2000 Suzuki Swift 1.3L 4 cylinder
Just beat it!
The check engine light came on repeatedly for cylinder 3 misfire.
Brakes and rotors wear out quickly, braking is poor.
Exhaust always rots away, exhaust parts are expensive.
Blows blue smoke cloud on startup.
Frame is rotting away at driver's side, front wheel area.
Gas filler tube rotted away - too expensive to buy a new one, made my own out of PVC.
Parts are way too expensive on this car.
This car is good on gas, has a roomy hatch but rides hard.
The frame doesn't hold up to winter weather and rots away. The exhaust also rots away with road salt.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2011
28th Feb 2011, 12:35
I would keep an eye on that PVC filler tube. I don't think PVC is gasoline resistant. HDPE would be a better material for that purpose.
28th Feb 2011, 20:15
I completely agree with the previous comment. PVC is not gasoline resistant at all. Gasoline will eat through PVC!
And for the blue smoke, you're burning oil on the exhaust at some point and time. Oil is bypassing some internal seal, most likely a position ring seal. I would check the oil at all times before starting the engine, and make sure it has enough oil to lubricate the engine.
10th Mar 2011, 23:41
Fully agree with the original poster. The frame rot-out is a well documented issue with these cars. I had one of these. It served me very well until the frame let go. The underbody was so rusty it was not worth repairing. Parted it out, then scrapped the rest. Otherwise, these cars are great, especially the 4 cylinder with a 5-speed.