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Old 03-28-2015, 07:13 PM   #131 (permalink)
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This might or might not help you but I drove my XL7 35k miles before the chain finally broke. Check engine light came on at about 100k miles and finally broke at 137k miles while starting it. Engine is a piece of crap. I always changed the oil when the oil life monitor got down to about 20% oil life left. Engine burned oil, about a quart every 1000 miles and it was down to 500 miles just before the chain broke. The reason I did not fix it was because at that time it was over 2k to replace the chains. This was when these engines first started showing this problem and Suzuki wanted a fortune to replace the chain.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:55 PM   #132 (permalink)
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Default Timing chain replacement....AGAIN!!!

So, My check engine light came on....AGAIN! one issue I'm having is the fuel celanoid, which is an easy fix...but I'm getting the timing chain code again as well. Maybe 20,000 miles into the new ones I had replaced about 15 months ago. In any case, I'm torn on what to do. Whomever quoted $1500 to replace the chains, I want to know who they are going to, because that is just the quoted labor on my job. The parts are almost $700.
Should I get them replaced or get rid of the car?
The dealership said they are knee deep in Suzuki recalls right now, but because mine is over 100,000 they will not longer cover anything.


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Thanks for all your advice! I ended up taking it back to the dealership that I bought my car from and that also specialize in Suzuki work. They replaced all 3 timing belts/chains and got it covered under warranty, since my car is under 100,000. I would suggest that anyone with a similair car, that they have the car inspected pre 100,000 miles, just in case!

Thanks again!
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I'm curious, when people have trouble with a car and they say they are going to "fix it and get rid of it"... how does one get rid of a problem-plagued car? Do you sell it? To another person? If so, do you tell them all the problems you had and that you are getting rid of it because it is unreliable and you think it will break down again soon? Do you tell the buyer, "this car is such as POS I will take $50 for it, good luck" ?
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I'm curious, when people have trouble with a car and they say they are going to "fix it and get rid of it"... how does one get rid of a problem-plagued car? Do you sell it? To another person? If so, do you tell them all the problems you had and that you are getting rid of it because it is unreliable and you think it will break down again soon? Do you tell the buyer, "this car is such as POS I will take $50 for it, good luck" ?
You can do a trade at a dealership and its up to them to do a diagnostic before they give you a trade value. For all I know, the check engine light is on and I have no idea why. In NYS, there are lemon laws, so if you sell it privately without disclosing the issues, you could be liable.
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