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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 8:18 pm 
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I’m on no.7 does that make me an addict ? three were convertibles, . still have 3 that I drive and bought 3 more for parts lately . those don’t count. Great little cars!


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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 11:38 pm 
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sometimes I go for a drive with my 9 year old son. this has good and bad points, as the following true story will atest. last night we went by our local sonic drive in..all the rice boys and thong girls hang out there. my son starts talking trash as soon as we get there..." my dads car will blow your doors off...you forgot a sticker-uncle ben's! " etc..I hear this guy yell that my "metro" sucks..even if it does have a body kit. I laugh..my son replies "like i would be talkin' with that ride" turns out it's a 240 sx..looks beat down. the kid wants to run and his friend tags along with his acura intergra 4-door. in my neighborhood, the streets have 3 lanes. after finding a quiet stretch of road...we go. the swift leaves him and his friend about a car length or two behind...and I had a sucky launch! they want to go again! no problem..this time a real hard launch and i spank both cars by a hundred feet. my 9 year old son is laughing at them!!( turns out the trick acura is an auto nonv-tech) they pull up shaking their heads. my son has grin from ear to ear.."dad your my hero", he says. I look at my son and say " always remember,it's what's inside that counts". a little life lesson and father son bonding...all thanks to a swift gt on a saturday night. thats what it's all about......

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2004 10:56 am 
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Location: Carvel, AB,CA. -780-
i think back to the time when i bought my firefly (1.0L) and think about how much i have spent on her. only to have a guy in a civic tell me that my car is fast. i just looked at him all confused and said, dude, its just a firefly!

i like the nodds that i get form people in stock metros and fireflys etc. its like being in a secret club.

i know its not fast. its peppy, and great in the corners.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2004 6:20 am 
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Location: ontario
i live in a small town and there are maybe 10 swift/metro/sprint/fireflys in town and everyone knows mine because its the only one with rims and a shiny paint job. but the other swift/metro etc drivers always wave and i wave back, we all know each other lol because ive been followed and asked what kind of car mine is and what year it is. some people even mistake it for a newer car like a 2000. one time i was driving home from work and this brand new mustang convertible pulled up with this middle aged guy in it, maybe he was just trying to show off.. so we were stopped at a light and he looks at me while he's putting down his top and rolled down his windows. then he smiles like he's king shit or something. so we go and i finished a car length ahead of him (he had 6cyl auto) so we pull up to the next light and i say to him, "whats the matter, only got the six?" he rolled up his windows and turned really quick. haha best feeling. and i can do that all day long and burn 1/3 of the fuel those other cars do.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 9:50 pm 
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Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
10 things I love about my Turbo 3:
1) Bought it for $500
2) Parts are everywhere as cheap (for the most part) as dirt
3) Cheap to modify
4) Easiest car I have ever worked on (thanks largely to an engine bay that could fit 2 of my engines)
5) Lightweight and compact
6) Cheap on gas
7) Cool seats
8 ) Looks great in my opinion (factory bodykit helps that)
9) Decent interior room for ppl my size
10) And foremostly: FUN TO DRIVE!

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 Post subject: Sprint means getup n go
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2004 9:34 am 
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My 91 Sprint turbo I just picked up is my second Sprint. My first regular 90 Sprint has 310,000k on it with its second engine, tranny, and axles. 3rd clutch and it was a bodyshop rebuild when I bought it over 10 yrs ago. Drive it hard 7 days a week, with a family of 4.
Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. 400k on 28 liters. Better than the Lincoln I used to own. The joke was I found my Sprint in the trunk.
I work for a company that at one time had almost 300 in their fleet.
and still run a bunch of them.
I figure the car has paid me in savings to drive it.
Now I want to have fun with my Turbo, an keep my old dependable as a spare. Gotta have somthing to drive while your upgrading. Right? 8)

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"I also love the 7500 rpm scream of a DOHC" :razz: 2X 1989 Swift GTi's a 92 and Jr's new 93 GT

Keep your eye on the boost guage!
And I love this one!
"Dale Jarrett's crew chief" "Drive it like ya STOLE IT!"
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 5:56 am 
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OK I've owned cars with straight 6's V6's and V8's and even some quick bikes in my days. But NONE were as much fun to drive/ ride as my Swift..

and I've only had it three weeks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:24 pm 
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Location: Cloverbush, B.C. eh!
hey knuckles, i only know of one company that had 300 of them and still running them! :) back when i was there, it was about 1/2 that and the majority were the 1st gen ones!

god i miss my swift! :cry: :thwack:


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 Post subject: Why I love my Suzuki
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:40 pm 
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Hey Rally!
Been gone a long time I take it?
We don't drive 1st gen any more, still have a bunch of 2nd and more 3rd also.
Take a lickin and keep on tickin.
That's why I bought one.
Also lots of parts available still.
What are ya drivin in Cloverbush nowadays?
Knuckles

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"I also love the 7500 rpm scream of a DOHC" :razz: 2X 1989 Swift GTi's a 92 and Jr's new 93 GT

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And I love this one!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 4:08 pm 
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I agree with all the previous posts, so thought I add something I don't think has been mentioned..........

