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2007 suzuki sx4 bought brand new and 9 months later was leaking water inside and a/c not working took it to the shop. was told not covered because the problem was leaves got into vent openings below windshield and clogged a/c condensation outlet tube. They said a fix would be to put filter in to catch leaves. shouldn't this have been caught at manufactoring level? $100 to fix and about 6 months later it happened again. This time took it else where. Should I have taken it back? Lemon Law?

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All this is is an in cabin air filter problem. In the '07 model of the sx4, they put in a "filter" that looks like swiss cheese (has very large holes) that lets tons of things in (like leaves). In the '08 model of the sx4, they fixed this and put in a great filter that is a million times better. Im not sure if your suzuki dealership will let you get one of those but if they do they are easy to install and you dont need to take it to a shop.
heres how to do it:
open your glove box
once open, press in gently but firmly on the outside of the walls to get past two stops on either side. i would say they are maybe 1/2 in thick. 
once you get past those, the glove box will swing down out of the way. (be careful no to let all your stuff fall out!)
behind the glovebox is a rectangular box that is like 8 in long and like 2 in tall. it has 4 tabs to grab, 2 on top and 2 on bottom. grab these tabs and pull the swiss cheese filter out. (its kind of hard to get out, but it'll come)
once its out install your new '08 filter by pushing it in the open slot.

NOTE: you may need to clean out the clog by taking a shop vac or something like that and sucking out the debres/water.

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Treyfanning is correct to a point - the cabin air filter may or may not be fitted depending on specification, and if fitted will stop very fine dust and other stuff entering or recycling through the heater/air con system. The main problem is the entry of the leaves, and that happens immediately behind the bonnet (hood) through the grille where the wipers are. This grille has very large slots and leaves will fall through here. The other problem that leaves in this area will cause in the future is rust. As the leaves get wet, they will stay wet and retain water instead of letting it drain to the sides of the car. The best solution would be to install some flywire or such underneath this grille. This would then become the primary filter for leaves, and the inside cab filter would only be for dust and smaller particles. Be aware that some reduction in airflow may be noticed with a very fine mesh.

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Before you go any further go to your local full service shop, Pep Boys, Firestone and such. Ask them to look up any TSB's (Technical Service Bulletins). If this is a common problem with all Sx4's then there should be a TSB on the problem and the right way to fix it. If the shop you are can fix it if there is a TSB then do it. The problem is the time that it took to come back. Most repairs are only a 30 day warranty. But I would check with that shop and be as polite at possible and see what they do. Then, go from there. They should try to work with you and if not, find a better shop to deal with. Hope it fixes your problem.

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