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Suzuki Reno, Car Buying, Hatchback
#6 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [canuck785]
Aug 11, 2006 (5:13 am)
Hi, again. . .
My opinion? If the Reno was a pure Suzuki product, meaning it was manufactured by Suzuki in either Japan or Hungary I would say definitely to go with it. Seeing that both the Reno and Forenza are manufactured by Daewoo in Korea I have my doubts. Like you, I love the look of this machine, and the warranty is great. The price? You can't beat the deal. But I wouldn't go for it. Not until Suzuki is able to remedy some quality issues involved. Apparently a micro chip in the Reno/Forenza is not functioning as it should, and many have this starter problem which flares when one least expects it to. Follow? Software to correct this situation exists, but I believe Daewoo is slow on the draw when it comes to getting this corrective software to Suzuki dealers for the quick "fix." Many regret the purchase of this machine. I know because I've checked it out all over the internet with consumer reviews, which range from fair to poor. Bummer! My spin on all this? If you can wait for the 2007 model, perhaps- just MAYBE- this starter situation will be resolved. Please don't misunderstand: I LIKE the Reno, and considered purchasing it, but now I'm VERY leery of it. If you can, check out the Toyota Yaris which is a BIG seller for Toyota and has this company's dependability and reliability going for it. The Honda Fit is cool, but dealers are being greedy, from what I hear, and charging way over list. The Chevrolet Aveo is a fair machine, but it's really a Daewoo product in disguise. Its reviews have been better than the Reno's, and you have a plentiful number of Chevy dealers to repair (or whatever) all across the land. The Nissan Versa is an excellent choice too, but it gets pricey with options. The Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent are good bets too, but the Hyundai warranty isn't all that. Why? There are deductibles with the warranty, so money out of pocket drives the price of operating these machines way up over time. There you have it. The 4-1-1 of what I have discovered in all my research on these vehicles in a nutshell.
I will wait for 2007 to make a purchase. I have three machines to look into, so to speak (again), for an eventual purchase:
The VW Rabbit/ Suzuki SX4 AWD (made in Japan by Suzuki)/ and the Jeep Compass AWD. . .We'll see how that goes when the time comes.
I wish you well, friend. I also wish I had a better answer for you, a positive reply, concerning the Reno. But I don't. Of course you are free to do as you like. If you do get a Reno there's always a chance that it will be fault free for you.
As with anything one purchases, there's always a possibility that it may not work well, even from well known brands that are known to be quality driven and "bulletproof"- if you know what I mean. Toasters, microwaves. . .whatever! It's all a roll of the dice. Then again it could be one of the best purchases one could ever make. With the Reno the odds are seemingly against the potential customer, BIG time. Buyer beware!
#7 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [aladdinsane]
Aug 11, 2006 (11:11 am)
at this point, the aveo seems like a logical choice. I did check all the cars that you mentioned, in details, and narrowed it down to the aveo and scion Xa, i still have to test drive the yaris, but it is a 2 doors. with dogs and a kid, i am not sure i wanna go that way.
I am also waiting for the suzuki sx4 to show up in a couple of weeks, on paper it would be the "perfect" car but i am wondering if it will have the same issues as the reno/forenza? it will be built in japan so maybe we can expect a better car?!
one other thing with the reno was the gas mileage, only 30 mpg on highway? when all the other car in that segment (aveo, xa, yaris, fit, versa , accent and rio) are getting 35 mpg and plus why go with the unreliable reno??
basically, we are on the same page here, seems like a good deal but there are better cars out there.
#8 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [canuck785]
Aug 12, 2006 (10:28 pm)
Howdy again. . .
Please, if you remember, please inform here as to what choice you finally made for purchase. I'd like to know, if you don't mind. Plus, I figure you're in the market for a liftback. The Yaris sedan just doesn't cut it for you, eh? I understand perfectly!
In my case I do believe that the choices that I have made, such as for the 2007 VW Rabbit, are somewhat clouded by the fact that VW has a poor reliability/dependability record-
somwehat similar to Suzuki- and from what I gather their dealers (VW) are NOT the best places to make a purchase of any machine. The Jeep Compass AWD, that I favor over the Dodge Caliber, seems all right, but deductibles with their warranty is something I must consider. The real standout, speaking for myself, is the Suzuki SX4 AWD. From what I've read this may be the way to go. I need something like the SX4 AWD (with a sunroof I'll have installed at the dealership). . .I'm NOT looking to impress anyone with my wheels except my Lady, and naturally myself. An ego trip machine is not my style. Follow? I think you do.
Time will tell, friend, about my results. I trust everything will turn out fine!!!
