1993 Suzuki Swift Reviews from North America

1993 Suzuki Swift L 1.3

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance262000 kilometres

Summary:

Best purchase of my life

Faults:

The transmission broke two times. But the second time, I put a used transmission. My head gasket blew at 230000 km.

General Comments:

Indestructible. this car is very hard because I drive it like a crazy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2004

1993 Suzuki Swift GL 1.6 16v

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance316000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Cheap, fun and indestructible

Faults:

Repair intervals so far (316,000km):

Clutch (218,000km).

Brakes (about every 70,000km).

Exhaust (about every 90,000km).

Tires (150,000km).

Transmission (250,000km).

Plugs/wires (every 100,000km).

CV joints/boots (still original).

Radiator (still original).

Alternator (still original).

PS pump (still original).

Brake master cylinder (still original).

Engine original, never been apart. Runs like new, but starting to use oil (litre/2000km).

Still gets 35+ mpg on the highway and will cruise comfortably at 140km/h.

Runs perfectly at -20C and +35C.

Maintenance by the book.

Original cost new: CDN$11,000 or about US$7,500.

General Comments:

The toughest, cheapest car ever! Fast, great handling, smooth motor, wizard gearbox, a pocket rocket!

However... this car is driven 95% on the highway at over 100km/hr and is hand-washed and waxed every weekend. So your mileage may vary. Also it's very small and light so don't hit any overweight bumblebees!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2000

17th Jun 2002, 22:35

Post Mortem:

Suzi Zuki went to the automotive recycler at 358,000 km, due to severe corrosion of the running gear, body and underhood parts.

Actually, the car would start and run, but the corrosion cast major doubts on reliability.

As a tribute to Suzuki engine builders, the 16-valve 1.6 mill easily passed provincial emission standards, used almost no oil, and revved like new.

I would venture that the engine could be transplanted into a non-rusty Zuke and run for another 100,000 km.

As a final note, Suzi Zuki was recycled by AADCO of Brampton, Ontario, the only facility in North America providing 100% recycling of automobiles.

5th Oct 2006, 06:22

I have a 1993 Suzuki swift hatchback. I've had the car for 11 years now and it runs great, but it's now using 2 quarts of oil in a week or less.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews