really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,420 miles

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2008 Suzuki XL7 engine problems

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 032016


  • 110,000 miles


We were driving with no issues and chk engine light came on drove in technician stated over two qts low on oil. Have extended warranty on vehicle and warranty required inspection. This is the report: Inspection findings technician has documented had code P0018 cam shaft/crankshaft correlation code and code P0008 cam position performance code was in system, technician stated engine was 2 quarts low on oil when vehicle arrived, oil sticker in windshield states next oil change at 113574 miles and vehicle now has 114588 miles, technician has removed both valve covers and rear cylinder head appears dry and cam lobes on rear cam/exhaust shaft are scored and bearing caps are darker in color than the front cylinder head camshaft bearings, rear cylinder head looks darker in color due to lack of oil pressure to rear cylinder, technician has removed cam bearing on front and rear cylinder heads and bearings are just slightly scored, no teardown has been perform to determine cause of failure, no teardown has been formed could not determine if timing chain is stretched or if any timing components have failed, further teardown would be needed to determine if failure is from lack of oil or manufacture defect. No sign of any external fluid leaks, and repair facility stated vehicle has not been in before for low oil, vehicle has been in before for oil changes no notes relating to low oil. This is the same story as many related issues with the Suzuki engine. The official report is uploaded as well. If there are no issues with engine, then why did Suzuki put out timing chain service kits specific to this error?

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #12

Oct 112015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki XL7. While driving 30 mph, the check engine light illuminated without warning. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 062015


  • 98,000 miles
Check engine light illuminated and was told by our local garage the timing chain needed to be replaced. Needed special tools to do the job, so we had to take it to a former Suzuki dealer that still had specialty tools and had it fixed for $2200. Former dealership said this is a common problem with these cars. Also contacted Suzuki usa and filed a complaint.

- Albion, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 172016


  • 118,374 miles


I was sold a vehicle without being informed that approximately 8,000 miles prior the vehicle had major engine issues, as the timing chains had to be replaced. The vehicle was sold with a warranty that the warranty company and dealership fail to comply with. I have contacted the dealership numerous times about various issues the vehicle has had since the first day of taking it off the lot, yet the dealer refuses to correct any issues. While I was driving home from work on route 65 in mid January, the vehicle begin to violently jerk and buck, while loosing speed. I pulled the vehicle over and turned it off, while still on the highway. I let the vehicle sit, having to the vehicle towed to be diagnosed. Once the vehicle was diagnosed, I found that the vehicle would need a new engine. After getting a second opinion, I found that the timing chains were probably the issue. I began to conduct research on the vehicle itself and found that the timing chains were changed at 97K. Now I am stuck with paying on a defective unsafe vehicle.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Nov 062008

XL7 6-cyl

  • 47,979 miles
The timing chains have been replaced twice in 2 years every time inspection is dew they always kick on light Suzuki refuses to fix issue but same motor as Chevy equinox and they have issued a recall on chains.this recall should be on XL7 as well has same issue same motor but nothing being done to fix problem. 2700 dollar repair every year to pass inspection. Their a lemon.( junk)

- Savona, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 252014


  • 60,000 miles


The steering wheel makes a rubbing sound when turning back and forth. I had it fixed once while still under warranty. Went away for a while but now I'm at 101,000 miles and it's back. Unfortunately I'm not under warranty anymore, so this repair will have to be out of pocket. Disappointed, had I known that I was getting a Suzuki with GM parts I would have never considered buying it. I had a 2002 Suzuki XL7 and never had a problem with it. Another problem that I encounter on my vehicle is that it burns way too much oil. The oil changes come around alot sooner that the indicator displays on the panel. Dealership has no explanation for it.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 222014

XL7 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
In Georgia we are required to have emissions completed every year around your birthday. For some reason the car wouldn't pass because of codes P0018, P0017, and P0008. This seems to be a common trend with this particular vehicle. So I assume it's a manufacturer error. It's also common for the 2007 models as well. The mechanic stated that the problem is the timing on vehicle.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 092013


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki XL7. The contact while driving 30 mph the engine stalled. The contact stated that the vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated there was a sludge in the engine and it needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 212012

XL7 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


I was in the parking lot of wall mart with the engine idling heard a loud noise the car started shaking, turned it off immediately, got out looked under the hood nothing visible at the time. Got back in started the car checked temp gauge everything looked fine, and the loud noise again car started shaking, got out looked under the hood could see a little antifreeze on the ground, turned car off immediately, had it towed to matt blatt a Suzuki dealer in glassboro NJ got a call three days later, informed the fan blades came off the pulley hit the radiator made a hole in it, the service person said it would cost$1200 to repair, informed the front bumper would have to come of which added to the labor cost, told service tech that was a factory defect and I should not have to pay for it, he then gave me the number to Suzuki international.called same they said they would not pay for it, the car was no longer under warranty at 57000 miles for this problem.needles to say this left a bad taste in our mouth for this product we also had no help from the dealership.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 192013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki XL7. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the reduced engine power warning message. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was later towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic diagnosed the vehicle and advised the contact that the timing chain and tensioner fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no further assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Sister Bay, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 152009


  • 18,112 miles
Was told that I was hearing a noise that wasn't there when the rack N pinion started to fail. And that the dash board was suppose to crack. I really don't have enough characters to tell you how unsafe this car is so I'll just give you a list. Which take another 100+ out off my pocket, I can't fix the car but must pay for the insureance. I also can't register the car. And it is to dangerous todrive any way. While Suzuki files chapter 11. Lets see it one of the higher ups in the company will pay for it out of his bonus. 1 rack N pinion 2 dash board crack a passangers air bag was replaced crack again 3 rear strut had to be replaced on a 9 month old car because it was leaking4 front passengers seat came off 4 front passanger seat came off had to be replaced 5 drivers side door handle came off 6 driver side window works intermittently 7 drivers side lock dosen't work 8 replaced 4 power steering pumps at my cost 9 engine light code P0008 on can't register car. Causes possible causes of obd code P0008 10 stability control lights randomly go on and off 11 randomly lose speed from 65 to 25 on freeway 12 tire psi always wrong 13 windshield fluid motor no longer works. 14 " wiper in back goes off with out power 15 2nd row seat belts always get stuck 16 rear doors randomly have to be pried open 17 climate control in all 3 sections, as well as ac no longer work 18battery although in working order randomly needs to be jumped. 19 stereo although replace once switches from radio to aux. 20 1st time the jack was needed tire iron broke 21 metallic covering on inside door handles is peeling off causing hands to be sliced 22 console clip broke was replaced, now vanity mirror drivers side broke off.

- Reno, NV, USA

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