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    Hi All,

    I am looking at getting a GV as a daily runaround.
    The vehicle will be used mostly for the morning run which is roughly 8kms a day, and on weekends and holidays. So fuel consumption is not that big of a deal.
    Is there anything I need to look for specifically? Model, Year etc.
    What Mileage is acceptable? Is it worth looking at a higher mileage 150K kms+?
    I cannot find any 3.2s for sale, so it will probably be a 2.4.

    EDIT: I have also noticed that some has the ESP button, and some not? but they all seem to have LR?

    Just want to get some insight on these vehicles, as I only know the Pajero's.

    Thanks!
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    I just bought a 3.2 and waiting on delivery.
    I looked for a long time, and the one I bought has some small niggles that I need to sort out.

    I sent it for a full Dekra Technical inspection for peace of mind, so I at least know what I was getting myself into.

    at 180 000kms, I expected more issues to crop up, but pretty much just the normal wear and tear items.

    Some stuff I've heard of to look for:

    Power steering leaks
    If Auto, make sure the gear shifts are smooth and not rough

    I haven't encountered any posts or big issues to look out for during my few months of searching, but I specifically looked at the 3.2.
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    Goodday

    You are correct all the GVs have lowrange. If I remember correctly in 2015 till later there were two models. The Dune without ESP and traction control and The Summit with ESP and traction control.

    If you can't find a 3.2 I would suggest that you look for a Summit that does have all the electronic aids.

    Goodluck with your hunt.

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    If looking at a manual, check/test the clutch. The 2.4 GV's known for a "weak" clutch.

    Depends on what you are intending to do, the Dune can be a bargain. It would not perform very well on rough axle twisters that you cannot approach with a bit of momentum. But if that is not on the cards then one could consider a Dune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ...kRiLLiN... View Post

    at 180 000kms, I expected more issues to crop up, but pretty much just the normal wear and tear items.
    Thats about the mileage where your 3.2 will likely start giving throttle body issue, most I've seen have that niggle at the 180k mark, some worse than others.

    OP if its an early 2.4 there was a problem with cracked blocks or heads (can't recall which) so you should check that's been sorted during its life. Front control arms also seem to need regular replacing, especially if the car has a lift kit. Check the transfer case CV joint, and check for leaks on gearbox seals and rear main crank seal. Off the top of my head those are the main issues you might come across.
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    Thanks for the info. I have however seen some versions new that says dune, but it has the ESP.
    Is the ESP worth looking for/paying extra for?
    Current: 2019 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD

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    The Dunes with ESP are listed incorrectly.
    The models before (cant remember the year models now) the Dune and Summit also had ESP. But they were not called Dune and Summit.

    Maybe post some links of the vehicles that interest you.
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    Before 2015 there was only the full spec withe traction control etc. Then became a Dune and a Summit. The Dune doesn't have this. I had a Dune and now a V6. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roverland View Post
    Before 2015 there was only the full spec withe traction control etc. Then became a Dune and a Summit. The Dune doesn't have this. I had a Dune and now a V6. Click image for larger version. 

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    I think its 2012 because I had a 2013 Dune
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    Willie you are correct. The Dune was introduced in 2012. My memory slipped me. I had a 2015 Dune.

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    I had a look at one this morning. 2010 2.4, 179k KMS. Has the ESP. Drives very well. But it has a slight shudder on the Clutch in 1st gear. No slipping. is this something to be concerned about? Also, do they have a timing belt or chain? And at what mileage are they due for replacement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vuil-uil View Post
    I had a look at one this morning. 2010 2.4, 179k KMS. Has the ESP. Drives very well. But it has a slight shudder on the Clutch in 1st gear. No slipping. is this something to be concerned about? Also, do they have a timing belt or chain? And at what mileage are they due for replacement?
    The clutch shudder is not good.

    They have a cam chain, no need to replace unless it gets noisy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieJimny View Post
    The clutch shudder is not good.

    They have a cam chain, no need to replace unless it gets noisy.

    So best to rather steer clear of this one? So the hunt continues!
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    Around 150+K is when the fuel pump should be replaced. Check that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AncientGeek View Post
    Around 150+K is when the fuel pump should be replaced. Check that.
    Out of curiosity, what would be the symptoms of a fuel pump failure assuming it hasn't failed completely?
    Wondering how to check when buying a vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kippie2 View Post
    Out of curiosity, what would be the symptoms of a fuel pump failure assuming it hasn't failed completely?
    Wondering how to check when buying a vehicle.
    Not easy to check. The problem is (I think) not so much the pump but the filter which is built into the pump.
    On mine I got loss of power and misfiring if I put my foot down. But only if the air temperature was above 30 degrees. My theory is cavitation occurs with a partially blocked filter.
    I had already replaced the throttle body.
    I think that is why I got it relatively cheap. The PO was unable to solve that (but did not tell me).
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    Hi guys

    So this is my first post ever. And was hoping someone can help me or point me in the right direction.

    I'm currently driving a 1400 champ but looking at something a little bit bigger and capable as I work in the mountains (trail builder) and bumped into a 2001 Grand Vitara V6. Been reading good things and noticed one thing to look out for is the timing chain.

    The vechile is up for 65k. It has 265 000km on the clock and apparently only been serviced at Suzuki with provided invoices of work that has been done on it. Engine was rebuilt completely at 180 000km. I'm planning on checking it out this week out of curiosity. But I'd like to hear from you guys what I should look out for and if the price seems suspect or is that in par for the age being just over 20 years old now. From the photos it seems nice except for some rusted bolts and steel mounting bits (lived close to the ocean mostly) but the owner says there's no rust or body work done on the car.

    It would be my daily, so another question I would like to ask is if it can be a cheapish daily runner fuel wise (considering its a smaller than usual V6 SUV) and if it's expensive parts wise to maintain.

    I'm new to 4x4 vechiles in general so any advice would be great 🙌

    Lekker!

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