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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 of 3)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,231 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza transmission problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Mar 252011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,426 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 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 #47

Feb 262013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate from a complete stop and a banging noise was heard. The contact also stated that the engine light illuminated. After letting the vehicle sit for a while, it was restarted then operated as designed. The vehicle had not been diagnosed by a mechanic. The failure and current mileage was 80,000...updated 03/18/13 the consumer stated the plastic spine in the switch slid onto the metal spline coming out of the transaxle, so when he shifted into gear, the switch would electronically tell the system what gear it was in. The plastic switch burned out over time.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #46

Dec 222011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 106,300 miles
My 06 Forenza would not shift into drive and the check engine light would come on then it would get better and the check engine light would turn off. Then I started getting the periodic clunk and scrambled display, usually while in a parking lot or when just starting a trip and driving slow. I finally took it to advance auto and they told me it was the transmission sensor. They sent me to the dealer who made me take the car back home because the check engine light had turned back off and they couldn't read the codes. It's still not fixed because when the check engine light comes on it never at the shop. I have researched online and find that a lot of consumers are having the exact same problem with this car. I think Suzuki should do a recall for this problem because it's not a random problem but seems to be a standard problem.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #45

Aug 262011

Forenza

  • 68,000 miles

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

I was driving my Suzuki Forenza last Friday when it went from "drive" to basically neutral. I was driving on the interstate and was almost hit from behind because my car stalled. This has happened multiple times since and each time I've been lucky enough not to be hit. This is a seriously dangerous issue because it happens mid drive. Apparently it's my transmission range sensor and it has happened to a lot of people. I cannot drive my car without going very slowly and being fearful. It will still do it each time I accelerate so I have to be mindful to drive on the right side of the road so I can easily pull into a side road or driveway. I'm hoping to get it fixed asap however it's not covered under warranty.

- Fl, FL, USA

problem #44

Aug 092011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 100,934 miles
I am so upset that my 2006 Suzuki Forenza transmission range sensor has been going out. I have had this part replaced back in 2009 and it went out while I was driving and almost caused a car accident as I was driving due to the gears shifting as I was on the expressway and had to pull over on the shoulder. I went to the Suzuki dealership and advise of the problem and said that it not covered under the powertrain warranty. I am not have the same problem with my car and as I was going through a light with busy traffic the same issue and almost caused a car to rear ended me and due to the gear changing and causing my car to go slow. Suzuki should have longer warranties on these parts longer that a year due to the part is not lasting. Then the engine light will come on and then the dashboard gears will scramble. The next day the engine light went off and took it to Suzuki and said can not help cause light went off. I drove the car for a few days and the light came back on and I was turning into the street to the turning lane and my car started to stall and oncoming traffic was coming. I am also upset that my lights keep going out and it was a recall and Suzuki said that it was fixed and I am still having a issue. Please help!

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #43

Aug 052011

Forenza

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact approached a traffic stop signal and applied the brakes when the vehicle shifted into neutral without engagement. The accelerator pedal was applied and there was an extremely slow response from the vehicle. The engine was turned off. The engine restarted with the transmission and gear warning lights illuminated intermittently. The engine warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the transmission range sensor was replaced. The technician informed the contact that the problem was a common failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer within an hour after the repair due to a recurrence of the failure and the sensor was reconnected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Sycamore, IL, USA

problem #42

Jul 082011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles

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

1. check engine light on. 2.car doesn't have power, is sluggish. While driving it seems to slip out of gear, 3. called dealership about it but no response it my transmission range sensor.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #41

Mar 012011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2006 Suzuki Forenza will shift on its own from drive to neutral while driving causing my car to stall out. When shifting to reverse the car will become unresponsive.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #40

Jun 112011

Forenza

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 35, the vehicle would slip out of gear and stall. The vehicle would be pulled over to the side of the road and restarted. Approximately one year ago, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where an unknown sensor was replaced. The authorized dealer was notified of the recent occurrences and the contact was advised to bring the vehicle in for a diagnostic test. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #39

Jun 062011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 38,171 miles
I own a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. A little over month ago, me and my family were driving on the highway, and the car started jerking and slowing down very suddenly. After switching into 3rd gear and then back to drive, the car finally started picking up speed and driving correctly. A few days after that, I drove my daughter to school and when I got back in the car to go home, the car would not drive over 10mph. It kept jerking very hard. I took it to get diagnostics done and found that it is the transmission range sensor. I have done research on this issue with this particular vehicle and have found that this issue is very wide spread. I feel that no matter how well the maintenance on this vehicle is kept up, this issue is destined to become a problem and a safety issue. Because this sensor glitch causes the vehicle to suddenly switch gears and slowdown without warning or brake lights, there is a high possibility for accidents. I believe there should be a recall for this to be fixed. I have not been able to drive my car for over a month because my family has only one income at this time from my husbands job and I cannot afford to have it fixed. I called the manufacturer and got no assistance. I contacted the dealer asking about a goodwill assistance repair and I have gotten no response.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #38

