Im a newbie here, and am thinking about buying a 2000 Suzuki GV 3 Door 2.0L Manual...its got only 68,000 klms on the clock.
It has the J20A 2.0L engine, and i have been researching on the internet & various other forums and found that the Timing Chain tensioners are a common issue..along with posibilities of Oil Leaks, but most of these threads mention the 2.5L V6 rather than the 1.6 or 2.0L variants.
I am impressed with the condition of the vehicle, and interior/exterior are virtually like new.
Is it a worthwhile buy for somebody who is just venturing in to the SUV arena?...I want something thats economic, not too big and is capable of some slight off road driving every now and then.
A "clickity-clack" usually during a cold start up, lasting for 2-5 seconds. You may experience engine idle roughness during this period as well. The longer the vehicle sits btwn start up's, the more prevelent the condition.
The problem I had with the lower tensioner wouldn't have been saved with more frequent oil changes plus I ran synthetic. A metal plug in the tensioner worked it's way out and wreaked havoc: busted one guide, the other tensioner, took the teeth off of two of the gears...in the process took out the whole valve train with the valves then marking the pistons. Admittedly, this was likely a freak thing but one that cost me a total rebuild.
We could get into a whole Syn vs. Dino oil thing here, but I'll tell ya' what....I've had nothing but conventional 5W-30 in my Zuki (2.5) since it was new and I just hit 241,000 miles (and the engine has never been opened up!).
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