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Old 10-27-2009, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there an X 90 group in here? I'm planning to buy a 1997 X 90 2WD auto with 21,700 miles on it. Only thing not original is the battery. Very clean. Is that a deal for $3,000? What problems should I look for? I have Samurais, Tracker, Metro Ragtop so familiar with Zuks.

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Old 01-13-2010, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are AWESOME vehicles.

I have a '96 that I bought new.

Perfect beach toy.

That's DEFINITELY a deal at $3,000.

Sorry that I was so slow on the delivery.

Without a MODEL SPECIFIC section, I don't come to this website very often.

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Under the skin the X90 is a two door Vitara - if you have the owner's manual, you'll notice that one manual covers the entire range, so - make your way over to the Suzuki Vitara section and everything you see mechanical will apply to you.

Personally I think $3000 is a bit high, but then you're buying what is essentially a limited production concept vehicle - I guess you're paying a premium for "rareness".

Perfect beach toy? I'd rather have 4WD on my beach toy - but that's just me.
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I bought the X-90 and love it. Can live with the red color. Would have preferred a five speed. Have always hated electric windows. But this is only the third one I've seen for sale in ten years.

Blue Book price is $3,000. That would be for one with lots of miles and wear. This thing still had the original wiper blades on it. Hadn't been driven in the rain in ten years. Only driven to car shows. Not a speck of dirt under the hood even. Has the original embroidered floor mats. Things like T-top bags were still in the plastic wrap. Have the original window sticker that was never applied.

I got the biggest tires on it I could without doing the body lift or suspension lift -- 215 75 15s. Only rubs in a few spots and I'll beat them out till it quits rubbing or hack things off. I'll drive on the street most of the time. Will take to the mountains and woods and beach occasionally. I live near the NC mountains. Good little fishin truck to get to the trout streams. Two wheel drive is fine as long as I stay off the worst trails and out of the deep mud. Will probably install a locker rear end.

The kids love the X - Mobile. They ain't come up a good nickname yet. My daughter has it this week since her Tracker is in the shop for a new transmission.

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Quite frankly, I don't put too much store in things like "it still has the original wiper blades" - rubber has a way of "perishing" and/or deteriorating over time, and you can also get other issues from lack of use.

The older of the two Suzukis I own now was sitting in the dealer's warehouse for several years before I bought it - he put a new battery in it, and I towed it away - because the engine would not start unless I doped it.

I had to drop the fuel tank, dump the stale fuel, free a sticking fuel pump and clean the carburettor before I could get it to run - it took me almost nine months to get all the muck out of the fuel system, and in that time I became very adept at cleaning the carburettor's primary & secondary main jets - needless to say I never went anywhere without a can of carburettor cleaner and basic hand tools.

The original tires were showing signs of cracking - commonly referred to as "dry rot" when I got the car, but gave little trouble for the first year I had it and were replaced about 18 months into my ownership.

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The PO didn't mention the original wipers. I noticed them. Have replaced enough OEM wiper blades to know how they are made and ID them.

I have a tech tip for when folks replace the OEM blades on vehicles. Have shared this with lots of guys who use it. Those two stainless steel ribs pull right out with a pair of needle nose. Clean with steel wool and they make great shrimp cooking skewers.

I'm at too many motorcycle races and rallies each year. Workin all day and night so I don't have time to cook. Love those who do and invite me for supper. I can load shrimp on skewers and marinate ahead of time. Tossed on the grill they cook fast.

The stainless supports also are good for bending and using to make other things. Hold up fiberglass and duct tape. Good for makin spoilers for pit bikes.

My X-90 had a little over 20,000 miles when I bought it a few months ago. last few years it had only been driven to car shows on nice days. Waxed and Armoralled. The original tires were dry rotted. Since I knew it would see highway speeds, dirt mountain roads, and snow I replaced them soon. Didn't like the size either, 195 65. Looked small. Hydroplaned easy.

I put on 215 75 Dunlop SP60s. That's as big as you can go with the stock wheels and no lift.

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Perfect beach toy? I'd rather have 4WD on my beach toy - but that's just me.
Mine IS a 4WD.

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Mine is the same red. Glad it's 2WD, prefer a five speed, but it has a cool auto. I don't intend to take it anywhere too rough. Have A Sami for that.

Would love to have a more neutral color. I ain't into "Look at me". My favorite Zuki colors are the plum and teal though.

Wish I had that style wheels. Mine has the ugly wheels with three swooping spokes. All the wheels I had around were different offset and would have reduced the track width by two inches. I've always gone wider not narrower.

My daughter is putting a few hundred highway miles on it this week. Will figure out how far off the speedo is with the taller tires. Hope the speedo is driven like other cars I've had and all I need to do is change a drive gear to make it accurate.
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Wish I had that style wheels. Mine has the ugly wheels with three swooping spokes. All the wheels I had around were different offset and would have reduced the track width by two inches. I've always gone wider not narrower.
The two-wheel drive versions all had the wheels with the three swoopy things. The other style were on the 4x4s.

I see the wheels come up for sale frequently on places like evilBay and craigslist ---- and you can also find good ones in salvage yards.

Such a cool ride.
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Would love to have a more neutral color. I ain't into "Look at me". My favorite Zuki colors are the plum and teal though.
Ummm ... I'm thinking (with an X-90) that you're gonna get a little bit of attention.

I've had mine since new ---- and, from then 'til now (as recent as two weeks ago), I get questions about it at the gas pumps and just everywhere.

I like those colors (plum and teal) as well. Mine is red. Maybe I could get one in every color and park them on the green grass around my house at Easter time. I'm thinking that they'd look like Easter eggs on the grass.
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