Originally Posted by gymbum
Hi everyone. I'm new to this site. Test drove and fell in love with a 2012 kizashi. The problem is there aren't many dealerships close to me. I'm afraid that once I buy the car, hauling my butt to the dealership for maintainece and any unexpected issues will be a real pain. Does anyone take their car to their local mechanic instead of the dealership? My husband is also worried about the reliability of Suzuki in general. I tend to keep my cars for awhile so I want to make sure I won't have issues down the road should should I need replacement parts. I'm leaning towards purchasing a subaru legacy because of these reasons but actually would rather buy my ice blue kizashi
. Any feedback to qualm my fears would be great.
I've currently got two 2002 Suzuki XL-7s and one 2010 Kizashi SLS. have owned Volvo, Toyota, Honda vehicles in the past.
The main reason to go to any dealer is for warranty work. With Suzukis, I think you can reasonably expect a couple of warranty trips to the dealer within the first three years, then maybe one or two warrant trips to the dealer in the next four years. If the warranty work requires their keeping the car overnight within the first three years, I think they are obligated to provide or pay for a loaner.
Let's see, I've been driving new cars since 1985. With my first Toyota purchased in 1985, I got absolutely raped by the dealer on the price for "routine" maintenance. Moral - make sure you know what the manual actually says.
With all my vehicles since 1985, I have done only a few visits to dealers for routine maintenance since then. Oil changes, radiator flushes, brake pads, belt changes, battery replacements, wiper replacements, tire changes, oxygen sensor replacement, alternator change etc. -- these can ALL be done by your trusty local mechanics. I would NEVER go to a dealer for such work. Except, with the Kizashi, the only annoying thing I have found requiring a dealer visit is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System reset on putting on a new tire (and I found that if you let the dealer do the tire change, the TPMS reset is included so that is going to be a better deal).
When comparing Subaru to Suzuki, make sure that you compare the warranty terms. Remember that Suzuki warranties are lengthy in time and have no deductible and are fully transferable. A good warranty makes the trip seem worthwhile.