I have a girlfriend with a 2006 Suzuki Reno. Until now, I had never seen one of these cars. I figured it was a Suzuki but it is really a rebadged Daewoo. She now has 75,000 miles and has never had an issue. She doubts the timing belt has been done which is my biggest concern. I cannot find a consistent change interval for this car but I think it is 60k so overdue. I have also seen reports of the belt breaking before the called for intervals and it is an interference engine.
I also looked up the value of the car. She might get $2000 on a good day and she owes $4000 over two more years on this car. I suspect the dealer really took her as she was single and newly broken up and just needed a car fast. She paid like $9000 a couple years ago which I suspect was too much for this car.
I am trying to advise her on what to do. I know Daewoo doesn’t have a good reputation. I couldn’t find a lot of complaints or problems about this car but there aren’t very many of them out there either for owners to love or hate. Should she pay the car off and then sell/trade it for whatever she can get out of it at that time or just keep it until it becomes a problem for her? Either way, I would say a timing belt change and whatever else is suggested at that time like water pump and tensioner is in order.