2002 Suzuki Vitara JLS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have enjoyed my Vitara since I purchased new of the showroom floor. I will have to say the up keep and cost have been a little intense since 150K miles but well worth the trade off. The fuel tank wires frayed (easy fix), Alternator (new brushes 14.95), rear brake shoes (178K miles), differential fluid change (180K make sure you check if your around alot of high water) and Mobil 1 high milage synth every 3,000 miles. Still running strong. Ive change the front brakes 3x and finally went to cryo rotors with synth pads. Worst problem, A/C pump failed and a/c leaks. Other then the A/C I use maybe 1/4 qt of oil every third fill up. Not bad in my book. www.oemsuzukiparts.com
473 miles to a tank around 31 mpg
Plenty of power for some light off road
Last Vehicle inspection the mechanic mouth dropped with the number of miles and still good condition the vehicle ran.
Take care of the car and you will have very little problems. Follow the specifications guide
for time change parts and fliuds checks and download the factory manual (A MUST).
Its the Same as a Chevy Tracker
Suzuki needs to lower the prices on parts. Its built here in North America, why should I have to pay so much for parts????
Learn to work on your own vehicles and stay away from dealerships.
hi there, i been driving my Vitara for 7 years now the truck just hit 200k miles and its starting to see some oil leaks on the engine and lets get to my point .... everytime something brakes i have to find a suzuki dealer for parts and it takes 3-5 days to get parts.1st thing to go was the alt and i had to get one at a autozone 3 hours away and needed it. was on a sunday and i needed to get to work on monday.road trip.the rear passanger side alxe bearings went out...the alxe almost come out!!!! the brakes failed..if you want a car that takes 3- 5 days to fix buy one
sits up high and can take being hit in the rear 4 times and a few in the side and 2 in the front....this thing is tough
stock the parts in more then one state....how about one dealer per state has a warehouse full of parts will not buy suzuki again due to this...stinks I like the car
Great little SUV in this day of outrageous gas prices. By traveling 5-10 mph under the speed limit, my scanguage tells me I average 31-32 mpg. Good little vehicle for a man or woman and fun to drive and easy to maintain.
Easy entry and exit, four wheel drive easy to engage, and looks are appealing.
I have had no probelms with the car to
speak of but the dealer is another thing
The only wisdom I would give is if
you're going to do any towing ( i tow 2
quads) I would get the V-6 My 4 cyl. is
borderline for hills and such Other
ilove it Off road it really
shines not fast or alot of ground
clearance but pick your route carefully
and if it can clear it it'll take you
This is the 3rd 4wd Suzuki I have
owned. irst was a Samauri,then Side
Kick. and the last one the Vitara.
After owning the "dangerous" Samuari :=)
I knew I would probabably never drive
anther brand though would opt for more
comforts. It was time for my wife to
get a new vehicle so she ended up with
the Vitara. My Sidekick only has 170000
miles and is not ready to go yet. My
wife teaches at 2 colleges 50+ miles
from each other and I wanted to have a
reliable, durable and safe vehicle for
her in any weather or situation. That
sums up the Suzuki Vitara.
Fit and finish are good. 4wd drive
system easy to use and solid traction
Seats are not too supportive too narrow
and no lumbar, my old Sidekick has
better. Door swings open too easily no
retarder. Engine needs to go to 2liters
but stay 4cyl
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