My All-New Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire ZDi (AGS): Ownership Review


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Your reviews are really receiving lot of attention so much so that I got pulled from a google search to your reviews, although I had to dig deeper into search results. I'm really surprised by the dearth of long term ownership reviews of Maruti's diesel AMT considering the sales numbers and the value proposition it offers. Most of the search results yield media reviews which waste more than half of the time explaining features that everybody knows and they just mention momentary lag of AMT shifts that I'm okay to live with as long as I get a reliable setup. Afterall, how many of us regularly engage in drag races considering the ever worsening traffic situation in metropolitan cities! Anyway, I'm giving serious consideration to Brezza AMT since I'm tired of constant shifting in first 3 gears in my Alto k10. I took a test drive of the same and really liked the hassle free driving and high seating position. However, I'm a bit concerned about the reliability of the same and feel that the clutch wears out a lot faster in AMT than manual transmission. What would be the frequency of clutch overhauls provided that almost 80% if the times, I'm juggling between first 3 gears in my manual car? Is there anything else that could go wrong in a minimum ownership span of 7 years/1.5 lac km given that it's an automation of the manual transmission?
Again, I am glad that my reviews helped you. I try to pump in as much updates as I can. I am completely satisfied with the AMT performance and I think one must consider this as an option. Though it's not as smooth as the regular automatics but then it's the cheapest way to go automatic. I do agree that clutch wear and tear is more compared to a regular manual as the setup constantly upshifts and downshifts to prevent a surge or a stall. I also would suggest to drive in manual mode when in city traffic as you can anticipate the traffic ahead and you wont upshift until you know that you are going to maintain the next higher gear for atleast 30-40 secs. The next clutch overhaul i think will be due around 1.2 l kms, if it were a manual you could easily stretch for another 20k kms. If you are thinking to switch to an AMT i would suggest to go for it, you will have to adapt with the setup because the setup will not adapt to your style of driving.
Very informative review indeed. Please keep posting. I am seeking knowledge on all 4 auto-transmission technologies being used in India, - TC AT, CVT, DSG and this AMT. You seem to be an informative source for me. Thanks !
Thanks sir.

Now the car has clocked around 78k kms. Its rainy season and the service is due, but I am delaying the complete service until end of Sept. There are quite a few things to be taken care of but for now I got the engine oil replaced in a Shell bunk. Following items need attention, thanks to those lunar craters on Pune roads.

1. Tie rods inspect and replace if necessary
2. Caliper pin greasing/replacement as necessary
3. Front brake pads replacement
4. Rear shock absorber service
5. Handbrake lever adjustment for tightening, right now even on all notches up the car tends to slip on a steep gradient so I put it in D or R mode as necessary.

Will keep you guys posted on how it goes.

Thanks,
Amit
 
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1.Tie rods any issues?
2.Replace the caliper pin than greasing , as the shims don't do any good for our road conditions , it just wurls into the sleeve.
3.If pads are to be replaced , check rotors (if it has marks , either lathe it up , else replace rotor )- better pads + worn rotor , same effect as old pads .
4.Rear shock absorber (what's the issue ?)
5. Tightening of handbrakes will do .

PS- Make sure they don't charge you for caliper pin greasing labour as both sides (They bill for the 2 sides separately )
 
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Again, I am glad that my reviews helped you. I try to pump in as much updates as I can. I am completely satisfied with the AMT performance and I think one must consider this as an option. Though it's not as smooth as the regular automatics but then it's the cheapest way to go automatic. I do agree that clutch wear and tear is more compared to a regular manual as the setup constantly upshifts and downshifts to prevent a surge or a stall. I also would suggest to drive in manual mode when in city traffic as you can anticipate the traffic ahead and you wont upshift until you know that you are going to maintain the next higher gear for atleast 30-40 secs. The next clutch overhaul i think will be due around 1.2 l kms, if it were a manual you could easily stretch for another 20k kms. If you are thinking to switch to an AMT i would suggest to go for it, you will have to adapt with the setup because the setup will not adapt to your style of driving.

Thanks sir.

Now the car has clocked around 78k kms. Its rainy season and the service is due, but I am delaying the complete service until end of Sept. There are quite a few things to be taken care of but for now I got the engine oil replaced in a Shell bunk. Following items need attention, thanks to those lunar craters on Pune roads.

1. Tie rods inspect and replace if necessary
2. Caliper pin greasing/replacement as necessary
3. Front brake pads replacement
4. Rear shock absorber service
5. Handbrake lever adjustment for tightening, right now even on all notches up the car tends to slip on a steep gradient so I put it in D or R mode as necessary.

Will keep you guys posted on how it goes.

Thanks,
Amit
Great Amit [clap]. Wonderful Ownership review. It has been a very good long term ownership and you have driven and took care of it like a TAIGER should !!! So how are you planning to maintain this car post BS-VI fuel ? As your already know that ULSD is a dry fuel despite oil companies claim that they add additives to negate the effect. Have you planned about any fuel additive that keeps your fuel system lubricated ? Or are you simply planning to replace this car post BS6 ? If yes, then whats on your mind ??
 
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