Suzuki Swift Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Suzuki Swift reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What is the best small car for under $30000?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Sep 2020

You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.

Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.

There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does  mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.

As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.

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Suzuki Swift 2012: Transmission "slipping" when going up hills

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2020

While the less sporty versions of Suzuki’s Swift of this era used a conventional automatic transmission, the Swift Sport used a CVT transmission. And I’m wondering if maybe that’s all there is to your question. The CVT is quite capable of feeling like its slipping when you use lots of throttle, such as when going up a hill or accelerating to overtake. It’s actually quite normal and is the method a CVT uses to maximise fuel-economy by keeping the engine operating in its most efficient zone.

But if you’ve owned the car for some time and its behaviour has changed, then it could be that the CVT is beginning to wear internally. Or perhaps it’s the torque-converter (that links the engine to the transmission) that is starting to wear out and allowing the engine to rev harder than it used to for a given road speed.

Suzuki did recall this model (and conventional automatic versions) to check for loose bolts that secured the torque converter to the transmission. But if these became loose and fell out, you’d have no drive at all, so I don’t think that’s the problem here.

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Suzuki Swift 2008: Can it run on E10 (94) fuel?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jan 2020

It can, Jayson, but there’s one vital thing you must check first. Lift the bonnet of your car and find the build date. It should be on a small, silver tag somewhere in the engine bay. Here’s why: Suzuki lists 2008 as the cut-off year for E10 fuel for the Swift. That is, Swifts built before that date can’t use E10, those built after that date can.

So why check the build date on your car? Because even though it may have been sold in 2008, it might have been built in 2007. Even if the registration papers list the car as a 2008, it could still have been built in 2007. Paperwork is only as accurate as the person filling it in, but the build-date on the car’s tag doesn’t lie.

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Suzuki Swift 2005: Why is my car making noise?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Aug 2019

It’s not possible to say what is causing the noise, it could be engine or driveline related, and without actually being able to hear it there’s no way of accurately diagnosing it. Have it checked by a mechanic, who should be able to quickly determine the cause of the problem.

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Suzuki Swift 2005: Loud noise while driving

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Aug 2019

Without further information, or actually seeing the car and hearing the noise, it’s impossible to give you any advice on the cause of the noise. Your best course of action is to take it to a mechanic and have them assess it for you firsthand.

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Suzuki Swift: Replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019

The price will depend on the year and variant. It will aso depend on if you go to a dealer or not. You can read more about how to replace your keys here.

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Which hatchback should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2018

The best times to buy are usually the end of the financial year, or at model run-out times, that's when the specials are on. The CVT and dual-clutch autos are both still unknowns in terms of long-term reliability, but either should be ok over the five years you plan to keep the car. Any of the cars you list, and the list is a long one, would be ok. It really comes down to what you like.

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Why does my car stop running?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Sep 2018

Check the fuel supply, the fuel pump, lines, filter, and consider having a diagnostic check done by a dealer.

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Suzuki Swift 2013: Should I use insurance to fix my car?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Sep 2018

Talk to a car detailer to find out how much he would charge to do the repairs and tidy it up. If it’s under $1000 do it that way, otherwise you’re probably best to make a claim.

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Why does only my high beams work on my '07 Suzuki Swift?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jun 2018

The dealer’s claims seem doubtful. Have it checked by an auto electrician, who should be able to tell you if the GPS installation has affected the headlights.

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