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#155 of 229 2006 Suzuki Forenza Shock/Strut Assembly
Mar 06, 2010 (3:34 pm)
We bought our 2006 Forenza as a pre-owned in March 2008. Took it to our trusted mechanic last week for state inspection and he said (and showed me) that the front shock/strut assembly seems to be defective. The mounting brackets are broken.In addition the shocks were leaking. He said he would be happy to fix it for us but advised to talk to Suzuki first about a possible recall. I called the main Suzuki number and was told if shocks are leaking, it is considered defective. The vehicle is a 2006 but was first put in service in January 2007, so the basic warranty actually just expired like 5 weeks ago. There is only 21000 miles on the car. We bought it with 11000 and only put 10000 on it in two years. The main office said we need to take it to the Suzuki dealer so they can verify the problem. And maybe they could grant us goodwill warranty if the parts are defective. And you guessed it - $750 worth of work. Of course, the Suzuki dealer says normal wear and tear, not defective parts. I asked him to hear my point of view - the car is only 3 years old with 21000 miles on it - no accidents, no neglect, no front end damage and all my service records up to date. How do you explain new shocks/struts at 21000 miles? Needless to say, I'm fighting with them but I would like to know if anyone else is having this type problem. And on a footnote, the dealer told me they can fix it, but these particular parts are back-ordered for two weeks. Hmmm? Makes me believe other people are having this problem. And by the way, two of our four door handles already broke and had to be replaced. Time to shop for something else. I guess this is just the tip of the iceberg. Good luck to everyone else.
#156 of 229 2006 forenza transmission prob
Apr 03, 2010 (7:29 am)
2006 forenza transmission started to slip engine light came on Took to auto zone abd they said it was transmission controler? Reset computer by disconecting battery and is driving normal again. any tips or advise?
#157 of 229 Re: 2006 forenza transmission prob [mark210]
Jul 09, 2010 (6:12 pm)
I am having the same problem right now with my 2007 Suzuki Forenza. All of a sudden, transmission started slipped. Jerking in and out. As with everyone else I've read on here, dealers closing down everywhere. The one I did find within 50 miles, the guy was a total jerk. Acted like he could give a flip, oh and yeah, my warranty is OUT.
So I have a good friend who's a mechanic. And of course after an act of congress to find and then take off the plug (having to literally grind his own tool), there was plenty of fluid in there, but it STANK! Hopefully it just needs flushed out and replace. Manual says every 30,000 miles?? Hope that's it.
#158 of 229 Re: blown head on a 2005 suzuki and car will not start [crystal3271]
Jul 09, 2010 (6:15 pm)
OMG all that is happening to me right now. My 2007 Forenza.
Drivers inside door handle snapped right off one day. Thankfully still under warranty at that time.
Now transmission slipping. Hoping it just needs flushed. Whatever happened with yours?
#159 of 229 Forenza DIED while driving
Aug 15, 2010 (5:28 pm)
I have a 2005 Suzuki Forenza (48k miles) which has had most of the problems listed (i.e struts, check engine light nightmare, gas, tires, etc).
My most recent nightmare happened just a little bit ago when I was driving home and the car DIED while turning the corner. The lights on the dash remained on, but the steering and gas did not work. I was able to pull over and put in park. I let it sit for a couple minutes and re-started it just fine. Has this happened to anyone? Any idea what happened? I'm a bit freaked out to drive it now.
#160 of 229 Engine Light and Idle
Sep 17, 2010 (9:50 pm)
I have a 2004 Forenza, it has been a gem until it hit 60k, I had the steering light explanation mark issue for two years, took it to CarX in Illinois and also Midas in AZ. No one could figure out the problem. I take my car in every three months for an oil change and am a little fanatical about my cars (and I am female!) At 60k, had a hard time turning the steering wheel, was told I had a leak in the steering wheel column, and this had to be replaced ($800.00). My 76 year old father says he never heard of such a thing and insists I got ripped off. I also had the check engine light issue before with the gas cap seal when the car was new. This was resolved. Now I have the check engine light issue again. Brought the car to Midas in AZ (as there are only 3 Suzuki dealers now in all of AZ-I just moved to Phoenix, AZ last year). I just had a battery replaced (after 6.5 years, 1st time-pretty good for AZ!), and my CEL light came on after this. Midas ran the codes and told me I needed to replace the spark plugs and wiring (std 60k maint) to the tune of $250.00, after doing this, the CEL came on a week later and then went off after 2 days. The CEL light is now back on again and has been on for 5 days. I am taking to Autozone to have them read the codes to me and then I will figure out what I have to do. I also had the timing belt replaced and the water pump (std 60k) and with the battery replacement, have alread spent $2200.00 on this car in August. The engine also revs up when just sitting, it is kind of jumpy when sitting at a stop light on some days,but not others! Does anyone know what this new problem might be? I asked Midas about it, and they have just ignored me. I also asked them to unplug the battery and replug it, as I have heard the CEL can come on once you have the battery replaced. I am a little freaked out at this point, as I can't afford any more repairs in September! . Does anyone have any similiar stories to share, or advice? I will let you know what Autozone tells me about the CEL code. Thanks!
#161 of 229 2004 suzuki forenza
Sep 24, 2010 (4:02 am)
K just got this car october of 09 used and need a power steering pump and my freaking engine light came on and flashed on and off for a few seconds going in bewtween lancaster and columbus last night. It now does not flash but goes on and off and told the code it pulled up has to do with compression. Any ideas? I am a single mom of a five year old, the pump alone is costing me 130$ I can't afford this crap...help please
#162 of 229 Re: 2004 suzuki forenza [kellij2]
Sep 29, 2010 (9:20 am)
I had a 06 forenza standard. The power steering light always came on no matter what. Just make sure that you have power steering fluid in the reservoir and you will be fine. The check engine light will always come on. I know have a 05 automatic LX forenza. and my light always comes on. The code tells me I need a new Catalytic converter. I'm not doing that. Somewhere there is a short, a wire that is exposed under your hood. If you can find it tape it up and the light should stop. Let me know how it works out.
#163 of 229 Re: 2006 Suzuki Forenza Shock/Strut Assembly [pennsy3]
Sep 29, 2010 (9:35 am)
My door handles also broke, I was informed my car is also out of warrenty, so they wont fix them. I have had multiable problems with this car. I have contacted Suzuki, but was told there is nothing they can do, magin that. I have also we all get together and make some calls but was told "you cant suggest a class action lawsuit on this site" so I guess there is nothing we can do, but drive it and pay lots of money or invest in another car. I drive a 2006 Forenza also.
#164 of 229 Re: 2004 suzuki forenza [joegallant]
Oct 12, 2010 (12:46 pm)
thanks but its my engine light on. Now i have clear liquid right under the middle of my car. assuming water pump what do you think?