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Timing Chain Stretched Prematurely

2008 Suzuki XL7

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Suzuki dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,196 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. engine was replaced (1 reports)
  3. replace 3 timing chains (1 reports)
  4. replace timing chain (1 reports)
2008 Suzuki XL7 engine problems

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 162016

XL7 Limited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,347 miles


So I purchased the vehicle with 105k miles. At that time, I was not informed that the timing chains on the vehicle had been replaced at 97,802 mi. After having various issues with the vehicle and going back and forth with the dealership,who will not honor their warranty, the chains finally gave out. No I am stuck paying on a vehicle that does not work! To fix the chains, I've been quoted up to $2500 and to replace the engine will cost roughly $4000 for a used engine that I could possibly have the same issue in. This vehicle is worthless!!!! Suzuki nor GM will issues a recall on the engine when they know it is a known problem. I don't know who is on board with this issue, but I am going to look into a lawsuit. There is no way that there can be this many issues, and no recall.

- , Freedom, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 072015

XL7 Premium 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

With under 85k miles on it, and under 10 years old, the timing chain stretched prematurely, and after calling the 'authorized service center' I found out that the warranty would not cover it. I soon took it to the mechanic, and was quoted $500 for the parts plus work. After finding another (reported separately) problem, we decided not to fix the vehicle.

- , Brooklet, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 232014

XL7 Limited 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

UNBELIEVABLE, including the factory installed TC, this will be the FOURTH TC on this vehicle @ 85K miles. I maintain this vehicle very well and it is NOT due to lack of maintenance. Will post back if the extended warranty will cover. FYI, my other XL7 was up for its THIRD TC @ 56K miles when SUZ decided to replace the engine under warranty.

Bottom line, it seems every 20-30K miles, these vehicles need a new timing chain. I cannot believe no class action lawsuit yet......

- , Gh, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152012

XL7 Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

First TC replacement on this vehicle...




- , Gh, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,632 miles

It's well-known that timing chain's age is as of the age of the engine. In this car all three timing chains got stretched. I fixed it outside the dealer workshop that cost me around USD 1500. If it was the dealer to fix this problem, I'd have paid more than USD 2000.

I don't recommend this car to any body, it is full of problems.

- , Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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