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I'm thinking about buying a Kizashi but still a bit unsure and reading some of these posts, I'm having second thoughts. I owned a Suzuki Sierra a couple of years ago and became attached to the brand/company. I was going to buy a new Holden Cruze but my mechanic brother-inlaw told me not to and go for a Japanese car like a Suzuki. I really like what the Kizashi has to offer but unsure because Suzuki hasn't made a car like this before and it might come with lots of problems. Can anyone tell me if they have had any problems and what model they have bought and what you would suggest to be a better buy.
 

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its a fine car.. Grab it..:D Car and driver this month stated their long term test one was the lowest cost me mile of any vehicle they have ever tested.They loved it
 

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I just purchased a 2012 kizashi se and it come at a great price. Like yourself I owned a Suzuki prior to this and never had a problem
The kizashi is all that. I am having some paint issues but Suzuki just made good and have agreed to take care of the issue. The car performs and offers the driver far more than you expect. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone. The car is a great value and you won't be sorry.
 

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I just purchased a 2012 kizashi se and it come at a great price. Like yourself I owned a Suzuki prior to this and never had a problem
The kizashi is all that. I am having some paint issues but Suzuki just made good and have agreed to take care of the issue. The car performs and offers the driver far more than you expect. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone. The car is a great value and you won't be sorry.
Thanks, hearing that makes me feel better about wanting to buy one. Are the FR XL a 2011 model and the SE 2012 model? What did you choose, manual, auto, AWD? I've seen a few cars on Carsales for around $22,000, the FR XL models but now I know they are a older model. Gets a bit confusing, I was thinking they were the latest being a 2011 model.
Thanks for your reply.
 

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9000 miles on a 2010

Our 2010 front wheel drive continuously variable transmission "CVT" Kizashi is our third Suzuki (following two Toyotas, a Honda Accord, a Volvo, and a Mercedes) and I must say we are very happy. The car rides very nicely and has a sport feel. Everything is tight, good looking and smelling, and reasonably quiet. I've had a few microdot paint chips. I have used a web supplier for the touchup paint (DrColorChip or something like that). But if you see such a chip, you could probably just use clear coat on it for rust prevention (and touch it up later). I do not classify that as a problem. I also like the smooth CVT and think it is a nice upgrade over competing shift transmissions. There appear to be people who complain about a lag on initial acceleration on the CVT - so check this out (and the CVT "growl") if you're sensitive to how that machinery should perform.
We buy and pay cash for our cars, and we hold them basically forever. For that kind of purchase, a trustworthy Suzuki is perfect.
 

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Our 2010 front wheel drive continuously variable transmission "CVT" Kizashi is our third Suzuki (following two Toyotas, a Honda Accord, a Volvo, and a Mercedes) and I must say we are very happy. The car rides very nicely and has a sport feel. Everything is tight, good looking and smelling, and reasonably quiet. I've had a few microdot paint chips. I have used a web supplier for the touchup paint (DrColorChip or something like that). But if you see such a chip, you could probably just use clear coat on it for rust prevention (and touch it up later). I do not classify that as a problem. I also like the smooth CVT and think it is a nice upgrade over competing shift transmissions. There appear to be people who complain about a lag on initial acceleration on the CVT - so check this out (and the CVT "growl") if you're sensitive to how that machinery should perform.
We buy and pay cash for our cars, and we hold them basically forever. For that kind of purchase, a trustworthy Suzuki is perfect.
Thankyou for your reply. We also like to pay cash for our cars, thats why it's so important to do a lot of research before we spend our money. We were thinking of buying a auto transmission but hearing about the lag, I'm not sure if I want one now as I like that fast take off. Any thing else you can add about the Kizashi would be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
 

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Thankyou for your reply. We also like to pay cash for our cars, thats why it's so important to do a lot of research before we spend our money. We were thinking of buying a auto transmission but hearing about the lag, I'm not sure if I want one now as I like that fast take off. Any thing else you can add about the Kizashi would be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
Well, you should definitely test drive it and closely evaluate whether you think the "lag" issue is of any real significance compared to what you would get with an auto transmission in another car. There is still excellent take off acceleration despite the "lag." We strongly believe the CVT, "lag" and all, compares quite favorably to the jerks auto transmissions in our Honda and to the indefiniteness in the auto transmission of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata we recently rented. Also, there is a technical service bulletin that has come out very recently (last few weeks) for dealer reprogramming the CVT, so maybe that is a "fix."

