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Old 03-11-2015, 12:34 AM   #1
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Question Suzuki Swift

Do you have a Suzuki Swift? What do you like about it? What do you dislike? What should I look out for if I were to buy a mid 90's version? Got any pics of yours towing a small trailer?
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:36 AM   #2
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They are very popular in the SCCA....at least they were back when I was racing. Very fast and nimble little cars. I looked for one for a while and could not find a good one to turn into a race car that cost what I wanted to pay.

Great cars.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:07 AM   #3
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Had a couple friends with them at that time. Long since been rusted out and scrapped by now. Not so much in your area.

Little noisy (wind) but reliable and easy on gas. Small tires and suspension/ brake components made it cheap to own.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:09 AM   #4
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Rust is a problem on those cars that live near the ocean or salted roads.

I have a 93 that I like a lot, mainly for the gas mileage but it's also fun to drive on curvy roads. My daughter calls it a tin can on a skateboard. Sometimes I tow a small trailer loaded with a small bike or two and it does fine. Mine has the 70 hp engine so it's not good for towing a 600+ lb bike.

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Old 03-11-2015, 07:18 AM   #5
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They are going for a bit of a premium in the PNW based on mileage, last I looked.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:32 AM   #6
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Shades of my youth. First car I ever financed was a Chevy Sprint. (suzuki swift in chevy guise) that car was FUN!

I'd have another one in a heartbeat. It was also my first triple engine, and I've been a fan ever since.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:48 AM   #7
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They are going for a bit of a premium in the PNW based on mileage, last I looked.
Yup, I've noticed that. I suppose it's like high end bikes- you can buy a car for the price of some of the bikes out there.

Anyway, I'm considering buying one, but first need to test drive one to see if I like it and need to know the problem areas to watch out for. I'm considering one for ugly winter driving when I don't want to ride, or working too late to ride safely.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:00 AM   #8
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The latest iteration of the Swift is vulnerable to body corrosion in the strut mount area. Beyond that, the car is amazing...the engine will last hundreds of thousands of miles. I've had both the three cylinder and four cylinder versions, units made in both Japan and Canada.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:18 PM   #9
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:17 PM   #10
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^ Awesome! I didn't find that on my own search- thanks.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:40 AM   #11
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i had a '93 Metro 4dr hatch. was an awesome car for us as the time. ours being the Geo, it had the little 3cyl in it, not the 4cyl. it also was not equiped with a swaybar from the factory, so it certainly felt like a skateboard. one of my favorite cars i've owned.

after the latest gas crunches.... they are bringing big money. i sold my car in 2001 for $1500. I saw one listed a couple of months ago for $4000.
I was no longer interested at that point.

other end of that spectrum is my Jeep. i'd rather have it for the bad weather. we lived in texas when we had the Metro. Drove it through many ice storms. wished i'd had a 4x4 back then. was scary. i've got all bases covered now. Jeep (lazy, expensive 4x4). Fiat 500 Abarth (peppy, compact). KLR (cheap 2 wheel fun). just need a boat and a plane.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:25 AM   #12
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The Swift/Metro gained a lot of weight when they changed the body style in 1995 so they don't get the mileage or have the pep of the earlier models. The 8 valve 1.3L pre 95 Swift with the 5 speed 3.52 transmission gets almost the same gas mileage as the 3 cylinder models if you drive it easy but has more power when you need it. They also have larger brakes, larger wheels, and an anti sway bar in the front. The GTI also has a rear sway bar.

All the Swifts/Metros are easy to work on and parts are readily available and cheap.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:01 PM   #13
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I owned a 91 Swift GT that I stuck a turbo on. Mostly used it for communting to work and embarrassing BMW drivers. Sold it a few years back, it's one of those cars that I should have kept.

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Old 03-14-2015, 03:46 AM   #14
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I think my 1991 Swift GT was one of my favourite cars . The 1.3L 16V engine had enough power to haul it around and it handled great. I bought it for $1200 I think with about 12500mls and put an other 80000 on it before I sold it. I think it was more fun than my E36 328i BMW. They are usually bullet proof. If you can find one rust free, go for it. Easy to fix and parts are dirt cheap. I would just not want to be in one in a collision with an F350.....
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:18 AM   #15
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Mostly used it for communting to work and embarrassing BMW drivers.
Seriously?!? Interesting....
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I think it was more fun than my E36 328i BMW.

I would just not want to be in one in a collision with an F350.....
Interesting that these are being compared to BMW's- I never would have thought they'd be more fun!

I considered that same argument regarding a crash, but it has no merit because A) the same could be said for us on motorcycles, and B) I'm a really good driver and have never caused a collision in 26 years of driving. I know, it's not me it's the other guy I gotta watch out for, in which case I refer you back to A and fate.

You guys are making these sound like more fun than I thought they'd be. I just want one for the long drive in crappy, rainy weather when I just don't want to ride to work.
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