Last post on Aug 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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Suzuki Reno, Car Buying, Hatchback
#30 of 39 Re: Shooping for a new car [mirde98]
Aug 04, 2007 (7:25 am)
Have you found something (hopefully other than a Reno(vation project) yet? I have an '06 Convenience with over 22,000 miles on it (I've stomached it for that long, what perseverance!) and I've got to admit I've not had to stop by the dealership (or the second dealership once my first one lost its franchise) for over six months. But, for the first nine months of ownership I had to crank the thing several times half the frickin' time to get it started. I have the same lurching problem described in a previous post but only intermittently, like the starting problem was. I also had to replace the catalytic converter, steering rack, cruise control switch, and hydraulic struts in the hatch in the first year of ownership! When I finally began looking for a replacement I discovered to my surprise that I would get about $9,500 after paying considerably more than that for it, and that anything comparable would cost me $16,000 (Mazda 3 hatch, which I could have had, or a Nissan Versa, which wasn't available in Oct '05) $18,000 for a Honda Fit which also wasn't available when I bought my Reno and is in my opinion somewhat lacking in utility once you get past the innovative back seats, or for a Toyota Matrix which was available then, to $20,000 for a Pontiac Vibe or Volkswagen Rabbit, pretty much your choices now in five door hatches.
If I had my choice now, I'd go with the Mazda. It's highly rated and with any extra dough you can get a MazdaSpeed 3. The Nissan may be a good choice for those not looking for anything sporty, otherwise the Volkswagen if not the Mazda.
I will add that if you did get the Reno, take comfort in the fact that Suzuki is covering drivetrain problems for seven years or 100,000 miles, and you get a lot of stuff for the price (which in part is what lured me, and the misleading Japanese nameplate. It is a car engineered by Korea's Daewoo and manufactured by the same operation).
#31 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [knoxvilledavid]
Sep 22, 2007 (6:15 pm)
I have a Suzuki Reno and I added some minor upgrades and I used it to smoke a Civic SI. What problems did you have with the Reno? I am a huge Honda fan myself and the SI that I beat was my own. I was very dissapointed when I beat it with the Reno. The SI had an intake and a catback exhaust and the Reno had a header back 3" exhaust, intake, ported and polished throttlebody,and one of those cheap ass electric superchargers you get on ebay. I also smoked a turbo Passat, which I thought was peculiar too. I'm one of those guys that would race a corvette with a stock Civic because I don't mind losing and that's how I keep finding out that I can beat all these cars that I probably shouldn't even be racing.
#32 of 39 Re: Shooping for a new car [knoxvilledavid]
Sep 22, 2007 (6:21 pm)
By the way most of the performance parts for this car are compatable with the chevy aveo so I was under the assumption that maybe GM had their hands in its production, kinda like ford and Mazda. You are 100% correct about the Mazdaspeed 3 though, it is a whole lot of bang for the buck. My buddy had one at the track and there wasn't a whole lot of cars that could hang with it.
#33 of 39 Re: Shooping for a new car [mech187]
Nov 11, 2007 (5:47 pm)
"By the way most of the performance parts for this car are compatable with the chevy aveo so I was under the assumption that maybe GM had their hands in its production, kinda like ford and Mazda. "
I think both the Chevy Aveo and the Reno are re-badged Daewoo cars.
#34 of 39 Re: Shooping for a new car [smalltown]
Nov 22, 2007 (9:16 am)
Chevrolet Aveo, Suzuki Forenza, Suzuki Verona and Suzuki Reno are all GM Daewoo products. You can go to Ebay and look for Chevy/Daewoo Kalos (Aveo) or Chevy/Daewoo Lacetti (Forenza, Reno) and u will find performance parts. Probably from Europe and Asia but they are plentiful.
#35 of 39 Re: Shooping for a new car [mirde98]
Nov 30, 2007 (12:50 pm)
I've had a 05 suzuki LX sport for 2 years I love this car. yes it's a little plain but has 4 wheel independent suspension (great Handling,; With new tires not the stock hankoocs.) Passes most cars at 22 and 31mpg, and stays with cars that get less than half that millage.
No mechanical problems and nice 8 speaker sound system.
whats to complain about?
Sep 27, 2008 (9:00 pm)
I have had the 07 Reno w/manual trans, and electric windows... I'd call it a BASE model ( no alloys, no leather anything, no sunroof ). After nearly one full year, the little guy performs just fine. Nothing broken, no appreciable rattles/squeaks, and all systems like the stereo and the A/C work exactly as I had expected. Combined mileage, city/hwy, runs somewhere around 28.35 per gallon at 75 to 80. (On the cheapest gas). I like this car, like to shift gears, and I like to go a little bit faster than I should. The dealer experience has been just fine, as was the initial sales/purchase experience. When the next new car is due, Suzuki will be my first stop. For the money, I don't see how you can beat these cars.
Jan 27, 2010 (2:53 pm)
Dont even be tempted to buy this car... The Reno MAY look sweet and innocent... and it MAY be fun to drive at first.. but it shows its bad side once you stuck with it.
Do your research!! I sure as hell didnt when I bought my 06 Reno. Im scared to death of driving it...
Watch the crash tests on youtube for the forenza!!! Thats just a BIGGER version of this car.. the damages are horrifying.
Value is CRAP! I owe $8000 and its worth ONLY 2!!!
Here are the problems that I have had since hitting 60k (a few popped up before) Conveniently the warrantee is expired and im stuck with these problems.. which total WAAAAY more than the car is worth.
1. No emergency brake... just went bad for no reason. Basically put it is NOT FUNCTIONAL
2. Airbag light goes on and off... after watching the crash tests, yeaaah.... I feel safe.
3. Seatbelt light is on - like thats much better.
4. Transmission is F'd Up. Jerky half the time... while in drive, it will throw into 1st... I have an automatic and and the indicator on the dash will show the "D,R,N,1,2,3" flashing like a slot machine WHILE the stick is in Drive
5. Electrical system is bad... speakers only work when I hit a bump to knock them back on
6. Power steering is quirky.. some days it is very hard to steer
theres so much more.. do the research. This is a BAD BAD BAD EVIL little car... Ive prayed for my car to blow up, catch fire, get hit by a meteor.. IDC! I have had vivid nightmares about dying in this car bc of all the issues ive had.
All those problems PLUS having to take it to the Body shop 5 times after an accident a year ago.
No one knows how to work on these cars, they appear normal when all these issues happen, theyre dangerous, unreliable, PIECES OF S*H*I*T!!!!!
My best advice -
If you have a reno, GET RID OF IT ASAP - any way you can.. SAVE YOUR SANITY BC IM LOSING MINE OVER THIS POS CAR. It has literally made me paranoid and scared for my life.
If you want one... HAHA GOOOOOD LUCK. If you have a brain in your head, dont buy this deathtrap
#38 of 39 Re: RENO IS A DEATHTRAP. [renodeathtrap]
May 10, 2011 (1:27 pm)
wow one car has problems and now lets blai it on the whole brand and line
Aug 11, 2011 (2:34 pm)
Does anyone have problems in the transmission. We have had problems for 5,000 miles bu the dealer will not recognize that their is a problem they say they drive it 20 miles but you look at the odomoter and it is the exact same.