NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,438 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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2008 Suzuki XL7 brakes problems

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 072016


  • 128,000 miles


My SUV keeps shutting the stability control off for no reason everytime I scan the computer there is no codes and it just shut off randomly for no reason at all and Suzuki dealerships say there is nothing wrong when there ovisly is because when im driving on the scity street and it just shuts it off while your driving it put you and the people in you car in a dangerous situation because in the progress of shuting that off the ABS gos off the transaction control gos off and the stability control stop working not safe at all

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 312013


  • 90,925 miles
Lost steering while driving, became very hard to steer. Cost $2300 to repair. Said defect started as steering rack and caused metal to go throughout the system and take out the pump also. ABS/trac control/stability lights among others come on and loose AWD. Sunroof leak and paint peeling. Steering was lost again while driving 1.5 years later. Definite recall situation.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 182016


  • miles
My 2008 XL7 serivce stability control and ABS light stays on and it's very difficult to turn.

- Collinsville, AL, USA

problem #9

Jun 012015


  • 110,649 miles


Warnings: Service stability control, service traction control, AWD off, ABS. Intermittently appears and goes away. No rhyme or reason, just nerve racking. Steering on the vehicle is hard.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #8

Nov 012014


  • 95,000 miles
My Suzuki XL-7 paint has peeled off the back door and the top of the car a mechanic stated its a triple coat paint job because of the color which is pearl white. The is definitely a manufacture problem but they are pathetic. The paint is peeling so bad I'm scared to wash the vehicle because the paint may come off! then the electrical is worse I get in the door chime goes through the speakers at high volume. The stability control keeps cutting off and on and so does the check engine light.

- Alamo, TN, USA

problem #7

Feb 062015

XL7 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving and stability control, traction control light and engine light came on. Pulled over put in park and while sitting there speedometer shoots up to 80 mph, notice the car is in park. The doors start locking and unlocking by themselves. Took it in to get fix they said its the rollover sensor paid to have that replaced. 3 days later samething happened. Apparently that's wasn't the problem. Taking it back to the shop.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012014

XL7 6-cyl

  • 52,680 miles


When starting car the dash comes up stating stability control needs serviced and turns off plus my tracking control off. Then once you keep going will start working after 15 minutes. Its, crazy cause tried to talk to Suzuki auto of America and they just blew off any issues and stated sorry can't help you out of warranty and said not a lot of people have reported it to be a recall. I was like it's a 30,000 dollar SUV and I said no wonder they went into bankruptcy. It's so upsetting not even that old low mileage and it's now on my SUV has 64,680 and still sane issue and more. Can't believe there isn't more out there not to have a recall. I would believe this is a huge safety issue cause of all the brakes and stability of car. Please help me.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 122013

XL7 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
All system warning lights are on. Not sure if there is a problem or not. The electrical stability control, check engine, ABS, and etc.

- Defuniak Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Jul 272014


  • miles
My Suzuki XL7 has the stability control light and all other electrical lights in the interior of the car go on and off, the warnings for the breaks and stability control they always come on after it rains. When the temperature is over 85*, all the electrical components in the car go crazy and the car shuts off, after taking the car several times to the dealer the have no idea what can cause this issue, but now all the locks are not working when the temperature is high and the car is either locked or unlocked, and we have issues with our air bags too, sometimes the passenger light is off when someone is sitting on it.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 042014


  • 90,000 miles
While driving 20 miles per hour on an icy road the service traction control, service stability control, service AWD, and reduced engine power lights came on. The engine seized and surged and my brakes were inoperable. The vehicle slid and fishtailed. I regained control of the vehicle after a few seconds and pushed the gas lightly to continue driving. The vehicle surged forward and I slid into a canal. I was able to climb into the back seat, escape out the back passenger door, and swim to safety.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010


  • 45,000 miles
Initially stability control off warning message light lit up after starting engine--once every couple of weeks--message disappeared w/I 5 seconds. Then traction control off, stability control off, service traction control, service stability control, and AWD off messages on every start up and is constant until car is turned off completely.

- Running Springs, CA, USA

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