Jul 092011

Forenza

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact was driving 65 mph when the drive indicator flashed on the dashboard as the vehicle stalled. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic for diagnostic testing and was advised by the mechanic that the transmission range sensor was faulty. The contact noticed numerous complaints regarding the transmission range sensor for his make and model via the internet. The contact was concerned that the vehicle would stall and cause a crash. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Cincinati , OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 232011

Forenza

  • 66,000 miles
Range sensor on my power train seems like it's going out. I have read dozens and dozens of complains for this very part on this very same model and year car and it's not covered under the warranty and I really don't have $200-300 to get it fixed right now. I have a 2 year old who rides in my car and this isn't safe. What it does is when you get up to about 40 miles per hour it will jerk and decelerate down to about 20 miles per hour, this could cause an accident. From what I've read this part really does need to be recalled because lots of people have had this same issue with this car and this part and the warrant doesn't take care of it. I bought a Suzuki because I thought it was a good car with a great warranty and I'm finding out that might not have been the case.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #36

Mar 012011

Forenza

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when driving at any speed, the vehicle would lunge forward and skip gears. The contact stated that the vehicle would act as if it were in limp mode and the check engine warning light was also illuminated. The contact repaired the vehicle by replacing the transmission range sensor. The dealer was notified of the failure, but the manufacturer was not. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 39,300. The VIN was not available.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #35

Mar 252011

Forenza

  • 51,978 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated the automatic transmission sensor switch which also known as the transmission range sensor was defective and failed to function normally. While driving 45 mph there was a warning light and the vehicle shifted into neutral gear. The contact drove onto the emergency lane and within a few minutes the vehicle would reset itself. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the transmission sensor needed to be replaced which was not covered under warranty or recall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,798.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #34

May 032011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 51,798 miles
My 2006 Suzuki Forenza (current mileage : 51798 miles) sedan's transmission is slipping intermittently when driving on the freeways above the speed of 40-50 miles per hour. The check engine light came on and a line through the "D" on the instrument panel showed up, which acts like the car is in neutral. When trying to accelerate by pushing the accelerator pedal, the car engines revs and delivers no power. If you pull over on the curb, turn the car off and restart it then the car is back to normal. I has done this 8-10 times now in the past 2 weeks. The failure continued to recur and I have taken this vehicle to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission range selector switch which needed to be replaced due the error code "po 705 trans range sensor malfunction" showing up on the diagnostic system. I have read various complaints on the internet forums for posts related to transmission range selector switch on the 2006 Suzuki Forenza. Through my research on the internet, I have found many people who have complained about this switch going bad in their Forenza's in 40 - 60K mileage range and yet Suzuki motors do not consider this important enough to recall. This switch is obviously defective and initially it started doing the symptom once a week, but now it is making it almost daily. This is a serious safety issue, and as I have seen in various forums, this is a very common complaint, I very strongly believe that Suzuki must issue a recall.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #33

Apr 152011

Forenza

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal and the vehicle jerked forward. When pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would decelerate and the RPM reading was higher than usual. The contact stated that he was able to drive the vehicle but experienced the failure four different times intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #32

Apr 152011

Forenza

  • miles
Three weeks ago I bought my used 2006 Suzuki Forenza with only 35K miles and in general, it is almost in brand new conditions. Sometimes (when least expected) if you try to shift from park to reverse or drive, the transmission slams instead of applying softly as usual and the check engine light goes on. It started doing the symptom once a week, but now it is making it almost daily. This is a serious safety issue, and as I have seen in various forums, this is a very common complaint, Suzuki must issue a recall!!!!

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #31

Apr 072011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza wagon issues so far: 63K - check engine light came on and a line through the D on the instrument panel showed up, which acts like the car is in neutral. When trying to accelerate the car has no power. If you pull over, turn the car off and restart it then the car is back to normal. It has done this 4 times now in the past 2 weeks. 60K - a couple of months ago the window washer pump went out and I had to replace it. I did it myself and it still cost me $85. Front seatbelt acts like it latches but then comes back out (this problem was recalled). 40K - the air bag light is also lit up on the car.

- Exeter, CA, USA

problem #30

Feb 262011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #29

Nov 202010

Forenza

  • 54,754 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza. The check engine light keeps coming on. Also a "line" through the "D". engines revs on acceleration, but acts as if in idle, then lurches forward. Has happened several times intermittently. Online research indicates this problem is widespread.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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