hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,527 miles

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2007 Suzuki XL7 engine problems

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2007 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 142016


  • miles


I have a 2007 Suzuki XL7 which has stretched timing chains. This is an issue with the GM motor that is installed, and there are hundreds or thousands of instances on the internet of people having expensive repairs done to fix this issue through all milagros ranges of the life of this car.

- Moody, AL, USA

problem #12

Apr 152015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki XL7. While driving approximately 25 mph, the temperature gauge abnormally increased and the engine overheated. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed smoke (no flames) under the hood. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 222015


  • 127,000 miles
Check engine light came on in our car N was told it was timing chain tensioner N come to find out it just the cam shaft position sensor N our power steering is messed which U have to use all the muscles U can to turn

- Hancock, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 172015


  • 116,362 miles


I have a check engine light that has come on. I took the car back to where I purchased the vehicle, they tell me it is too bad. That the car was sold as is. I take the car to a local mechanic who says that I need to have the timing chain and tensioner replaced. It will cost $600 plus parts to repair. My vehicle has 116xxx miles. There is paint chipping, and my instrument cluster is showing the temp gauge on hot and rests in the middle position after sitting over night. A class action lawsuit against Suzuki should be considered, because the number of complaints for this issue, and there has not been a recall, is outrageous. This is a 3 day repair job at minimum. Suzuki knew this was an issue, they should show some morality and ethics as to offer their consumers a remedy to this issue. Something needs to be done to rectify this problem. Before an accident or loss of life happens.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #9

May 292015


  • 128,515 miles
I picked up my wife for lunch and we stopped at a restaurant. When we got back in the car, it wouldn't start. We had to have it towed to a repair shop. The result: The compression that's supposed to be at 160 is at less than 60. The work to fix it is not worth the price. At 128,515 miles our engine is done. We still owe money on the car ($8000) and must decide between a new engine ($2000) or a complete loss of the car. We will be contacting an attorney and will sign on for that class action lawsuit. How is this legal Suzuki?

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #8

May 262015


  • 97,000 miles
The timing chain in the engine of my car snapped, causing damage to the valves and other parts of the engine which then gives me two options, replace the entire engine or buy a new car. Worst part? we still owe money on this car! if we'd known of these issues with the XL7, we would have never bought it. Boy, what a predicament we're in now. I am wondering if a class action suit has been pursued against Suzuki for knowing about this problem but not recalling this make & model.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #7

Mar 022015


  • 244,626 miles


I just purchased this vehicle 9 days ago and took it through inspectin today. It failed due to the codes P0008, P0009, P0018, P0017, P0016 which are the timing chains and twin cam position sensors. The repair to the vehicle is $1500 or more due to the extent of the procedure for the repair. I was told that this expense is my cost even though I only had the vehicle 9 days. This is an on going issue I have noticed with all these vehicles within the year of 2007. Suzuki told me that it is not in the man. Warranty anymore due to the miles. I really need help there is not even a recall for this issue.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #6

Feb 062015

XL7 6-cyl

  • miles
The check engine light is on in the vehicle and when checked by the dealer, the cams and timing chain are not in timing. The cams have shifted and the timing chain may be stretch. Seems to be a common failure to all of these vehicles and there should be a recall for this situation. Also due to the check engine light the remote start isn't working either.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Nov 032014


  • 60,000 miles
It is a shame this vehicle has not been recalled for any of the problems we have encountered. 1. steering wheel is difficult to turn at slow speeds and makes loud rubbing noise. 2. door locks will not unlock using key fob. Have to manually unlock by hand from the inside. I consider this a danger. 3. vehicle will not maintain one speed on its own. Even with cruise control, the car's power decreases. I am petrified to pull out in traffic with this car. 4. sunroof leaked all over into the interior electric due to improper installation from the factory. 5. turn signal switch does not work. 6. heating and cooling system does not work properly. Can only adjust temp if you set it on windshield defrost mode. 7. rear end has strange bang coming from it. Dealer can't determine any problem.

- Land O Lakes , FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 132011


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki XL7. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the evap purge valve was defective. In addition, the contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the vehicle would shake and had a loud noise coming from the front wheels. Also, the contact mentioned that the air bag sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the front wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- West Hampton, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 032013


  • 86,000 miles
Have had vehicle three years. Now they say the engine is gone and needs replaced but is not under warranty because I have too few oil change receipts. This night impossible to keep everyone of them considering I drive a good ways every day. Any documentation should be enough for the warranty. It is a scam by crooked dealers and cheap parts for this to happen under 100,000 miles. There are multiple forums online with similar problems with the same vehicle. It is a crime noone has launched a class action lawsuit against them yet. I would be entirely interested in joining one.

- Rock, WV, USA

problem #1

Feb 152013

XL7 6-cyl

  • 60,350 miles
2007 XL7 has the service traction control, service stability control, and engine reduced power, dashboard warnings on: Story; 02/15 I was driving my 2007 XL7 and the brake pedal got very sensitive and short and tight-quick gripping/biting. I had to touch it extremely lightly when stopping. A few minutes later the car started to tug, and pull back and just created resistance against me when I wanted to give it gas. It was similar to bad gas, like missing and sputtering, but it was different because the car was giving me resistance, not just losing power, I thought that the brakes were trying to seize up. After a stop light, I headed up a hill and the car just fought me down to a dead stop.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

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