What should I look for in a used Suzuki Swift hatchback?
Like most Japanese manufacturers, Suzuki has a solid track record for reliability. In both the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey and our own Reliability Survey, Suzuki usually manages a mid-table finish or higher.
However, Suzukis have improved in recent years, and the Swift came a long time before this reputation for solidity was achieved. This means that you'll need to buy very carefully when out Swift-shopping.
Rust can take hold easily, especially on older cars, for example, so look out for bubbling under the paintwork. The steering and suspension need regular upkeep as well, so check for uneven tyre wear and unusual noises from underneath.
Owners' reports also suggest that the engine's cylinder head can crack. This will mean a full engine rebuild - a very costly fix indeed.
Expensive fixes are the exception rather than the rule, however. Parts are usually pretty cheap, and low hourly labour rates at Suzuki dealerships mean that average repair costs are very affordable.