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Old 03-18-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

going to look at a couple of cars the next day or 2 or 3. anyway, what do you guys think about the choices following...

1995 suzuki swift 3cyl AT w/ 160k miles or
1996 suzuki swift 4cyl MT w/ 130k miles
both are 2 door hatch

my thoughts: of course the five speed will yield the best FE, but the 3cyl could get a MT transplant down the road for super FE. all else being equal(condition of the vehicles), what are your thoughts?
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

The automatic may not have had proper maintenance in a long time (if ever) and may need service, repair, or replacement rather soon. I personally would buy the 4 cyl with the manual, but if you don't mind a project, get the 3 cyl auto.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

I agree. The manual transmission car sounds like it will be much less of a headache down the road for you.
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

If the condition of the cars are equal and price is about the same I'd go with the 4 cylinder manual transmission. The automatic in a 3 cylinder would probably have a very slow throttle response.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #5
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

well, the AT is out...it was really a 4cyl...and it had a really high idle...compensating for something?

the guy w/ the MT seems not too interested in selling...every time i call, he's busy. he calls me wanting me to be there at a moments notice...tried to explain that i live an hour away
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

well, went to see the MT...um...

the bad...it has 300k+ miles, a ripped(but no "popping") cv boot, and is missing a side mirror and timing cover(i can see a fairly new belt)

the good...it runs very well(no smoking), has ice cold a/c, and good interior

the guy is a mechanic so the air, clutch, and timing are good to go; also, he's been driving all over town as a mobile mechanic both auto and marine so the car is likely dependable. he's motivated...he says he'll get the side mirror for me...

i need to think it over...both what i want to pay and how many mpgs i might get. if i can only get mid 40ish, i'd rather have a civic or corolla, be it more expensive to buy.

he's asking $2k. your thoughts please?
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

With that many miles, I'd want to hear a cold start and inspect the dipstick when the engine is cold (just to be sure he hasn't put super thick oil in it to mask oil burning and knocking).

I'm not afraid of high miles (my wife's nissan has 303K and my accord has 273K- both run great and do not smoke), but things do wear out if not maintained properly and I'd hate to pay $2k for something that has been doctored up just to sell.
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

One more thing- be sure the check engine light comes on for a few seconds when the ignition is on but before the car is started. The light could be disabled and you'd never know there was an issue (until the first fill up).
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

thanks Erik, your input is always welcome.
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Re: Suzuki Swift...'95 3cyl AT or '96 4cyl MT?

$2K sounds a bit high to me considering the car has over 300K miles. If I were you and was going to buy it I'd ask him to also repair the CV boot since he's a mechanic.
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