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185K Miles with some work
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By drkrdr318
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2002 Suzuki Vitara SUV JLS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Best Features

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).


Worst Features

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.


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3 to 5 days for parts
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By suzuki gone wild
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2002 Suzuki Vitara SUV JLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


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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


Worst Features

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


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All-Round Duty-Bound
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By Scott Keirn
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2002 Suzuki Vitara SUV JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Easy entry and exit, four wheel drive easy to engage, and looks are appealing.


Worst Features

None


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My Suzuki
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By khill
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2002 Suzuki Vitara SUV JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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 than that 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 ANYWHERE..... KW


Worst Features

MORE GROUND CLEARANCE


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My Third One
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By WOldaker
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2002 Suzuki Vitara SUV JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Fit and finish are good. 4wd drive system easy to use and solid traction in snow.


Worst Features

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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