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Old 01-26-2010, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking about financing two JLX's for doing courier work for a company of mine but wondering what your thoughts are on something like this, given proper maintenance. I just happen to be a mechanic aswell, so I don't plan on neglecting the cars. This is something where each car will see 40-50 000km of mostly city driving per year, and keeping them for years until they aren't worth anything any more....

Ive been a part of the suzuki world for some time, built up a few turbo swifts that blow up all sorts of parts, and currently have a gixxer in the garage. Knowing these are actually suzuki built, I want to go impulse buy them right now

What sort of reliability/consistency can I expect for putting these poor cars through something like this?
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These cars overall are very reliable. What market are you in? The US spec cars have the 2.0l B engine that is a derivitive of the 2.4l introduced on the 09 GV. The trans is a Nissan sourced CVT that is proven for reliability with very few problems, even for Nissan. The 6 speed manual is all new so I have no idea how its reliability will be but they are usuig the same gearbox in the Kizashi.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It would be the canadian market up here

Ive tested all BUT the 2010 CVT one, I was looking for cars a little while ago and test drove 09's and was satisfied and convinced, but the time wasn't right.

The lot I was at didn't have any manual trans 2010s and the weird 3rd world guy I was talking to didn't make alot of sense (though I prefer the fun manual over new expensive technology..). I was still strangely sold on the cars though, and am looking for some second opinions. If I finance for 5 years I am looking at extended warranty but theres always some fine print with things like that. I WILL rack up the mileage on them, as these will become the new primaries. I trust suzuki so I am more or less looking for people to convince me otherwise really... being a forum sniffer, I feel the cars will be in good hands, Ive just had my share of lemons

what are some of the TSB's/maybe recalls in these models since launch in 07? I suppose I will find the same google answers as you, but if theres anything specific to share I am all ears.

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What sort of courier work? 40-50k city running would be worth exploring a more economical option.
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What sort of courier work? 40-50k city running would be worth exploring a more economical option.
I know right.... like smart cars or even civics, its a profitable business and all expenses are written off (but yes, still costs more) these cars just seem to have all the right features I want, and most importantly AWD, we get quite a bit of snow here in saskatchewan, and just last weekend we got hit with like 2 feet, and the roads were either deserted or with 3 or 4 stuck cars on.. it was BAAADD. but that said, plowing into big snow drifts in some cases, awd or not, wont be getting you anywhere.

I would only keep them as far as the warranty more than likely. will be buying extended for sure, possibly selling with some left too. as for the company, its only a payment, so after these cars are done, I would just look at going through this situation again. however, if it turns out that these end up being one of those cars you can keep forever and put 500 000km on with a single motor rebuild a tranny swap, then so be it, I would keep them as backup cars.....

I just need to make sure im getting into the right vehicles the first time around, that can possibly be used passed my expectations.

you might also say, go buy a bunch of beater cars and throw them away when you are done with them but thats what I have been doing, and its time to step it up. having warranty is a big load off my personal shoulders as im the company mechanic. itll free up alot of my own time, so new w/ warranty is what im going for, maybe I should have posted on more of a generic car forum. Ive already been recommended kia's, like why spoil myself with jlx's, when I could get twice as many base model kias....

input appreciated

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Thinking about financing two JLX's for doing courier work for a company of mine but wondering what your thoughts are on something like this, given proper maintenance. I just happen to be a mechanic aswell, so I don't plan on neglecting the cars. This is something where each car will see 40-50 000km of mostly city driving per year, and keeping them for years until they aren't worth anything any more....

Ive been a part of the suzuki world for some time, built up a few turbo swifts that blow up all sorts of parts, and currently have a gixxer in the garage. Knowing these are actually suzuki built, I want to go impulse buy them right now

What sort of reliability/consistency can I expect for putting these poor cars through something like this?
Sounds like the AWD crossover would be an ideal choice for a courier vehicle
for urban use in an area that gets snow. The SX4 has already demonstrated
being safe and reliable, these cars will likely be kept long term by their owners. You can, remove the rear seat if you're haulng cargo only.
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The SX4 is a great car and has the power to full the back (seats down) with as much as you can fit in, however if you are doing mostly city driving (say 75%) it may be in your interest to for the Swift + (that being said, it is a GM joint venture, and also designed by GM, it has had several recalls over the past couple years.) All and all if you are pulling a decent amount of weight, 100-500 lbs, then the SX4 is the one, and also if you plan to spend a decent amount of time on the highway (very good hwy mileage). If it's lighter stuff and you are concerned about city fuel economy go for the Swift+. The post took the words out of my mouth.... I won't be giving up my car anytime soon.
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