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2003 Suzuki XL-7 SUV


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Suzuki XL-7 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 183 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Suzuki XL-7

  • By offering a third-row seat in a compact SUV, Suzuki answers a question not many people are asking; but if you're one of them, the XL-7 is worth a look.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Affordable base price, competent on- and off-road handling, optional seven-passenger seating, stylish design.

  • Cons

    Cramped second- and third-row seating, side airbags not available.

  • What's New for 2003

    For 2003, Suzuki has updated the Grand Vitara XL-7's dash and console with wood grain trim, chrome accents and a 12-volt accessory…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (76 total reviews)

Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki XL-7 Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this on an impulse and have not been disappointed. I love this inside ans out. I have yet to find any problems.

All good but the 4wd

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki XL-7 Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

It is overall very reliable, and works well. Power wen I need it, fuel efficient for its size when i baby it. 4wd on the other hand failed. My mom complained about the 4wd for years and mechanics said thats just how suzuki 4wds work. I finally brought it to the Suzuki dealership where they said the same thing. i asked them to just take a look. Their senior mechanic said he has never seen a 4wd fall apart like that. He said it would cost at least $800 just to take it apart and see what is wrong. Only other complaint is that the belt they used is too skinny so it squeaks every morning if it is under 40 degrees. If the 4wd still worked it would be a perfect car. Suggestions would be great

My suzi has proven herself.

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki XL-7 Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I just bought my suziki recently, used. I loved the looks of it and the 4x4 was what I really needed because I live in a flood area. It proved itself this past week when I came across a flooded road going home one night going home from work. It didn't look that deep but by the time I was half way thru the water was coming over the hood. It never lost power or traction. I passed a car stuck half way thru and the looks on their faces was priceless as they watched me drive (or possibly floating) by. I was scared but the adrenalin rush when I made it to the end was priceless. Had a little water in the passenger floor board. Other than that ALL DRY!!

Gas Mileage


  • 15
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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Full 2003 Suzuki XL-7 Review

What's New for 2003

For 2003, Suzuki has updated the Grand Vitara XL-7's dash and console with wood grain trim, chrome accents and a 12-volt accessory outlet. Other additions to the interior include a new seven-speaker system, integrated audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, an adjustable center armrest with CD storage and smaller rear headsets for better rearward visibility.

Suzuki has also changed some of its trim names for 2003. The previous "Standard" trim has now simply become the XL-7, while the "Plus" has become the XL-7 with the option of third-row seating. The "Touring" model has been dropped all together. The Limited model is now being offered with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. Finally, a Limited model with the third-row option is also available with climate control and a rear air conditioning switch.

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On the flip side, I just purchased the XL-7 Limited 2003 in the SF Bay area. I'm looking forward to taking somewhere to test out the 4wd....

My 2003 Suzuki XL-7 fuel door came off too as did a neighbors. Also i have been through several batteries my vehical can't seem to keep power the battery is drained in a few months the alternator was ...

My wife received a promotional letter from the local Suzuki dealer with a key. If that key started a new XL-7 in the showroom the lucky winner would get free use of it for one year. Second prize was...