2002 Suzuki XL-7 touring from North America - Comments

7th Jul 2010, 07:55

My A/C locked up on me at 80,000. Also it is a costly repair. I think they should recall. Also they want 1300 just for the part, so I'm looking at other avenues to see if I can get the part cheaper. this is crazy. All comments are negative for this car. I've only had the car for 2 years.

12th Jul 2010, 18:31

2007 Suzuki XL7; being told like so many others that the A/C compressor along with several other A/C parts need to be replaced. Estimate of $1900.00, and just like a lot of you, the vehicle is just out of warranty with 38,000 miles. Suzuki dealer contacted the area rep and was told that it would not be covered. Big surprise! Going to try to call Suzuki directly, although I am not expecting much. Never again will I buy a Suzuki, I now like to refer to it as a So-Sucky!!

9th Aug 2010, 10:01

I have a 2005 Suzuki XL7. I haven't lost my gas door yet, but it is popped open all the time. Now my A/C light is blinking intermittently. It works great and has no unusual noises. Do I need to be worried?

9th Aug 2010, 12:21

I get depressed reading all these bad comments about the 2002 XL-7.

I bought mine brand new in 2002 and today it has 92,000 miles. I have never had a single problem with it, in fact it's been the best car I have ever owned. No whistles and bells, but it's just been a great car!

Maybe I should sell it before my A/C goes out?

11th Aug 2010, 19:22

I must add my XL-7 to the list of folks that have had issues with the A/C. My truck has 74,000 miles on it. The A/C still cools but makes a loud awful sound when it's turned on. I'll probably replace the compressor after that I'll probably look to trade it in.

3rd Sep 2010, 19:32

I have a 2004 XL7, and my AC was still cooling with a squeal for a few days. Something happened in there, and I am now not able to use air at all. I thought at first that it was losing a luxury, but it now makes a squeal when I have to make turns. I've just now seen the recall for other years, and I have a strong feeling that my 2004 has exactly the same plastic as the ones being recalled! My mechanic said $2900 to replace the A/C, unless I could find a cheaper compressor on my own.

23rd Oct 2010, 21:30

I've recently bought a 2003 Grand Vitara XL7. When I bought it, it wasn't blowing cool at all. It has about 75,000 km on the clock. I haven't gone to get it checked as yet, as I have recently purchased it. Understandably so, I am very much worried and concerned that it might be a technical problem, i.e, compressor, etc.

17th Dec 2010, 13:00

I have a 2002 Grand Vitara XL-7, and I'm at 150,000 miles and my heater started acting up. It won't heat when the car is at a complete stop, or going less than 20mph.

My gas door has also fallen off, and my belts do need to be replaced immediately, but I did notice my car making a sharp noise when I turned on the A/C.

I'm ready to get a new car, and with so many problems I'm having, as well as other XL-7 owners with very similar or the same issue, it's obvious this car wasn't made to last too long.

27th Dec 2010, 23:34

I bought my XL7 in May of 2009. It has been nothing but a pain. It had 82,000 miles.

First, the power steering fluid started leaking. Got that fixed.

Then the air compressor went out, even though I did not use the air conditioner (I did use defrost/defog on occasion).

With the air compressor gone out, the belt broke. Since I could not afford a new air compressor, the air compressor came out and a new belt was bought.

Now my power steering pump is going out.

The ceiling is starting to have brown spots appear. It looks to be rust.

Oh, and my back door doesn't lock.

I am sure I could go on... It is only at 102000 miles now. All of these problems happened before 100k.

13th Mar 2011, 14:20

I have an XL7, bought it at the end of 2002...

I have had 2 A/C compressors over the years, and the second one went out at 85k... After deciding to not fix it, the car has been excellent. My gas door has never fallen off, the rear gate works just fine, and although the keyless entry went out for 3 years, about 2 years ago it magically started working again after replacing my stereo with $50 aftermarket MP3/CD player (WTF?).

I love the car, I get about 21.25 MPG on long trips and have driven it cross country 6 times... I am at 130k, and have no plans on getting rid of it...

My only complaint, sans the A/C, is that brakes go fast, but they are pretty cheap to replace on that car... I used to go through tires fast, but then I just started buying higher quality tires and rotating more frequently, and all is now good.

29th Apr 2011, 20:29

Hi, I own a 2002 Suzuki XL7. Last month the fan belt broke. I took it to a garage and he checked the AC; compressor had seized. The parts and labour are costing me $1700.00 to fix. I am going to trade this vehicle, and buy a different make of vehicle.

30th Apr 2011, 15:06

If you are going to trade it in to the dealer... I wouldn't fix the air... they are not going to give you a lot of money for that car... nowadays, even if you had a real clean older car.. it wouldn't make any difference... dealers are giving way below wholesale on used cars... better to sell it private party as is...

16th May 2011, 16:25

Yep, I replaced my stereo system and the keyless works flawlessly... Crazy eh?

9th Jun 2011, 14:11

I have a 2002 XL7 Plus, I'm a mechanic so I have done all the repairs. I keep it because it is excellent on the snow. I had all the same problems. AC failed at 70K, front brakes go fast, and the chain tensioner. Also noticed my fuel door going bad, but I fixed that timely. Here are my recommendations:

* Use 5w30 oil - many people put in 10w30, and that is what messes up the timing chain.

* Fuel door - Just lubricate the door with WD40 or other oil. While you are at it, lubricate all the hinges of the car.

* AC compressor - This is a defective part, there is a company that sells a replacement with different internals for around 300. Get the condenser too as there's a filter that needs to be replaced; inside condenser does not come out easy.

* Change all fluids with synthetic Mobil 1. That includes transmission, transfer case and differentials. It will make a big difference; I do 22MPG on highway. This is not a difficult job, similar to changing the oil.

* Adjust the rear brakes every 10 to 15K, so the front do not do all the work. The rear brakes are drums and they do not auto adjust as good as disk brakes. You need to know how to do this; basically there is bracket that expands and has a clip on it to push out the shoes. Do not over do it. The drums should be able to rotate after adjusting the brakes.

Mine has 88K now, and it still running strong and feels like a new car on the road (I put Michelins on from Costco). Cannot complain, it is my daughter's car now.