2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara
1-5 of 5 reviews
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sleeper

by from Richmond, VA on April 19, 2010

One of the best cars I ever saw, drove or owned--for only about $15,000 bought at end of model year. Smooth ride, highest quality, plenty of room and 27 mpg. Suzuki is made as well as any other Japane...
One of the best cars I ever saw, drove or owned--for only about $15,000 bought at end of model year. Smooth ride, highest quality, plenty of room and 27 mpg. Suzuki is made as well as any other Japanese car. Great small truck.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Does Alot for the Money

by from North Carolina on January 30, 2010

Great looking vehicle. Sized about right and roomy up front. Fuel economy could be better but its ok considering its off road functions. The luxury model was cut a little short on standard features.N...
Great looking vehicle. Sized about right and roomy up front. Fuel economy could be better but its ok considering its off road functions. The luxury model was cut a little short on standard features.No temperature adjustment on heated seats, only open or close on the sunroof,few places for personal items all seem out of place in what is otherwise a fine vehicle. Removeable rear seats would be nice too. Plenty of pep and solid handling would actually bring this to a 4.5 star rating if it was an option here. Great bang for the buck.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Horrible vehicle

by from Dallas, TX on May 11, 2015

We bought this clunker in January 2010 at 8900 miles. From the get go, nothing but problems. The A/C went out before summer started, and the dealership repaired it. Indicator lights on the dash would ...
We bought this clunker in January 2010 at 8900 miles. From the get go, nothing but problems. The A/C went out before summer started, and the dealership repaired it. Indicator lights on the dash would appear and not go out, and had to be taken to the dealership to be reset. Last year, the A/C was blowing hot air. Come to find out, radiator fluid was leaking out, causing overheating, which shut the A/C compressor down. The fluid leaked out because the engine block cracked. Got the engine replaced. A few weeks ago, my wife was driving to Austin (from Dallas) and broke down on the highway an hour from Austin in traffic when the engine locked up. The timing cover broke and all the oil leaked out. Now we're on the second engine replacement in less than a year. We'll get some use out of this engine, then we're done with the car. It was a horrible investment.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Engine woes x2

by from Wichita, KS on October 26, 2013

We purchased our 2009 Grand Vitara in February 2010 with just over 4K on it. Have kept it serviced at Suzuki religiously. In September 2012 with just over 50K on it the engine overheated and we had it...
We purchased our 2009 Grand Vitara in February 2010 with just over 4K on it. Have kept it serviced at Suzuki religiously. In September 2012 with just over 50K on it the engine overheated and we had it towed to dealership as my husband found coolant in the oil. The head gasket had blown. Suzuki had it for just over 3 weeks waiting on parts from Japan. Last week I was driving home from work and my engine started overheating (car now at just over 70K) and it is just over a year since the head gasket issue. Pulled over and waited on my husband. When he got to me and checked radiator it was bone dry. We had just had it serviced last month and all fluids and hoses checked out. Had it towed to the dealership (now Subaru as Suzuki no longer exists in the states). They called the next day... Small block had cracked and engine needs replaced. They told me last year that engine problems like this usually only occur from misuse and on vehicles that are used for mudding and off-roading. I drive mine 40 miles round trip 5 days a week and no more than 50 or so on the weekends. Have driven it from Kansas to Texas once and Tennessee once... Never off-roading. I just hope this is the last of our engine woes.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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NOT A RELIABLE CAR

by from on July 5, 2010

This has been the worst car i ever had, I bought it new, at 2000k it began to fail, the power steering hose was very bad and had to be changed, at 4000k it started to make 4 mpg the dealer couldn't ex...
This has been the worst car i ever had, I bought it new, at 2000k it began to fail, the power steering hose was very bad and had to be changed, at 4000k it started to make 4 mpg the dealer couldn't explain the problem and they couldn't´t fixed, it has improved now it makes 6,7 mpg highway or city that's TERRIBLE. At 8000k it began to ring around in the car, the door panels, the entire tailgate, dashboard, to the airbag, but the real problem is that the car hit a lot over the bumps with the front suspension was not as strong as required to smooth the bumps. I get tired of the problems and decided to sell it but the problem was that nobody wanted to pay a reasonable price and end price given to a dead chicken
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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