1988 Suzuki Swift Review

1988 Suzuki Swift Gti 1.3 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10


Usual wear and tear. Exhaust is expensive - £75 for mid section that is only 30cm long.

General Comments:

The best car I've had - faster and more fun than current 309 GTI.

Beat neighbours Cossie from standing start. Only group 11 insurance and 40mpg commuting. Mine had 85k when I bought it and sold it with 150k. Sold it to a friend and it is still going strong at 180k but did need a new clutch.

Not much room in the back or the boot.

I would buy another just for the engine noise when changing down gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 1998

18th Apr 2001, 12:52

Other things that go wrong. the clutch drive shafts. oh yer remember to change timing belt or face the consequences.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review