Ironic that you posted that. The Suzuki dealership in Wilmington (one of the top sellers) apparently didn't think so. They ordered one and when it arrived the 1st person to drive it bought it. Since then ('bout a month now) they can't keep any on the lot. For a few sales they had to buy one from another dealer (who planned ahead and ordered more than one!)dhartman said:A pair of SX4s have been going around to US dealers to familarize sales folk with their features! Has naybody seen them??? I missed them by hours at a FLA dealer. Report is that sales folk think they have a winner!!!
We haven't gone off road yet, and I don't take cars out on the beach. I've always viewed the beach as exclusively for pedestrians, parking is real close, and most importantly the sand and salt will prematurely rust your car (I'm from Maine - think road salt ...). However, I'm sure the car would do just fine in moderate or packed sand, or on off-road trails. I would be concerned about clearance in softer or deeper sand, so if I was going off road I'd be in the market for a more aggressive and slightly larger tire. A trick for sand that they teach in military driving schools (where you do go on the beach) is to reduce tire pressure to slightly mushroom the tire and produce a bigger "footprint" for more weight distribution and traction, like a snowshoe. Given the Suzuki's small tires, I should think you'd need a little bit bigger tire to employ this technique. We have used our SX4 in very wet situations and it corners very nicely with the AWD.What have you done with your car so far? Have you felt brave and taken it to Ft Fisher or the north end of Carolina Beach?
Well, if you go to the North end of Carolina Beach, yeah it's packed. But that's just because that's where the tourists go. I go out to Fort Fisher. It's a larger area and people tend to respect each other more and, if possible, people don't stack on top of each other. As for the sand and salt: you are not suppossed to drive in the water (could get a ticket, not to mention sudden drop-offs!) Also, any serious beach driver stops at the nearest high pressure coin-op car wash or as soon as they get home washes off the undercarriage, drivetrain, brakes, engine compartment and body. I have spent up to 45 minutes in the past hosing down my Tracker after a trip to the beach.Aoiga said:...exclusively for pedestrians, parking is real close, and most importantly the sand and salt will prematurely rust your car... We have used our SX4 in very wet situations and it corners very nicely with the AWD.