12-06-2018, 06:15 PM
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: New Zealand
biggest thing is check the maint history. Sadly these things are reliable and people don't do the basic scheduled maint, which lets the car down.
most failures are from lack of checking things. CV's are a common issue, especially on something 10 years or more old. they don't last forever, and a small split in a boot goes unnoticed and dust gets in, making grinding paste. Alternators, they die, they have moving parts and brushes and they do wear out.
when was the last time you changed the diff oil in your current vehicle? Suzuki recommend every 45,000 kms.
if it drives nice and sounds ok, get it checked over by the AA and do a full fluid change when you buy it.
Cars dying from "old age" are rare beasts, its lack of basic maint that kills them.
2015 5 dr Grand Vitara 2.4 (daily driver)
1971 V8 HG Holden with 383 stroker 9" torq lok and TH350 trans (the toy)
Mitzi RVR 2.0 (not one of my better buys)
the 2013 3 dr GV is now the off road only toy
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."