In the U.S., an excellent manual has been offered - not sure what your options are. But that is a great manual transmission.
 

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Thankyou for your reply. We also like to pay cash for our cars, thats why it's so important to do a lot of research before we spend our money. We were thinking of buying a auto transmission but hearing about the lag, I'm not sure if I want one now as I like that fast take off. Any thing else you can add about the Kizashi would be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
On reflection, to be clear - the lag issue is not a "fast take off" issue. The "lag" is only discernable about 3-4 seconds off the line as the CVT recalculates. It is similar to shifting in an auto transmission, but rather than having a few hard jerks in the auto trans, you have a single moderated but smooth and temporary reduction in acceleration. I think of it as feeling like turbo lag. You really need to experience it.

Yet, if you want to beat every car to 50-60 mph, you'd be better off choosing a more expensive vehicle.
 

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We have owned our top spec, in NZ it is the Ltd. model, for six months and just clicked over 10,000miles, (16,000km), in it. We love the CVT transmission and while it may not have the kick of a manual or top line auto, you could hardly say it is slow. The key is in throttle modulation to ensure the best "bite" and full throttle is not the fastest way.

The car is the best I have ever owned or driven and I spent six weeks researching before choosing the Kizashi over the Honda Accord Euro, the Hyundai i45, the VW Passat, the Toyota Camry, and the Ford Mondeo. The economy is amazing, easily achieving US30 mpg+ and I have no doubt it will also easily meet its stated 130mph top speed. It is quiet and serene at 90mph.

The ride is more sporty than limo but remains comfortable and controlled under any load, road or speed conditions unlike the others which are not as well controlled once off the smooth highways.

We have had no warranty issues at all and the 10,000 mile service was pleasantly cheap. The engine and trans may not be quite as refined as, say, the Honda but it is quiet and smooth once underway and has so much torque you never need to rev it out. If you do, though, you ar rewarded with a very fast and brilliant handling car with superb suspension and unbeatable brakes!

I strongly recommend a test drive... a long one if possible.
 

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2010 model CVT 19000 km. No problems at all. Plenty of power (for me), good economy (if you are careful), great handling and stopping, all the "fruit", car stands out, a good looker. A lot of work was done when they designed this car; much more than would normally be expected. Entering such a segment for the first time, Suzuki had to get it right, and by and large, they did just that. Still loving it! Enjoying the "uniqueness" of it.

Refer to an earlier post of mine:
http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-kizashi/35151-new-kizashi-owners-2.html#post255723
 

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Hello bought a Kisashi XLS in Jan 2012 and overall I am very happy with the car. I went for the CVT trans and do not have an issue with the lag but i have noticed a slight vibration when driving the car in auto at about 60kph. Suzuki tell me this is a normal charicteristic of the CVT trans( I have a 5 year warranty so if there is an issue they will fix it) and I am learning to drive around it by using the paddle shifts to change back down to 5th if the car is not going fast enough for 6th gear. But through the hills and on winding roads it is fantastic in auto and brilliant to drive.
 

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Hello bought a Kisashi XLS in Jan 2012 and overall I am very happy with the car. I went for the CVT trans and do not have an issue with the lag but i have noticed a slight vibration when driving the car in auto at about 60kph. Suzuki tell me this is a normal charicteristic of the CVT trans( I have a 5 year warranty so if there is an issue they will fix it) and I am learning to drive around it by using the paddle shifts to change back down to 5th if the car is not going fast enough for 6th gear. But through the hills and on winding roads it is fantastic in auto and brilliant to drive.
Ours has done almost 12,000 miles now and there is no vibration at all at any speed.

It is worth getting it checked as a CVT should not vibrate anywhere, anytime. If it is noticeable enough for you to change ratio's with the shifter, it is not normal. It could be as simple as an engine tune, as 60km/h wil be very low revs, and while the motor does sound a little coarse at low revs it is still very smooth so may just be a slight timing issue with the engine.
 
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