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      22.08.2006 14:25
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      the whole car is amazing

      I just bought this car and have found it imaculate. i'd recommend it to anyone and especially to a new driver. it's not exactly a small car and its not big.

      The car itself is spacious and has fantastic handling control and is a smooth drive. the gears are so smooth and slip in to place perfectly.

      There is lots of features on this model such as trip meters, mpg reader cd play 5 band radio 6 speakers 8 air bags, abs and ecp, 15 wheels, standard body kit styling, looks great, great fuel economy, cheap to run, different windscreen wipper settings such as ones for when its misty and light rain, seat adjusters including highering and lowering of the seat, sterring wheel adjusting, 2 cup holder, good size ash tray, lots of storage space, electric front windows, window locks, child locks on doors and dead locks, immobiliser and much more. it's also only insurance group 3 or 4. you can also get over 43 miles a gallon. standard tinted windows

      other liters include a 1.5 and a 1.3 diesel of which can get over 60 miles a gallon.

      I totally recomend this car.

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        15.07.2003 22:24
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        I,personally would not touch another of these awful little "cars" with a bargepole. The indicator lights would fuse every time I put the car in reverse,unless I kept the petrol tank virtually full {This is a serious comment - I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!}. I got a crack in the petrol filler cap {which is a dealer part} & had a 48 mile round trip to buy an £8 replacement. The solenoid on the central locking blew,necessitating replacing the locks {they come as a sealed unit} costing £600+ {i didnt get the work done,they locked manually}. The ball joints wore,the drivers sidea was easy to replace & cost £70,the passenger side however came complete with arm cost £700. AVOID THIS CAR & THIS BRAND LIKE THE PLAGUE!

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          27.11.2002 23:17
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          I had one of these little gems from 1994-1996. It was a 1990 G reg car, which I ran from 65,000 to 100,000 miles. It was in white, and was one of the most gorgeous looking cars on the road. It was also one of the fastest, with a 0-60 time of around 8 secs. Mechanically, this car was years ahead of it's time. It was a 1.3 litre 16 valve engine which produced 100bhp. My 1992 1.8i 16v Orion only managed the same 100bhp with half-a-litre extra capacity! The swift was one of the most exhilerating drives I have ever had. The performance was explosive. It would accellerate with breathtaking ease from that tiny engine, and the car was so light that the power to weight ratio meant it would keep accellerating right up to it's top speed of 115mph. Handling was a mixed bag. The car was shod with 185/60/14 tyres on alloy wheels. This is quite a wide tyre for such a small car, and in the dry it would corner well, although you could throw it around if you were inclinded to do so. In the wet however, it was a very scary car. There was so little weight in it, that it would slide at the slightest invitation, and wheelspin was inevitable if trying to race away from the lights. I can only describe the car as a road-going go-kart. It looks like an angel - again the designers got the asthetics of the car spot on, with the deep font spoiler, front fogs, side skirts, beautifully crafted rear windows, and the rear spoiler. If you're looking for creature comforts, you won't find many of them on this car, although I think the later one's were better spec'd. There's a tilting sunroof, a rev clock, and electric mirrors. You are left with manual windows, no power steering, no ABS, no central locking! The dashboard is functional at best, and looks like a cheap japanese design, although the cup holders are extremely useful. At speed, both front doors would let air through, this made it very noisy on the motorway, but we cured
          this with a bit of window insulation from B&Q! The car was fantastically reliable, and the japanese build quality showed here. The bodywork also stood up very well, with no signs of rust. There is one very important thing you should watch for on these cars however. The gearbox needs topping up with oil. Clearly my one had been neglected by the previous owner, the box ceased. I was extremely luck to find a specialist who had a 2nd hand one - parts for these cars are few and far between, and even a 2nd hand box cost me £600. Make sure that oil level is checked every service! From a drivers point of view, the lack of ABS means that you can make the car powerslide, and if you learn to master it, wet weather driving can be a fantastic experience! Also, the lack of power steering means that the feedback on the wheel is positive, and in actual fact the car is so light anyway, that the steering is not particularly heavy. As a drivers car, it is fantastic, and if you're looking for something that goes fast, and fills you with a pleasant glow when you look at it, you will not find a better car. The lack of equipment, and ropey interior will not matter to you. What will matter is the look on the faces of the xr3i you just overtook, or beat away from the lights, when they see this gorgeous looking car powering away from them with a 1.3 badge on the back! Take it on this basis, and this car is unbeatable!

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            24.07.2000 00:29
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            I had a Suzuki swift for about three years before trading it in for a Rover. I did this with a sad heart, as the swift was a very enjoyable car to drive. The reason for the change was economic, as I was offered an unbelievable deal to buy a Rover 216. The Suzuki Swift 1.3 GLS is surprisingly fast for its size and its handling is excellent. The looks of the car are also very stylish for a car in its class. It is one of the few small cars that still retain some kind of style rather than being a bubble on wheels i.e. Nissan Micro. The comfort level in the car was good, in that it had electric windows and mirrors plus sports seats. What it did lack was either a sunroof or air conditioning. Another draw back with the car is the amount of legroom available for any passenger unfortunate enough to be sitting in the reer seats, to say that they are cramped is an understatement. The boot however is quite adequate for this class of car and could easily fit a couple of suitcases or the weekly shopping. In my experience the quality of the servicing I got from the Suzuki approved garage was good and the cost was reasonable, the garage always provided a courtesy car or depending on how close you were, they would come and pick the car up and then bring it back latter the same day. The car came with a three-year warranty, so any problems you might experience are covered. I had a problem with my electric windows, which they fixed immediately and with no fuss. A point of note about the swift is that as with all Japanese cars the indicator and windscreen wiper sticks are inverted which can take some getting used to. To sum up the Suzuki swift I would say that it is an excellent buy for its price and class, the only proviso I would stipulate is that you get the 1.3 as the 1.0 is underpowered.

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