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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,256 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Suzuki Forenza accessories - exterior problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 192010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


The driver owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 45 mph the vehicle stopped accelerating. It decelerated and would only drive at speeds lower than approximately 20 mph. The service warning lights also began to illuminate on the dashboard. The vehicle was stopped and shifted into park; upon shifting it back into drive the vehicle operated as normal. The failure continued to recur and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately one month later, the failure began to recur while driving approximately 45 mph for an extended period of time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and it was repaired. She also stated that both front door handles were fractured from the interior. The failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 30,000. Updated 02/08/11 the consumer also stated the door handle snapped off the vehicle. Updated 04/21/11

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 172006


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated there are many defects with the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated all the failures are not cover under warranty and she has to pay out of pocket for all the repairs. The defective parts are the front and rear struts, throttle body, door handle and transmission range censor. The manufacturer was not contacted. The dealer informed her they contacted the manufacturer and was told the vehicle was not covered under the warranty and she would have to pay for all repairs. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 232010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when a passenger in the rear seat tried to exit, the handle broke off and the passenger was injured. Three months later, the front passenger handle broke. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for repair. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The current mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Rock Hill , SC, USA

problem #5

Jan 142009


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While the contact was attempting to exit her vehicle the inside door handle broke and landed in her hand. The same failure has also occurred on the passenger side of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the door handles needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 50,000. Updated 10/27/09. The consumer also stated the shift relay was inoperative. The shifter locked up and the consumer was unable to start the vehicle. She was able to place the key in into the unlock safety lock and push the shifter in an unlocked position, then she was able to start the vehicle. The consumer stated the ignition locks up. Updated 10/29/09

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the interior plastic door handle on the front passenger side failed without warning. The failure allowed the door to open. The identical failure occurred with the rear door as well. Currently, the vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 50,000.

- Lieghton, AL, USA

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problem #3

Jan 012007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the inside door handles on the passenger side constantly fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times and they replaced the handles with defective plastic. The handles failed again on August 16, 2008 and the vehicle will be taken to the dealer again. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 20,000. Updated 09/23/08 updated 10/0/108.

- Musclesholas, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 032007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
When I first brought the car on 1/30/2006, it started giving me problems, such as not starting up, the engine light on and off all the time. The emergency brake light on constantly. The power windows rolling up and down by themselves. The power locks stop working and then work over and over again. When I'm driving, the car jerks and pulls all the time. (the pulling is coming from the transmission). I am a single mother of two and I feel real bad about getting stuck with a lemon. After I get out of school I take classes at night and my kids go to the daycare on campus when I picked them up after class, got in the car, started it up, and the front two windows rolled down by themselves, and would not roll up and it was snowing and we had to ride all the way home like that. The dealership doesn't care. As far as they are concerned, it is not their problem. It is a messed up world we live in where someone knows that you really need a car and they screw you with a lemon. Until this present day, all these problems described still exist but so do me and my son-3 and my daughter-6 if anybody can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 112005

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have purchased a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. As a certified crime prevention inspector, I have discovered features of this vehicle that will prove to be a safety concern for any driver/owner of this vehicle. The locks on the vehicle do no operate independently. The driver of the vehicle controls all locking devices on his/her side. An example of this is that the passenger if the vehicle cannot open his/her door if it is locked. The driver has to open the door. In the event that the driver is incapacitated the passenger would have extreme difficulty getting out of the car. Also, when the driver unlocks the door all locks open. In the event that there is someone trying to gain unauthorized entry into the vehicle they will be able to do so without difficulty; putting the driver in extreme danger. There is no way for the rear seated passengers to exit the vehicle without the driver unlocking the door. In the event of a fire a passenger would perhaps literally have to break out a window to exit. This would take time and the passenger or passengers may perish. These are extreme safety concerns which I pray will be investigated!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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