I live in the mountains with snow and fog during winter. I drive 65 miles a day to work in the flat lands. This has been the most dependable car that I've ever owned. When I totaled it six months later, it had 134,500 miles on it. I cried. I'm definately buying another Suzuki Grand Vitara!
It's a perfect size vehicle to get in and out of spaces, but don't let the size fool you, the exterior body is solid as a rock!
The 2006 model was designed a little bigger, which was the only improvement I would have suggested for the 2000 version.