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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,424 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.

2007 Suzuki XL7 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 012015

XL7 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


This was the 2nd time this problem occurred. This time I was coming back from a drive on the hwy and my wheel started to shake. It was a drastic change of a smooth ride to a weird shaking. I exited the hwy and went the street way. Still it did not improve got worst could barely accelerate. The brakes were so sensitive I barely pushed them down and it stopped. By the time I got home the and parked the car in the garage it stated to run hot. So I wanted to remove it out the garage it was very hard to reverse I got it half way out of the garage and grabbed my son we ran because it was smelling hot and running hot.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 032014

XL7 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Timing chains are faulty in the 2007 Suzuki XL-7 containing the GM 3.6L motor. Need to issue recall. Very common problem with this engine. Engine could seize while in operation.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 302014

XL7 6-cyl

  • miles
Automatic transmission failed and water pump. Updated 08/16/2015

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #4

Jun 302014


  • 33,175 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki XL7. The contact stated that the transmission failed. The transmission had five drive gear options, but the gear became stuck in one of them and caused the transmission to fail. The dealer replaced the transmission with a used transmission, but the gear made a loud knocking noise, overheated, and leaked fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,175.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #3

Feb 082008

XL7 6-cyl

  • 15,791 miles
The airbag system had to be replaced at 16,000 miles B/C of warping & the airbags beginning to release. Then, not 1 time but 3 times the visor assembly had to be replaced. At 26,900 miles I reported problems with the gear shift, A/C & radio assembly & this had to be replaced. I reported complaints of hearing a loud noise coming from my steering wheel column when driving & they stated that it was just rubber rubbing up against rubber. After 30,000 miles I took it back & complained & they said it was my steering column & pin that needed to be replaced & my warranty for that part was gone off. I had a problem with my car when I filled it up with gas the car would not crank properly & it ran ruff after putting gas in. The dealership replaced chain assembly, tensioners, timing chain, purge valve & etc. I had problems with the A/C & heat when I turned on the air with the control heat would blow out. I reported the problem but they said they could not duplicate it & that they found nothing. I had problems with the car battery & the mechanics said the battery was fine but I kept having problems with the battery being drained so I replaced the battery & the battery terminals. The electrical system for the passenger seat airbag sensor would not turn on when someone was sitting in the passenger seat the problem was not solved & still occurs. My car had to be towed into the dealership B/C the vehicle shut down due to sludge in my oil even after having my car serviced by a Suzuki dealership since buying the car new. I have reported complaints to Suzuki headquarters but they don't care. I think this vehicle is unsafe and a lemon & people should be compensated for investing in such a defective car. I have paid off the Suzuki & it is not worth trading B/C I can't get anything for it so please help consumers get their money back B/C Suzuki can have this SUV back.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

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problem #2

May 242010


  • miles
I have a Suzuki XL7 2007 keep making noise from the power steering like 2 plastic squce to eachother. I check my power steering fluid still looking full and I don't know why keep making noise from the power steering. I don't' know its going to safe to drive while making noise. Can some one do something about it because I hate it. I am going to trade for new car and not Suzuki car no more.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011


  • 50,000 miles
I'm the original owner of the 2007 XL7. I purchased my vehicle in July of 07 and I have had nothing but problems and countless repairs. I have to drive my car alot with 5 active children so I'm out of warranty. The first issue started with the electrical system at about 50K miles the system would shut down and lock you in the car this was the computer that wasn't covered under the power train warranty so it was out of pocket cost of about $1100 dollars. I got the Corp office to pay half after putting up a fuss. Then the check engine light came on right afterwards and have pretty much stayed on and it keeps telling me the gas cap is loose which it's not but I purchased another gas cap but still same issue. I then had problems with the power steering hard to turn and making a loud noise which was another out of pocket expense of about $500 and about 70K windshield wiper pump stopped working all the sudden. It would work on the back window but not the front and it has plenty of fluid in it. I have now issues with the timing chains and there are three different chains on the car and all will need to be replaced and this will cost another $2500 per the dealership and about 15 to 17 hours to fix. Overall this is the worst vehicle I have ever purchased and I regret it daily. The inside is made of cheap materials. My mirrors under the sunvisors fell of within the first two months of buying the vehicle. I wouldn't wish this nightmare on anyone. This vehicle isn't worth it and I'm paying for a vehicle that I don't feel safe for driving.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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