Not sure about that, phased out. Can you post links to these industry analysts quotes?If you really want to know, Suzuki's are at the bottom of most reliability/quality lists in the U.S.
Many industry analysts say this is Suzuki's last year, and predict the company will be phased out.
Thats my take on it Robert.Not sure about that, phased out. Can you post links to these industry analysts quotes?
Look at their sales and reliability record in Europe and Asia.
You need to look beyond the USA, as it's never been a big market for Suzuki cars.
The reason I brought a Swift, was it's high re-sale value in the DR and excellent reliability according to the guys at Santo Domingo motors service dept and all the reviews I read online.
XL7 sold very well all over, plus has some great reviews. If you find one in great condition and a good price, go for it!
That's the US. Peugeot and Fiat don't have much traction there, either, but do elsewhere.Yup, you're right. The article was referring to the US Market. They are doing just fine in the rest of the world.
But you really can't go on what the service dept. says at the dealer that sells them-the service at Autobritanica will tell you that Land Rovers have excellent reliability.
24/7 Wall Street's 10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2013
Suzuki Motor Corporation sold just 10,695 cars and light trucks in the U.S. in the first five months of this year. That was down 3.9% compared with the same period in 2011. The sales gave the manufacturer a U.S. market share of just 0.2%.
The obvious reason the company has trouble moving its vehicles is their poor reputation. In the 2012 JD Power survey of U.S. vehicle dependability, Suzuki's scores in power-trains, body and materials, and features and accessories were below those of almost every other brand.
One sign Suzuki is having trouble selling its vehicles is that it currently offers a very aggressive zero-percent financing package for 72 months on all of its 2012 cars, trucks and SUVs. Yet even with aggressive sales tactics, Suzuki cannot improve its position in the American market. Most of its cars sell for less than $20,000 and its trucks and SUVs for under $25,000. Almost every other manufacturer with a broad range of vehicles has flooded that end of the market with cheap, fuel-efficient models. And what is arguably the most successful car company in the U.S. based on growth -- Hyundai -- is doing particularly well in this segment, leaving little room for a Suzuki comeback.
By Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall St.
The 10 Well-Known Brands That Will Disappear in 2013 - DailyFinance
No, I'm stuck on the XL 7.... I need the room for airport trips, golf clubs, etc.
I'm keeping the Jeep fpr 'around town' driving.
Ladder frame=traditional frame, not unibody.I have an '02 Vitara. It has been great for me here in the DR. I had a mechanic, unrelated to purchase of Vitara, tell me:
In Canada the order of choice (amongst popular DR jeepeta's) would be--Rav 4, Honda, Vitara. He said in the DR the order would have Vitara first due to its "ladder frame". I am not exactly sure what that is, but I had the impression it was a stronger base then the others.
You can if you know the service manager and the ex-manager of National that had a fleet of Suzuki's.But you really can't go on what the service dept. says at the dealer that sells them-the service at Autobritanica will tell you that Land Rovers have excellent reliability.
Thanks for the encouragement Sarah (and everybody else).I have an 08 XL7 in the US and I LOVE IT, I am in PA so we get both snow and sunshine and i haven’t had any problems. I do wish they made them after 09 because I would be buying another when this one bites the dust. We have the Luxury model with the 3rd row seating; so 7 passengers but with little cargo room, that is the downside for us! We have 4 children and need the seating! Mine is good on gas as well, I am sure it could be better but I don’t really have any complaints.</SPAN>
I was speaking with a friend of mine 2 days ago and a friend of his was selling a Vitara 2011 for about $950K, negotiable. I didn't see the vehicle but he tells me it is the full version.Thanks for the encouragement Sarah (and everybody else).
The XL 7 is the 3 row seat model .
I just need to do my negotiating now - never bought a car here - but I'm told that Sto Domingo Motors will give it an inspection for 4500 pesos.
They are the Suzuki dealer, I think.
No, it can't be. They stopped making the XL 7 in 2009. But thanks.I was speaking with a friend of mine 2 days ago and a friend of his was selling a Vitara 2011 for about $950K, negotiable. I didn't see the vehicle but he tells me it is the full version.
I was referring to a Vitara. So what did you wind up buying and how much?No, it can't be. They stopped making the XL 7 in 2009. But thanks.
I swore i'd never deal with these SDQ used car dealers.... I might have been wrong.
I missed my first choice. A seriously underpriced XL7 - $2kUS below market.
Not fast enough on the trigger - whodathunkit??.
ALWAYS PUT DOWN A DEPOSIT TO HOLD THE CAR!! while you're thinking
Second choice cost me that $2k savings -- had to pay the real market price.
I called Friday AM to get pricing for transfer, etc and said i would come Saturday AM to see and negotiate.
They met me up at JFK to guide me to the lot.
Took a test drive and then sat down.
VERY North American, (all in Spanish 'though and mine is still just passable).
They gave me the discount - I countered - and then we split it. Done!
They take the car to Sto Domingo Motors for me to get inspected and validated (sort of the equivalent of CarFax).... 3900 pesos.
Sto Dom Motors gurantees the car for one year after that -- We'll see how that promise turns out !!
My bank will wire the $$ to them and we're done.
Title, plates are included - I get my own insurance.
I will take Caribe tours to SD, they will deliver the car to me at the bus station and I'm on my way home.
Piece o' Cake..... espero !!?
It was my salesman's first deal.... how easy was that?
Pleasantly surprised so far, but in the world of car buying you need to hear a fat lady singing before you can breathe freely.
At least you need to hear the pitchpipe !!
Next week will tell the tale.
So far, 3900DRP for the inspection and $500US deposit. I think I'll live.
Another RD experience in the making.
Oh, and stopped at Nello's for costillas. They now have turkey burgers too !!!
I did a search but the car was built for export so doesn't show up on any North American data base.Looks like a nice jeep. Did you CarFax the VIN #?