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NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Suzuki SX4 engine problems

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2008 Suzuki SX4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 202016


  • 100,000 miles


I have a yellow light and and red airbag light on I already toke to the dealer and it's still the same and now the engine started knocking and the dealer in our area move nowhere to be found what can I do or where can I take it to get check

- Robstown, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 122015


  • 101,500 miles
Car cranks but won't start on an intermittent basis.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki SX4. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced due to internal damage. The vehicle was not repaired. On a second occasion, the vehicle stalled and was able to restart. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 202013

SX4 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
After taking my SX4 into kipo motors for inspection and check for rich fuel and ticking, it passed NY emissions but I was told I needed a $2000 catalytic converter and not to worry about the slight tick. With in 6 months my engine blew up well driving to dinner with my family in the car. Flames shot out of the hood and other drivers reported flames pouring out the bottom of the car after it exploded. Kipo/Suzuki replaced the engine, after assembly two cylinders didn't work. Kipo never heckled any other parts and had to rebuild it again after they found the valves broke causing the engine to explode. Now the car has no power and at 2084 miles on the new engine they say the catalytic converter is stopping the engine from working and due to the closeness of the warranty end they are not going to fix it. The engine exploded in the front. There was a hole the size of my fist in the block behind the catalytic converter. Chunks of the engine block were in the exhaust manifold as well but they say none of this is a result of the engine exploding. I have seen others with the same rich fuel and engine tick and wounded are these ticking time bombs?

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #1

May 092012


  • 94,000 miles
2008 Suzuki SX4- took into dealership for complaint of ticking noise under the hood. After a $98 diagnostic fee they determined it needed a new engine because of bad rods due to oil starvation. After talking with service manager and dealership general manager both decided that repairs were not covered under 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Also the air bag warning light stays on and it was also determined that the entire seat would have to be replaced in addition to the catalytic convertor being replaced due to bad oxygen sensor. I have proof of all maintance and service repairs to include oil changes etc. I requested a meeting with general manager and was assured that he would investigate situation and get back with me in a couple of days. It has been a week and only communication I have received is a text message on my cell phone stating that no part of the powertrain warranty would apply even though the powertrain warranty includes all things listed in diagnostic review of the car this is extremely unprofessional and shows that Suzuki does not stand by their products. A lot more to this story>>>>>> information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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