Jack wrote:I have a 2013 Kizashi SE AWD. It is almost exactly 3 years old with 22,000 miles. As other owners have stated, I am also smelling anti-freeze after most drives, and the coolant level is getting close to the low line. The coolant color is blue and I assume it is the super long life blue. The recommended flush out interval is 90 months or 90,000 miles. This just seems too long to wait for fresh anti-freeze. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any opinions.
So awesome that you have so little miles! I'm jealous as our 2011 has passed the 50k mark, but still feels quite new.
So I was able to pinpoint my small coolant leak to one of the hoses that connect to the overflow bottle. Looks like either a clamp or something like that just leaks a bit--but enough that over the years, we lost almost 1/2 a gallon of coolant.
The blue coolant is definitely much, much different than coolants of the past and I could see it going well past 100k. I actually have run even the green coolant past 100k on some of my cars, but those are cars in the southern states that wouldn't be dealing with freezing temps.
I didn't have time to find the genuine Suzuki coolant yet, but knew we were low enough that we needed some in there stat. So I found Subaru part number soa868v9270 and added it in. It seemed to mix fine with the existing coolant and was already pre-mixed like the genuine Suzuki coolant. One thing to note is that the Subaru bottle actually had the wrong part number printed on it--SOA868V9250, but it was definitely coolant and not the transmission cooler flush bottle that SOA868V9250 refers to. Probably just a batch of misprinted labels, but I would be interested to know if anyone else runs into this issue.
My advice would be to get the genuine Suzuki coolant if you can find it since you have some time, but don't let it drop below that low mark or you'll start having air in the system. I had to bleed out air out of our system for almost an hour, and its still all not out yet.
Worse case, get some of the Subaru coolant (or even the Honda one) and add some in. The key thing to remember about the life expectancy of your coolant is its uniformity--it should all be the exact same chemical makeup. Mess that up and you'll need to flush it regardless. Good luck!