5 reasons to love and hate the Suzuki Grand Vitara I

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

The Japanese - the great muddle. Someone counts the history of a model, which will be discussed, with 1988 year and considers it a second generation family Vitara / Sidekick / Shield. Someone thinks it the first generation of the car with the title Grand Vitara. Some directories XL-7 is considered an independent model, in the other - just a longer version of the same car. So in any other way, Suzuki Grand Vitara, made with 1998 by 2005 year, was the last car of the family, built according to traditional recipes SUV design: with a strong frame ladder, cutting back bridge, dependent suspension and in the reduction gear box.

 

WITH 2005 the year began drifting design thought toward crossovers ... But we are interested in specific second, Well, or the first generation (that's how to count), so that this car and now lacks a dedicated fan, which, although they scold (fully justified) their iron horses, but not in a hurry to get rid of them.

Equipment

Итак, popular compact crossover Suzuki Vitara (he is — Shield, he is — Sidekick, he is — Geo, Chevrolet and GMC Tracker), It is available in different countries and sell in multiple markets under different names, it is time to radically upgrade. New world was presented in January 1997 year as the second generation Suzuki Escudo (for the domestic market).

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

The predecessor car differed introduction steering rack instead of the worm, as well as the more bulky body. Soon began selling model in the US (under the name Sidekick and Tracker), and then in Europe (already as the Grand Vitara). Initially, the car could have two wheelbases and three body variants: three- and 5-door station wagons and convertible. As far as I understand, cabriolets in Russia is not officially shipped.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

Under the hood could be in-line «four» volume 1,6 l (94 hp) and 2,0 l (128 l.s) a 2.5-liter capacity V6 144 hp, paired with which to work or a 5-speed manual, or 4-speed automatic transmission. Coming soon to a number of markets appeared and version XL-7 with a wheelbase, increased by 320 mm, and 3 rows of seats. Basically, it was equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 power 174 l.s.

The creation of this model allowed Suzuki with the least financial investment to enter the segment of mid-size SUVs. In the US, these cars were sold in the amount of up to a year 100 000 units, because for many years Suzuki XL-7 has been the most readily available three-row seven-seater SUV with saloon.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

AT 2003 model year endured a small restyling, during which the car has received an unprecedented 5-speed automatic, but in 2005, the Japanese company announced the production of the next generation of the popular SUV, now with built-in frame and independent rear suspension, which remained on the line until 2014.

About tom, for his love and hate, we have already told. Now let's look at the same time, how things work in the case of its predecessor of specific.

Hatred #5: appearance

Basically, most reviews about appearance Suzuki Grand Vitara (or SGV, as they prefer to be called a model of brevity on the forums) says nothing — nor quite good, nor bad. So to speak, out well, out nihil ... Vpravdu, admire like nothing, but shout "Fu, what a misery "and" who is the ugliness of fiction "is also no reason to no. The machine is like a machine ... Unless somebody Grand Vitara seems to be very much "herbivorous", "Patsifichnoy" and not sufficiently aggressive for an SUV, with a good-natured, stupid expression "person", without any hint of anger or belligerence, and someone lacks elegance, advantageously suitable for urban vehicle.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

At the same time there is, designers as a fulcrum used specifically five-door version, and that looks more harmoniously. Trehdverka seems disproportionate Kurguzov, and an elongate embodiment XL-7, in front of, too stretched — if taken everyday Grand Vitara for the front and rear wheels, Yes, and stretched her long, leaving the same and the width, and the height of the body.

I left the car, which in profile looks, as a large wagon, from the front — both narrow and high box, and in a half-turn — disproportionately more. Some of the current or former owners SGV may resent: "Yes, you fullness, full normal car in any version wheelbase length…». May be. But he admits, that the second generation of this family of SUVs far from originality and charisma First Escudo / Vitara / Sidekick.

