Junkyard Find: 2005 Suzuki Reno SWT

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 2005 suzuki reno swt

Would you consider a special-edition version of the Daewoo Nubira’s successor to be worthy of inclusion in this series, even as I walk by 99 out of 100 junked BMW E30s? Hey, if I’m willing to photograph every Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally and Geo Storm GSi that I find in the junkyard, then of course a genuine, numbers-matching Suzuki Reno SWT makes the cut!

Daewoo, the South Korean outpost of the General Motors Empire, failed in ignominious fashion when attempting to sell the Lanos, Nubira, and Leganza in North America during the 1999-2002 period. Still, the Leganza lived on— briefly— as the Suzuki Verona, and the hatchback version of the Nubira’s successor (the Daewoo Lacetti, of Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car fame) also got Suzuki badges: the Reno.

Did you know that Suzuki offered a “Suzuki Works Techno” option package for the Reno for the 2005 model year? I didn’t, until I found this car in a self-service yard near the California state capitol. The SWT packages started out in Japan, then spread across the Pacific to include the Reno and Aerio.

You didn’t get anything to make the Reno faster when you spent the 500 bucks to get the SWT, but you did get Sunburst Orange paint, faux-carbon-fiber accents, a spoiler, and these exquisitely mid-2000s tape graphics.

There’s plenty of “carbon-fiber-styled” stuff to be found here, which should have appealed to fans of the early Fast and Furious movies.

You could get the Reno with a manual transmission, but few buyers did so.

126 horsepower here. So, what we have here is a cheap commuter appliance that looked more interesting than the ordinary Accents and Aveos in the office-park lot.

Suzuki gave up on selling cars in the United States after 2012, but still makes plenty of yen by offering the best-selling car in Japan.

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  • Ianw33 It makes me laugh how many complaints i see here in the comments section. Leave it to "car enthusiasts" to be unhappy with the fact that a mainstream auto manufacturer produced a 1K HP car with a warranty that isn't $250K+. can't we just be happy that something crazy/fun exists like this before its gone, even if its not your cup of tea?
  • YellowDuck This is a completely vulgar vehicle. I understand that that is the point, but still...pretty douchey.
  • IBx1 ...and it's automatic, so you get the same driving experience as a camry or an Ioniq 5. What a waste.
  • SCE to AUX Love it, and the price is a bargain, actually. The clean exterior is nice.Also, this caught my attention: "105mm throttle body"... that's a lot of air flow.
  • Tassos I predict this will be a big hit and conquer new markets. Housewives will be lining up to grab them, and the dealers will charge $200k a unit. Why? Because they already buy SUVs and crossovers they never needed, which have much less interior space than their minivans. So they will sacrifice a bit more of that space, but at least they will not drive identical looking crossovers with their accursed neighbor's wife.I also predict the Tesla Plaid and even lesses Teslas will beat the living daylights of this idiotic vehicle, and without even breaking a sweat.