The ‘Maruti Swift owners’ is one proud community. Despite being such a massively popular car with millions of owners over the years, still, anyone who has ever owned the Swift has got to cherish a unique experience. The Maruti Swift has played numerous roles for Indian car buyers, from a run to drop the kids to school to running circles around faster cars at the BIC. The Maruti Swift has got potential like no other hatchback around even 15 years after the premier Swift came into existence.
As much love, the Swift was able to garner in India, the Swift has a substantial number of critics as well. Hence, certain flaws or shortcomings of the Swift are as popular as its prowess.
Keeping all this in consideration, we thought that the lakhs of Maruti Swift owners would like to have some light on the common problems that the Swift owners face. So, here’s 10 such common problems faced by Maruti Swift owners.
The DDis Diesel Noise
The ‘Di’ variants of the Swift are probably the most selling variant of the Swift. You’ll find plenty of examples of the diesel Swift on the road. But what the owners of the diesel Swift just cannot miss is the Noisy attributes of the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine. Since the little Maruti hatchback is probably not insulated well hence the noise from the engine makes its way into the cabin. This is something one can make peace within a large diesel SUV but doesn’t go well with the characteristics of a hatchback. This refinement problem was more prominent in the first and second generation of the Maruti Swift.
Vibrations in the Cabin
Further adding to the unsatisfactory ‘NVH’ levels on the Swift are Vibrations one feels in the cabin. Moving over bumpy roads or while driving at low RPM, the plastic used on Swift’s dashboard has a witnessable rattle. This can obviously be annoying but also reflects on the use of soft quality plastics for the interior on the Swift.
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Door hinges squeaking
This is something we at GoMechanic have personally experienced. We once came across a second-generation Swift which had done a decent time whose doors hinges made a squeaky noise almost every time the doors were open and closed.
This particular issue might not be so prominent but it was worth mentioning. Do let us know in the comments section below if you too have faced a similar issue with your Maruti Swift.
AC compressor noise
Numerous Swift owners have reported their AC making dreadful noises. Imagine a noise so strong coming from the hood in front of you while driving that it makes you wanna stop and check. This is exactly what happened with some of the Swift owners. But it turns out that it was just a compressor getting worked up and nothing like a major mechanical issue.
The cause of this was apparently the compressor’s oil running low and once it was topped up, the problem successfully went away.
Lag in Power Window operation
This has been experienced by Swift owners who’ve had the car for almost 2-3 years. The ‘roll-up’ and ‘roll down’ function of the power windows tend to get a bit lethargic with significant usage. There’s a very fine mechanism working for operating the power windows and it can often go bad. Hence, one shouldn’t undermine them and should get them checked if they came across a similar issue.
Gear Shifting issue
Nothing’s more satisfying than a seamless gear shift for a manual car driver. However, another very prominent issue faced by people familiar with driving the Maruti Swift is the stubbornness of the gearbox during some particular shifts. While putting it in reverse gear or while downshifting from 3rd to 2nd gear, the Swift’s manual transmission often fails to perform these two particular functions in one go.
Driver’s may often find themselves depressing the clutch numerous times to engage the reverse gear or while downshifting from the 3rd to 2nd gear.
This particular issue can seem very discouraging for a driver of a peppy little hatchback.
Less Responsive Electric steering
The Swift over the years is known to be the best driver’s car for the price. Driving dynamics of the Swift is something that has always been appreciated both by the critics and the general public. However, the one thing that sort of takes away from this attribute in the third generation of the Swift is the new Electric steering system. The new setup lacks the feedback which was on offer in the previous generations. This translates into the driver having less confidence while throwing the hatchback into sharp corners.
Ride Quality (Suspension issues)
The Swift has a firm suspension setup. This translates into the hatchback sending almost everything that Indians roads throw at it into the cabin. Swift’s dampers aren’t able to perform a very commendable job in insulating all the vibrations from a bumpy or undulated section of road. The passengers get to feel a good amount of these vibrations in Swift’s cabin.
Use of Low-Quality Metal
Probably the most controversial aspect about not just the Swift but almost every Maruti car is the use of a low-quality metal sheet for the body. There are many shortcomings associated with this factor. The one we wanted to focus on is related to minor or major collisions the car may encounter while on the road.
Cars with a heavy structure are able to withstand a collision with the least damage possible. Unfortunately, in the case of the Swift or any Maruti car for that matter, the slightest of collisions may cause severe damage to the car’s frame.
You’ll be able to find plenty of videos on the internet testifying for the same. This is probably the most significant factor influencing the public to consider brands other than Maruti. And it’s about time Maruti should begin catering to this concern.
Rapid Engine Oil consumption
Another common problem associated with the Swift diesel from the first and second generation. Many Swift diesel owners have experienced rapid depletion of the engine oil right, sometimes right after servicing. The cause of this issue is commonly reported as leakage in the head gasket.
Driving your car on low engine oil can have the most adverse effects possible. If you’re planning to but a used Swift diesel, make sure to check for this particular problem.
Here are 10 common problems with the Maruti Swift. Let us know in the comment section below if we missed out on some.