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Used 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.63 out of 5 stars

Got another one

CJ, 11/03/2005
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
19 of 19 people found this review helpful

I had a 1999 Grand Vitara for 3 years and NEVER had a lick of trouble with it (except for the typical air conditioner problem). I then bought a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS, which I hated. I had lots of problems with it. I regretted getting rid of my little Suzuki, so I decided on another Grand Vitara. The level of refinement from 1999 to 2004 is amazing, and I'm happy to be back in a vehicle I have a lot of confidence in. I read what owners say about this truck, I know my experiences with the vehicle, then I read the "experts" tests. Well, the "experts" are nuts IMO. They are worried about defrost button illumination, minor engine noise, etc. You think that this truck gets poor gas mileage? Drive a V6 Rodeo around for awhile.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

I like it!

Ron Cole, 05/02/2005
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Where else could I find a vehicle with automatic temperature control, a great stereo, and a TRUE 4wd for under $19,000? Rebates helped lower the cost a lot. It is fun to drive. I can zip wherever I want to go. It has great all around visibility. I couldn't see out the back of most of the other SUV's I test drove. This is something to think about if you have small children or grandchildren! The "editors" of car review magazines say it's not as good as other vehicles. But they don't tell you it's a heck of a lot cheaper, too! If they didn't get to use free cars and had to make payments, they'd consider this a good, inexpensive SUV that delivers fun to its drivers.

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4.25 out of 5 stars

Saved My Wife's Life

MOdriver, 10/28/2010
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

We owned this little car for a year and a half. I took our 2WD through fields, used it to haul hundreds of pounds of landscaping material. Pulled a trailer with it off a tow loop, no trailer hitch. Through all this abuse this car always started up, ran straight, and pushed through everything. Its a tough little truck, tho underpowered for highway speeds. It has strength, but you'll be downshifting up hills and its not too soft about it. 2 weeks ago my wife swerved to miss a raccoon, flew off the road, flipped and rolled 6 times. The air bag deployed and this little car landed upright, my wife is alive along with two dogs. We just bought a new Suzuki to replace this one. Great Car!

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Tough vehicle

Greg, 01/30/2005
2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
14 of 15 people found this review helpful

We were involved in a rollover wreck on black-ice. This car held up really well, both my passenger and I walked away with no injuries! There were several other accidents that weekend, and I saw many SUV's on the back of wreckers (large and small). My Suzuki was the only SUV that the roof hadn't completely collapsed or caved in at the front. The front corners of the roof came down about an inch, the windshield and driver-side window broke but stayed intact. The rollover happened on pavement, after hitting the guardrail at about a 45 degree angle. We were traveling at 45-50 mph. I was so impressed by how this vehicle held-up, I bought another too replace it.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

suzuki gran vitara

wade davis, 08/30/2004
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful

I purchased this vehicle mostly because I was able to get so much better deal than a honda, which i actually wanted. I have to say now, after putting 20000 miles on it in the last 6 months, I have never had a car I looked forward to driving as much as this one. I will buy another one of these, i can assure you of that. Oh, there might be some little things here and there I might change, but this is undoubtedly the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. Surely, this must be the best if not one of the best buys for the money available.

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