About the car:
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has been selling for the last ten years and has easily been one of the most successful cars in India. The Swift is available in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol was launched in 2005 and its diesel version in 2007, both cars had become an instant hit. The diesel is more popular amongst customers who generally have a higher running.
Earlier Swift petrol was a 1.3-litre engine, which was replaced by the 1.2 K-series engine after the BS-IV norms, which was more efficient. The earlier 1.3-litre had 87bhp of power and the 1.2 K series delivered 84bhp of power. The diesel Swift uses a 1.3 litre engine, sourced from Fiat. This engine is known for its reliability, performance and efficiency. The engine produces 75bhp of power and returns around 15 km/l in the city and 20km/l on the highway. The Swift diesel provides a strong performance, though it has an initial turbo lag below 1700 rpm. The Swift is 3850mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1530mm in height. It has a ground clearance of 170mm and weighs 1080kgs. The Swift has decent space inside, however, rear legroom is limited.
What to look for:
Used Swift diesels generally have clocked high mileage so a service record will help understand the condition of the car. Engines of cars run under 50,000 kms are more likely to be in good shape. However, there is a need to check certain things like engine mounts, which have a tendency of wearing out early. The clutch usually lasts upto 40,000 kms, depending upon usage. The first generation Swifts had an issue of early wear out of the gear synchronizer rings, so do check if they have been replaced, else it will set you back by Rs.5000-7000. Check for tyre wear, which starts to show beyond 30,000 kms. The inside door handles are also susceptible to paint peeling off.
Frequently replaced parts price:
- Front Bumper- Rs.2450
- Rear Bumper- Rs.2200
- Headlamp Assly.- Rs.2554
- Tail Lamp Assly.- Rs.1276
- Clutch Assly.- Rs.3320
- Front Shock absorbers – Rs.3350
- Rear Shock absorbers -Rs.1835
The Swift is a popular car and a high selling model, hence it commands a high resale value too. A five-year old Vxi (petrol) variant will cost anywhere between Rs 2.5-3 lakhs and a Vdi (diesel) Rs3.5 lakhs to 4 lakhs, depending upon the mileage clocked.