Kizashi Club

Your Kizashi Owners Club and Forum 

Organize regional meets in your area, and help this car grow a cult like following.
Any North American, and regional information is welcome.
 #49615  by Bahman
 Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:47 pm
Hi guys I recently found a 2012 Kizashi sx in Toronto very clean and low millage( 77000 km) and I’m considering buying it just wanted to ask for if there are any common problems with the model that I should be aware of before hand. Since I’m trying to decide between Kizashi or an altima.
 #49618  by KuroNekko
 Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:23 pm
Transmission type? AWD?

The run down: as these cars age, the CVT becomes more prone to failure. Preventative maintenance is key so the lower mileage is good. It gives you a chance to get change fluid ASAP.

The Kizashi was offered with AWD with the CVT which is something you can't find with an older Altima. Only now with a brand new Altima can you get one with AWD.

The Kizashi was also offered with a 6 speed manual but only as a FWD.

The rear suspension was prone to premature failure due to a design flaw with a bump stopper but many models had this fixed. Otherwise, issues are minor like easy to chip paint.

Overall, a great car that can be had for a very low price on the used market if you accept the fact that it's an orphaned car. Suzuki left the US and Canada over 5 years ago so parts and support are harder to obtain.
 #49620  by Ronzuki
 Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:57 pm
As stated, CVT is the weak link. Low mileage is your friend, So get it serviced (properly) if you buy. Altima is also likely CVT as well(?), so that cancels out in the decision making if the Kizashi you found has one as well. Kizashi should be priced lower all things equal. Kuro's comment about rear suspension is referring to rear shocks in particular. Not a show stopper or reason to run away.