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Old 11-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well it is a moot point now that Suzuki has pulled out of the NA market.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:02 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Zax-- Last time I checked, Canada is a very large part of N America and Suzuki is doing ok up here. A new dealer just opened up nearby!
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Zax-- Last time I checked, Canada is a very large part of N America and Suzuki is doing ok up here. A new dealer just opened up nearby!

True, but for how long? Suzuki could not compete in the US against Toyota and Honda, (their 2 biggest competitors), how are they going to do that in Canada, where, by the way, Toyota has a plant?

I think they're going to leave all of NA very soon, and will focus primarily on Asia with their vehicles.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:30 PM   #24 (permalink)
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No wouldn't obviously since they just closed up shop. I've got a SX4 crossover I just bought new a few months ago.

This is my thread on it

http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...placement.html

Generally speaking it just feels like a good tough car though I try to baby it because it's so new. The gas mileage sucks ass, 24-26 in the city but the pay off is the AWD. I finally had a chance to test it last week. Here in Montana they don't salt the roads or do much in the way of plowing. I live at the midway of a mountain in the city. For example the street I live off of is RimRock rd if that tells you anything. Driving around literally on nothing but black ice has been a breeze I stop on a dime.

My final thoughts on this car are that for what I paid, a measly 16k I got a brand new nice hatchback with a good stereo with AWD. even at the MSRP I'm told this was the cheapest AWD drive on the market.

Additionally I bought the 7 year full coverage. I worry a bit how that will affect me with them closing but the dealership near me is mainly a outdoor sports dealership and despite not really having a car focus they've treated me well. Just gonna play it by ear and hope for the best.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #25 (permalink)
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No wouldn't obviously since they just closed up shop. I've got a SX4 crossover I just bought new a few months ago.

This is my thread on it

http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...placement.html

Generally speaking it just feels like a good tough car though I try to baby it because it's so new. The gas mileage sucks ass, 24-26 in the city but the pay off is the AWD. I finally had a chance to test it last week. Here in Montana they don't salt the roads or do much in the way of plowing. I live at the midway of a mountain in the city. For example the street I live off of is RimRock rd if that tells you anything. Driving around literally on nothing but black ice has been a breeze I stop on a dime.

My final thoughts on this car are that for what I paid, a measly 16k I got a brand new nice hatchback with a good stereo with AWD. even at the MSRP I'm told this was the cheapest AWD drive on the market.

Additionally I bought the 7 year full coverage. I worry a bit how that will affect me with them closing but the dealership near me is mainly a outdoor sports dealership and despite not really having a car focus they've treated me well. Just gonna play it by ear and hope for the best.

First: the sx4 isn't light. With a full tank of fuel and a person in the car, it weighs over 3000 lbs. When you encounter your first severe crosswinds, you'll appreciate that a lot. It's best to compare the sx4 to mid sized cars or small unibody suv type vehicles. The Nissan versa is much lighter and has a smaller less powerful engine.

Second: at only 2000 miles the engine hasn't broken in yet. I wouldn't try to estimate mileage before 5000 miles.

Third: the mileage can be improved. Raise tire pressure to the max 44 lbs. Use synthetic oil in the entire powertrain. In a new car, this is a worthy investment. Switch to a k&n air filter or a SRI with an aftermarket air filter.

Mileage is only one factor. It's not an economy car. My salesman was upfront about this. I brought a 2012 crossover with the 6 speed.
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Guess I'm getting lucky on mileage.

32.5 through a couple of tanks, and that includes a trip up over Eisenhower Pass and back down to 5,280 feet.

I drive like an old man though, trying to squeeze the mileage out of it.
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i myself bought a 2012 sx4 sedan with all the bells and whistles. the car is a nice solid car but for me the problem lies with gas mileage. 1 week its 30-32 combined and the next its like 14-15mpg. i had it to the dealer as i thought it was leaking fuel but they said no. i traded in a cobalt for this and was getting 25mpg. so my question is..why the big variation in mpg?
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Were you carrying a big load? Still you wouldn't have that much difference.
Can you take it to another dealer/second opinion?
Or have several mpg tests and see what you'll continue get.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:26 AM   #29 (permalink)
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... for what I paid, a measly 16k I got a brand new nice hatchback .....
That is a reason why they could survive in Canada....they sell at MUCH higher price here, Canadian dollar is at par with US $, and for some reason, people, like my wife, are willing to pay that price....other makes of cars sell also at much higher price here than in the USA....
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LMP is right, smaller profit margins make things tough for the small players in the USA (not just Suzuki!)--- As for mpg/km-L the figures seem to be all over the place. If you keep the revs down and are gentle on the gas pedal this car has reasonable figures. If you like to GO (and this car WILL do it!) dont expect to get great mpg. Ya cant have it both ways!!
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