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Old 12th May 2008, 12:59   #1
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Default 10000kms with Swift Vdi

bought the car on 23rd Septemberí 07. Finally, after completing 10000kms, I have decided to pen down my journey with Swift Diesel Vdi.

The Good
  • The car is absolute joy to drive. Has awesome power. The torque and the turbo when it goes past 2000 rpm, is something I donít think Iíll ever tire of.
  • Fuel efficiency is pretty good. The best I have managed is 21 km/l on Delhi-Chandigarh highway. In the city, generally I get around 17-18 km/l with AC, and roughly 19-20km/l without AC. With fuel prices going up with each passing day, this car has been a boon.
  • Initially when I bought the car, I didnít liked the looks very much - specially the big butt at the rear. But, now I love it. Swift looks awesome in pearl white IMO.
  • When it comes to handling and ride quality, Swift rocks! I have touched 120 kms/hr with stock tires, and the car took it very, very smoothly.
  • Air conditioning is quite effective even in this sultry Delhi weather.
The Bad
  • The build quality is unsatisfactory to say the least. The plastic quality used in the car is pretty cheap. Off late, thereís a tuk-tuk sound coming from the left hand side rear door, but I havenít been able to find the exact source.
  • The seat fabrics are of poor quality - makes you wonder why so much cost-cutting in a Rs. 5.5 lakh car, when even likes of Santroís, i10s and Sparkís have better interiors.
  • The exterior paint is also substandard. Even if the impact is small when the car hits something, the paint comes off easily
So, in short
Likes Ė Great package, outstanding engine, raw driving pleasure , good performance / economy, nice looks
Cons Ė Poor build quality, prone to rattles.


Overall, the journey has been good - could had been excellent, only if Maruti Suzuki had cared a little bit more for the build quality.
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So basically you love the bulk of the fiat portion except the Suzuki looks. Rest whatever's been done by the folks over at Maruti in gurgaon is a no go

Right?
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Does the Swift's owners manual ask you to idle the car for a while before starting and before switching off the engine?
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Rattles at 10k? You are lucky!
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@ JK? why is it luck? are parts xpected to fall off at 10K? heahha!!!
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Good honest review. Rattles and quality can be improved with some patience, time and money

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So basically you love the bulk of the fiat portion except the Suzuki looks. Rest whatever's been done by the folks over at Maruti in gurgaon is a no go. Right?
Oh no! Here we go again.
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@ JK? why is it luck? are parts xpected to fall off at 10K? heahha!!!
Most complain that rattle starts by 1k and hence.
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Does the Swift's owners manual ask you to idle the car for a while before starting and before switching off the engine?
I don't know - haven't checked the manual ever!

But, the maruti guy told me to wait for the radiator light (is it called radiator light? not sure ) to go off before starting the engine!
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Good honest review. Rattles and quality can be improved with some patience, time and money
Guys,

I have heard that dampening can solve rattling issues in Swift. Just wanted to know, is it recommended? How much will it cost? Where can I get it done in Delhi?
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Guys,

I have heard that dampening can solve rattling issues in Swift. Just wanted to know, is it recommended? How much will it cost? Where can I get it done in Delhi?
Damping.

It should help you make it rattle free.
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Damping.

It should help you make it rattle free.
What they do in DAMPING. Sorry for very basic question but expecting answer...
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I have heard that dampening can solve rattling issues in Swift. Just wanted to know, is it recommended?
Damping does not help. One of the team-bhp member geeksrik has done and the rattles increased.

I had rattles and all of them are fixed by MASS. It is more than 3000 kms now and they did not come back. Touchwood.
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Nice report for 10K kms for swift. IMO, rattles cannot be resolved by damping. We need to go to the source of the rattling and try to repair the same. Damping is recommended, if the noice is too much.
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Oh no! Here we go again.
Hey, you read likes/cons and tell me
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Hey, you read likes/cons and tell me
Yes, your interpretation of his review also holds good
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