I wish for you all the best luck, chum, with your purchase-no matter what brand/model!
#9 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [aladdinsane]
Aug 14, 2006 (2:06 am)
Hi, i inform you that Suzuki SX4 is made in Hungary.
The factory produces also Fiat Sedici, it's the same car with small tiny differences.
Check it out at www.fiat.com
This, i think, due to the alliance between Gm,Suzuki,Fiat.
New Suzuki Swift also is produced over there, but not imported in U.S. (i think), but there are plans to...
If you buy a Suzuki SX4, the quality in near to Fiat products....
#10 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [silvio1]
Aug 14, 2006 (4:24 am)
Hi. . .
I figured the SX4 would either be manufactured in Hungary or Japan, so no surprise there. Fiat's quality, within the last few years, has shown a dramatic upswing. . .especially in mini/micro machines (their specialty). I suspect that Suzuki's little SX4 will be NO loser in this aspect.
#11 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [aladdinsane]
Aug 14, 2006 (9:24 am)
that is interesting that you mention the VW, i am from quebec, canada (yeah the french place )and i have to say that VW are the MOST popular cars over there!!
ppl like them a lot! on the other hand, chevy, dodge and ford are having a hard time over there..the germans and the asians are the choice for most ppl. my point is that the culture is really different! pick up truck and SUV are purchase for a need, not for a status and compact and subcompact are a way of life up there.
we are more influenced by the european culture than the american culture in a lot of aspects. (in quebec, not the rest of canada)
I am not sure i agree with you on the JEEP compass, i owned jeeps for yrs so it has nothing to do with the manufacturer but the car had mixed reviews, so did the caliber in that matter. the look is fine but not for me. i did not know about the deductible on the waranty. that is the same with the KIA, nice warranty but NOT transferable, suzuki is and there is no deductible and that is a good selling point
i am in the market to buy a liftback/hatch, sedan just dont do it for me, any of them!
last comment, can't wait to take a look at the SX4, waiting on the dealer to contact me when they get one.
#12 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [canuck785]
Aug 15, 2006 (4:00 am)
VW, here in Europe, is loosing his reputation about quality.
I know people not happy of theirs VW Golf (Rabbit for U.S.)
It seems to be better japan product, even if it bilt in another place.
I have an old version of Yaris hackback 5 doors 1.0 bilt in Japan and after 5 years is fully perfect. Low maintenance and very cheap. Now the Yaris is built in France.
I have also another car a Renault Megane hackbach 5 doors with 1.5 diesel turbocharged engine (built in Spain). More than 20 km/l!
Before i had a Lancia Delda made by Fiat and it was poor in quality.
In Europe Suzuki Reno is called Chevrolet Lacetti (Korean product), Honda Fit is Honda Jazz but seem to be the same.
I'm very interested where the car is built, because i have a little perception about theirs quality. It's not a rule, i know..
This is only my experience.
#13 of 39 Re: Suzuki Reno [silvio1]
Aug 16, 2006 (1:45 pm)
on an european note...my first car ever was a Renault5!!! (un Chameau or Camel in english
I had all the problems you can imagine with it but i still loved it!!
best feature was the manual choke...wonderful in canadian cold mornings!!!it always started and I had to help ppl jump their brand new cars more than once!
#14 of 39 any Reno owners outhere????!!!
Aug 18, 2006 (1:20 pm)
i wish we could get some opinions by owners...
i looked it up a bit more, and on Edmunds. the reviews (from owners) were fine, they actually seemed pretty happy with their purchase.
aladdinsane , have you sit in a Reno or drove one? i like the look,it is nice enough without being the best or a real attention getter but that is beside the point, one of my criteria is that the driver"s seat has to be high enough. I dont want to " climb out" of the car.
have a great day!
#15 of 39 im thinkin about gettin one also
Aug 19, 2006 (7:26 am)
I have driven it and we are very pleased with it for now. We still have to look at some other cars but it rides as good as a jaguar, so far. There is some stuff on it that the other cars we are considering don't have. Is there anything like it that will tow anything. We can get a really good deal but we are also looking at the dodge caliber, and other cars like the reno that are sporty and roomy. Anything would be helpful but so far I have made a decision. It does have something hanging down but we can get that fixed easy because our dealer handles all of our cities cheaper foreign cars, like Hyundai and VW. Will post back later today to tell you what happened, its so late in the year now we might get them to order an 07 with abs. The main other car we are thinking about is the honda civic because we are looking mainly for mileage, safety, and a cheap price tag. We almost made a rash decision today but i don't know if we will stick with it now that I read this. Well we still have time to look so I'll post back later. Anything I find out I'll post and I hope you all do the same.