2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.7L 6cyl 5A)
Overall, an excellent vehicle.
Over 85k miles...yep, 85 on an '08...without a serious concern.
Stock tires were junk (Yokohama) -- 2 non-repairable flats in less than 5k miles; replaced all 4 w/less than 11k miles.
Took me several months, numerous trips to dealer and countless phone calls to resolve the issue of DUST....a true SUV and you can't drive it on a gravel road without be choked with dust? Problem solved (simple!! keep control set to "outside").
I am very pleased with the vehicle.
I drive on 35 - 40 miles of scoria (gravel roads) on a daily basis...the GV has held up exceptionally well.
The drive line --- ESP, anti-lock brakes and traction control are OUTSTANDING, WONDERFUL and highly effective!!!
Steering wheel controls; climate control; ATC on radio and location of shifter (floor is much better than column).
Front seats are very comfortable.
Fuel door release.
Better MPG; this vehicle should be getting another 2 - 5 MPG (at least).
Better job of keeping dust/dirt out of handles and
hinges (especially rear door...which I continually have problems with it functioning -- handle moves, but does not engage mechinism to open door; have to use pressure washer to force dust/dirt out, then open door and flush out the INSIDE of the door).
More powerful engine; with cruise control set, it down/up shifts virtually constantly -- very annoying and MPG suffers.
More comfortable rear seats; rear passengers experience a MUCH rougher ride than those in the front.
Need better support from dealers -- they are TERRIBLE! Placement of oil filter!