I've had this car for 3 years and so far it's been very reliable. The only problem I've had is brakes that shimmy. This car is a bit bumpy but the stiff suspension helps out when offroading.(needs more clearance though) My biggest complaint is the cheap plastic side panels. I've made several repairs on them already and the Nevada sun is causing the paint to peel. If your thinking of buying one go for it as long as you don't mind the side panels falling off ocasionally.
The Grand Vitara is absolutely fantastic. It's a fun vehicle with a real thirst for those everyday jobs too. It is almost the best vehicle that I have ever owned (the best was an Audi TT roadster). Buy one and bag yourself loads of fun and practical driving, too. It uses a lot of fuel though... :0)
I PURCHASE IT NEW ON 8/2002 AND NEVER
HAD ONE PROBLEM EXCEPT FOR A RECALL
THAT SUZUKI STATED ABOUT THE
ACCELERATOR CABLE.ME AND THE FAMILY
ALWAYS USE IT ON TRIPS.FOR A SMALL SUV
ITS GOOD ON GAS,GOOD POWER,AMPLE ROOM
AND VERY ATTRACTIVE.I INSTALLED A TV
FOR MY SON AT THE SUZUKI DEALER WHICH
THEY DID A PROFESSIONAL JOB.
Love this car. Bought new, had for over
a year. Comfortable, fun to drive, fun
to off-road with. Taken many out-of-
state road trips and it has always been
reliable and ready to go. Great car for
the affordable price. Wouldn't hesitate
to but again.
I just purchased this vehicle and am
very satisfied with it's performance.
It is fairly spacious and provides easy
access to spare tire, vehicle jack, and
also has an electrical outlet in the
inside rear of the cabin. Good
purchase decision on my part!