1985 Suzuki Swift Review

1985 Suzuki Swift GS 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108700 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles


Like it says on the back, it's SWIFT


Jumping a hump-backed bridge caused my exhaust to snap along with my shock absorber.

My clutch just died from prolonged abuse.

A spot of rust here or there.

General Comments:

I love this car, perhaps because it's my first car, but it has character.

I've only ever seen one other with the red/white paint job.

The acceleration is amazing for a car of its age; I beat a friends Seat Ibiza 1.4 in a short rally circuit.

The only thing I would say is the centre of gravity is quite high, causing high-speed cornering to be a dicey situation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2001

6th Dec 2003, 11:27

I owned a GS as a first car from 1989 to 1992 - best car I have ever had - did 126000 miles in it - even got a nick name out of it 'Swifty' hows that for cool! (mine was Red and White also D108MTM.

16th Feb 2005, 12:45

Great fun, but the power snapped my drive shaft. Oh and I leave most 1.6 cars on the spot.

26th Nov 2008, 06:03

I've owned 3 of those in the past 10 years. it was also my first car. the first I owned has done about everything a car is not supposed to do. It went swimming (twice), jumping, etc. It still ran after 370.000 kms, when I took it apart.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review