2012 Suzuki Kizashi Sport MT

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KuroNekko
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AirRideFan wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:50 pm
BEAUTIFUL Kizashi, my friend! Dannggg... are the Sport models (especially with Leather/Heated Seats) SUPER SUPER RARE where you're located, also? Please post some pics of the wheels---

Funny you mentioned the anthracite grey--- I actually just found a Kizashi I might want to buy to replace mine with ---- since it has almost 90k less miles--- and is the color I want. But they did the wheels in the dark grey! I'll attach some pics to check out.

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This Kizashi looks just like mine but in better aesthetic condition. The wheel color is also very similar and I bet you they were repainted for the same reason mine were:
The original paint on the wheels is garbage and can flake off if power-washed. A body shop washed my car after a rear bumper repaint and the paint on all wheels chipped off. They had to repaint them and accidentally blended the paint darker than intended. The outcome was the darker grey color. The body shop was apologetic and offered to repaint but I told them I actually preferred it. It hides the dirt and brake dust much better and just looks good.

The photo of the black Kizashi you posted reminds me of when I first got my Kizashi but it's since took on the wear and tear of a daily-driven 10 year-old vehicle mostly parked outside. The front bumper is nicked and scratched from road debris and parking mishaps. It's also a daily-driven duty car as I drive it for work and not only to commute. I've since shifted my focus from keeping it looking super nice to making it functional and in for the long-haul. I'll likely get a front bumper repaint in the future as it's certainly the most beat-up part of the car.

Also, in your other post about getting a different Kizashi, you didn't mention your mileage vs. the other Kizashi contenders. Does this black one seriously have 90,000 miles less? That's a huge difference if a correct figure.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport GTS 6MT (Black)
NickL
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Well, to be honest I believe that here in Europe every single Kizashi that has been sold came in only one trim and that is SPORT. From what I understood, the Sport trim is exactly the same what they used to call the SLS in US. Only difference that you could choose in Europe is if you wanted manual transmission with FWD or CVt with 4x4. Other trims were not available like in US.


And yes, i plastidep the wheels in Anthracite grey last sommer and it turned out great. The only problem is that for the next year I am gonna be needing new tyres and when you change tyres on plastidiped rims there is no chance to take the tyre off and not to damage the plastidip. That means that my plastidiped rims will be damaged when they remove the old tyres so instead of rediping them again, I decided to to completely repaint the rims. I just not decided yet is it gonna be silver, anthracite gray or shiny black color. I have to think about it yet. :)
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KuroNekko wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:08 pm
AirRideFan wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:50 pm
BEAUTIFUL Kizashi, my friend! Dannggg... are the Sport models (especially with Leather/Heated Seats) SUPER SUPER RARE where you're located, also? Please post some pics of the wheels---

Funny you mentioned the anthracite grey--- I actually just found a Kizashi I might want to buy to replace mine with ---- since it has almost 90k less miles--- and is the color I want. But they did the wheels in the dark grey! I'll attach some pics to check out.

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This Kizashi looks just like mine but in better aesthetic condition. The wheel color is also very similar and I bet you they were repainted for the same reason mine were:
The original paint on the wheels is garbage and can flake off if power-washed. A body shop washed my car after a rear bumper repaint and the paint on all wheels chipped off. They had to repaint them and accidentally blended the paint darker than intended. The outcome was the darker grey color. The body shop was apologetic and offered to repaint but I told them I actually preferred it. It hides the dirt and brake dust much better and just looks good.

The photo of the black Kizashi you posted reminds me of when I first got my Kizashi but it's since took on the wear and tear of a daily-driven 10 year-old vehicle mostly parked outside. The front bumper is nicked and scratched from road debris and parking mishaps. It's also a daily-driven duty car as I drive it for work and not only to commute. I've since shifted my focus from keeping it looking super nice to making it functional and in for the long-haul. I'll likely get a front bumper repaint in the future as it's certainly the most beat-up part of the car.

Also, in your other post about getting a different Kizashi, you didn't mention your mileage vs. the other Kizashi contenders. Does this black one seriously have 90,000 miles less? That's a huge difference if a correct figure.
I know!!! Same car as yours, Kuro! And, imo...you have one of the nicest Kizashi's in the USA, man. I have big respect for you and your ride...and all the nice things you've done to it. Yeah sooo the car above has 56k on it. Mine has 143,985 as of today....

