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Old 27th May 2010, 15:52   #76
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2007, Petrol ZXi owner here and loving each of the 50k kilometers done in it. Have done a fair bit of Himachal and even a solo Delhi - Manali - Leh - Srinagar - Delhi round in it. Did not let me down even once.

Regarding the petrol v/s diesel debate, I think it is again a tribute to the car's main strength - VFM at an extremely competitive price level. Sure, the diesel must be cannibalizing the petrol's sales (VFM, again), but as long as it is a DDIS that is being bought, don't see MSIL complaining about it.

Thanks for the lovely write up, Sidindica.
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One of the best threads on Swift that i have read so far. You could really consider a career in auto journalism, SidIndica.

When i was looking to buy my 1st car in 2008, the swift was already a big success story. But as a kid, i was crazy about the Palio (still find it a beautiful car) and was torn about whether i should abandon my teen dream for a car from Maruti, who earlier i used to think of as makers of tin cans with an engine (its changed since then of course ).
As i started reading up more about it and test drove it, i really began to appreciate what an amazing car it is and how Maruti has evolved over the years to actually deliver such an amazing car.
Also friends who visited Europe, also told me that its all the rage there as well. A little bit of more searching and i found out that Top Gear (yes the legendary Jeremy Clarkson and James Hammond) reviewed it and found it to be good!

The swift's value suddenly went up a notch for me.
Now 2 years on, i love my car more than ever and i couldnt find a better description for it than the one on the Top Gear site: "A hatch so cheeky it rocks up at the Mini’s party with a four-pack of Special Brew, trashes the bathroom and leaves with the Mini’s girlfriend."
Long live the Swift!

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Old 28th May 2010, 16:03   #78
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Wow! What an article - just could not stop myself from completing all 6 pages of it!

And the Top Gear thingy just took my respect for the car 2 notches up (waiting for the turbo to kick in now!).

Another proud Swift owner saying kudos Maruti. It has its flaws - but there is no denying the pleasure it gives on each drive - even bumper-to-bumper!

Cant wait to see the new avatar - but I doubt they would go the WagonR way and bring in big changes (particularly with length and associated tax questions lingering).
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In the last few days I took TD of a few vehicles. I have found that the commanding driving position of Swift is still unmatched. It gives a lot of roominess within the cabin and you feel relaxed. Many new entrants do not give that feeling, and being a six footer, I find my knees hitting here and there in them (Vista/ manza are exceptions). In addition, swift offers decent rear leg room where as the back seat of many of the models are meant for kids I believe. Swift exemplifies great space efficiency. The short bonnet is ideal for houses opening into narrow lanes. I have found that a recently introduced car model with an overall length of about 4m looks as though the passenger space is less than the swift! The engines (both diesel and petrol) are great performers. Clever packaging!

However, I wish swift had little more boot space, little more rear leg room and came with updated equipment (eg. still has the same old audio with no goodies like USB/ Bluetooth) and wider tyres.

I sincerely wish they retain the character of the vehicle when they introduce the new model.
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Sid, Very nice compilation!!!

The very first time I drove the swift, I was amazed by its handling & instantly my confidence grew to push it around corners. Swift was a huge success because it was almost there to being a perfect hatch & there was no other product under maruti's portfolio (or) other companies which offered such features in a hatch when it was released. Just when it was dying Maruti launched the diesel to rejuvenate the sales.

But now the market is changing, it is high time maruti stops the swift & offer something better for the market. M.A.S.S has always been the first to exploit various sub-segment under 5 lakhs category but not anymore as we have competition from GM, FORD, FIAT, Hyundai & I would really doubt another hatch success from MASS in future.
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Default Re: A tribute-Maruti Suzuki Swift

Here is an interesting article from Nurburgring:

Source: bridgetogantry.com via autoblog.com

I remember reading somewhere that BMW reckon it only takes 1000 laps of the Nürburgring with a professional driver to turn a brand-new car into one only fit for the scrapheap. One lap of the notorious Nordschleife being equivalent to 200kms of spirited normal road driving.

So let me introduce the Suzuki Swift Sport known as 'YY' (pron. why-why). 'YY' arrived from the Suzuki dealers in April 2009 with just 150km on its digital display, and has served as a nurburgring rental car with Rent4Ring until yesterday. That's a little over two years of able and willing service. And thanks to Fredy's extensive (some may say a little too extensive) record keeping, we can share with you just what it takes to keep a car like this lapping the Nürburgring in Ring Taxi rivalling laptimes for over 2800 laps...
First off, let's look at what 'YY' achieved during it's 3 season tenure at the Nürburgring Nordschleife:

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59000kms on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, or a little over 2800 laps.
Gave 457 different drivers their Nürburgring kicks. Some were fast, some were slow. Some were nice to the car, a few were frankly awful!

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  • Peak engine speed of 8761rpm (you know who you are!)
  • Still making 133bhp on the dyno
  • 600 hours of racetrack driving - that's around 25 normal 24-hour races!
  • 180 million engine revolutions
  • 168 thousand gear changes, some were nice, a lot were not!

What did it use, burn or break?
  • Sorry Greenpeace, but it burnt 8400ltrs of 98RON super plus gas, at an average of 14ltrs/100km or about 20mpg!
  • It used 55 litres of top-grade fully-synthetic Motul motor oil, and two changes of gearbox oil
  • 27 front brake pads, 10 rears
  • 52 super-sticky Toyo 888 tyres, and one set of four Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.
  • One replacement clutch (stock Suzuki)
  • Three complete brake fluid flushes
  • One wheel bearing (front left)
  • One new alternator and one new battery
  • One set of wipers

Amazingly the car was never mechanically broken by a driver and was never crashed, one of the few cars on the whole fleet to escape either mishap. In fact, it still drives like new...

Onboard video from YY with a customer this summer!

So what next for the 'YY'?

You could be forgiven for thinking this car must surely be ready for the scrapheap, as per BMW's guidelines. Nothing could be further from the truth! The little Swift is as eager and as fun to drive as the first day it got here! It really is a testament to the Suzuki's stunning build quality (and also Rent4Ring's servicing and modifications) that the car is in such great condition. In fact the car has just been bought by a Rent4Ring customer, who will now enjoy his own Rent4Ring Swift both at the Nürburgring and other tracks and events around Europe.

Goodbye YY, and see you here again soon!
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