Love #5: versatility

Да, Grand Vitara took and do not buy because, that "we have seen and fallen in love". Most often the reason for buying are completely rational arguments. First of all, Japanese engineers very precisely find a happy medium in size: Grand Vitara — not big and not small, not long and not short, not the highest or lowest. Usually the purchase of this model becomes the result of much thought and comparisons in search of a home station wagon for traveling with the ability to drive fishing, which could travel without fear of getting stuck on the dirt road and fly to the snow-covered slopes, which would allow to whirl around town, to park in any snowdrift, and if necessary, to carry a bunch of junk in one fell swoop, and all this — with a certain level of comfort. In this case, it would be desirable not had spent too much money when buying and not splurge on constant repairs, Basically, all this just provides a Grand Vitara.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

The reviews are often found around these passages: "Run the car as the primary. machine priemistaya, greater, highest, spacious and at the same time — not a tremendous, dimensions on the road feel easy. The wife was driving went without problems. At the traffic comfortably, any "hole" can get into ". In short, in the town on the Grand Vitara is not ashamed, and in the woods — not terribly.

Hatred #4: trunk

Quite a lot of complaints about the trunk earned Grand Vitara. Naturally, first of all it concerns trehdverok with rather short base and available in volume 184 l: "The trunk is virtually no! Food hunting, 2 person plus luggage. In the trunk — amplifier, emergency bag, powerful steel cable, hijack, shovel, jerrycan. That's all! The rest of the luggage — the salon!"About pyatidverki with an average base write less sharply: "Bagazhnichek really too small, but for shopping in «Underground» — naturally, if not to take showers — quite normal. And it's not necessary for large cars, mostly operated in small town ", "By the way, of capacity — if you do not carry every day refrigerators, cabinets, and other bulky utensils, is fully satisfactory. Typewriter, I took mainly to transport themselves in urban criteria, and in Moscow, you know, with spacious hard…». really, 389 l — it is quite enough for going shopping.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

But many say, the space in the rear of the car is different obmyslennoy organization. To put small items (wheel wrench, autochemistry, fire extinguisher) nowhere, no "underground", no shelves, or conventional pockets. That hangs diverse detail around the trunk… not deadly, but embarrassing.

clear, that the address in the trunk of an elongated version of XL-7 is no such prirekany. In the five-seat configuration, the trunk has completely decent volume 1 089 l, and this amount will be enough to fully, to take the family to the country with all the things, or for a large dog transport. But if you add up the second row, then placed in the interior concrete manhole ring meter diameter, a good desk or cabinet length 230 cm. Generally, as he wrote the creator of one of the reviews, "If you love nature, kebabs, mushrooms, fishing - this is the machine for you!».

Love #4: passability

The vast majority of reviews patency Suzuki Grand Vitara is evaluated very positively. patency only — parameter is very crafty, having no absolute criteria, and its evaluation very much depends on the conformity of the vehicle features the puzzle, which puts the owner in front of him. So if you talk about the "urban" terrain — i.e, the ability to maneuver in the snow is not cleared from the yard, parked in the snow or to climb up on the curb, then there is no claim to the SGV: "In winter, there are no problems. When the utilities are in no hurry to clean the streets, and the need to go to work, I not once had to clean the road bumper and haul passenger car ".

Как правило, Grand Vitara cross-hundred percent satisfied and hunters, fishing and the rest of the outdoor activities: "On cross, it seems to me, it is not equal. Главное — do not sit on the frame. For hunters and fishermen coolest machine! Do not let you down anywhere, Winter pulled out of snowdrifts Gazelle, even I did not feel ", "For trekking, fishing and hunting machine better not find. It is not easy, and gets stuck on the roads ", "The most powerful engine, frame and downshifts make it a real coupe. He climbed on it in the big steep hill, dvadtsatisantimetrovym covered with snow with rocks, I drove quietly, rolled, and then just left ... "

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

Yet the least, many say, and the very real constraints, primarily — not the biggest in the class ground clearance: "Drive on it can be everywhere, which allows clearance, that although a large, but all the same is not large enough for a true off-roader ", "Off-road behavior is completely adequate and predictable, if not sit on the belly — proedesh everywhere ". Is alarming and frequent aqua overcome obstacles — starter and generator are arranged in the lower part of the engine, and after aqua indispensable procedures require revision. However, can not say, that the water treatment vehicle is strictly contraindicated: "Every week we get down in the water boat and jet ski. boat — 600 kg, gidrik ~ 250 kg. it happens, I have to call so, that get out of the cabin through the window ", "The most beloved of all car, that was in our family. seen mountain, swamp, river, snowdrifts and everything that is possible. Even he is drowning in a river of glass, but later prochihalsya and its course has reached to the service, where a motor drained two buckets emulsion ".