It amazes me how Mr Suzuki managed to produce a 16 valve 1300cc engine that is sooo torquey down low and yet manages to buzz up to 8k effortlessly. The pull down low for such a small capacity motor is astounding.

And then there is those neat gear ratios!!!!!!!!

A car that just makes you drive with a permanent grin :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 9:08 pm 
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Location: Cobble Hill, B.C.
Well, I just put Harriet - 1991 GT - back on the road last week. She's a summer car only now and was sitting without an exhaust since October in my garage taunting me. She looks, smells and drives like a nearly new car.

She now has the custom stainless system from an ex Swift of mine with the addition of a cat to tone down the sound a little. The Genie header has been reworked at the 2-1 end to make a repair and take out some restriction there. The car has a Tom chip and the timing advanced, but still has the stock air box. Also has Apex lowering springs and Konis taken from old Swift. Oh yeah the spare tire is gone and the rear bumper has been lightened 4 lbs.

Anyway I've test driven a number of new cars over the last year or so when I was looking for a family car and when I was helping my sister find a car. For years a Swift was all I drove but since last fall all I've driven is my Esteem wagon and the test drives: Civic, Protege5, Echo hatch, Aveo and Mazda3 (the best of that bunch).

So back in the Swift again and after a long absence and some improvements it now makes me burst with joy and laughter every time I downshift to third and let er rip. No other car has ever done that, except the ex Swift. And you know what, my Swift would easily eat the above for breakfast and is sooo much more fun than any of them, even Lady Zoom Zoom, while being $10-15K cheaper. In third gear Harriet quickly rushes up to 8K/160km/h like a mad bumblebee all the while emitting a very satisfying tone consisting of neat little 0.3 litre exhaust pulses spilling out of the 2 inch tailpipe like little precision Japanese swords. The Swift feels like a precision instrument surrounding me, tautly poised and ready to quickly move in any direction. The manual steering, small wheel, light clutch and shifter all make it very easy and tempting to extract all this car has to offer. A drive in the Swift makes me giddy.

This car is definitely good for the soul - mine, anyway. What a riot! What an amazing little machine!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:00 am 
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because it always gets me to where im goin even with roads that kill more people every year than murders :D

costs nothin to run and never brakes down in the middle of nowhere
and ya can pull the donk apart on the side of the road and put it back
together

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:17 am 
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I killed this 92 FORD PROBE GT TURBO(MODDED), and he's like, WTF do you have done to that thing??? asking how much PSi I was running....he almost shit when I said NONE. the phrase "holy fuck your car is fast.....3cyl?" came out of his mouth.....mmm'

"4 banger!!" I said....then killed him again.

yummy. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:09 pm 
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well i don't have a swift as of yet..but i'm looking into it...
my b/f has one..and the best thing i can say about it is, it is wicked on gas..the handling is great..now all i need him to do is teach me how to drive stick and everything will be great


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:44 pm 
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Location: Bunbury, WA
This is my first car and I've had it for two days now, still only on my L's so I cant drive it alone yet (dunno what its really got in other words) but as every one here sez they r great fun to drive even if mines an oldie, my friend looked down on it till this morning when he drove it to school, he's an auto driver who likes high rev manuals so he was having the time of his life drivin my swift but he doesnt quite get the higher low gears compared to other vehicles, went up someones driveway this arvo in 2nd at like 3-4 km/h, I was grimmacing as it chunked up the slope, my poor car (sloped driveway) but it didnt stall. cheap to run so I'll be able to afford to put 98 octane in it, its aged great, engines quiet, gearbox smooth, muffler replaced just before i bought it, its the ultimate zippy-quick car (zippy-quick is how i define fast and agile cars and this is that!) plus the support from this community is great, evryone is friendly here and willing to help each

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 Post subject: It's growing on me
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:59 am 
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Location: Talent, Oregon
Have only been driving my 89 GTi for a few months now. But it's growing on me...

Before the GTi, I think probably my favorite car was a Miata...not because it went fast, but because it *FELT* fast (a big difference) - and also cause the top was so easy to take down

But the Miata had to go (for various complex reasons not worth going into)... After that, things were kind of boring till my 2002 Impreza, not the WRX but the Outback Wagon, which has 2 extra inches of ground clearance, important when you get in deep snow. It's a satisfying car in many ways, a cool one in others, and a fun one occasionally...

But not quite as fun as the GTi. I'm still trying to figure out why the damn car is so fun. If I do, I'll post it - but in the meantime, I keep on driving it.

Well, okay, there is one other vehicle which is right up there with the GTi.... my Kymco People 2-stroke scooter, modded up from 50 to 70cc....is unbelievably fun, cool and, up to a certain point (around 30-35 mph) fast.

But right now, for plain 4 wheel driving fun, my Swift GTi is a fairly remarkable vehicle. Damn.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:17 pm 
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I love these things !!!
I have owned 4 and currently own 2 GT's
I love the fact that everyone thinks it's a 3 cylinder
I love Pissing people off with it, especially the ones with the "I can't shake this guy off" look on their faces on the highway.
And even tho I live in Toronto and there are roughly 5 million people in & around here, I see another nice Swift maybe Once a month or when we have our meets. So rarity is good.


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 Post subject: Love my Metro
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 3:17 pm 
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stillshedswift: I loved your story. I'll be telling/showing it to all my friends. :D

I love my car. My '92 Metro has been made fun of, but by Honda Civic owners. A Camaro owner I know also has insulted my car, - but all these people are pretty much big a-holes. My car identifies me as an individual, their cars identify them as drones.
I was recently told to "...get rid of it, it's a lemon." But after coming onto the TeamSwift forum and posting my concerns I was easily swayed, and put in the right direction. Now I've been working on my car and making it healthy, and I don't think I'd want it any other way. I've owned an '88 Suzuki Forsa as well, but it rusted out on me. :(
My Metro is fun, it's real easy to work on, it's amazing on gas, and it's what my friends want to ride in each new snowfall out here because it's a blast in the snow. Last snowfall had 5 people drifting in a parking lot in my nimble little Metro. I love driving my Metro and because of it and this forum, I've learned more about cars than I ever thought I would. I even became interested enough in cars in general to pursure a career in the automotive industry. My car has actually enriched my life. How many people can say that? :D

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:32 am 
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This is just one of many races:

Cruising back from a mates house, notice a car booting it from behind, vrooooooom, goes past a Escort RS Turbo, i knock it down into sweet second, open up, not long until im rite up behind it, then he starts booting it, i 'swiftly' follow :lol: , i stayed with him all the way upto 110mph, about a cars length behind him, in inside lane, we come to a roundabout, he took the inner lane, i took outer, took him on round about... (in the OUTER LANE! haha, i had more road to travel!), i accelerated hard out of the corner of the roundabout, without any sliding or squeeling, car just stuck to the road like chewinggum 3years old on the motorway!
I booted it down the next road, gaining and gaining on him through every corner.. Eventually came to a junction, traffic lights. Im waiting at the red lights, he's still not with me! I thought he'd whiped out or somet, i was gonna turn round check he was alrite, as there were no turnoff's inbetween us! Lights go green, he comes round the corner from behind me flashing his lights, so i waited... He puts window down asking....


"WHAT THE FUK U GOT IN THAT?!"


haha, "1.3i mate..."
(didnt wanna mention the 16v Twincam)...


so it was a 1.6 Turbo against a 1.3i jap car!

WINNER!

Anyhow, thats why i like my GTi...
(its a 1993 UK version)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:55 am 
well, im kinda doing some little " mods " and so far:

done:
custom short throw ( cut the shaft about an 1" )
new wires/plugs
removed the cat and added a mini rice can.

to come:
cone filter
strut bar
swift gt swap

just the little things ive done ive noticed a bit of gains, and people ive taken for a rip keep thinking its a 4cyl, but when i say 3, they say " what ! ". that makes me smile.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 8:50 am 
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I love my 1.3L Swift because is very fast for a 1300cmc engine, because of gas economy and no problems at all until now (since 2003)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:24 pm 
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Who likes obease cars?

Not me, my geo is about right in size.

I can show off with my geo just as much as any car in the High School parking lot. and my geo is nearly 100% stock mind you.

Besides what other car can go 2 weeks on $20.00 worth of gasoline?

sub compacts are PIMP

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 Post subject: wow
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 1:43 am 
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honestly when i bought my suzuki swift gti i would have never known i mean this car is a non turbo 1300cc and it has had nothing done to it and 3 days after i bought it i wnt for a cruise with my mate and we went 100km?h in around the 7 second mark that is impressive for such a small car because my friend has an 1800cc mazda familia turbo and he can only do the same except by the time hes up to 100km/h he needs to refill his gas tank if any new zealander wants to race my swift and has a similar car eg a sift or firfly or something pm me i live in auckland so am central and would be able to go to places to race if you live a long way away dont worry me and my mates love road trips


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What do i love about my swift..... :huh:

1. shes very nippy for a 1.0 (but i want more)
2. shes fun to drive like a go-cart
3. shes different (when i turn up to cruises i'm normally the only swift)
4. Fuel economy is great even if i abuse her

The only thing i don't like....

is yesterday someone from halfords (car superstore) thought she was a motorbike :cry: :cry: :cry:

Claire
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:34 pm 
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next time someone says "why are you fixxing that up? its just a geo" ask them to find some info on the geo assembly plant!! maybe a tour!! no such thing. what ever brand name is on your hood , its made by suzuki.

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