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(The Big Story)   Suzuki recalls 26000 cars due to risk of daytime running lights catching fire, also there are at least 26000 Suzukis cars out there   (bigstory.ap.org ) divider line
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2014-07-29 03:28:16 PM  
My friend had a mid 80s Suzuki Samurai. Fun little car.

Although probably by todays standards it would be an underpowered deathtrap.
 
2014-07-29 04:43:08 PM  
I didn't know any manufacturer still had daytime running lights. They're farking stupid.
 
2014-07-29 04:45:40 PM  

vernonFL: My friend had a mid 80s Suzuki Samurai. Fun little car.

Although probably by todays standards it would be an underpowered deathtrap.


If you put a high-torque starter in one of those, it will flip over whenever you crank it.
 
2014-07-29 04:48:25 PM  
Just change the daylight running light fluid out weekly, and you're ok.

/suZuki: junk.
 
2014-07-29 04:49:07 PM  
Of course, the recalled cars were actually made by GM.
 
2014-07-29 04:55:32 PM  

max_pooper: I didn't know any manufacturer still had daytime running lights. They're farking stupid.


They are mandatory pretty much everywhere
 
2014-07-29 04:58:30 PM  

vernonFL: My friend had a mid 80s Suzuki Samurai. Fun little car.

Although probably by todays standards it would be an underpowered deathtrap.


By mid-80s standards it was an underpowered deathtrap.

/ Friend in college had a Swift (a.k.a. Geo Metro)
// Someone broke into it by bending the door away from the frame
 
2014-07-29 05:18:24 PM  
'Suzuki GMs 26000'

ftfy
 
2014-07-29 06:12:40 PM  

Lost Thought 00: max_pooper: I didn't know any manufacturer still had daytime running lights. They're farking stupid.

They are mandatory pretty much everywhere


Not in the US.
 
2014-07-29 06:44:17 PM  
I saw a Suzuki samurai on the road last week. I thought they all flipped over and burned up by 1998.
 
2014-07-29 07:55:00 PM  
I still see Suzuki's every once and while, but I don't know of any dealerships.

I went to elementary school with a kid whose family owned a Pontiac Isuzu dealership. How unfortunate for his family; the dealership of course did not survive the economic downturn.
 
2014-07-29 08:02:55 PM  

Victoly: vernonFL: My friend had a mid 80s Suzuki Samurai. Fun little car.

Although probably by todays standards it would be an underpowered deathtrap.

By mid-80s standards it was an underpowered deathtrap.

/ Friend in college had a Swift (a.k.a. Geo Metro)
// Someone broke into it by bending the door away from the frame


I had a Metro, which had Suzuki stamped all over the car.  It was a good little ride for what it was.  60+mpg on the road, but 80mph was the top speed, downhill.
 
2014-07-29 08:30:19 PM  
I know somebody who bought a Suzuki right before they folded most of their dealerships and she won't take it anywhere but a dealer for service. Now she has to drive 60 miles every time it needs anything.

Seems like a lot of work for a Suzuki.
 
2014-07-29 08:47:30 PM  
I traded in a 06 Suzuki Forenze just a couple of weeks ago. Car was great until January of 2013 and I bet it was in the shop 8 months of the time since then. Glad I sprung for the extended warranty. Got to test drive a bunch of different rentals over the past year and half too.
 
2014-07-29 09:11:48 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: 'Suzuki GMs 26000'


TFA: All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea [...]

More like, 'Suzuki GMs 26000 GM Suzukis,' or 'Suzuki GMs 26000 badge-engineered Daewoos.'
 
2014-07-29 09:29:26 PM  

Enlightened Liberal: I still see Suzuki's every once and while, but I don't know of any dealerships.

I went to elementary school with a kid whose family owned a Pontiac Isuzu dealership. How unfortunate for his family; the dealership of course did not survive the economic downturn.


Suzuki bailed on the US market... for automobiles, at least (they still sell bikes here). They just didn't have any compelling products and buyers stayed away in droves. The hell of it was that the Kizashi was getting good reviews as they shut things down. That car was a good example of a day late, a dollar short, and a block away.
 
2014-07-29 10:11:58 PM  

max_pooper: I didn't know any manufacturer still had daytime running lights. They're farking stupid.


because car insurance discounts

car companies with those lights as a standard feature: GM, Toyota, Volvo, Mercedes, VW, and Subaru.
 
2014-07-29 10:25:10 PM  

akula: Enlightened Liberal: I still see Suzuki's every once and while, but I don't know of any dealerships.

I went to elementary school with a kid whose family owned a Pontiac Isuzu dealership. How unfortunate for his family; the dealership of course did not survive the economic downturn.

Suzuki bailed on the US market... for automobiles, at least (they still sell bikes here). They just didn't have any compelling products and buyers stayed away in droves. The hell of it was that the Kizashi was getting good reviews as they shut things down. That car was a good example of a day late, a dollar short, and a block away.


when Suzuki needed a small hatch for the US market, the company brought over the Reno - an out of date, re-badged Daewoo that was both slow and bad on gas. Canada got a re-badged Aveo.

the rest of the world got this:

www.japanesesportcars.com

and don't give me that crap about federalization. The Swift's base engine was from the old Swift, and thus already qualified.
 
2014-07-29 10:52:26 PM  

dumbobruni: akula: Enlightened Liberal: I still see Suzuki's every once and while, but I don't know of any dealerships.

I went to elementary school with a kid whose family owned a Pontiac Isuzu dealership. How unfortunate for his family; the dealership of course did not survive the economic downturn.

Suzuki bailed on the US market... for automobiles, at least (they still sell bikes here). They just didn't have any compelling products and buyers stayed away in droves. The hell of it was that the Kizashi was getting good reviews as they shut things down. That car was a good example of a day late, a dollar short, and a block away.

when Suzuki needed a small hatch for the US market, the company brought over the Reno - an out of date, re-badged Daewoo that was both slow and bad on gas. Canada got a re-badged Aveo.

the rest of the world got this:

[www.japanesesportcars.com image 800x600]

and don't give me that crap about federalization. The Swift's base engine was from the old Swift, and thus already qualified.


Hey, I'll be the first to admit they did it to themselves.

The Swift GT had a pretty good rep as a little fun econobox. Everything else they made since then was forgettable at best (again, with the exception of the Kizashi, but that one wasn't around long enough to make a mark). If you remember them at all it was because they were ugly as hell (Aerio).

I get the feeling Mitsubishi will be next... they seem to be heading down that same path of forgettable me-too vehicles while they stumble around wondering why they can't sell any vehicles.
 
2014-07-29 11:44:21 PM  
I liked the looks and features of the Suzuki Kizashi sedan.  I'm glad I didn't get one since they went out of business in the US after that.
 
2014-07-30 02:52:17 AM  
Rollin' in a purple Samurai Suzuki...
 
2014-07-30 08:11:25 AM  

akula: dumbobruni: akula: Enlightened Liberal: I still see Suzuki's every once and while, but I don't know of any dealerships.

I went to elementary school with a kid whose family owned a Pontiac Isuzu dealership. How unfortunate for his family; the dealership of course did not survive the economic downturn.

Suzuki bailed on the US market... for automobiles, at least (they still sell bikes here). They just didn't have any compelling products and buyers stayed away in droves. The hell of it was that the Kizashi was getting good reviews as they shut things down. That car was a good example of a day late, a dollar short, and a block away.

when Suzuki needed a small hatch for the US market, the company brought over the Reno - an out of date, re-badged Daewoo that was both slow and bad on gas. Canada got a re-badged Aveo.

the rest of the world got this:

[www.japanesesportcars.com image 800x600]

and don't give me that crap about federalization. The Swift's base engine was from the old Swift, and thus already qualified.

Hey, I'll be the first to admit they did it to themselves.

The Swift GT had a pretty good rep as a little fun econobox. Everything else they made since then was forgettable at best (again, with the exception of the Kizashi, but that one wasn't around long enough to make a mark). If you remember them at all it was because they were ugly as hell (Aerio).

I get the feeling Mitsubishi will be next... they seem to be heading down that same path of forgettable me-too vehicles while they stumble around wondering why they can't sell any vehicles.


Hey, I still dig the SX4 (hatchback/AWD version only though). Of course, I wonder how much of that was from memories of the old AMC Eagle SX4 (also an AWD hatchback)...

But anyway, before Suzuki folded up their US car division, I only knew of one Suzuki dealer within about 60 miles of me - and they dropped Suzuki for Kia before the Kizashi came out. So even if I wanted one, I'm not sure where I would have had to go to get it, and I'm really not sure it was worth that much effort.
 
2014-07-30 08:45:40 AM  
hooniverse.com
 
2014-07-30 10:47:15 AM  
they be roll'n
 
2014-07-30 11:09:02 AM  

akula: I get the feeling Mitsubishi will be next... they seem to be heading down that same path of forgettable me-too vehicles while they stumble around wondering why they can't sell any vehicles.


Too many accountants in executive positions. Their watchwords are risk-aversion and no unproven capitalization - both of which are necessary in any manufacturing operation to stay competitive.

I have the same issue in the manufacturer I work for now. Upper management has completely turned over and not one manufacturing person is left in their ranks - all accountants and lawyers, who have absolutely no idea what it takes to make, sell, and ship product.
 
2014-07-30 12:11:00 PM  
The second car I owned looked a lot like this (without the stupid wheels). I loved that little deathtrap. My top speed was 60mph, but I couldn't reach it if I was driving into a moderate wind.

It was so much fun at the beach!

www.clubprotege.com
 
2014-07-30 03:04:25 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: [hooniverse.com image 600x434]


I seriously thought about getting 2 of them when they were bogo.
 
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