Have a 2007 Suzuki SX4. Other than a couple of very minor complaints, absolutely LOVE the car. In fact, I adore it. It suits me perfectly. It now has 162,000 miles on it.
I recently mentioned in this forum that it threw the P0420 code. Then it went away (all on it’s own). Yesterday, the check engine light came on again, and I haven’t checked yet, but based on comments heard here in this forum, pretty sure that’s what it’ll be again. So… looking at the cost of whatever it might be to either replace an O2 sensor (or two?) and maybe possibly a catalytic converter. Neither of which are cheap. Oh yeah, almost forgot. It also “squeaks” when going over speed bumps (even slowly). I was told it was the sway arm bushings (??? - I’ve got the paperwork around here somewhere. Can’t find it at the moment). My 5-star mechanic said that it wasn’t a serious thing, but obviously, it needs to get it fixed at some point. It’s also within about 5,000 miles of needing new tires.
On Friday, somebody rear-ended me and drove off. I’m looking at $1,000 deductible on my collision, and just based on the “value” of the vehicle, the insurance company might just total it out… for basically what’s just a few scrapes and scratches to the rear of the car (I had my foot on the brake at the time I was hit). Or I can choose to not have it fixed.
Did I mention I love this car? I’ve been looking online, and there are two newer ones near me. One is a 2010, the other is a 2012. Same exact car, just that they have fewer miles and both of them also have a CVT instead of the 4 speed Automatic. They also both happen to be in the color that I originally wanted (trying not to be emotional here, but possibly worth mentioning. LOL).
I have read people’s comments on CVT’s extensively, and it seems to fall in the “love it or hate” category. Also… the reliability… some have had failures after 60k, others, no problems at all. So, not sure that CVT is a better thing or not, but, here’s what I’m considering…
The 2012 is in cherry condition, and has 47,000 miles on it.
The 2010 appears to be in cherry condition, and has 95,000 miles on it, and is obviously a wee bit cheaper.
One option goes this way — The 2007 I have now is completely and totally drive-able as is. And IF the insurance company totals it out, I could buy it back, get a salvage title, and invest whatever money they give me in a new catalytic converter, possibly a new O2 sensor, sway arm bars, and new tires.
Or, I could just buy a newer one and avoid all that hassle – for at least a little while later.
Opinions? I really need some sage advice here on what the best option is. I wish Tommy were still around… he’d know what to do…