02-09-2013, 05:39 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
The main concerns with a Suzuki are mechanical. As the "Love Child of GM and Daewoo" they have lots of peculiarities that only apply to them. Although all makes have their quirks, it's a little disconcerting that the Suzuki/Subaru/Jeep/Etc combination dealership mechanics have to find a Suzuki-specific mechanic to do a lot of the work.
Replacement parts on a Suzuki are EXTREMELY expensive, and a surprising number of parts (including wheel studs, lug nuts, and more) are dealer-only. At one point, the thermostat (a $10 part on most cars) cost over $120 (dealer-only, of course). There are a few places on the web to get things cheaper, but sometimes waiting isn't a practical option.
The manual transmissions have a nice gear ratio, and I have no complaints (although the automatics have been a bit put down because of poor acceleration & bad gas mileage).
There is a (very expensive) known issue with the AIR BAGS that Suzuki refuses to issue a recall for. The wiring harness in the passenger seat is poorly designed. I've brought my car in at least 5 times, and even had the entire harness replaced (while still under warranty). The harness costs about $1300, and only kept the sensor light from coming on. If you have the audacity to think your airbags should function in an emergency, it's something you might want to keep in mind. The red indicator light (a profile of a seat with an airbag deployed in front of it) is located on the right side of the cluster.
The TPMS (tire pressure sensor) on my Reno is EXTREMELY sensitive. A long road trip or cool morning will trip the sensor randomly. I'm not sure why the engineers didn't put a little wider tolerance in, but they didn't ask for my input!
The SSPS (Speed Sensitive Power Steering) sensor, which is a Suzuki-specific "feature" error light turns on randomly. The indicator light is orange, on the left of the cluster, and looks like a steering wheel. I've talked to Suzuki dealer mechanics who said the light just kind of comes on sometimes, even after spending the couple hundred bucks to replace it.
Finally, the rarity of the Suzuki Reno has made it a bit more difficult to customize things than a more popular car like a Civic would be. The fact that the website is here means that it's obviously not impossible, it just takes a bit more work than some other cars.
That said, good luck!
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