "Grrrrrrrrr". I took it to the workshop. I was told that the timing chain is stretched. Don't be surprised, yes the timing chain was stretched. Spare parts from the dealer were priced at USD 1,500, but luckily I came to know that the engine is similar to the 2007 Lumina's. Spare parts cost me around USD 600 from GM.

The moment I fixed the car, I decided to sell it right away.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, but full of reliability problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

2008 Suzuki XL-7 Premium 3.6L DOHC from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.6L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance600 miles
Previous carBMW M3


Will buy another one!


None, still too new.

General Comments:

Great value for the money spent.

Read consumer reviews and was not disappointed.

33 mpg highway first shot out of the gate.

I was very impressed with the handling, and ride.

It's not my BMW, Corvette, or H2 Hummer, but it's not supposed to be. I'm IMPRESSED!

I would recommend it to anyone who wants great value for the dollar spent! If your expectations are a comfortable, powerful, thrifty well made car that rides and handles great with a great warranty, look no further.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews