Suzuki Grand Vitara diesel.

Submitted: Friday, Feb 13, 2009 at 22:34
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Hi there. I'm looking for feedback from any Suzuki Vitara diesel owners.
Any problems encounted, and if you are happy with it.
We are selling our 80 series toyota diesel standard wagon. It has over 500.000kms on it.
We have taken the suzuki diesel for a test drive. On the hwy it was fine.On dirt the low range 1st gear is a lot higher than the cruiser but then again it's not a cruiser.
Mainly replacing the cruiser for a more fuel efficient smaller vehicle.
I have had two "series 2" land rovers and two cruisers over the last 40 years, while I lived nth of Cairns.
I know the suzi won't be anywhere near as capable of my previous 4x4s in very rough conditions but now our use is mainly touring to areas such as Carnarvon, Innaminka, Lawn Hill and back up to the Cape.
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Friday, Feb 13, 2009 at 23:02

Friday, Feb 13, 2009 at 23:02
Hi Rex,
I cant speak from personal experience as I do not own one. But if my memory is correct I read an article about the diesel when it was released last year. I think it is a 1.9litre turbo diesel RENAULT engine that is used in the Vitara -from the very same company that Nissan souced their 3 litre 4 cylinder diesel engine from (anecodetly known as the grenade I am reliably informed from reading posts on this site). Maybe the 1.9litre engine is entirely different but no one will probably know for a few years whether they will have any longevity or not. I doubt you will ever see too many with 700K Km on them like a Toyota diesel or the old 4.2 litre Nissan diesel.
But then again perhaps I am too cynical...
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 11:34

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 11:34
You don't see too many toyos ot nissans with 700k on them - they will have rusted out well before that.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 07:20

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 07:20

The vehicle was a contender for the Overlander 4WD of the year. Did very well. There is a report in the February edition of Overlander magazine.

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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 10:19

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 10:19
You may also want to look at the Kia Sorento as well ??

8l/100 K's.....more capable off road.....5 yr warranty....have driven one and performance and ride quality is very good !!

Both it and the Suzie got good reports in road tests.....the Suzie slightly better on road and the Kia slightly better off road..
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 14:07

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 14:07
We have a 2008 grand vitara diesel since may 08. Very happy with both in town and open road. Very good on unsealed roads. Have taken it into sand an have coped OK. Can let the tyres down to 10 psi but I think I you should put on some AT tyres if I am going to do a lot of off road stuff. The clearance is much better than any other similar sized vehicles.
We to it with an A frame behind the Winnebago and it handles that with no problem.
I get around 12k/l around Perth and between 12 and 14 on the road depending on speed and load. To me it is still short of a gear (needs 6 not the 5) as once you get 110 and over we come back under 12 k/l. Just under 100k/h seems a reasonable balance but if you want to travel at about 85k/h then I have found fuel economy goes to a bit over 15 k/l.
All these figure are based on the readout on the car which seems accurate.
Over all I am very happy with my decision as I have an economical and comfortable car that will get me to most off road places I want to go.
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Follow Up By: Rex.- Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:33

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:33
Thanks Neil and Pauline. It's good to hear from someone that owns one.
Have you found any suitable 225/65 17 in tyres with a reasonable all terrain type tread pattern?
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Follow Up By: Neil & Pauline - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:44

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:44
I haven't looked too seriously but I was advised that Bridgestone have suitable AT tyres.
When I get stuck sometime I will probably get serious and change to AT tyres.

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Follow Up By: Rex.- Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 21:36

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 21:36
Hi Neil and Pauline.
After a fair bit of research and lots of haggleing at numerous Suzuki dealers we finally bought a diesel Vitara today.
The dealers gave us an extra three year warranty on top of the Suzuki three year warranty. This swayed it for us.
Ended up at $32,750.00 drive away.
This was at a dealers on the Sunshine Coast in Qld.
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Reply By: GHThommo - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 15:43

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 15:43
Hi Rex,

We have a 2005 petrol Grand Vitara and are very happy with it. Did 15000 kms last year towing our CT without any problems on a mixture of tar and dirt. Use it in Tas for going bush and only problem we have found is with the tow bar. How it is connected to the vehicle gives it only the base 200mm clearance and we often hit it on rocks. The pretty little metal trim didn't last very long. Also unsure what the new tow ball weight is but the 2005 is 85kg even though the Vitara is rated to tow 1850 kg. Don't get to tow much. Otherwise couldn't be happier with it as a unit.

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Follow Up By: Rex.- Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 22:07

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 22:07
Hi Thommo,
sounds like you're pretty happy with the Vitara.
How many kms have you got on it now?
I guess it's better that the tow bar is bottoming out than the body work getting damaged.
Where abouts did you go to knock up 15000 kms in one trip?
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Follow Up By: GHThommo - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 16:58

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 16:58
Hi Rex,

Launceston, Melbourne, Mildura, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, up the middle as far as Mataranka. then back and across to King Ash Bay, down and across to Mt Isa (what a relief to get petrol at $1.45 rather than $2.15 in NT), up to Karumba. Then criss crossed down through outback Qld to the Gold Coast. Went to mums 90th birthday, son's wedding - then wended our way back down the coast. All up away about 3 months. Incredible now to see places under water that were dry and dusty.

Hope to see the other half of the continent soon. Then go back and do places in more depth.

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Follow Up By: GHThommo - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:17

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:17

Forgot to add how many kms. Now up to 63K. Only 'problem' we have had was a serpentine belt pulley which the dealer replaced at our 45K service on the basis that they normally cracked about then. Did it under warranty so no cost - they didn't want to see us stuck in the outback trying to get a part. That sort of service gets them brownie points.

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Follow Up By: Rex.- Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 21:45

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 21:45
Hi Thommo,
We went out and bought a diesel Vitara today. We got a good price and deal. I replied to a previous poster with the details.
We are going to get the electronic rust prevention done as we live near the ocean on the Sunshine Coast, and rust is a big problem with vehicles here.
Sounds like you are having a trouble free time with your Vitara.
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Follow Up By: GHThommo - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 17:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 17:08

Hope you have many years of trouble free motoring.


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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 17:38

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 17:38
Dont believe all you read on the internet but this guy certainly has not been happyVITARA
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