I'm just having a tough time deciding if I REALLY want to shift every day--- when it's only a 185hp engine- anyway (not to say any OTHER brands --- besides "Luxury" brands are any better)--- like the Camry only had a five gears in the manual, and was only avail with their 2.4L... I don't know. My best friend and coworker has had an '08 SX4 Sport with 5mt as a daily for the past 8 years or so--- and he is soooo BORED with it. I don't know... Lots of hills here... TONS of traffic. And for the price of that car ($9k- and the seller is FIRM on that "more-than-Retail" price)--- I could honestly find another low mileage Sport SLS with AWD --- or (although KIND'VE dumb-- even a FWD Sport GTS or Sport SLS with CVT) --- I run snow tires every year anyway. And I don't need Suzuki's "i-AWD" to help me out--- even with the '6-speed' CVT ---- keep that extra 300 lbs off of my car. (so I can put a stereo in the trunk that weighs 100 lbs and still hit 60mph before 10 seconds are up..... :lol: )
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90k miles less is a serious mileage, and that means that the other car thay you intend to buy is much less worn out in every single way. I think you should buy Kizashi with less mileage only if you are willing to keep the car for another minimum 3, 4 years to come. Otherwise if you bother yourself with buying another Kizashi now, and then selling your old Kizashi, and then after a year or more again selling Kizashi and buying another car, that can be a lot uf useless job if you ask me.

When ti comes to manual transmission, one thinkgmust be clear. If you really need better performance from Kizashi, it just must be a manual transmission. The difference in time from runnin 0-60 between CVT and manual is 2 seconds, and that is my friend in car race, ethernity. It is hard to believe how slow the CVT gearbox is but it is so. The only advantage that CVT in this case has is AWD, but the real questions is how bad you really need it? It will surely keep you on the road when it 's slippery, but an experienced and good driver should be able to handle his car even if back end of a car starts to dance a little bit on a slippery surface. That is more easy to do if a car, like Kizashi has and FWD comparing to RWD. And the manual transmission in Kizashi is just fine. It is not so sporty and doesn't have that klick klack sound like in some others sport sedans, but the gears are not to long, the clutch is on softer side, the shiffter is slicky and goes were easy in the gears and it is a joy to ride. Plus not the mention that MT has not this reliability issues for which CVT is known for.
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AirRideFan wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:21 am
I know!!! Same car as yours, Kuro! And, imo...you have one of the nicest Kizashi's in the USA, man. I have big respect for you and your ride...and all the nice things you've done to it. Yeah sooo the car above has 56k on it. Mine has 143,985 as of today....
I think mine used to be nice. It's now a bit worn in look but not too bad. It's not a garage queen and is daily driven, even as a duty vehicle for work. This is also why reliability and durability are so important for me and the manual transmission Kizashi has been rock solid. I've had my car since 7,500 miles on the odometer and now, it's at 106,500 miles. It's definitely a vehicle I trust for the long haul but is still rewarding to drive.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport GTS 6MT (Black)
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Well I just installed O.E.M Kizashi Stereo unit yesterday and I am so happy with the "downgrade" .

Previoslu I had in a car some kind of aftermarket touch screen multimedia that could in theory do a lot of things. Read all kind of music, video or picture files, had a BTL option, navigation etc. However, this device was actually far away from beeing good. It had 10 year old mapes for navigation that I couldn't update cause the Customer support from the manufacter didn't answer the e'mails, then when using BTL for phone calls the sound on speakers was too quiet, the device would completely freeze from time to time, and I couldn't reset it unless I removed minus from Battery, and all together using touchscreen to operate the device during the ride and looking where to press on the screen was drawing my attention from the road. Complicated and not safe at all if you ask me

So with OEM Radio everything is so nicely and simly layed out, every button is where it needs to be and I can find it without even looking at it, and somehow the Sound quality is now clearly better with Suzuki amplifier.

I just like when using some old school stuff actuallt takes me a step forward. :)
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