NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,604 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.

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2007 Suzuki XL7 engine problems

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2007 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 022014

XL7 6-cyl

  • 62,228 miles


On straight away when you get to about 45 mph it jerks and the motor speeds up and also when you stop to make a right or left turn the motor speeds up but the car does not move then it jerks and starts moving. It has made me almost have an accident. No lights come on to let me know that something may be wrong or that it needs to be checked. Prior to this I have had traction stability problems.

- Byron, GA, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Oct 282011

XL7 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Family was traveling to town when we smelled something that smelled like wires burning. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the smell disappeared. Upon leaving the stop sign we were at, we traveled about a quarter of a mile & the driver (myself), started to smell smoke. I then pulled over to further inspect the vehicle at which time, I turned on the overhead lamp in the vehicle since it was starting to get dark, & noticed that the whole front dashboard at this point, was glowing red, orange, & blue & thick black smoke was boiling up on the entire inside windshield & that the truck on the driver's side was fully engulfed in flames behind the dashboard. I immediately got my children (teenagers) out of the truck & leaned over to grab my purse & saw that there was blue flames dripping down from under the dashboard onto the floor where my feet had previously been just seconds before. We all ran as fast & as far as we possibly could away from the vehicle to safety. Within 3 minutes of getting safely out of the truck (by the grace of god), the entire truck was fully engulfed in flames. The trucks windows had at this point, already had started blowing out & shattering & it was shooting huge basketball size fireballs out of the top of the truck into the fields that were beside the road we were on. The local fire department had arrived on the scene at 4 minutes after the truck had caught on fire, & the flames were nearly 30 to 40 feet above the truck. The fire department as well as the fire chief, determined the cause of the fire was due to an electrical failure and/or malfunction within the truck itself. I am just very thankful to the good lord that we all got out safely. If, I had kept driving, the fire department stated that we all could have passed out from smoke inhalation & possibly lost our lives that night. I just wanted others to be aware of this very serious situation.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki XL7. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the timing chain needed to be repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the timing chain was stretched and the failure had been present since the purchase of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 062009


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki XL7. While driving 70 mph she heard a clicking sound from under the hood area. She applied pressure on the accelerator pedal but there was a reduction of engine power. Next the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two separate occasions for the identical failures. The failures were contributed to the tenioners in the engine compartment. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure and current mileages were 47,000.

- Avon, OH, USA

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