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Suzuki XL-7 Parts and Suzuki XL-7 Accessories

Six Interesting Facts about the Suzuki XL-7

  • A mid-sized SUV, the Suzuki XL-7 is slotted above the Grand Vitara in the company's line up. Though the Japanese manufacturer has made a name for itself making SUVs and trucks of differing sizes and configurations, it's really hard to tell one from the other. The one thing that makes the XL-7 stand out is that it is the last Suzuki to sport three rows of seating on the inside.

  • When it first came out in 2001, the Suzuki XL-7 held the distinction for being the most affordable SUV-with three-row seating available-in North America. That led to over 20,000 units sold in that same year. Those two facts led to it bagging Consumer's Digest's Best Buy award-which in turn pushed rival manufacturers to step up their game!

  • Another trait of the American-market Suzuki XL-7s was that it was available with 5-speed manual transmission-in both 5-person and 7-person variants. Normally, in markets outside the US, Suzuki shifts-no pun intended-to full automatic.

  • Around 2006, Suzuki released a reinvention of the XL-7. It did so in conjunction with General Motors. The big changes include dropping the hyphen in the name, incorporating design features of American-made SUVs, and adding the GM High Feature engine. This overhaul meant that it had a lof of things in common with many of GM's SUVs-built on the Theta platform-than its Japanese contemporaries.

  • The Suzuki XL-7 was the ride of choice of Japanese racer Nobuhiro Tajima at the 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This tough and dangerous race along Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado normally features heavily modified cars. Remember that the XL-7 is an SUV; but it still was given modifications like most racing cars would have. Therefore it sported a huge and awkward-looking spoiler in the back.

  • In the last years of every vehicle's run, one can expect a dip in the production numbers-after all, the models are likely to be replaced the next year. The dip for the last year of the Suzuki XL-7 is noteworthy though. The year before it was discontinued, over 12,000 units were still rolling off the line. In 2009, when the 8-year production run came to an end, Suzuki produced only a total of-wait for it-four units.

Suzuki XL-7 Articles

  • Top Two Complaints with the Suzuki XL-7

    The Suzuki XL-7 is one crazy SUV that is a capable enough vehicle and has been a racer in its all-too short history. It hit the market with subtle-but nonetheless great-features that made it a hit in the United States. With the exception of some crazy highlights-they slapped a spoiler on to it and made it race uphill-it was an underappreciated performer. Yet, as "top complaints" were sought out for this article, it was actually rather difficult to find anything negative to say about it at all! No ride is ever truly perfect, however. So-rare as they might actually be-here are the top two most commonly griped-about thigns you need to know about the Suzuki XL-7:

    Sudden engine cut-outs

    While (again) very rare, it has been reported that the engine tends to abruptly cut out on the 2007 Suzuki XL-7 at around 70,000-80,000 miles. It has never happened in high speed which means that no accidents or untoward incidents have been blamed on the problem. However, it has caused a great deal of inconvenience for the few consumers who have had it happen to them.

    There were no recalls issued to address the problem owing to the fact that there are not too many instances reported. It has been discovered that excessive build up of sludge on the oil pick up at the bottom of the oil pan is the common source of the fault. A replacement of the filter as a whole has proven to be the best solution, and many aftermarket brands are available at affordable prices.

    Steering problems

    Again, the problem lies with the 2007 release of the Suzuki XL-7. This is far more prevalent than the problem mentioned above and no less inconvenient. What happens is that the power steering slowly becomes sluggish if not entirely unresponsive-in some cases it requires an excessive amount of force to even initiate a turn. Once again, it bears noting that the problem manifests at around 70,000-80,000 miles of service life.

    No recall orders issued but several dealers in different states have offered a replacement of the steering gear box. In other cases, replacement was done at the expense of the customer-$800 to be exact. There are alternatives to the OE gear box on the aftermarket which are far more affordable.