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Suzuki Swift Problems

Are you having problems with your Suzuki Swift? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest Suzuki Swift issues & faults. We have gathered all of the most frequently asked questions and problems relating to the Suzuki Swift in one spot to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

How can I get a copy of the 2007 Suzuki Swift owners and repair manual?

You can google this request and come up with a few websites that say they offer a free workshop manual, as well as a few less sites that actually do offer a downloadable (usually as a PDF) workshop and service manual. The content may or may not be factory content, however, so keep that in mind.

Many of these websites are sneakily constructed to make you click on a link that is nothing to do with the manual allegedly being offered, and you can wind up going down some long advertising rabbit-holes that will ultimately take you nowhere.

Possibly a better bet is to find a reputable online book retailer which offers the workshop manual you're looking for. In many cases, this will still be a PDF meaning you need a computer to access it. Experience suggests that a hard-copy workshop manual is a much better idea as it can be taken with you to the driveway or workshop and referred to quickly and easily part-way through a particular job. And given the modest price of such books, it's a small percentage of the cost of a repair you can now do yourself instead of paying somebody else to tackle.

Are the indicators in a Suzuki Swift on the left or right hand side?

Being a Japanese car (Japan drives on the left as we do) the indicator stalk is on the right of the steering column. Most drivers find this is a more natural place to have them, and this is probably down to muscle memory as generations of Australian cars had the indicators to the right of the column as well.

That said, many European cars place the indicators to the left of the column, but it's surprising how quickly you'll adapt to that. Many Australians had their first taste of indicators-on-the-left in early air-cooled Volkswagens. This was more of an issue when cars had manual transmissions and you needed your left hand to change gears while hitting the indicators with your right hand.

We purchased a Suzuki Swift that was advertised with nine kilometres, but once we picked it up it had 800km. What can we do?

The first thing to know is that if the car is not presented for delivery in the condition in which bit was described in the contract of sale, you don鈥檛 have to accept it. Without knowing the exact circumstances, it sounds as though the car may have ben used as the dealership鈥檚 demonstrator model. If that鈥檚 the case, it should be sold as such and at a discount to your fianc茅e.

Check the date of first registration. That might give you a clue as to how long it鈥檚 actually been driven on the road. You would expect a handful of kilometres to be added as the car is sent for pre-delivery and detailing, but 800km seems a bit sharp. If you go ahead, make sure you ask whether the warranty will start from the day you take delivery or will be back-dated to the date of first registration.

On average, how often do engines, gearboxes and diffs, among other things, fail?

In a very broad sense, these components should last the life of the vehicle. Certainly, by the time you need to replace any of these major components, the cost of doing so is likely to be more than the value of the whole vehicle. That's often when cars get scrapped.

I'll take a stab in the dark and suggest that the warranty you're being offered is from a car dealer attempting to sell you the vehicle and the warranty as an up-sell. So here's the bottom line: With very, very few exceptions, these aftermarket warranties are not worth the paper they're printed on. The fine-print will exclude just about any fault or problem that is likely to occur, meaning that real world problems won't be covered.

In any case, a 2021 Suzuki Swift will still be covered by Suzuki's factory warranty which will cover problems with these components. Why would you need two warranties to cover the same components? Or is the dealer suggesting that Suzuki's factory warranty is not sufficient? Suzuki might be interested to hear that.

My Bluetooth button is not working either on the head unit or on the steering wheel in my 2020 Suzuki Swift...

Since the Bluetooth is refusing to respond to either the head unit or steering wheel controls, it鈥檚 likely to be a problem with the unit itself, rather than a simple switch failure.

In any case, your car is still under factory warranty, so take it back to the dealership and make it Suzuki鈥檚 problem. Sometimes these units can be reset by disconnecting the power to them for a period of time, but unless you know the factory procedure, you鈥檙e flying blind. Back to the dealer.

 

Why does my 2012 Suzuki Swift struggle going up hills?

This model Swift was recalled to check and tighten, if necessary, the bolts that connect the torque converter to the car鈥檚 engine. However, if these were to fail or fall out (as happened in some cases) it would be a one-off event and the car then wouldn鈥檛 work at all.

Your problem sounds more like a worn transmission which is not accepting the load you put on it when you try to accelerate. This could be worn bands or some other component inside the transmission. CVTs are pretty complex things and rely on physical parts like bands and pulleys as well as hydraulic bits and pieces to take drive to the wheels. It would also be worth checking the torque converter, as a damaged or worn unit can also produce the symptoms you鈥檙e seeing. I鈥檇 start with checking that the recall was carried out and work backwards from there.

Why has my 2009 Suzuki Swift lost power?

Modern engines like the Suzuki鈥檚 use literally dozens of sensors to keep the engine鈥檚 computer informed on the operating temperature, quality of the fuel, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, camshaft position and lots, lots more. If just one of those sensors starts to offer up false or misleading information to the computer, the whole operation of running the engine can be compromised. That鈥檚 when you鈥檒l get rough running and/or stalling as well as the excessive fuel consumption you鈥檝e noted.

Rather than starting to change sensors on an ad hoc basis (which could take weeks and hundreds of dollars, and even then not arrive at a solution) the best advice is to have the car electronically scanned. At that point, the car鈥檚 computer is a good chance to tell the interrogating computer what ails it, and then you can zero in on that component and replace only the parts that are the problem.

Suzuki Swift Bluetooth: How to Use Bluetooth in a Suzuki Swift?

To connect your mobile phone to the Suzuki Swift鈥檚 Bluetooth, you must have the vehicle stationary and your phone鈥檚 Bluetooth switched on and set to Discoverable. The next step is to press the Setup button on the car鈥檚 media-control panel. The setup menu will be displayed and you can then turn the Tune knob to select Setup and then press the same knob to confirm that selection. Turn the Tune knob again to select Pairing and press the knob to confirm that selection.

Select Car Audio from your phone鈥檚 menu and that should establish the pairing. Enter the passkey code displayed on the screen to your phone to confirm the pairing. Then press the On Hook and you鈥檙e good to go.

For more instructions on how to play music through the system, more setup options, and troubleshooting problems, refer to the vehicle鈥檚 owner鈥檚 manual.

What car should I buy to replace my 2006 Toyota Corolla?

There are still plenty of great small cars around within your budget, Agnes, and they all have good safety packages (or we wouldn鈥檛 recommend them). Look at offerings such as the Suzuki Swift Navigator (with the optional autonomous emergency braking) for around $17,000 (plus on-road costs) or the Kia Rio S at around $19,000 or Kia Picanto S (one size smaller than the Rio) at closer to $16,000. Both the Kias also feature the brand鈥檚 excellent seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance which is great peace of mind.

The Volkswagen Polo is a classy drive but a little more expensive at closer to $21,000 for the 85TSi Comfortline. Actually, to be honest, you鈥檝e missed the boat on bargain small cars by a couple of years. Firm favourites such as the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 have both been updated relatively recently and have recorded big price jumps in the process. The cheapest Yaris with an automatic transmission is now around $23,000 (it was less than $17,000 back in 2018) while the Mazda 2 Maxx went from being a sub-$17,000 proposition in 2018 to a $23,000 car by the time you add an automatic transmission in 2020.

What is the best small car for under $30000?

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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