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Old 06-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With the many negative posts regarding the Kizashi's CVT, I'm sure a good deal of Suzuki sales have been lost.
There are 2 people I know with 2011's Kiz/CVT's. They both tell me they haven't any problems at all and love their cars. One went as far to say not only is it the best car they ever owned, but it is the quickest as well. When I informed him of the many CVT problems reported, he stated his CVT has had no issues whatsoever. No lag and very smooth shift points. Both owners have had their cars for just short of 1 year.
So I am completely confused. There are some serious CVT problems posted on this forum. One poster has done a great deal of research with the CVT issues he has on his 2012 KIZ. He stated that Suzuki has not addressed the problem or admitted to the public it exists. The poster found a CVT RECALL for resolving the problem by re-programming the CVT's shift points. However i seem to remember that worked for a very short time and hurt MPG.
I can't remember all the particular incidents that took place, and if his problem has been completely resolved. But because of all he has been through to have Suzuki admit there is a problem, I have joined those that have put off purchasing a Kizashi. Had it not been for this forum I might have purchased one.

I love everything about this vehicle. I do want an A/T, and can accept a CVT but I don't want tranny problems. IMHO....If any of you guys remember the Toyota Cressida........except for FWD, the Kizashi could be a rebirth of a super vehicle with a bunch of great additional goodies !

I think Suzuki is making a grave mistake by not addressing this problem. By correcting it, it would re-instill prospective buyer confidence, and lead to many more Kizashi sales.

I'm hoping that Suzuki resolves this issue for those with CVT performance problems and also that their 2013 Kizashi will be problem free.
Hopefully a 6 cylinder or turbo will be offered.
Would anyone know when the 2013 model will arrive at dealers in the USA?

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Old 06-05-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 2011 SLS CVT AWD and just turned over 40,000 miles. No issues at all with transmission. Just slow as molasses out of the hole then rev's up nicely.
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I have a 2011 SLS CVT AWD and just turned over 40,000 miles. No issues at all with transmission. Just slow as molasses out of the hole then rev's up nicely.
I appreciate your reply. But this is what I mean about why I'm confused.
Although your vehicle hasn't had any problems, my friends say their car is the fastest car they ever owned. Many Kizashi expert reviews state 0-6-mph at 8-10 seconds. That's not a muscle car spec, but it's respectable.
Your saying molasses ! There are to many individuals with conflicting statements.
Also all those with CVT issues make me hesitant. There are some good deals on the 2012 SLS Sport bight now, but I'm going to wait to see what happens with the 2013.
Anyone have any idea when they will be at USA dealers ?
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I do not think the CVT has much to do with it. The engine just doesn't have any torque. Only time you get much power is when you rev it up. Did you test ride one yet? If it doesnt perform to your liking then move on. The car should be fairly reliable otherwise

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I agree with Bob that you need to drive it yourself and see if it is for you. I love the smoothness of the CVT in our 2010 SLS, and find that the acceleration is quite good without any distinctive sacrifice. Note that I do not have AWD - I have FWD, which makes for a lighter weight, but I don't know if that makes much difference. For that smooth CVT, I'd
gladly sacrifice some accelerating power anyway. All of this is a matter of taste. As to reliability, I've been trolling the Kizashi boards for a couple of years and have not seen many CVT problems posted. I recall one, possibly two.
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I have the SE with AWD(you can switch it on and off) and the CVT and it drives fine. It is different than an auto trans. I noticed the lag or bog but if im accelerating to about 2200 rpm there is none. Accelerating like that for me this is normal. Basically in my experience every car I have owned has driven differently and this is no exception. I do love this car and so does my wife(its hers).
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Regarding CVT, I only have 1500miles in it and the cvt is just fine. Sometimes it takes a couple seconds to shift from D to Reverse, nothing major...
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I work for a Suzuki Distributor and since it's introduction in 2010, not one Kizashi CVT has been replaced. Out of the thouthands of SX4s with CVTs, about only six of them, and this includes a lot of rental cars.
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I have 1700 miles on my GTS AWD, and my CVT works like a champ. No problems at all. After owning, and driving nothing but manuals for 30yrs, I really like this CVT. It my not smoke off the line, but it builds speed at a pretty good pace, and I love the constant pull, without any shifting. Everything I've read, say the Kizashi CVT, is one of the best available.
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I have 1700 miles on my GTS AWD, and my CVT works like a champ. No problems at all. After owning, and driving nothing but manuals for 30yrs, I really like this CVT. It my not smoke off the line, but it builds speed at a pretty good pace, and I love the constant pull, without any shifting. Everything I've read, say the Kizashi CVT, is one of the best available.
I assume your vehicle is a 2012 ? You claim it builds speed at a pretty good pace. How quick will it do 0-60mph ?

I plan to test drive the 2013 GTS or SLS. I would like leather, Navi and the rear cam.
I have heard so much good and bad, mostly bad, re the CVT, that I may consider the 6 speed manual, but only if the above options I want can be included.
FYI: Many vehicle manufacturers are going with the CVT. Most Nissan's have them for some time now. Researching CVT problems. I found out problems exist on a number of their CVT's. Further research shows that they believe they have resolved the problem, and to reassure those that own CVT vehicles Nissan has expanded their 3 year warranty to 10 Ten years !
I seem to remember reading that the Kizashi's CVT is produced by the same manufacturer that builds them for Nissan. Anyone know for sure ?

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