Originally Posted by Uplander
KenjiFox, Please note that Suzuki no longer exists. The maker "Suzuki" went out of business several years ago....the reason is unclear.
A certified mechanic once told me he considered the "Suzuki" to be a truly disposable automobile....in his opinion it was designed to be scraped about 60,000 miles or less.
The news that the company had departed the scene did not Suprise me.
Suzuki was never highly rated.
It's a shame isn't it? This exact thought process is why they no longer sell cars here. They still sell motorcycles ATVs boat engines etc. etc. here though. Suzuki as a company is doing just fine, and America is the ONLY country they ended their automotive sales in.
It's Suzuki's fault, yes. But not that they made bad cars. It's that they were TERRIBLE at advertising them. Clearly that's the case, as you don't even realize how big Suzuki is. That a "certified mechanic" (What does that mean anyway? Do you mean an ASE certified mechanic? I doubt one would say such a thing.) Would make a comment like that only proves that the general awareness of the vehicles and manufacturer was terribly inaccurate or lacking.
Suzuki produces some of the best performing and most reliable engines and vehicles ever made. Yes, they still do so today. Most people know about the legendary GSXR 1000, a bike that held the title
of best in the world for over a decade. Yet they don't even realize the same company made cars at all. That's the real issue.
My vehicle though branded as a Chevy tracker, is a Suzuki Vitara (Sidekick in the USA) and has a Suzuki engine designed to last 400,000 miles with basic oil changes. This is not a diesel, it's gasoline. Four. Hundred. Thousand. I'm half way there, and it has NEVER broken down, NEVER failed to start, NEVER left me stranded. I Can't say the same about either of my Jeeps, and they had less than half the miles and one was much newer.
I just tore the top end of the engine down to put a torque cam in it and the thing spec'd out like it was brand new. The original crosshatching was 100% intact on the cylinder walls, and there was literally no lip on the top edge built up from wear. But hey, it was scrap at 60k right?
Sometimes ignorance isn't bliss. America would have been well served with these vehicles. I enjoy having an indestructible vehicle that can get through anything from four foot deep water to right up the side of a mountain, that still gets 40 MPG.
The only modern car I will ever own is a Tesla at this point. I greatly dislike how failure prone new cars are.
Sorry for taking this topic rather off point, but hey I couldn't let that one go.
As for more input on the OPs question, I would avoid any car known to have trans issues for towing. That said, if you love the thing then go for it. Life is all about being happy in the end. Balancing the possibility of breakdown vs having the vehicle you actually WANT to drive is just another factor. Also those who have had issues may have just gotten faulty hardware. The good ones might last forever towing whatever you want.