2008 Suzuki XL-7 Luxury 3.6 from North America


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.

9th Feb 2015, 23:24

I have had several rack and pinion repairs. The dealership cannot seem to correct this problem, and every time it breaks, there's a squealing, squeaky noise out of the steering column. There is no way this should continually happen, and a cursory Google search shows it's common, but Suzuki is doing nothing to address it. I'm thinking of starting a class action suit. Any interest out there? I can be contacted at dacouponmom at yahoo.com.

2008 Suzuki XL-7 from Saudi Arabia


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


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