It was such a reliable workhorse and didn’t even let me down even once. I also did a couple of fun mods with the little money I was earning, like a K&N drop in air filter and exhaust.
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Felt super nostalgic reading this, as my first car that I got right after my masters was a 2006 Swift VXI ABS.
Back in 2016 I needed some wheels to get to my internship, and my folks gave me a budget of 1.5 – 2 lakhs. I saw a few OHC VTECs, but they were either super overpriced, or looked too molested (Modified). My second option was the 2006 Swift with the G13 motor that I had read so much about. I TD’d over 8-10 cars until I found a mint looking, black 2006 VXI ABS. The owner had listed it for 2.6 lakhs, but after the TD and MASS check up we found that a few major parts needed replacement, so we settled at a final price of 2.2 lakhs. I was over the moon driving my first ever car back home, and was already planning mods I was going to do
‘There’s no such thing as cheap and cheerful’ quoted Jeremy Clarkson, but the G13BB just was. Took me a couple of months to get completely used to the way the car behaved and figure out its limits, but in no time I was chucking it around corners (on empty roads), understeering and spinning its wheels on the exit a few times, while thinking to myself what a well-engineered package it was, and how the weight felt so evenly distributed. It was an absolute joy to launch and fight the torque steer, after which the car would hit 100kph in 2nd. How many cars hit 100 in 2nd? My jaw dropped when I realized it for the first time. Over the years I owned the car, I appreciated it more and more. Of course, it has lost a few horses over the 13 years, but nevertheless, it is still one of the most fun cars out there and still managed to hit good triple digit speeds on highways.
Over the years (2016-2022) I replaced a ton of parts like the clutch, suspension, brakes, AC Compressor, and a few other things here and there. It was such a reliable workhorse and didn’t even let me down even once.
I did a couple of fun mods with the little money I was earning, like a K&N drop in air filter and exhaust (just the end can), can’t say it made the car faster, but it definitely made it more fun to drive.
I also got a second hand Sony sub-woofer and amp on OLX, and a very cheap touch screen android HU from AliExpress when they were still delivering to India.
Here are some pics of the car over the years:
And here is the last pic of the car I took, minutes before the new owner drove away in it May:
Replaced the Swift with a 2010 Civic that I’ve been wanting to own for a very long time now:
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