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    Unhappy 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I got the bad news today that I'm gonna need to rebuild my GV engine after it broke down on me 150km from home on the weekend.

    According to Suzuki Kenilworth "The complete engine block will need replacement as well as the valve stem seals, thermostat and the service parts will also need to be replaced."

    The price is steep. Very Very Very steep... and prob isn't an option.

    So I'm in desperate need of advice for either:

    1. Rebuilding the above at a Non Dealer price. I'm based in Cape Town, and would appreciate any suggestions.
    2. Scrapping it. I've never done this before, and don't know how much money you can realistically get from it?
    3. Selling it in its current state?

    The car was just over 200,000km when it broke. It has served me incredibly well, been serviced regularly and has never left me out in the cold before this weekend. I've seriously loved this car, so it would be sad to see it scrapped!

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    You need to get an exact explanation of why they want to replace the engine block. If the block is cracked then call Suzuki SA or have Kenilworth do it. Call them yourself with your VIN number as well

    Read here:
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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Why did it break down? You don't need to replace the block, can be resleeved and same Pistons used. Valve stem seals are not expensive. An engineering shop will charge around 1500 to overhaul the head. Alternatively do a google search for a replacement second hand engine.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by Samaya View Post
    You need to get an exact explanation of why they want to replace the engine block. If the block is cracked then call Suzuki SA or have Kenilworth do it. Call them yourself with your VIN number as well

    Read here:
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...Vitara+cracked

    Thanks for the link. There reason was "The cylinder got a porous hole on the side of the engine."... which sounds a bit like a crack to me...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylanharbour View Post
    Thanks for the link. There reason was "The cylinder got a porous hole on the side of the engine."... which sounds a bit like a crack to me...?
    Yep ...take it up with Suzuki SA.... good luck!

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by daveysmith View Post
    Yep ...take it up with Suzuki SA.... good luck!
    Thanks! Will keep y'all updated!

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I've read a lot of threads about the 'porous' block and I see Suzuki have helped a lot of people because of that. I would defintely follow it up with them and try get a goodwill claim or something! They excellent vehicles, and I think the block problem was sorted out in 2010/2011. Good luck

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Suzuki South Africa doesn't seem to be interested in helping out.

    According to the dealer, they did contact Suzuki SA and were told that they can't help due to the age and the mileage.

    I guess I could either fight them for it (which may or may not work?), find another mechanic to do the job cheaper or cut my losses and sell the vehicle.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards just selling it voetstoets if I can find the right buyer, or service it and get another 100,000km out of it.

    R80k for a GV anyone? 2.4 Auto with leather seats... mmmm... you know you want to?

    Alternatively, I'm still on the hunt for another mechanic that can quote me on the job. The biggest expense seems to be labour, which I'd need to knock down considerably.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I'm afraid you won't get anything near R80k voetstoots - not even half of that...

    Would you buy an engineless car with 200k km on the clock for R80k if you can get this for R90k?
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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by dylanharbour View Post
    Suzuki South Africa doesn't seem to be interested in helping out.

    According to the dealer, they did contact Suzuki SA and were told that they can't help due to the age and the mileage.

    I guess I could either fight them for it (which may or may not work?), find another mechanic to do the job cheaper or cut my losses and sell the vehicle.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards just selling it voetstoets if I can find the right buyer, or service it and get another 100,000km out of it.

    R80k for a GV anyone? 2.4 Auto with leather seats... mmmm... you know you want to?

    Alternatively, I'm still on the hunt for another mechanic that can quote me on the job. The biggest expense seems to be labour, which I'd need to knock down considerably.
    That's rubbish I'm sorry - I wouldn't accept it :

    This was 3 months ago at Suzuki Northcliff- 08 GV with 150 000 km on the clock - I would say they have set a precedent here -

    So to update developments with my wifes 08 GV 2.4.

    Picked the car up at Suzuki Northcliff eventually on Saturday. So far driven over 200km already and car running like dream. Had to have the clutch redone at the same time at an additional cost of R2000, but a big thumbs up to Suzuki for sorting the cracked block issue out for me as a goodwill gesture.

    Really not sure how many manufacturers would stand by their brand this way. New block, pistons, crank shaft the works. Total cost to me would have been around R50 to R60k.
    At 150000 kms, she is now good for another 150000kms.

    Plan to park my Audi for the next two weeks and use the GV as my daily for the Sandton traffic run, and a trip out to Potch for my sons hockey tour, just to make sure, but right now I am really chuffed.

    Well done Suzuki!

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I think it's a little unrealistic to expect Suzuki to repair/replace an engine that is 8 years old and has done 200k kms. The warranty is 100k km or 3 years.
    The fault usually appeared on vehicles that had done 90-105k km.
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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Normally, I'd prob agree with you @saxj. However, there must have been some serious design flaws for them to still be assisting some drivers, and the northcliff one isn't that far off from my situation. The have set a precedent there.

    This car has been in one of their dealerships every 10.000km so I would of expected them to tell me earlier about "porous holes" which don't appear overnight.

    The last time was 4 months ago for a major service and this never came up.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    This is not a wear and tear item - it is a manfacturing fault, and like what is happening with the LR Discovery 3/4 crankshaft problem, it is a major problem - especially if not dealt with appropriately by the parent company.

    For owners, even if it has not happened to you, it means you pretty much end up with an unsellable vehicle - who would buy one with a ticking time bomb attached ? And who is going to believe it is just limited to a select 20 vehicles
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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I agree.

    in any case 200 000km on a modern vehicle would not be a normal bench mark for a complete engine overhaul. If it failed because of normal wear and tear or lack of maintenance that is one thing.

    But the engine block failure is a world wide known problem, which has been kept very quiet by Suzuki. Manufacturers are recalling cars for far less serious reasons these days, i really find it shocking that they have gotten away with it to this extent already.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    It has been established there is an inherent problem on the heads, they have set a precedent by fixing a few already. I would try a few more times failing that seek legal opinion, personally i would not accept it, push a little harder bud, i think you might be surprised considering others have already been resolved this way.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    I would also do some research on the international suzuki forums, put some feelers out as to what has been done overseas. If you could prove that such "older cars" are being sorted out perhaps it would force their hand.

    What's the chances it's just the local stealers simply not wanting to put their time and labour on the line, which shouldn't be the case. In my conversation with Suzuki here in slaapstad when i was doing some digging they said Suzuki HQ will supply the parts and the customer is normally left to pay for the labour bill or at least a portion of that.

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Write to the ombudsman - refer to the known problem and give them all the details. They will handle the legal side and it won't cost you a cent. Worth a shot? www.miosa.co.za

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    Default Re: 2008 Suzuki GV 2.4 Auto Engine Rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by daveysmith View Post
    That's rubbish I'm sorry - I wouldn't accept it :

    This was 3 months ago at Suzuki Northcliff- 08 GV with 150 000 km on the clock - I would say they have set a precedent here -
    I remember this situation, I think this person was the 2nd or 3rd person to get a vehicle fixed under similar circumstances. When I asked the OP of that particular thread (can't remember if it is this thread or one of the others) but he didn't want to divulge any info on the fix. A pity - could really help the others with this problem.
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