2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara Consumer Review: Learned to love this vehicle

2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara - Consumer Review

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XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Learned to love this vehicle
By grandvitdriver on


2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.7L 6cyl 5A)


Overall, an excellent vehicle.
Over 85k miles...yep, 85 on an '08...without a serious concern.
Stock tires were junk (Yokohama) -- 2 non-repairable flats in less than 5k miles; replaced all 4 w/less than 11k miles.
Took me several months, numerous trips to dealer and countless phone calls to resolve the issue of DUST....a true SUV and you can't drive it on a gravel road without be choked with dust? Problem solved (simple!! keep control set to "outside").
I am very pleased with the vehicle.
I drive on 35 - 40 miles of scoria (gravel roads) on a daily basis...the GV has held up exceptionally well.

Best Features

#1: The drive line --- ESP, anti-lock brakes and traction control are OUTSTANDING, WONDERFUL and highly effective!!! Steering wheel controls; climate control; ATC on radio and location of shifter (floor is much better than column). Front seats are very comfortable. Fuel door release. Storage compartments.

Worst Features

Better MPG; this vehicle should be getting another 2 - 5 MPG (at least). Better job of keeping dust/dirt out of handles and hinges (especially rear door...which I continually have problems with it functioning -- handle moves, but does not engage mechinism to open door; have to use pressure washer to force dust/dirt out, then open door and flush out the INSIDE of the door). More powerful engine; with cruise control set, it down/up shifts virtually constantly -- very annoying and MPG suffers. More comfortable rear seats; rear passengers experience a MUCH rougher ride than those in the front. Need better support from dealers -- they are TERRIBLE! Placement of oil filter!
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