Problem suzuki swift

First launched in September 2004, the Suzuki Swift is a collection of supermini vehicles manufactured by the Japanese automaker. With the first generation of the model debuting at the Paris Motor Show in 2004, the Swift has proven to be a highly popular car having received a number of facelifts and new features over the years. 

However, some drivers have also experienced some issues with the model. Some common problems with the Suzuki Swift include:

Some of these faults have resulted in Suzuki announcing recalls on affected Swift models, which you can read about in the table below.

Suzuki Swift recent recalls

Affected model datesIssue2021-2022The positive volt cable can come in contact with the negative supply cable, causing a short circuit and fire2017-2019Faulty airbag controller may cause unexpected airbag deployment2015-2017Engine stop star system may stop working, leading to the battery not being charged and running flat2013-2015Brake lines and support on which the motor is mounted may come into contact, which could cause a loss in braking performance2013-2015The front seat heater could deteriorate and move, which could lead to the seat heating up excessively and causing a fire

Suzuki Swift clutch slipping

Some drivers have reported a problem with the clutch slipping on the Suzuki Swift. This appears to be a widely known issue with the Swift, with symptoms including the clutch juddering whilst driving, difficulty changing gears, and some drivers have noticed a burning smell when revving the engine.

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, it’s likely that your car is suffering from clutch failure, which may mean that you need a replacement fitted. The average quote for a clutch replacement on the Suzuki Swift is £367.43 when booked through WhoCanFixMyCar.

Suzuki Swift handbrake problems

There is also a reported problem with the handbrake on the Suzuki Swift. Drivers have reported an issue with the model whereby the handbrake is susceptible to failure, which can result in the vehicle rolling when parked on a gradient. This problem has been pinpointed to the calibration of the braking system malfunctioning, and as a result the handbrake doesn’t always remain on as it should. If you’ve noticed that your car is still rolling slightly when your handbrake is on, it’s highly likely you’ve got something wrong with your handbrake.

Because your handbrake is part of the braking system, it’s likely the problem you’re having requires a brake repair. The average quote for brake repairs on the Suzuki Swift through WhoCanFixMyCar is £237.80.

Suzuki Swift loss of power

Another problem drivers have experienced with the Suzuki Swift is with the model losing power. Whilst this problem has been noted by drivers of the Suzuki Swift, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the fault, as the root of the problem can vary significantly from car to car.

If you think your car is losing power, your engine warning light will almost always illuminate to highlight the fault for you. The more tricky part however is pinpointing what exactly is causing your car to lose power, and there are a number of different potential reasons for this. The best thing to do if you’ve noticed this problem is to take your car to a local garage or requesting a mobile mechanic, who should be able to easily identify the root of the problem for you. The average quote for loss of power repairs on the Suzuki Swift is £47 when booked through WhoCanFixMyCar.


Suzuki Swift dashboard rattling

Drivers have also reported the dashboard of their Suzuki Swift rattling while driving. Whilst this problem doesn’t cause any immediate safety concerns, it’s certainly an annoying sound that should be addressed in order to avoid the noise from any other potential problems from being masked. The clips which hold the dashboard in place are reportedly prone to failure on the Suzuki Swift, which ultimately means you may need to replace the clips after removing the dashboard.

Unfortunately, this is a lengthy repair for a problem that some drivers may not consider to be particularly dangerous. However, it’s important to get this problem fixed as soon as possible to prevent the rattling from becoming even worse and causing further damage.

Is the Suzuki Swift reliable?

The Suzuki Swift scores highly for reliability, with WhatCar confirming there to be very few common problems affecting the model and scoring the Swift among their selection of the 20 most reliable cars on the market. Similarly, in their 2021 reliability survey, Suzuki managed to score above every other auto manufacturer finishing in joint third position with Hyundai and  placing well above the premium brands like Mercedes and BMW, an extremely respectable result for the brand.

With regards to the model’s safety however, the Swift scored a mediocre three out of five stars by the safety experts Euro NCAP, though the rating has not been carried out again since 2017. With the release of newer generations of the Suzuki Swift since 2017, there is a chance the manufacturer has been able to improve this rating since then.

Having problems with your Suzuki Swift? Here at WhoCanFixMyCar, we can help you find a garage in your area for the best price.

Suzuki SwiftIf you want a good second-hand car that has very few problems and won’t scorch your bank balance then why not look at the Suzuki Swift? This little compact has sat happily at the lower end of the manufacturer’s range since 1985, providing drivers with 3 and 5 door hatchback action.

Known for their economical 1.3 and 1.5 litre engines, this Suzuki won’t break the bank on running costs either. Thinking of investing in one? Even though they are up there on the reliability charts, there are still a few issues that are widely reported and could impact a buying decision.

Dashboard Rattling and Noise

When you take your Suzuki Swift on a test drive one thing that will hit you straight away is a potential problem with the dashboard. Whilst by no means fatal the constantly rattling will becoming irritating and may mask the noise of more serious problems. It’s a tricky fault to fix too – requiring a complete refit of the dashboard whilst replacing all the clips.

Electric Windows

Another potential rattling sound could be coming from the electric window. If you’re hearing this sound and noticing that the window is falling slightly in its seating then the likely culprit is a small bolt that could well have come loose. It is simple enough to purchase a replacement, although you may need a modicum of technical skill to sort it out as it is quite a tricky fix.

Clutch Slipping

There is a well-known issue with this Suzuki causing the clutch to judder. It can often be a symptom of deeper problems within the clutch unit, which can manifest when the weather is cold. If the problem is particularly severe, especially on changing down then it could be that the vehicle requires a complete replacement clutch. Avoid second hand vehicles that are subject to this problem.


Another problem with the Swift is an issue with the gearbox. Pay special attention to the feel of the shift as you move up and down through the gears. Detect any stiffness in the mechanism? If there’s a tight and awkward touch then you could well be looking at a future that sees your wallet being a few hundred pounds lighter as you fork out for a replacement gearbox.


Take the time to park your potential Suzuki purchase on a bit on an incline and check that the handbrake holds the vehicle in place. There is a known issue with the calibration on the brake that can cause it to malfunction. Fortunately, this might not be a make or break issue – as you can recalibrate the system relatively cost effectively if the vehicle is too much of a bargain to turn down.


From rattles in the front of the car to squeaks coming from the suspension. Listen out during any slightly rough ride for high pitched noises originating in the front of the Suzuki. These are an indicator that the front bushes may be on their way out. Test your suspicions by pushing down on the bonnet of the car when it’s stationary and if it takes more than 1.5 bounces to return to position then you will probably need to replace both bushes.

As with many cars of this size, the Suzuki Swift is a good choice for a second car or a city run-around for those short urban trips where you want a good degree of acceleration, but top speed is no big deal. Whilst it might not be the best for a big family – an older person or a first-time driver is the ideal owner and with the right checks you should be able to get a bargain on the road.

For affordable replacement engines, gearboxes and more, check out our new and used Suzuki Swift parts page.

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