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.
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.
Keep Your Suzuki XL-7 from Overheating While Stuck in Traffic
One of the worst things that can happen to your Suzuki XL-7 is to experience engine overheating while you are stuck in traffic on a hot day. This usually happens when there's a leak in your SUV's cooling system, the vehicle uses the wrong coolant and water mixture, or there's a faulty radiator. But do you know that in spite of these issues, there are ways that you can do to prevent your engine from overheating if you're stuck in traffic? Here are some useful tips to show you how:
- Turn off the air-con and turn on the heater when your XL-7 is about to overheat.
You can decrease the chance of your engine overheating by turning off the air-conditioner and turning on the heater. Despite the possible protest from your passengers, you'll be able to take off the workload from your engine when you turn off the A/C. And when you turn on the heater, you also get to do your engine a favor as this helps transfer the heat from the engine to the interior of your SUV. You can also open the windows and have the vents pointed towards them in order to take the heat out of your XL-7.
- Shift your gear into neutral and rev the engine when your XL-7 is not moving.
If your SUV is unable to move for a long time, shift to neutral or park and gently step on the gas to rev the engine. Revving the engine can increase the speed of its fan and water pump in order to draw more air and liquid from the radiator. By improving the circulation of air and liquid, you can decrease the temperature of your engine.
- Avoid constantly using the brakes as you crawl through traffic.
When traffic is simply stopping and going for a long time, let your vehicle crawl slowly instead of moving up at once and braking repeatedly every time the vehicle in front of you moves. Doing so helps you decrease the amount of brake drag on your SUV, which often causes your engine to work hard and eventually overheat. So when traffic is slow, might as well move forward only when the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you becomes as big as your vehicle.
Following the guidelines listed above should help you prevent your Suzuki XL-7 from overheating while you are stuck in traffic. Remember, park your car when you think your engine's temperature is about to reach a critical level. You see, it is always better to wait out the traffic than to worry about damaging your vehicle. Also, it pays to bring an emergency kit in case the temperature of your SUV's engine goes up during a long trip. This kit should include a coolant that is compatible with your vehicle, a large jug of water, and some essential tools like a Philips and flat head screw driver, pliers, and flashlight to help you when your SUV overheats in the middle of nowhere.