I own a 06 Forenza and I love it. I would recommend it strongly to my friends and anyone else for that matter if it came down to it being one of their choices for their next car. So my question is, Would you recommend anyone to buy an SX4? I'm definitely not in the market to buy a car at this point in time but I think if I were, I would strongly consider buying an SX4. If I were, would you recommend it to me? or Recommend against buying it?
I would definitely recommend the sx4, especially the crossover. I. It got a 2012 crossover myself. The only problem with this car is that oil changes are annoying. You usually need to remove the coolant catch tank and radiator fan to get to the oil filter. It is annoying, but should get easier each time. Some folks claim you don't have to do so, but I have huge hands.
It's a rock solid car that handles great and doesn't get thrown around much in crosswinds. Even consumer reports admits its reliable. Heck, the crossover weighs over 3000 lbs once you have a driver and a full tank of gas. The ride quality is excellent and the car has a lot of personality, more then many others of similar size and price.
The thing to keep in mind is that the sx4 is not really an economy car, but one that tries to do many things well and succeeds at it. 2x for the crossover. The sx4 is all steel, no aluminum, which IMHO is a lot safer.
I too had a 2006 Forenza. Beautiful little car. I Loved it.
But I live out in the country on sand roads (Central Florida) and I really wanted a 4WD. Before the Forenza, I had a 4WD Grand Vitara and I really missed it.
The SX4, Crossover (4x4) was the only sensible thing for me to buy, and take full advantage of the returning customer (Loyalty) discounts.
I love my little 2009 SX4. It will go places the Forenza would not go and it pulls better (gets better traction) than the Grand Vitara, and gets better gas mileage too.
But don't take anyone's word for it.....drive one.
I did, and that poor little salesman still shakes a little every time he sees me.
He got a little suspicious, when I told him to "Buckle UP!".
But the SX4 performed admirably and I bought it that day.
Five time Suzuki Owner: Sprint Turbo, Swift, Grand Vitara, Forenza, SX4
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I have 25k on mine so far and I still love it... Runs like a tank. My only concern is the reduction in dealers and service. But since I haven't needed it I shouldn't complain, right? The more I drive mine, the more I like it. (I keep looking for a good replacement, and I don't see anything I like as much.
OldCoot's 2009 Suzuki SX-4 Crossover
Sunset Over Mount Pisgah in Western NC
i too love my 2011 sx4 crossover, i also have a 2006 grand v, not really fair to compare and suv to a crossover but i must say that i am leaning towards the sx4; its great on fuel, sits a little higher up, not much lower than my grand v, fuel economy is decent, ample enough power, i have the 6 speed manual, i would recommend test driving both cvt and manuals and see which you like better,
my two cents
I was an early adopter - I purchased an early 2007 AWD base crossover hatch 5 speed manual with the convenience group (leather steering wheel upgrade, cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel). At this point (5.5 years of ownership) I'm at 60K miles on the odometer.
In terms of buying today's model, if I was in the market, I'd have to consider whether Suzuki will still be in business in North America, specifically the USA, before I made a decision. Also, I'd carefully check out the rep. of the selling dealer's service dept. because this is a problem --- yes we have a 100K mile transferrable warranty but what good is that, if the dealer goes under, or offers poor service/warranty work?
My car has been excellent overall for $15K delivered --- only problems were a failed water pump (expensive repair), a failed A/C compressor clutch (which is still not fixed because I do not have a dealer worth using within 100 miles!) and a flakey TPMS system that flashes intermittently even though the tire pressure is correct.
The descriptions previously mentioned apply to my car --- excellent car, solid, great tossable handling, good personality with the manual tranny, and a great value given the load of std. equipment and the warranty. Build quality on my car was excellent.
I plan on hanging on to my car, even though there are some great alternatives available today that were not there in 2006 when I bought.
It really comes down to personal choice and budget! The SX4 seems like a solid reliable car and the awd is great in winter. There are many similar cars out there now,some of them fine vehicles, but the SX4's many features and attractive price made it an obvious choice-at least for me! It's your $$$$ !
Thanks for all the replies! My Forenza is my first Suzuki and I love everything about it with the exception of the frustration when it comes to changing the oil filter. With that said, I definitely plan on sticking with Suzuki. It's good to hear positive yet realistic comments regarding the SX4. I'm Kind of looking forward to having to buy a new car, hopefully its not so soon.
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