1995 Suzuki Swift 1.3 from North America
I just wish the darn wheel bearings weren't such a problem!
Replaced Motor in rear window wiper at purchase.
Replaced left Front Axle at 83003 km.
Replaced right rear Wheel Bearing at 83003 km.
Complete Brake replacement at 86751 km.
Replaced left and right rear Wheel Bearings at 93305 km.
New Timing Belt required.
Need another inspection of rear Wheel Bearings and Plugs and Wires need replacement.
According to the previous owner (she bought it brand new), the only problems she encountered were the distributor cap (it was replaced), radio not working, and rear defrost not working.
From my experience, I have concluded that once this model hits 75,000 km it is in need of constant servicing. Hopefully, it may only be the servicing I am receiving and not the car itself. Having to replace the wheel bearings 3 times within a year is outrageous!
Otherwise, it handles great and it wonderful on gas. :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd January, 2007
12th Oct 2009, 17:09
The problem with the rear wheel bearing is really a simple one.
These bearings are a one time pre-load torque down setting, and are not like the old bearings that use a castellated nut with a split pin.
They require that the internal spacer be present and oriented in the correct position. If the spacer is missing or placed the wrong way between the 2 bearings in the hub, then rapid bearing failure will occur.
The bearings themselves should be of the sealed on both sides type, at the least, or with one seal on one side with the open ends facing towards each other so that the grease in the hub can lubricate them.
See this website for excellent info and tips on these cars. http://www.teamswift.net