Often owners complain about the lack of locking differentials mezhdukolesnyh, which dramatically increases the chances of losing mobility in a situation diagonal display. In the case of the XL-7, an additional risk factor becomes not the best angle of the ramp and the ability to hang on any inflection (wherein seemingly quite innocuous) hill. Summing up, we can say, that fishing, hunting, for mushrooms and all cottage in Suzuki Grand Vitara can go completely safely, but for extreme off-road exercises and role in the trophy-raid car fit is not very good: no four-wheel drive, nor ponizhaykoy not make him uncompromising conqueror Marsh, abyss, peat bogs and deep ruts timber "you will at times".

Hatred #3: salon (пластик, seat, soundproofing)

As with all Suzuki vehicles of the period, Salon Grand Vitara quite ascetic and does not cause any enthusiasm. Generally, usual «Japanese» the mid-90s… kind of, everything at hand, but something is missing. plastic quality leaves much to be desired better (although, конечно же, also looking to compare). Especially do not like the owners of cheap, snaps and creaky plastic luggage compartment trim, which provides sound each fossa Pass.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

The seats are comfortable enough, but in the long journey tired: lacks lumbar support, and the cushion a bit short. The steering wheel does not overlap, but it is regulated only by the angle. Rear sofa looks more like a shop: three hours away — and the passenger exits the vehicle disabled. Two low man can still stay in relative comfort, but if your growth under meter eighty, the place is still a little leg, and the opening for the feet under the front seat is too narrow. But stick to the back sofa three adults to commit an act of brutal violence against the, who will be in the middle. The sofa is not enough that narrow, so also in respect of the sum 50/50, so that the average passenger have to sit on a hard edge.

Naturally, All complaints of overcrowding in the back seat are versions with a rather short and medium base. The XL-7 second-row passengers feel completely at ease, space enough, to throw a leg over the other. But here's the width remains the same ... As for the third row of seats, it may take children unless, and not the very elderly. in short, Grand Vitara is not in any particular comfort. And what is? There is a "convenience" in the form of air-conditioner, without which it is hot and sleepy, but if you turn it on, it becomes very cold, and you have to cover the diffusers, not simply to. car noise isolation of reviewers evaluated differently. Someone writes, that it is not there, someone — it mean, and it would be better, but it's not "the horror, the horror". But the view from the driver's seat is very good: and the planting of "commander", vertical, window-sill line and low, and large mirrors, and racks do not overlap.

Love #3: in town

The owners of Grand Vitara, who write your own review, it is primarily a city car, completely wrong. First of all, they like maneuverability. The small base and a large wheel turn angle allow to unfold in a confined space, a relatively high ground clearance — easy to drive around on curbs trucks, blocked the access to the building. No parking spaces — the highest border is not an obstacle, have secured the second row of other cars — also. There is no place in the yard — Well, razdatku and will include a lower gear. Any pit track and the car passes without lyazganya suspension and bated breath.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

engine on 2,5 liter makes it very decently start with a traffic light, ahead stream to rebuild the right. On a dry road machine is firmly on the rear wheel drive, on wet and slippery roads it decently fit into corners in 4x4 High mode (decently — it is better, than a passenger car with front-wheel drive). At the same time aggressively connected bridge gives a certain uniqueness handling, Unlike established in most crossovers «clever» couplings, which is not always guess, the machine will behave in a turn. Remarkably the car goes through the snow in the courtyards: I dashed off a place for themselves in the snow, and passenger cars to take it do not have the opportunity to.

The only thing, causing prirekaniya, so it is somewhat wadded brakes (all the same drum brakes of the rear axle does not have the ability to provide the braking dynamics of familiar cars) yes very stiff suspension. However, reviews are full of ecstatic estimates: "In the city" excellent ", road keeps on hurray, rulitsya flush with the passenger ", "Riding through the city on the machine only gives pleasure", "In the town — better not think, and places you can jerk, and ahead, when it is necessary ". It is necessary to clarify, that "excellent" owners evaluate version V6 in volume 2,5 and 2,7 l. car speakers with two-liter «fours» It assessed as "fully sufficient", and "short stacks" with a 1.6-liter «Quartet» — as "not causing problems".

