NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,300 miles

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2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 032005

Grand Vitara 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,900 miles


I purchased a 2001 Suzuki grand vitarta with 8000 miles. At 24,500 miles the engine began to have noise. Took to dealer who stated it was timing chin tensioner. They replaced 2 tensioners at the dealers expense. I have put an additional 5000 miles on the car and the problem seems to be back. I have researched the tensioners and found 100's of complaints on the same part. Suzuki has not issued a recall on this item as of yet, however if the timing chain should break, accidents can occur. I have another appointment with the dealer in the next few days and am not sure if the problem with be fixed and is so at whose expense. The closest dealership is 65 miles away. There have also been tsb on this part so Suzuki is well aware of the problem.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 102005

Grand Vitara 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer letter regarding concerns with the timing chain tensioners on the 1999-2002 grand vitari XL7. Other problems: Broken keyless entry which occurred twice, the vehicle radiator (twice), water pump (twice), and the thermostat was replaced twice. Tsb ts 07 03014R2

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 192003

(reported on)

Grand Vitara

  • miles
At the time of purchase the vehicle had an oil leak. The dealer agreed to fix the leak. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer several times and each time a different repair was made but the vehicle continued to use a quart of oil every 3000 miles. An independent mechanic stated that the front seal was the cause of the oil consumption. The vehicle pulled to the right while driving. The front end wobbled while driving. The consumer heard a popping noise from the driver and passenger front windows when closing them.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

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