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Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.6 VVT + 3d (2006/06)

Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.6 VVT + 3d (2006/06) - Owner Review

Permanent 4 wheel drive.

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Review submitted by
Neil Watson on

Suzuki Grand Vitara (05-14)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I have an idea of what the word 'lifestyle' means. However, the car does not say this about itself.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Friends- Think I should buy something quicker. Family - Love it. Neighbours - I don’t talk to them.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No I wouldn’t. Bad depreciation. No real 'go' in the car.

What are you likely to buy next?
Seat Leon FR TFSI. In fact, I have and I pick it up soon.

Buying experience

2 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
April 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
Looking back on the negotiations, no I did not receive a good deal. Why? Because they wanted the money and I was stupidly willing to give them it.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I wanted a car that had off-road potential.

What was the dealer like?
Friendly until the 'big boys' got involved once I asked too many questions.

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Sluggish, if you drive up hills then you will find yourself changing down gear. Not a smooth ride and anything over 65mph seems like you could be hurting the engine. I do however feel that this may be down to the 4 wheel drive system or transmission being quite noisy.

What's it like to park?
Its ok to park as it is the short wheel base model. No parking sensors or any clever gadgets to help in this area. It is also wider than a normal car so parking in a garage may prove difficult. If you find getting out of cars difficult in tight spots then this is not the car for you.

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Two things in 9 months, the ventilation fan packed in when it got too cold. -3 degrees C. Secondly, a break light was popping every time it was replaced, this was however, picked up on the first 1000 mile service.

What's most practical about your car?
Permanent 4 wheel drive.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Permanent 4 wheel drive.

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