hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,560 miles

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2008 Suzuki XL7 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082015


  • 61,000 miles


Well the sunroof has started to leak into the driver side and this is when it rains. I've been having this issue over a year now and same issues from Suzuki states they can't help me cause its not in warranty and I explained to them it's a known issue when I research it and I told them there is needing to be a recall and it's not good cause of the electronic it's going on in dash and through. They just said sorry. I am so fed up with this and lack of caring. I can see why they went bankrupt and I am hoping a recall can happen soon on a lot of theses issues and that are so clearly out there with more than mine. Please please please help me.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082015

XL7 6-cyl

  • 64,680 miles
Well I am so very upset I was driving to work and pulled and got out of my SUV and turned around to arm the car. When I looked and seen all the top paint peeled back above the driver rear side almost to front doors of driver side all way back and all way to metal like it was never painted and just peeling off and still coming off. And I think this is definitely a manufacturer defect cause I picked a piece of the chunk of paint off ground and so brittle and crumbled. I need this matter addressed and I tried to talk to Suzuki again and they said sorry your over your warranty period and said they haven't had any known issues and I do have pictures and I am extremely upset and a 30, 000 dollar car and shouldn't be doing this and have only been 5 years. They just told me sorry again and I need help to get this fixed. I have pictures waiting.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 032014

XL7 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
To begin, my moonroof leaked into the overhead lights in the cabin any time I washed the car. Had to take it in 3 times to get it fixed. Window seals were buckling and got those replaced by dealer - but continued to buckle. All stabilitrac lights have always been intermittent since I bought the car. Key fob worked intermittently around 85000 then the rear driver door would not respond to it. Replaced battery in fob and had to take it in to only have it diagnosed that the actuator in the door was going out. While I was turning a corner in my 2008 XL7, I heard a grinding/rattling noise that seemed to worsen at slower speeds and would go away as I accelerated through the turn around 90000 miles. Power steering felt tight, ABS light, check engine light, service traction control, AWD off, stabil-trac light all came on...intermittently. Took it in for other repairs before warranty ran out and the dealership could not duplicate the issue/sound. At 95700 miles same thing started happening, took it to my mechanic and he could not duplicate the issue. At 103000 miles the noise/rattling/grinding is back in force. Took it to my mechanic, he was finally able to duplicate it, pulled multiple mis-fire codes P0300, P0301, P0305, & P0303. Replaced a weak battery, change the oil and diagnosed the timing chain/tensioner needed to be replaced. Called Suzuki to explain that this had been happening for the last 15000 miles sporadically, finally got it diagnosed after the warranty had expired and they will not even recognize that this is a common problem with this model. Called dealership and the fix is around $3000. This is a prevalent recurring problem with the XL7 2007-2009. As many complaints as I have seen regarding this issue, knowing that if I continue to drive it like this that it could destroy the entire engine, Suzuki should be issuing a recall and fixing this defective vehicle.

- Eckert, CO, USA

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