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ng357 wrote:i dont own one but i just have one input, if u buying one new it doesnt make much sense seeing that the model running for soo long already. the model is due for a change soon. sooooo the resale value will drop significantly once the newer model is out. (my 2 cents)
rolandk wrote:I currently have 2 Grand Vitaras, both purchased new from Lifestyle. (one 5 years old, one 5 weeks old)
Here is my experience. I've owned 2 mitsubishis (one local, one foreign), 1 toyota (local), 2 hondas (one foreign and one local from dealership).
Ride/comfort: acceptable/decent but you wont get the quality of a sedan. New SGV seems more car like compared to what i remembered from my first one. But that could just be because its new? Not sure if the suspension was upgraded
Reliability/Maintenance: excellent. Tune ups are inexpensive compared to other brands, I was a Honda loyalist, but their service turned me off after spending close to $30,000 in maintenance last year (dealership told me I must have got a lemon :\ ). I've had to change a power window switch at a cost of TT$500 in my 5 year old SGV. Nothing else has been changed.
Resale value: not sure, but seems as if they are fetching a higher price than Korean vehicles, and has a higher resale percentage of any other Japanese vehicle. For example, equally equipped rav 4 costs 100K more new and sells used for just 20K more used.
Other: I like the fact that it is the only true 4x4 small SUV, I think at one time it was the only trail rated small SUV, its the only one with a ladder frame chassis in its class, I like the interior compared to Korean, Nissan and Toyota. The only interior I think is nicer is the CRV and Tiguan. It has a lot more cargo room than Korean & Tiguan. My golf clubs and gear do not fit in them. SGV has decent storage space in the front and rear. Its not as popular and the demographics of owners are a couple of reasons I purchased the SGV. Less popular = less risk of theft. (similar benefits to Euro vehicles, without enduring high maintenance and low resale)
Dislikes: The side mirrors are powered, but only fold in manually. Field of vision is not as good as I would like in the rear (when reversing). This would be better in SUVs which are curved and weird shaped in the back, which I don't like; so I accepted the tradeoff.
I would definitely recommend.
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