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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,702 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza drivetrain problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Nov 142014

Forenza

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while attempting to shift the vehicle into reverse, there was an abnormal banging noise that emitted from the vehicle and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact mentioned that there would also be an 'X' on the instrument panel next to the 'd' for drive on the shift selector. The contact was an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the range transmission sensor needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #68

Oct 212012

Forenza

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the transmission jerked and the vehicle would not accelerate when prompted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #67

Aug 232015

Forenza

  • 39,000 miles
At speed on interstate highway, the car suddenly fell out of gear, and lost speed rapidly. Dash transmission display showed scrambled gear in place of D. car continues to experience similar incidents and does not properly change gears; occasionally displays scrambled letter in place of appropriate display (R, N, D, 3, etc.)

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #66

Jun 012015

Forenza

  • 121,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Battery indicator and brake indicator illuminated on the cluster panel. When in drive, the display showing what gear you are in flashes an unrecognizable signal. Some trouble accelerating.

- Fennville, MI, USA

problem #65

Jan 032015

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 15,897 miles
Vehicle purchased new in 2006. Under 16,000 miles one owner. Hard shifted out of park or reverse. Lost power when in drive with normal RPM's~ diagnosed as faulty transmission range sensor by independent repair shop. Replacement part also faulty. Please note mechanic used term "faulty". extreme safety issue. I expect Suzuki motor company to issue a safety recall with parts that are designed not to fail at such low mileage.

- Manteca, CA, USA

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problem #64

Oct 072014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 90,500 miles
Transmission range sensor is failing and caused a loss of power almost causing a major accident. This is a common problem with this model year, and needs to be investigated for a safety recall.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #63

May 232014

Forenza

  • 104,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When trying to shift from park to reverse the vehicle jumped and would not accelerate out of drive. When trying to accelerate forward it took a massive amount of power to go 10 mph. The vehicle will not shift properly and the check engine light will not stay on while the problem is occurring.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #62

Apr 112013

Forenza

  • 114,000 miles
I own a 2006 Suzuki Forenza wagen with an automatic trans-axle that I bought new from a dealership (expo Suzuki) selling Suzuki motor cars, in kingwood, Texas. Problems started happening to my car while I was in my driveway attempting to shift from park to drive, when I noticed the gear selection indicator window on the dashboard started displaying odd readings other than park or drive or a combination of its range modes(R, D, N,1 and 2) with a slash line going through it, indicating that an error/malfunction is occurring (this started at 75,000 miles or less, on the vehicle's odometer.), I shut off the car and restarted it with no error/malfunctions displayed; good, but the vehicle now drove sluggish; it would not drive beyond 20mph or less. It was taken back to the Suzuki dealership by tow-truck where I purchased the car from, and they claimed that no problems were found. Instances also involving this same problem with my Suzuki Forenza wagen came on the highway. The malfunction caused the car to quickly come to a near dangerous stop in heavy houston Texas traffic, due to the nss(neutral safety switch) malfunctioning without warning; almost involving me in a near fatal collision going at highway speeds; I happened to look and see the dashboard gear indicator window had that slash mark(s) in it again. I've taken my car back and forth, to my Suzuki dealership because of the neutral safety switch problem, with them only replacing the transmission, this time. Dealerships in houston Texas who sold Suzuki motor cars up until recent, will not touch this particular transmission, I've been told to just replace it, if its under Suzuki motors warranty? O.K. fine. This has not remedied my ongoing problems with this car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #61

Feb 072014

Forenza

  • 135,423 miles
I replaced my transmission range sensor in October 2013 and 4 months later it won't go in reverse. The car does not want to go back. The sensor goes bad really quick and it keeps you paying money to get it fix. The check engine light stays on and he airbag light. I have replaced it twice in 2012 and 2013. There needs to be a recall for this and don't know why it has not happen before someone get seriously hurt. Suzuki please fix this problem.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #60

Feb 062013

Forenza

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the mil warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle could not be shifted into fourth gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the transmission range sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 37,000.

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #59

Jun 152013

Forenza

  • 33,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle would no longer accelerate. The check engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred sporadically. Additionally, the contact stated that when placing the gear in reverse, the gear shifter would become jammed, causing the vehicle to jerk abnormally. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.

- Uniontown, PA, USA

problem #58

Oct 112013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 99,120 miles
I will be driving and the shift gear will automatically shift into another gear. Or I can start the car and the gear will not go into drive and it will not go forward. I have called about getting this fixed and I was told that alot of complaints has been made for this problem on this type of car, and it is very dangerous...this will cause a automatic accident if not death.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #57

Jan 012012

Forenza

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the transmission warning light illuminated and caused the gears to engage with force. As a result, the engine overheated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the transmission range sensor however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage was 145,000.

- Sparr , FL, USA

problem #56

Sep 302012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving uphill, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact noticed there was a hesitation between gears and also an abnormal noise. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, where unknown repairs were made to the vehicle however, the failure soon recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 11/15/13 the consumer stated the switch assembly was replaced twice. It was advised by a Suzuki repair technician to use a plastic cord to hold it together. The switch assembly has not been repaired. Updated 11/26/2013

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #55

Jul 302013

Forenza

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating. The vehicle was shut off and restarted ten hours later. The contact then noticed that there was a hesitation between gears. The dealer was contacted but stated that they could not diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 67,000.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #54

Dec 182012

Forenza

  • 101,000 miles
I purchased a used 2006 Suzuki Forenza 2006in Oct 2012. The first break down was a week after purchase there was a hole in the water pump. I called the dealership and that was replace in December 2012 I was driving to work I was stopped at a red light and there was a shake in the engine it begin to jerk and did not want to accelerate. I took it to aamco where they said it had to do with the transmission switch. They fixed it after two weeks I was coming off the freeway again at the stop light my car shook and the check engine light went on I took it back and they said it was the same code that had come up the first time. They fixed it again. Then a month later the same thing happen I ended up taking it to a dealership and it was the same thing with a transmission switch. Now the check engine light keeps going off and on everytime I take it in to get looked at the same code pops up with the transmission switch. Now there saying it has to be electrical and it is safe to drive with the check engine light on.

- Norwalk , CA, USA

problem #53

Mar 252011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,426 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that after shifting into reverse, a loud and unusual noise was heard from the vehicle. The contact then shifted into drive and depressed the accelerator however, the vehicle proceeded to roll in reverse. The gear selector box then displayed an abnormal symbol of a square with an "X" over the symbol. The dealer was contacted and stated that he had never seen such a symbol. A diagnostic was performed and the contact was advised that there was a transmission failure. There were unknown repairs made to the vehicle however, the failure recurred. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 45,426. The current mileage was 67,000. Updated 9/4/13 the consumer stated the drive gears slipped while driving on the freeway. Power was completely lost, but the vehicle did not stall. On June 22,2013, the consumer put the vehicle in reverse and a symbol displayed, when she stepped on the accelerator, there was a click and a jerk.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #52

Dec 202012

Forenza

  • 42,000 miles
When shifting out of park dashboard does not recognize gear and loses great amount of power. When driving gears do not shift correctly. Makes a clunking noise. Sometimes when I push the gas pedal very lightly the car jumps forward and other times it doesn't want to move at all.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #51

Jun 132012

Forenza

  • 80,000 miles
When changing gear out of park, receive a message on the dash showing it's not reading the gear and losing extreme amount of power. Diagnosis was transmission range sensor. This is the second time this part has gone out. Further investigation has shown this to be a popular problem.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #50

Mar 202013

Forenza

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that there was a clunking noise when changing gears. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated the transmission range sensor would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Fillmore, CA, USA

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