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Suzuki Forenza, Auto Repair, Electrical, Engine, Paint, Transmission, Sedan, Wagon
#51 of 229 2005 Suzuki Forenza
Apr 09, 2007 (11:24 am)
I bought this car new off the lot with 15 miles on it 10/29/2006. After 300 miles, the air bag indicator on the passenger side stopped working. Got it fixed but now at 18,000 miles indicator light back on. This car will not start when temp is below 20 degrees. However, when 20-25 it stalls out no matter where you are. This car has been towed 4 times and in the shop 6 times between December and April. Each time I am told it is fixed but it has never been fixed. Manufacturer rep is totally useless. Now, I am going to see an attorney. This is a killer car!
#52 of 229 Re: Want a budget sedan? Check out the Suzuki Forenza [ruthie1019]
Apr 09, 2007 (11:30 am)
I live in NC and I have the same problem. When the temp is below 20 it will not start, 20-25, it stalls out even in traffic which is really nasty during Charlotte rush hour. This car has been towed 4 times and in the shop 6 times, all for the same problem. I would suggest filing a case with Better Business Bureau or calling one of the Action Alerts TV programs. My car has 18000 on it.
#53 of 229 2005 Suzuki Forenza
Apr 09, 2007 (11:33 am)
Mine nearly drives itself; however, the steering wheel does make noises like the fluid is low but it is not.
#54 of 229 Re: Trying to avoid it [occupant1]
Apr 25, 2007 (7:52 am)
Avoid at all cost the Cobalt and Stratus/Sebring. Malibu or Focus are ok. Consider too, much more reliable models like a Mitsubishi Lancer, Mazda 3 or Hyundai Elantra. From Suzuki only Aerio, Sx4 because they are real Suzuki products. Sadly Forenza/Reno/Verona are plagued with problems, pity because they look soo nice and low price is tempting. But hey spend 3 thousand more and go for a Lancer.
#55 of 229 Re: omg..it is the wagon too.. I have a 2006 forenza [crying1]
Jun 05, 2007 (7:03 pm)
I bought a 2006 forenza, with 21 miles on it in February 2007, thought we were ok until we hit 2500 miles. CEL on for an oxygen sensor, 4 days after getting the car back, CEL on again, this time the alternator was replaced. 2 weeks later CEL again, that was the catalytic converter failed and had to be replaced. Now another two weeks later the car starts when it wants to, and when it starts it idles high, and then quickly drops to the point where it almost stalls, dealer is telling me a software update was just released and should take care of the problem. sounds like BS! the car now has 4400 miles on it.
know a good lemon law attorney????
#56 of 229 Re: omg..it is the wagon too.. I have a 2006 forenza [cmont]
Sep 11, 2007 (9:51 am)
My teenage daughter bought a 2006 Forenza in Sept 06, since than has put over 15k miles on it with out a single problem. Her biggest problem was listening to others bitch about their cars. Shortly after she bought it she went to work at a Toyota/Suzuki dealership where nearly all Suzuki owners complained that the cars were all POS's. This may be the case for many of the cars, but as for the SUV's I know that this is incorrect. In any case she recently traded hers for a Hyundai Tiburon. Took a loss financially on the deal but emotionally it was a big step up. Lesson learned.
#57 of 229 2006 forenza = bad news
Nov 17, 2007 (6:18 pm)
resale value dropped 9,000 only offered 8,000 dollars on trade in with 750 miles on car. I to have the cold start idling problem, my transmission seems to shutter at times. All the kids at the child care center ask whats wrong when starting the car up. The American Suzuki Corp is useless and have hung up on me when the problem isn't in their best interest. This car is a joint effort between GM and Daewoo. Daewoo went out of business leaving customers with no way to service thgeir vehicles. They have appeared under the name of Suzuki and customers should be warned of this! The American Suzuki Corporation and Chacon Suzuki are dishonorable and untrustworthy.
#58 of 229 70,000 - Anyone have these issues?
Nov 27, 2007 (2:08 pm)
My 2005 wagon has really been a pretty good car. I average 30 mpg and repairs have been minimal. There are two minor nagging issues that I have yet to resolve. Browsing this board, I see others have also experienced this.
1-The airbag light (in the gage cluster)stays on in the dash. The first few times the dealer/I unplugged then re-plugged the connector under the passenger seat and the light went out for 6 months then 4 months then 2, now we the light will briefly go out, but come right back on.
2- the steering wheel emits a soft squeal when turning after the car warms up. Not like the old American cars deep in the engine compartment but more like right in the steering column. It's sort of a rubbing squeal like a dry wiper blade.
Any info or fixes on these two items would be appreciated. Thanks.
#59 of 229 Engine balalnce?
Nov 27, 2007 (2:13 pm)
I've been experiencing a performance condition in my 2005 Forenza that I have not in other vehicles I have owned. It was very noticeable to my wife when she borrowed it last week. When mildly accelerating uphill you get the sensation of a tire out of balance. (tires are fine) It must be generated by the engine-drivetrain but it doesn't feel like misfiring. I've heard of compensating balance shafts in 4 cylinder engines, Could the engine be temporarily out of balance? There sure feels like a "lobe" in the power delivery under these slow acceleration conditions.
#60 of 229 Re: High RPM Idle [sschriber]
Dec 20, 2007 (12:30 pm)
my '06 sedan idles high after cold start, too.
it has 37k and has developed a loud tap and the front end drowns bad.