I drove one of these for over a year for travelling to and from university and work.
It was very economical - went for ages between refuels, and I encountered no mechanical problems whatsoever. The 53bhp 3-cylinder engine sounds pretty puny on paper, but the car is very light so performance isn't too bad in reality.
The main flaws I found with the car were that there's a fair bit of body roll when cornering and gonig round roundabouts, the ride is a quite bumpy and theres a lot of wind and engine noise at speed, just turn up the stereo to drown it out :).
The interior is a bit plain but does the job, all the controls are easy to operate and well positioned, and there's two pull-out cup holders! Very nifty.
My model (1996 Forest Green Ltd Edition) had electric windows and mirrors which are nice features to find on such a cheap car, it was also equipped with Power Assisted Steering which made parking a doddle.
All-in-all the old Swift is decent car, if you're looking for a cheap and cheerful runabout it's great and makes an ideal first car, although admittedly it isn't very trendy which may put some people off.
This is my mother's car though I drive it regularly. Bad points: Very basic interior, YOU think of it, it hasn't got it. Crashy ride. Hard work on the motorway. Good points: Very cheap to own and run-63mpg average. Extremely reliable. Hers is an '03 plate which was three years old when purchased and it has been trouble free so far. Great fun to drive, nippy, chuckable and a doddle to park. Overall a cheap, fun runabout. If you need a car but are on a very tight budget these are definitely worth a look.
I bought a three-door 1.0 GLS SE as an interim car for £1000 which was supposed to last me four months. Two years later, I still drive it.
As with most Far Eastern cars, the interior trim looks tatty. However, as a cheap runaround it is ideal.
It is surprisingly quick off the line and holds its own at 75-80 on the motorway. It is easy to park, cheap to insure and tax, and returns 40-43 mpg around town, and up to 53 on a longer run.
Servicing costs are reasonable, though replacing the ventilated front discs proved expensive recently.
The car is also anonymous and can be parked anywhere without worrying.
Overall I am very impressed and, despite the geriatric image, would have another.
My wife has owned a 1000 GLS for the last six years. She had it from new. Have it serviced at the proper intervals and it will not let you down. Six year service is quite expensive coming in at over £400.
It has a firm ride and is quite quick of the mark considering the size of the engine. The interior is not too bad when compared to the price of the car. The 1.0GLS has sports seats, electric windows, electric mirrors and a remote boot release. The downside is that it has no power steering or airbags and also the sports seats hinder you when reversing as they obstruct your view through the rear window.
The boot does not look that big, but my wife can get her disabled friend's folded wheelchair in it. Plus the rear seats fold down on a 60-40 basis.
On the whole it is a sound car to get you from A to B at very little cost and apart from servicing it has not cost us a penny.
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Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…