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Old 07-02-2011, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After three Suzuki motorcycles in my 40 years of riding and too any cars to remember, we've just bought our first Suzuki car, the NZ model Limited, in Prussian Blue. It's the only Prussian Blue Ltd. in the country and we stole it off the manager of our local Suzuki dealer. It's two months old and had done 1700 miles. It's had its first service and a wheel-alignment. We got the full new car treatment, with a valet and a full tank of gas but paid $3k under list.

I decided against the AWD version, known as the Sport here, as with all the traction and stability controls, for the very occasional time 4wd might be handy it was $5k dearer and 150lb heavier. I added a towbar as we do use a small trailer at rare times and the towbar also adds extra rear protection for those idiots who are asleep in heavy traffic and may decide to run into you.

The Limited is the top spec model and has everything you could want including auto wipers, interior mirror, lights, parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, integrated Bluetooth, sunroof, heated leather electric seats with 10-way adjustable driver's seat with 3 memory positions, heated side mirrors, 235x45x18 alloy wheels with Yokohama tyres. The manager had added $500.00 worth of window tinting which really sets the dark blue off and looks great!

The CVT transmission takes a bit of getting used to as it is programmed to get into as high a ratio as possible as quickly as possible, but the engine has such good torque it's no problem and helps economy. I have used the paddle shifters for curiosity's sake but the trans is so well programmed I just leave it in drive. The motor is the old and well respected Vitara engine uprated for the Kizashi so should prove bullet-proof over time. It's certainly got some grunt when asked the question and has a rated top speed of 125mph+, not that I've tested that, of course...

We bought it to replace our much loved 1999 Nissan Pulsar SLX which we'd also bought new and would still have but for my breaking my back in a car accident last year which meant the now 12 year-old Pulsar was not suitable for my back as regards seating position. The Kizashi is perfect with the range of adjustment it has and I can now drive longer distnaces again! When looking at a new car, I wanted the latest in technology, as good as the Pulsar in gas mileage, and long term reliability. After spending several weeks checking out many new cars and SUV's, the Kizashi came out on top with the Hyundai i45 a very close second. It says a lot for how far cars have come, that a car with a 2.4lt engine, larger in size and heavier, can match the 1.6lt Pulsar for economy! My wife was hooked once she noted the heated seats and dual-zone climate air as she likes her side a degree or two warmer than I like mine! Everyone loves the colour!

I look forward to many years of great motoring and my first long trip will be to visit my aging Mom who lives 4,1/2 hrs drive away and I haven't been able to go and see her until now.
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congrats on the purchase.. its funny you mention the top speed of 125mph lol def a torquey car but it has zero gahonies... i guess im harsh on the kizashi considering my other car does 150mph+ in the quarter mile.. anything you get into after that is slow ...
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congrats on the purchase.. its funny you mention the top speed of 125mph lol def a torquey car but it has zero gahonies... i guess im harsh on the kizashi considering my other car does 150mph+ in the quarter mile.. anything you get into after that is slow ...
Well, it's no Evo 8 for sure, but when you've spent 12 years with a Nissan Pulsar SLX, all 116hp and an auto, pretty much anything is going to feel powerful...

I've had faster cars, particularly a 1996 Honda Legend with the 3.5lt V6 and 220hp which went very well in a straight line but cornering wasn't its strong suit...

All depends on what you've been used to I guess. Of course, our wee Mazda Miata with 130hp goes quite well, too and we love it, but I wouldn't put it up against an Evo of any number, or a WRX either.
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if your looking for any performance parts for the kizashi just let me know were working on basic bolt on parts tomorrow for the kizashi then eventually my buddy and i are going to turbo it.. lmk we start intake design tomorrow
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if your looking for any performance parts for the kizashi just let me know were working on basic bolt on parts tomorrow for the kizashi then eventually my buddy and i are going to turbo it.. lmk we start intake design tomorrow
LOL! At our age I'm more into sedate cruising and we use the Miata for fun. I'm sure many people would want to improve any car's performance, but we kept the Pulsar standard and the Miata is stock apart from Momo pedals, steering wheel, aftermarket 15" alloys and small spoilers.

It will be interesting to see how durable the CVT transmission is long term. They've come a very long way from the original DAF days for sure! Nissan use them behind their 3.5lt V6 now, too.

As an aside, I've always preferred the Evo to the WRX for some reason.
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All I can tell you to keep the trans healthy is let it fully shift into drive and reverse before hitting the gas. Some of them seem to shift slower and the resulting bang into gear when you hit the gas too fast has gotta hurt something lol
Also NO LINT RAGS TO WIPE THE DIP STICK!!! In fact if there are no leaks I'd never check it.
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All I can tell you to keep the trans healthy is let it fully shift into drive and reverse before hitting the gas. Some of them seem to shift slower and the resulting bang into gear when you hit the gas too fast has gotta hurt something lol
Also NO LINT RAGS TO WIPE THE DIP STICK!!! In fact if there are no leaks I'd never check it.
I did notice the clunk if you do that, so being mechanically sympathetic I wait for it to engage. Unlike an auto, there's no torque converter to soften the take-up.
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thats why i always do mt trans... suzuki really f'd up when the decided to make the awd only auto...
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thats why i always do mt trans... suzuki really f'd up when the decided to make the awd only auto...
I agree, the AWD is called the Sport over here, which makes the absence of a manual rather strange. Our Miata is a manual and I wouldn't have an auto sports car, just seems wrong somehow.

Rumour has it that the Kizashi will be getting a V6 motor and with performance cars based on the cooking models so popular, I could imagine a V6 3.5lt manual AWD with 300hp+ being a shoe-in and selling like the proverbial! Are you listening, Suzuki???
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be nice for a awd 2.4l turbo with a 20g on it...
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