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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 3:13 pm 
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I'm completely new to Swifts. One at a local dealership caught my eye though. The dealer said the tires squealed a lot at the front the last time he drove it. I noticed the inside passenger front was worn much more than the rest of the tire. I talked to a mechanic that specializes in foreign cars and he said it sounded like it might be ball joints. Also the car hasn't been started in a year. Would I be smarter to pass on this car or bite the bullet and start fixing it up. It's very cheap!<br><br>thanks<br>Stan <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 3:51 pm 
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what's cheap 'n' where's it located <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START ;) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/wink.gif ALT=";)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> .. actually, you probably don't want to tell anyone on here where it's located unless you decide against it. yes, the tires squeal a lot, but that's because it has tons of power for such a tiny car. how many kilometers, how does it run, look for rust, check out the forum, this thread pops up about once a week or so.<br>good luck<br><br> <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 5:16 pm 
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If it's not a rusted out bucket bite the bullet. Ball joints are kind of a pain to replace on these cars but that might not be the problem. Not to discourage at all but parts can be difficult to find depending on where you're at. These cars are WELL worth the effort though. I've never had one person that drove mine (when it was on the road, rebuilding right now) that didn't want to get one. Good luck, welcome to the forum and search the problems and fixes heading. Most of the problems that occur on these cars are addressed there and will give you a feel for your project. <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 8:07 pm 
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If I don't get it, I'll certainly tell the location (hint: it's not in Alaska...).<br>Very little rust, the drivers door sags just a bit, but the interior looks new.<br>I've been looking into these cars for almost a year, ever since I drove by the lot and thought what a cool car that was...<br>Did I read right that very little from regular swifts and metros fit?<br><br>thanks again!<br>Stan <p></p><i></i>


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If the doors are sagging open them up and look at the upper bracket. They are notorious for pulling the bolts through the frame and literally tearing the frame. It can be fixed haven't gotten to mine yet. Bolts might just need to be snugged but you should replace the bushings and pin regardless. I was told the 90-95 nissan pathfinder pin and bushing fits. I don't know if you have the motormite "help" parts where you're at but they make one. As far as metro and swifts parts interchanging, depends on what part. Some do some don't. The GTs and Gti's were performance editions so they have parts that the standard swifts and metros didn't have. But they also shared the same parts bin on alot of stuff. Hope that helps. Many people on here are much more knowledgable than myself and could answer more in depth, but there are alot of old posts that go over these things so they might not reply. Do a little digging you'll find many helpful posts on parts off other cars that will fit directly like civic si calipers, or can be easily modded to fit like nissan t/b. <p></p><i></i>


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