Hatred #2: on the road

How to Alas, on the road Suzuki Grand Vitara far not so good, in town. This is especially true of cars 3 and the door with the usual, not extended 5-door body. Versions with younger engines volume 1,6 and 2,0 liter is not fun dynamics, especially when combined with automatic chetyrehstupnym. Да, acceleration, конечно, weak, that the machine is not pusinka, but 128 horses in conjunction with automatic transmission eliminates immediate care horizon. In the end, we have to carefully calculate every maneuver, associated with overtaking. Not fun and manageability: add to the long suspension moves pretty high-profile full-time rubber 235/60 R16 with a huge Gone — and we get far from perfect behavior on the road: valkost in turns and samples leave the path on a rough road.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

В случае 2,5 liter V6 speaker goes to some acceptable level, but ... "The dynamics for the 150-strong engine incomprehensible, iron some, not a machine: We caught up with "Kamaz", speed 50, to overtake, you need to let him go on the meter 15, go to the third, accelerate, then a fourth, enter the oncoming lane, beat, go to the fifth, return to your lane. And wherein the gas in the floor, as iron does not go. You can try to overtake on the fourth, but it's really dumb, particularly on the passenger side…"Up to speed 120 km / h the car is completely stable and obedient, but with the coming of the growth rate begins to porpoise, bounce, "Transposed" and seek to continually steer. At the same time, the broken-down betonke, where everything is crawling with speed 20 km / h, you can keep quiet 40. But in the vast huge number of reviews complaining about the owners: "Hurry 120 to go really terrible "; "When you go to 100 km / h — feeling the most pleasant,no complaints there. It should be imbedded — Hold the steering wheel tighter "; "When I bought the SGV and drove first 10 km, thought: "Haha, I did?!»; "Something reminded ride on ZIL-130, Designers who corrupted the idea to attach the AKP "; "At a speed of more than 100 I advise you not to travel, behaves inappropriately. I clocked up 170, Hopped feel like bungee "; "Manageability" frame "never shone, but in this case, (completely serviceable at suspension and steering) it's just izymatelstvo the personality behind the wheel. God forbid you get in a rut on the asphalt ".

really, Grand Vitara is not particularly fond of the longitudinal rut, in this case it applies to different where the best (due to a greater wheelbase) Trajectory stability XL-7 version. But otherwise "Large Suzuki" is much better suited for long-distance shots of distant: "Suspension is working to the best of soft and energy. Inside, not noisy. ACP lystaet smoothly, turns the motor to maximum and switches much faster, than other Japanese brands. The dynamics of this class at the height: 173 l.s. and 1 590 kg of weight doing their job ".

Maneuverability is quite acceptable. Главное — take account of, especially on slippery roads, that the rear-wheel drive, and the torque is large enough. As a result, back in turn can bring a very sudden. But should not be overestimated, and all-wheel drive ability: because part-time does not forgive mistakes, as well as the very high speed at the entrance of rotation. In the snowy slush or snow on any version of SGV simple luxury.

Love #2: reliability and endurance

Nobody reads, that the Suzuki Grand Vitara second generation generally does not break: anyway, the youngest instances this year marks 14 years old, and it is a decent age, even for the frame SUV. Yet the least, in the course of twenty years are even some cars of this model, and a huge number of comments as its important advantages is marked by reliability and endurance.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

"The car is I have almost three years. During this time problems with it was not, all the little problems left over from the previous owner. Smudges below the motor wanted to remove, but the master of the service and has not led to, from bruises. Periodically topped up in the engine oil, approximately liter of the replacement to substitute. With razdatkoy box and there were no problems. I traveled on it in Astrakhan on a fishing trip, the road there and back — three thousand kilometers. No problems ", "If you follow the machine, then do not break ", "As for me, the most reliable and tested cars. rarely breaks, but always warned about the imminent failure and provides an opportunity to get to the house. And we went to faraway trips and fishing, on the road, including — 500 km noisy hub. Always arrives to the house ", "The suspension of the car neubivaemaya, where I just did not go on it, always on the top". And this — quote only a small fraction of reviews, and placed in the last few months. But in the early reviews of the owners more than they write about the same thing: they say, for 8 years replaced the pump for non-original, gland right wheel and bearing with the hub, and that all repairs, which are useful for this time. or so: "Acquired in 2013 g. city 118 000 km. for 5 years of operation has passed 30 000 km. No problem arose. Only routine maintenance - replacement of oil and brake pads ".

