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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,754 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 100 miles


I own a 2006 Suzuki Forenza and have had numerous problems with this car. Since purchasing new in 2006, I have had the gas gauge, gas tank, radio, center console, front door handles & catalytic converter replaced. The factory tires went bad within a year, and because it is an odd tire size cost over $400 to replace. Currently the check engine light is on stating there is a problem with the catalytic converter which was just replaced about 3 months ago. I left the car overnight at the dealer & got a rental car (which cost $75) and the dealer and Suzuki tech support can not figure out why the catalytic converter error continues to show up. The power steering light is also on & I was told that it requires a sensor - not covered by warranty - that will cost over $300. I have had a problem with the engine jerking and slipping gears on acceleration. It would also stick in neutral or not change gears and hesitate to the point of moving very slowly. I was told this was an oxygen sensor which cost me over $300 to replace. I have had this problem once since. The struts - front and back - also need to be replaced which is a $1200 repair because they are leaking. Currently both front door handles are broken causing me to have to open the windows to open the doors. I have had them replaced once before under recall, but now it will cost over $200 a piece to replace. I didn't even know there was a light to indicate that the daytime running lights were working until it just appeared one day. The daytime running lights indicator won't stay on - it comes on, then goes back off. I think Suzuki needs to make good on these cars because there are so many problems.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 102008


  • miles
Seat belt randomly unbuckles while driving all interior door handles have broken od during he first of ownership transmission slips in and out gear constantly.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 182010


  • 140,000 miles
Coming from ramp heading on to freeway. Steering wheel locked. I applied brake prior to entering freeway. Car slid head-on into concrete barrier and flipped over into oncoming traffic, landed right side up. Car was totalled.

- Mabank, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 022006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,836 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza with safety issues regarding loss control and sticking and engine stalling* the consumer stated the gears would stick and she has experienced several steering component failures. To this date the steering problem still had not been addressed. One month after purchasing the vehicle, it would not start, the consumer had to wait 2 minutes before trying again. The consumer could not get the vehicle to go into reverse. There was a knocking noise coming from the vehicle, the dealer stated they lubricated the sway bar bushings. The noise eventually returned. The dealer then stated that they over-lubricated the sway bar bushings.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #1

Oct 312006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,836 miles
Steering wheel malfunction - loss of vehicle control and drove off the road manufacturer and car dealership did not help multiple other defects, including engine stalling/gears "sticking" - please refer details in letter to be sent to your office by mail.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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