04-09-2018, 03:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Hey - no need to get upset - no one's suggesting that Suzuki cars are crap - in fact, if you knew me, you would know that I would not be one of the people likely to suggest that.
I drove my first Suzuki back in the early 80's (one of the 3 cylinder SJs), and I have owned several different models since then, including a G13B powered five door Swift hatch (essentially a five door Swift GTi) - currently I have two different generations of Grand Vitara.
Simply put what has made Hondas more popular with the tuner crowd, is firstly availability, hundreds of thousands have been sold and secondly the ability to swap the more powerful engines from the larger vehicles into the smaller ones.
It's all about supply & demand and Suzuki will just never achieve the numbers that Honda has - it doesn't make Honda superior or Suzuki inferior - you just need to recognize that the tuner crowd is not going to go ape-sh!t crazy over the M series (or any other Suzuki motor because they can't make money doing it.
Suzuki made their mark on the world with small 4WD and that is where you're going to see the modification money being spent, not generating big horsepower numbers.
98 - 1.8 Mitsubishi Pajero iO
98 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - SQ420
05 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - JB420
15 - 2.4 Kia Sportage