1996 Suzuki Swift Reviews from North America

1996 Suzuki Swift 1.3 4 cylinder

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carChrysler Town and Country

Summary:

If there is a highway near you with a speed limit over 55 don't buy this car!

Faults:

1:Braking system failed.

2:A/C compressor failed.

3:Headliner dropped.

4:Dash faded.

5:A/C and Heater only work in the highest settings.

6:A/C only works on the highway.

7:Drivers window stopped working.

8:Dome light cover falls off.

9:The dash shakes when you hit a very sharp bump in the road.

10: Gear shift won't go into low.

11:Only the to front speakers work.

General Comments:

I laugh every time I am in this car. Its just so funny looking. On the road this car does not handle like a small car should. It rides fairly rough, but the seats are comfortable, but they seem very flimsy. I do like the gas miles, I get about 27 to 35 miles pre-gallon. When the rear seat is folded there is a good amount of room back there. I will never bring this car on the high way, it has a very hard time keeping up with traffic like tractor trailers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2006

1996 Suzuki Swift GL

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance141200 miles
Previous carPlymouth Sundance

Summary:

Flat out, the best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Blew engine at 92,000 miles. But it was my own fault. Bought replacement engine with 42,000 miles on it, have put 50,000 miles on it. It still runs like brand new.

General Comments:

This car has decent pick up on the highway, don't believe everything you read.

It does have a slight problem when being passed by big trucks on the open road, it tends to shimmy and shake.

The gas mileage is tremendous.

Fold down rear seat provides a large amount of cargo room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

21st Sep 2004, 11:59

I Love my '96 Swift, but found that the CC pipe joint between motor & CC has cracked / broken twice. Once under 5 year Fed. Emissions Parts Fed. Warranty under law. 2nd time, got the joint welded / repaired @ a good exhaust repair shop. Was Not BIG Brand Name Shop. All of these places wanted to Change the CC. ($350 part!) Weld cost me $50! Has this happened to any other SS owners?

29th Apr 2011, 12:35

I used to own one and I loved it. It was like driving a go-kart, and it was reliable. However I had to sell it after three months. I'm 6ft 4...

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews