Car Mechanics (UK)

En­gine choice

- Toyota Motor Corporation · Suzuki Motor Corporation · Belgium · Austria · Toyota Vitz

►The Swift’s 1.3- and 1.5-litre en­gines were sourced from Toy­ota and are chain-driven units that are renowned for be­ing re­li­able. Both are terrific en­gines that have been around since the 1990s and featured in the Yaris and Corolla, with very few prob­lems other than an in­crease in oil con­sump­tion as they get older. We’ve seen ex­am­ples of Swifts with more than 175,000 miles on the clock with no ma­jor re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues, and equiv­a­lent Toy­otas with well over 200,000 un­der their wheels.

The 16-valve en­gines are lively, too, with ex­tremely good per­for­mance in re­la­tion to their di­men­sions. The 1.6-litre twin-cam unit used in the Sport is Suzuki’s own en­gine and has also proven it­self to be hard-wear­ing and re­silient, but do look for ex­ces­sive smoke from ex­am­ples that have been driven hard by en­thu­si­as­tic younger driv­ers.

By far the weak­est link is the 1.3-litre diesel, which of­fers ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy, but can suf­fer from tim­ing chain or ten­sioner fail­ure as well as blown head gas­kets, of­ten at a fairly mod­est mileage. Lis­ten for a loud rat­tle at tick­over, which will tell you if the chain needs im­mi­nent re­place­ment.

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