1990 Suzuki Swift Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Suzuki Swift GTi 1.3 Twin cam 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Twin cam 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles

Summary:

The most fun I have ever had on 4 wheels

Faults:

The outer nearside Constant velocity joint needed to be replaced because gaiter split.

The crankshaft wore out after roughly 100,000 miles and it was cheaper to get a new engine transplanted.

The carpet in the drivers foot well was slightly worn.

A few panels rusted quite badly due to lack of care from previous owners.

General Comments:

This car has the highest performance I have ever seen from a standard 1300cc engine, and with so many performance modifications available this car is a modifiers dream.

This car handles superbly even with standard suspension.

The braking system out performs every car in it's league with ventilated disks up front and solid disks at the rear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2003

1990 Suzuki Swift GTi 1.3 16v DOHC 4wd from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v DOHC 4wd Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

If god had a car, it'd be a Swift GTi!!!

Faults:

Absolutely no problems to report except the tappets can be heard ticking when starting from cold.

General Comments:

Mine is a 4wd GTi imported from Japan.

It's got lowered suspension & lots of Suzuki Sport components in the engine.

It handles like it's on rails & is extremely quick.

It's embarrassed many 1.6 VTS's, Starlet Turbos & XR2's.

The Swift GTi deserves a lot more recognition than it gets as it's a real driver's car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

18th Oct 2001, 04:46

I had one of these once and it was the quickest thing in Cumbria, the 4 wheel drive allowed me to pull away from the lights at Tesco (where I work) faster than a TVR Cerbera 4.5.

22nd Nov 2001, 07:26

I was just wondering about the standard GTi's we have here in Australia and how they compare to the lovely sounding 4wd versions? Please do tell more about them? Like how many kws are they rated at?

15th May 2002, 18:21

Hi, I own a Swift GTi, and I want to make some modifications, but I don't know where I can find parts for it, can someone tell me where? I appreciate your help so much, my e-mail is amondra@yahoo.com please answer. Thank you. Alex.

19th Jan 2003, 07:42

I own a 95 GTi 1.6 Quad Throttle bodies, was wondering if anyone knows if you can put a 4wd in that?

Email Spardicus34@hotmail.com.

1990 Suzuki Swift GL 1.0 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki SS80 Alto

Summary:

A reliable car, won't disappoint you

Faults:

Interior rattling noise due plastic panels and dashboard.

Front door window rubber channel worn out.

Tiny spots on the roof from new.

Radio/cassette player eats music tapes, repaired under the warranty.

General Comments:

No power.

Fuel consumption average 40 miles per gallon.

Very reliable car, never breaks down.

Still on its original exhaust system (no rust).

Never blown a light bulb or fuse.

Covered 120,000km with one timing belt change, 3 sets of tyres, 2 batteries, one small accident & a new paint job.

This car was assembled locally here in a Volvo assembly plant, this explains the paint colour - same as Volvos and the good fit & finishing as they have been assembling Volvo cars in Malaysia since the 60s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2000

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 7 reviews