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    Default Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Good Morning All,

    I'm new to the forum, and I want to say thank you for accepting my application. I look forward to interacting and learning from the community.
    A bit of background: I lived for 9 years in Dubai and spent a fair amount of time navigating the deserts and wadi's in an old SWB Pajero. Since being back in SA I've been driving a 2WD Tucson, which I am now very ready to trade in for a 4WD. Specifically a Grand Vitara.

    Now to the crux to of my dilemma. Based in PE, I've been unable to find a decent local example to look at, sit in or test drive. I'm wondering whether there are any local GV owners that would be kind enough to assist me with a few minutes of their day to take me for a quick spin so that I can get a feel for what the vehicle is all about. I've been looking for a 2.4 Summit in the region of R200k so 2013-2015 most likely.

    Any help from the community will be greatly appreciated.

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    Simon
    P. S. I'd be more than happy to pay for fuel and throw in a six-pack of beer or a bottle of vino.
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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Hi, hope you find somebody there to assist. I am in PTA a V6 GV had a Dune. The Summit would be a good option. Hope you find one for a test drive. Good luck with your search, and decision.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Hi Simon
    If you're in Cape Town at some stage, I'd be happy to let you take my Dune for a test drive.
    Fish

    Edit. Just seen you looking for a Summit.
    Last edited by shfish; 2021/03/24 at 07:16 PM.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Hi again, seems these vehicles are even rarer in PE than I'd imagined

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Hi, lyk vir my die forum ondersteun jou nie. Koop maar 'n Furtuner.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Quote Originally Posted by Roverland View Post
    Hi, lyk vir my die forum ondersteun jou nie. Koop maar 'n Furtuner.
    Hehe, seems like it...

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Quote Originally Posted by Psymon007 View Post
    Hi again, seems these vehicles are even rarer in PE than I'd imagined
    I'm having the same problem in Cape Town. Been on the look now for the last 2 months and no luck. The fortuner is just too big for my requirements. Only thing that seems to come close is a jeep but the resale value, parts and maintenance is a no go.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Quote Originally Posted by Argentino View Post
    I'm having the same problem in Cape Town. Been on the look now for the last 2 months and no luck. The fortuner is just too big for my requirements. Only thing that seems to come close is a jeep but the resale value, parts and maintenance is a no go.
    Indeed, agree with the above. There's also the new Duster which I believe is a big improvement over the old one, but they're not nearly as capable as a GV and still a bit out of my budget. I'm taking a trip up to the reef soon to test drive a few GV's and maybe drive one home. Let's see what the future holds.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    If you find a GV that suits you, go for the GV. Good luck with the search.

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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Just take note of this issue

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...anical-experts

    See my last post.

    I am looking also at the 2.4 and 3.2

    What worries me the most about the 2.4 is the cracks in blocks in earlier production . Even if you avoid the '08 and' 09 models, you could still get a '10 with cracked block if it was made in' 09

    Replacement 2.4 engines (2nd hand) does not exist (same for 3.2 unfortunately). This means you will either strip and sell your GV for parts, or be forced to pay Suzuki SA a lot of money for a new engine if it goes. Admittedly the 3.2 does not seem to have any block or cylinder head cracking issues like the 2.4 in the early years.

    Vin nr range for the 2.4 with defective blocks is what Im looking for, or I would send vin to Suzuki SA before I buy and ask if they can exclude it from the suspect production period (but my hope on getting an answer is not very high).

    I hope I am over pessimistic.
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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Just an update, I drove a Sept 2010 last week that had the engine replaced, possibly due to crack in the block - Suzuki SA assisted with cost prices on the engine, and it cost the owner R50k.

    Normal prices for the engine sub assembly, cylinder head and gasket set is R133k at Suzuki at the moment...

    Maybe best to avoid all 2010 2.4s as well.
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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Quote Originally Posted by ArthurB View Post
    Just an update, I drove a Sept 2010 last week that had the engine replaced, possibly due to crack in the block - Suzuki SA assisted with cost prices on the engine, and it cost the owner R50k.

    Normal prices for the engine sub assembly, cylinder head and gasket set is R133k at Suzuki at the moment...

    Maybe best to avoid all 2010 2.4s as well.
    If that had been me that happened to, there would be a GV running around with a lexus engine transplant in it.
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    Default Re: Calling local Suzuki GV owners

    Some scrapyards apparently break Suzuki Kizashi's that are still running well just to sell the engines to Vitara 2.4 owners, the demand is huge, the value on these cars are low, they are getting worth more money as spares as opposed to when they are on the road.
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