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I have had my black Suzuki Swift 1.3 for two years now. I wanted a small car and fancied a Mini Cooper but was buying from new so the Cooper a bit too expensive. Decided the Swift was the next best thing and snapped one up for £8,200. I have owned quite a few small cars including models by Peugeot, Ford and Mercedes and the Swift is by far my favourite. In the past two years the only problem i have had is the left indicator does not cancel automatically. The Swift has been named appropriately as it is very nippy and quite economical on fuel getting between 40-45 mpg. Althogh this is a small car i always manage to fit quite a lot in it. I drive my three children around in it every day and we all find it comfortable. It has a surprising amount of space in the boot. I can fit a pushchair and shopping in there. The five of us even travelled to the airport for a three week holiday with all our luggage. One thing i should mention, i have only done 14.000 miles and i need two new front tyres which i wouldn't have expected at this low mileage. So far the Suzuki Swift has been a great car, not only is it very reliable, economical and nippy it looks good too. Friends and family regularly comment on the fact it is a smart looking car.
To be honest when I was first handed the keys for this rental car I had a good chuckle to myself as I really didn't expect anything from the car i thoughts as with most small cars it would be an underpowered bore to drive. Within 15 miles I was in awe of this little gem, not only does it have a surprisingly nippy engine but it's fun to drive, having previously owned an original Mini i wass impressed how close tot he Mini it was for fun round bends and more importantly just for the all round driving experience. There is a large amount of space in the car as well I was able to pack myself, may parter and 5 month old baby + pram/car seat and luggage for a 2 week holiday into the car and still find some space to be comfortable. I'd recommend this car as an exceptional cheap family car that is really fun to drive. Has some funky little extras on the I drove live Miles Per Gallon, so you can see how putting your foot down takes your consumption down.
I owned a 1.4 Swift for two years and it was a fab little car. I bought it from new and we never needed to visit a garage. It looked rather similar to a Mini Cooper, was comfy inside, had various mod cons. It was an economical car to run, both in terms of petrol, insurance and car tax. It was nippy around town, and held its own on the motorway. Even though it was a small car, I felt safe inside. The interior was comfy and I never ended up with a bad back I've suffered in other cars when covering a lot of miles in one day. Fantastic to park and getting through tight spaces was never a problem. My reason for changing it? The only down side to this car is the size of the boot. It is tiny. Lots of room in and around the seats, but I could just about fit in a weeks worth of grocery shopping. I had just got past the need for a pram when I bought this car, so I didn't worry about the boot space, but as time went on and with a growing family the boot became a problem. If you need a small car with a bit of omph and then this offers ecomonical motoring. If you need boot space, then think before you buy this car.
For the past six years I have driven around in Suzuki Swifts. My first one was a 1993 1.3 GLS four door which, although for an old car, drove really well. It's exceleration was very good for a small engine, and the gearbox was smooth and precise. The colour was gun metal grey, which I didn't mind but some of the newer colours for this model up to about 2002 are quite horrible especially the purple/blue, but that's only my personal opinion. My latest model which I've had for about two years is like the car on the topic heading, green! It's again a 1.3 1998 two door but it's a GLX which is not quite as quick as the GLS. There is little difference between the two years except the 1998 has electric windows. For a little car they are quite nippy but this doesn't effect the economy. I use mine daily for work and roughly do about 100 - 150 miles a week and I spend about £15 on fuel giving me about 40 m.p.g. The insurance on these cars is reasonable but you do have to look around to get the best deal. The Suzuki Swift is an ideal second car as it's cheap to run, very reliable and easy to park etc., in car parks. It's quick enough and comfortable enough to take a long journey in and ultimately an all round car. They are relatively cheap to maintain and parts are easy to come by. I'm now a convicted Swift lover and will certainly be looking for another one to replace the one I've got when the time comes!
I bought my Suzuki Swift 1.3 just over 3 years ago and apart from the usual occasional small repairs that show up when it is serviced I have been very impressed with this car. Not being a fan of motorway driving the main use for my car is to get to and from work, a distance of about 8 miles, and I wanted a reliable and reletively cheap motor which would also be economical to run. Considering that the vast majority of my driving is in town I get around 45 miles to the gallon. The one really long run I did was to Scotland which is a fair distance from Lincolnshire where I live and the petrol consumption for this was very impressive. I have yet to have either a breakdown or a day when it has failed to start (touch wood) and for a small car it is very nippy with good acceleration. The other features of the car like the interior and design are perfectly adequate without being plush and are as good as I want for my needs. The main recommendation I could give for this model and Suzuki in general is that I have already decided that when I change my car it will certainly be for another Suzuki, possibly a different model.