Maruti Suzuki Swift

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Maruti Suzuki Swift

Postby The Stig » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:20 pm

We the SWIFT

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Well it was exactly 10 years back my family was tired of the old rattling ambassador which my dad had inherited from his dad, Finally the time had come to buy a new car.
My Dad wanted something small for city travel and comfy for long highway road trips, Clearly SUV’s and SEDANS were out of the picture as majority use would be in the city traffic, The only option left out was to buy a hatchback.

So arises the question “ WHICH CAR ? “
As it was 10 years back the cars considered were:
1) Hyundai Santro
2) Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R
3) Maruti Suzuki Swift
4) Maruti Suzuki Zen

Verdict:
The Zen was too small, the Wagon-R lacked good design and the Santro was for some reason ignored
Finally the Swift it is!!
Got the formalities done (advanced booking, cash payment, test drive, pre delivery inspection, insurance, road tax, etc...)
We had purchased Swift Vxi (Petrol) variant garnet orange colour :lol:

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Features:

Not pretty much as it was the middle petrol variant came with
Wheel caps, AC, power steering and Power windows were some of the basic features.

How is it to drive?

Without a doubt I would say awesome, it gives you power when you need it, smooth gearbox, easy to get away with traffic and small lanes with a mileage of 13-14kmpl.
On the highway it would just zoom through with a very responsive steering without any vibrations or hassles. It would average around 17kmpl with the AC on during all occasions. Although I would say lack of airbags and ABS always scared me at high speeds :shock:

Repairs done / parts replaced:

Well a 10 year period the car was given a serious workout and with the pathetic Indian road conditions it had taken its share of damage here is a list of major repairs done

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1) Change of head gasket
2) Change of clutch twice
3) Change of battery twice
4) Changed the tires a couple of times
5) Changed AC compressor
That pretty much sums it up

How is it to drive after 10 years?

I would proudly say it is pretty much the same, the pleasure of driving has been consistent from day one till day 3650 :P

Modifications done / add-ons:

No major or huge modifications but minor essential ones done:
1) Autocop security system & central locking
2) Footwell lighting
3) Dual din pioneer audio system with reversing camera
4) Pioneer speakers
5) Mood lighting (DIY by me, will post an article on that soon)
6) Smoked the chrome letters
7) Headlights changed to projectors from Dynamic Customs
8) A couple of small stickers here and there


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THESE INTERIOR BLUE AND ORANGE MOOD LIGHTING WAS A DIY DONE BY ME

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MATTE BLACK LETTERS

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HEADLIGHTS CHANGED INTO PROJECTORS 6 MONTHS AGO



Some Vital Stats:

Kilometers driven: 81,909
Engine: 1.3 lt 16 valve petrol engine
Top Speed reached: 160 kmph
Time elapsed: 10 years : 4 months : 1 day
Places traveled: As Me and my dad like long drives we have conquered whole of South India in 10 years :P
Longest drive: Goa to Bangalore 650 kilometers over 11 hours with short breaks.
Accidents: Luckily no major accident but just a minor fire accident with the cover on a few years back.

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Finally I would like to conclude that more than a car my swift is like my brother and we are buddies for life and no matter what I “TAKE PRIDE IN MY RIDE”.

Here are some more pics !

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Thanks for reading guys !! :)
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