I bought an 02 model from brand new; mainly for its stylish good looks, economy and comfort.
For the first six months it was trouble free and handled long journeys effortlessly. However, I felt the accelerator pedal becoming loose and one day it literally fell off! The car went back to the dealer, who promptly welded it back on, but a few weeks later, it fell off again. Back to the dealer again, where they replaced the entire pedal mechanism. Great, I thought, no more problems, and I continued to use the car, trouble free, for a couple of months. I could hardly believe it when yet again, the accelerator pedal fell off! Back to the dealer yet again, and yet again they fixed it, only for it to fall off once more. By this time I had had quite enough of this car. I had it fixed one final time and traded it in for a different make of car. Pity, because the car was otherwise a great, comfortable ride, no matter how long you sat at the wheel; it was very economical and the interior had as much space as a far bigger car. Boot capacity was good, too. I believe it spent more time in the garage having the accelrator pedal fixed than it did in my possession, so no, I wouldn't ever buy another Suzuki.
I took my complaint to the Suzuki head office, but they just didn't want to know. No offer of a new replacement car, not even an apology or an admission that I had indeed bought a lemon. Totally unsatisfactory!
I booked my first test drive last week as I am hoping to purchase a new car from the east side of the country within the next month or to. I arrived at my local Suzuki garage 5 minutes I was seated by a member of staff in the showroom and left to look at some Suzuki brochures. I found the staff to be very polite and well mannered which you would expect. I was approached by member of staff who took me round the rear of the showroom where a gleaming metallic silver Suzuki swift stood. I was handed the keys. I sat inside. The cabin was to an acceptable level of standard. The one problem I had with the Swift GLS which is the top spec model was its lack of equipment, standard equipment is as followed . Central locking . Engine immobiliser . Driver and passenger airbags . A cheap looking radio cassette . Electric front windows. Yep that’s it that’s definitely too basic for my needs. Lets see what we can have as options. . Metallic paint. Performance. I was hoping for nippy performance as I use motorways at least once a week. I wasn’t put off by the 1.0 engine as I thought newer the car the engine (1.0) would be perhaps like a 1.3 old Fiesta but no I was wrong my old Fiesta Popular was just as capable at motorway speeds that the Swift. I do not know why Suzuki named it the ''Swift'' it should have been name the Suzuki slow or the Suzuki sluggish as I think I would have got to work quicker on the bus or even push bike. The 1.0 Swift had a 0-60 time of 16.0 seconds and a top speed of 90mph which I would not see the Swift managing. Affordability The Suzuki Swift 1.0 is very economical in town and great on a long run but driving the Swift on motorways at a constant 60mph is boring and the car feels breath less at 60!The 1.0 has a combined mpg figure of just over 50 miles per gallon which is just as good as the new Turbo diesels. Servicin
g is costly as the Swift GLS 1.0 has a maximum service cost of £813 which is round about the same as the Peugeot 106 GTI costing £11,795!The Suzuki 1.0 Swift GLS with the opthional metallic paint will set you back around £6,000!!! On the road The road the Swift is a little tiny and I felt unsafe driving this car as the engine always sounds strained at 60mph it sounds like the whole thing is just about to blow up! Handling does not match its rivals, as this is basically an 11yyear old design. Drivng the swift reminded me of driving my Mums Nissan Micra 1.0 LS on an F plate (1989). Reliability Suzuki has proved to be very reliable cars and can go on and on if looked after well. Servicing is vital even if costy. Suzukis can go wrong and end their life at a very early age if miss treated and UN cared for. A little about the manufacture. Suzuki were founded in Japan in 1930,Suzuki first arrived in the UK in 1979.Suzuki were the first to think of fitting an engine to a bicycle.