Especially owners cheers metal quality, that makes up the body and, and frame. In the secondary market lacks elderly Grand Vitara without the smallest trace of the rust, well, or with minimal and harmless traces. In general, the voice of people converged on the, that the Grand Vitara — it is such a piece of iron, in which you want to pour petrol, omyvayki, Oil and other liquids under the rules, and in gratitude he will carry you a long and reliable.

Hatred #1: expensive spare parts and service, consumption

So that, Suzuki Grand Vitara in general does not break, and you can just get into the web, choose your favorite old man at the age of 15-20 years old, purchase and easy to ride, without thinking about the possible breakdowns? Of course, not. Age can not affect, and like every other car, SGV has its corresponding sores and weaknesses. Basically, according to the testimony of the owners, the average maintenance costs and maintenance account for about Grand Vitara 30-50 тысяч рублей. Как правило, after buying an old car you want to replace the front ball joints (coupled with levers) and rear springs. But the saddest, it is not necessary to believe fairy tales about the "endless" chain timing mechanism. According to the regulations they require the substitution of times 110 000 miles, but in the conditions of Russian Sounds, speaking about the need for intervention, It can be heard after 100-110 thousands of kilometers. A replacement circuit — it is absolutely not cheap, 38-40 thousand and more.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

Actually, break much. Melt with time slots near and far light bulbs (Japanese engineers have for some reason allowed to talk right through the stalk switch, without relay). Zagudet have the opportunity to drive the front axle, and substitute them with SHRUS cost 25 000 rubles for each. It is quite typical problem with the gearbox Front axle, especially in cars, issued to 2003 of the year. Can claim a replacement cross cardan shaft — cook 5 000. Fly control and traction lugs, bursting anthers SHRUS. The control rod — 2 100, steering tip — 1 600, front springs — 4 200 for pike, pads front — 1 400, rear — 900, Managing cardan — 11 000 (original). Asuma Pulley Drive GURa — 5 000 rubles (all this — in prices 2010 of the year)… Generally, owners complain, that the prices for spare parts — just gallakticheskie, though they go (compared with Chinese counterparts) pretty long. For example, the value of the ignition coil — 2 500 rubles. Yes there, for obvious bellow SHRUS, torn on the sharp gravel, dealer may ask 9 000 rubles! In general, the cost of bringing an elderly car in a sense have an opportunity to make from 75 (what, generally, not distracting from the overall series) to 200 thousand rubles.

Do not add optimism and cash flow of fuel. for example, for more popular engine volume 2,5 l Urban consumption may be winter 18-20 l / 100 km. One of the hosts of the same vehicle bothered flow measurement in various modes of motion and obtained such results: when driving on the highway at speeds 40 km / h — 6 l, 60 km / h — 7 l, 80 km / h — 8 l, 100 km / h — 11 l, 130 km / h — 15 l 100 kilometers. In urban traffic in the summer — 12-15 l / 100 km. The two-liter engine, naturally, It is a bit smaller appetite and consumes 12-13 l / 100 km in town and 9-11 l / 100 km on the highway. Someone puts up with consumption, and considers it completely normal, and someone, yet the least, He believes, it's too much, and directly refers to spending too much on gasoline basic premise sales of this car.

Love #1: value properties

And yet the least, the main advantage of Suzuki Grand Vitara second generation is value for money and properties. This ratio is determined by the popularity of models in those years, when it was sold at dealerships, and it becomes a decisive factor when buying an old car in the secondary market. Anyway, I constantly see these cars on city streets, and on the slopes.

5 the circumstances of love and hate Suzuki Grand Vitara I

Suzuki Grand Vitara ‘1998–2006

Judge for yourself: Now for the "last true» Grand Vitara, constructed according to the traditional scheme of the frame SUV with an independent front suspension, ask from 130-150 тысяч рублей (for cars in three- or a five-door configuration with a rather short or medium base, made in 1998-1999 respectively, and with a range of 250-300 thousands of kilometers) to 650-680 тысяч рублей (for these agents can be purchased "conditionally semimestny» XL-7 with a massive 2.7-liter V6, released 2005-2006 year — true, with solid runs in the area 200 thousand). And quite a few believe, that despite the high cost of spare parts, this purchase will still be fully justified! Because Grand Vitara — This "current Japanese quality". And to finish, I wish to quote another of reviews: "Not, it is not perfect and not quite besproblemen. He asks for the attention and care. Then, it seems to me, he outlives its own PTS ".

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