You\'ll never believe what I bought now...
Okay, okay..I know, I like a variety of cars. With that said...
I have been looking for an el-cheapo commuter car to carry me to work. Basically, outrageous fuel economy and great legroom were my only concerns...style is of little importance.
Armed with those criteria, I've been watching the local trader. Thursday at 7am it is updated. Every Thursday morning is the equivalent of Christmas at my house, as I soooo look forward to seeing what I can STEAL each week.
Anyway, I saw an ad for a 1990 Suzuki Swift 4-door with 27,000 miles. I called the owner and after a brief chat I decided to go look at it. I got there to find a VERY clean little car, with a super straight body, slick gray paint, and a near perfect (some dirtiness but no tears) interior.
I drove it and it drove fine. I am very familiar with it's 1.3L 4-cylinder as it is similar to what lives under the hood to my Samurai.
Anyway, the long story short is that the car had belonged to an elderly man who towed it behind his motorhome. He had donated it to the American Cancer Society.
The fellow who now has it showed me all of the paperwork...all of which reflected the same 26,xxx mileage.
I made a deal and went back to my office (I DO need to work to pay for all of this!). I ran the car on carfax to reveal is has closer to 120k miles rather than 27k. I thought about my drive, the overall feel and appearance of the car, and I called the seller.
I sincerely think he didn't know. I asked him a variety of questions and found that he seemed very surprised, too. Given the physical condition of the car, I am prone to believe him.
Anyway, given the circumstances, and my feeling that he really wasn't trying to lie about the mileage, we made a new deal reflective of the increased mileage (he is making me provide a copy of the carfax I ran when I pick it up).
Whew...anyway...the car is a 1.3 4-cylinder 4-door with no a/c and no options. It ran quite strong considering the tiny displacement.
Can anybody recommend a website or two I can look at for parts for this car? I may try to upgrade wheels/tires (and tint the windows with it's no-a/c having self), and I would be curious to see what is out there. My biggest issue is high fuel economy, so I'm not looking to make it a race car.
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