"Spunky" compact SUV, but with some odd "habits"
May 1, 2019
Vehicle impressed us with its comfort, overall quietness, handling, and ability to run away from a "lot" of other vehicles (with 5-speed auto trans). Mileage averages 18-20 mpg (mixed urban/rural driving).
Wouldn't call it the handsomest SUV ever built, but seems to make other SUV owners jealous for some reason --
Have plowed through deep snow, driven it over 12,000 ft. passes, pulled (small) boat trailers, gone up old mining roads, it pretty much takes it all with aplomb. (but like reviews say, not a "lot" of ground clearance, so need to be careful)
Then you have the "not-so-well-thought-out" annoyances:
For a while, we fought the infamous "battle of the headlights" -- the bulbs are really hard to reach, burn out "a lot" (probably due to poor connectors), etc. -- Finally just ordered some replacement headlight housing "assemblies" from Amazon, came with neat little spring clips to hold the bulbs in, got some jumper kits to make better contact with the bulbs -- it's been a year or more since we had a bulb go out...
Kinda hard on front brake pads, make "sure" you get the ceramic type (parts stores will try to sell you "original" metallic pads, but Suzuki themselves changed to ceramic pads later on)
Heater controls are kind of flaky; mostly heat & A/C work great, but sometimes heater gets "confused", blows air out where it's not selected, fails to defrost, etc. -- some of this is due to the cabin air filter, which really needs to be regularly changed (it collects the most amazing variety of dirt, leaves, bugs, small birds, etc.).
Recently (172,000) experienced an impressive "systems failure"; apparently the "speed sensor" gave out, set the check engine light, set off the ABS system, the ESP system, wife was afraid to keep driving.
Finally located a speed sensor (one source in N. America apparently),
that cured a lot of things. But still having ABS and ESP issues -- shop thinks its because one or both rear ABS sensors are quitting. "And", it's now setting a code that the 4wd Low switch circuit has failed.
So I don't know if the car got struck by lightning, an EMP burst, or just decided to commit "SUV-a-cide" -- this may take full diagnostics to sort out (shiver...). Or maybe the "CAN bus" has turned into the "CAN't bus" (bad joke, sorry)
"But", it still motors along like nothing's really wrong --
(would nickname it "Herbie" but that name's already been taken)