Tips on Maintaining the Unique Suzuki X-90
The Suzuki X-90 is perhaps one of the most eccentric vehicles you will ever see on the road. An online review even described it as something like: "what Mickey and Minnie Mouse would drive nowadays." Indeed, the Suzuki X-90 looks something that came straight out of a cartoon show. It is a two-door, two-seater, targa-top subcompact SUV with a distinct squat and bug-eyed appearance. At first glance you might think that it might be a sports car that is a tad bit too tall. With a closer look, you will realize that it is a miniature SUV, minus the ample luggage capacity. Neither fish nor fowl, the Suzuki X-90 seems hard to categorize. That is what makes the X90 charming and unique. If you own a Suzuki X90, here are some tips on how to maintain this spunky creature.
- Handle the top with care.
The top is the part of the vehicle that is most exposed to direct sunlight, rain, snow, and smog. It is well and good if you regularly wash as conscientiously as you would the other parts of the body, but take note that the X-90's targa top has special needs. Unlike the other parts of the X-90's body, the targa top is made of a more delicate material. Do not use household detergents to cleanse it. Using them would be a costly mistake for they will only hasten fading and damage. Avoid using cleansers containing ammonia, bleach, detergent, alcohol, and vinegar. Invest in a specialized convertible top cleaner and scrub using a soft bristle brush. However, cleaning the top using these chemical-based formulas should be kept at a minimum. Do this only once a month or when the top is really dirty. Just rinse it with generous amounts of water if you feel the urge to clean away grime.
The suspension system is composed of the shock absorbers, the struts, the wheel bearings, the linkages, and the wheels themselves. They all work together to keep your car firmly planted on the road and to control the vehicle's direction. Having a well-maintained suspension system will not only keep you safe but also ensure better handling and quality performance. Make sure that the tires are properly inflated and aligned. Watch out for tire tread wear and replace the tires when the tread depth has become a shallow 2/32 of an inch. Lube the underside of the chassis when you change your oil, ideally every 10,000 miles. Inspect the shocks, linkages, and other joints. If a part of the system has a problem, uneasiness or a vibrating sensation can be felt when you turn and glide your car.
- Have good driving habits.
In the long run, the longevity of any vehicle will boil down on how carefully you handle and drive it. This, of course, also applies to the X-90. Some good driving habits include: avoiding harsh braking, driving at steady acceleration, and slowing down over bumps. Do not try to carry too much heavy loads as this may put undue stress on the tires and engine. Good driving habits also call for regular inspection and regular tuneup. Always check fluid levels and watch out for signs of wear and tear. Change the engine oil at least once a year; the other transmission fluid every 2-3 years.