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Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS 5d (2007/07)

Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS 5d (2007/07) - Owner Review

Again 4x4.
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Review submitted by
Stuart Anderson on

Suzuki Grand Vitara (05-14)

Summary

1 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
That I was daft to have bought it.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
OK

Would you buy this car again and why?
No way- far too unreliable and the DPF is the most idiotic thing to have on a 4x4. Dealer did not tell me about it. Would not have gone near it if I knew about it. Don't ever fall for the Japanese/ Reliability thing, the GV has a Renault engine which is a massive weak point.

What are you likely to buy next?
Something German that is reliable and works.

Buying experience

1 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchised

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£13,000

When did you buy the car?
December 2010

Did you get a good deal and why?
It was an OK deal.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed a 4x4.

What was the dealer like?
Good Service to buy the car from- different when dealing with to get fixed.

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
It's OK, long journeys not that comfy- but you always have a horrible feeling it is going to break down! Gears don't match the engine and it revs too much at high speed.

What's it like to park?
Fine- has reversing sensors.

Living with it

1 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Yes. I bought the car to tow with and looked for a boat for about a year. Went to get the tow bar fitted and was told the car was too rusty to have one fitted safely (4 years old!!)- Dealer and Suzuki not interested. Also, whilst driving across the scottish borders in the middle of nowhere- start motor just exploded. Don't get me started about the DP filter- why, why, why put it on a 4x4? Basically means you can never go offloading- so don't ever buy this car for that purpose.

What's most practical about your car?
Again 4x4.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Nothing. Other than being a cheap 4x4 (that you can't really go off road in due to DPF) it is rubbish.

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