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Suzuki Vitara Parts and Suzuki Vitara Accessories

Six Things You Might not Know about the Suzuki Vitara

  • The Suzuki Vitara or Suzuki Escudo, which was released in North America in 1988, is more commonly referred to as the “Sidekick.” An upgraded version was also sold under different badges such as the Geo Tracker or Chevrolet Tracker in the US. In Spain, it was sold as the Santana 300 and 350. In Japan, it was made available under the Mazda badge. In Australia, two models were initially available, the Vitara JX and JLX.
  • The Vitara (an off-roader) and its modified version, the Geo Tracker (a mini SUV), are considered almost identical in looks; the only noticeable difference is the design of the front grille after giving the 2nd generation Vitara a facelift in 2002 and 2004. Another similarly looking vehicle is the Suzuki X-90, a mechanically identical car that includes a T-bar roof that can be removed, a trunk, and a rounder body.
  • The Suzuki Escudo badge name was based on the word “escudo,” which was Portugal's monetary unit before the country adopted the Euro.
  • In 1993, a special edition known as Vitara Rossini was released. This unit looks like a life-size Barbie Doll ride because it features a metallic pink exterior and a cream-colored leather interior. To date, only 250 units were sold around the world.
  • Another special version--the Vitara EPI (Electronic Petrol Injection)--was released in 1995. Although this model sold poorly because of its expensive price, it is now considered a collector's item because of its rarity.
  • Because of its availability and popularity across different countries in South America and Asia, it was actually featured in various movies such as Brazil's Celeste & Estrela, which was released in 2005, and Thailand's Lohk Thang Bai Hai Naai Khon Diao (Romantic Blue), which was released in 1995.
  • Japanese rally driver Nobuhiro Tajima actually used a modified V6 Escudo during one of his stints at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, which is an annual motorcycle and automobile climb to Colorado's Pikes Peak summit. Because of the popularity of this heavily modified version, the “PPE” or “Pike Peak Edition” of the Vitara is a highly coveted prize vehicle in Gran Turismo 2 (Sony PlayStation 2 edition).

Suzuki Vitara Articles

  • Common Issues with the Suzuki Vitara

    The Suzuki Vitara, also known as the Suzuki Escudo, is an off-road vehicle that boasts of a high RPM, powerful engine, and sturdy built. For car buyers who are planning to purchase this vehicle, it's best to know first the several common problems encountered by owners. These problems often resulted in recalls, so it's best to read on and know the possible issues potential owners might encounter.

    Suspension system

    Models released from 1999 to 2002 were susceptible to excess vibrations coming from the steering system and front suspension, especially if the driver is going beyond 55 mph. This excessive vibration can then lead to difficulties in controlling the entire vehicle.

    Keyless entry system

    A number of Suzuki Vitara units (1998 to 2002 models) with the name Suzuki found on the fob are prone to keyfob problems because of a faulty diode. A poorly functioning diode can cause the keyfob battery to prematurely die, making the keyless entry feature practically useless.

    Exterior lighting

    The 2000 and 2001 Suzuki Vitara models were part of the recall issued by Sabersport due to headlamps that failed to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards since they don't have amber side reflectors. This issue can easily lead to decreased visibility, making the vehicle more prone to accidents.

    Another issue with the exterior lighting system caused a recall for about 8,408 1999 Suzuki Vitara units. According to the manufacturer, some vehicles were equipped with a malfunctioning brake lamp actuating switch. If this switch doesn't work, the brake lights won't switch on once the brake pedal is triggered.

    Steering system

    In 1999, a recall for 38 1999 Suzuki Vitara units was released due to a faulty coupling that links the intermediate steering shaft and the steering column shaft. This can cause the steering shafts to separate, making the vehicle more prone to accidents because of poor steering control.

    Sound system

    Around 1,273 units were also recalled in 1999 due to a faulty sound system wiring harness. The manufacturer claimed that the wiring harness for the rear stereo speakers could have been pinched between the speaker's retaining plate and the stereo speaker. If this is not fixed ASAP, an electrical short circuit can occur.