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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 2 of 3)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,427 miles

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2007 Suzuki Forenza electrical problems

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Nov 112013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


On 11/11/2013 my car was parked in my driveway and caught fire (electrical) this is one of the recalls on this vehicle, (certain passenger vehicles, headlamp low beam or daytime running light (drl) function may be inoperative due to a melted splice pack on the wiring harness). I have had these problems with my vehicle the headlamp low beam and the daytime running light, would not turn on or off.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #25

Sep 182013


  • 68,200 miles
Was driving and transmission range sensor went bad and car jumped out of gear no warning. Traffic behind almost collided. My 4 year old was in back seat. Very scary. Called Suzuki and they said this is an extremely common problem considering my make, model, mileage. So why am I, a single disabled mother, responsible for getting a well known, unsafe manufacturer issue repaired..... I can't afford this and from what I was told most people with similar issue had this problem not only once but few months after getting repair done. This is extremely unsafe! car shifting and stalling while at full speed! me and my son could have been seriously hurt! planning to call Suzuki customer relations to see if they can fix issue because it is not fair that I have to come up with way to repair such a dangerous problem so many Suzuki owners have experienced.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #24

Aug 122013


  • 84,000 miles
After my daytime running lights stayed on all night, my battery died and I had to have the engine jumped. I went along with my day, parked my car at the bus lot and went to work. After returning to the car, I smelled smoke. When I tried to pop my hood, I noticed the interior paneling under my steering wheel was black and melted. The hood would not pop open because the release lever was also melted. There was smoke damage on my windshield near the air/defrost vents and on anything sitting in my car. Lucky for me, I was not in the car when the fire occurred and it was in a parking lot where no one was around to get injured. After having the transmission sensor replaced on the car 4 times before they replaced the entire transmission, I've realized there were electrical problems with this car long before the fire occurred. Many others have complained about a fire in this exactly make/model/year car. Suzuki should be ashamed for making such terrible cars and filing for bankruptcy right before the problem occurs so there is nothing to be done/no accountability.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #23

Apr 272013


  • 58,000 miles


When turning my car on and putting it into reverse, the car suddenly jerked and the check engine light came on. The "R" should appear for reverse on the dash, but all the letters ("P", "R", "D", etc) were scrambled together. The car drove in reverse and when I put it into drive, it jerked again and then would hardly accelerate. After driving it for a couple minutes, turning it off, and turning it back on, it would finally accelerate normally, but the check engine light would still be on and the gears would still jerk. The check engine light would go off after a few days and everything would be fine, but still the same problem happens again in a short term.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 192010


  • miles
4 months after purchasing my 2007 Suzuki Forenza I already had to replace the transmission sensor then after that 2 months later again, ac goes out reason unknown, the windows on the passenger side stop working it won't roll down, also the airbag light won't go off, the passenger seat airbag lights stays on saying it is not activated, my signal lights and hazard lights don't work can't figure out the problem, my alarm system stops working then starts working again thought it might be a fuse but can't find a fuse or switch for it, my locks keeps unlocking and locking on its own while the car is in motion my headlights won't turn off I have to take out my fuse during the day then put it back in at night very annoying....reading so many of these reviews and complaints we all have same problems very annoying =/

- Mesa , AZ, USA

problem #21

Aug 172012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Headlights won't turn off. While driving on the expressway black smoke blew in my face. Electrical wires were on fire. I was able to pull over and get out without getting hit by the fast cars going by. Called 911 the fire department came put out the fire.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #20

Mar 072009


  • 16,000 miles


I am sick and tired of replacing my transmission range sensor!!!!!!!!!! and now after doing so, once again. My car wont start, battery is fine. I think that this needs to be a recall!!!! I have one more year left to pay off this car. I cant afford to keep replacing this problem. Had to replace this problem in 2009, and now again. Someone fix this!!!!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #19

Jul 252012


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that a burning smell was emitted from under the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the harness and the connector switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #18

Apr 192012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
Dash lights went out in car. Checked fuse and no bad fuse. Went to drive the car and then noticed had no break lights, head lights, and windows did not roll down. I had high beams if I wanted to drive it while holding the light switch for the high beams.had all fuses checked, and was then told it was in the wiring!!! car had been in the shop before for transmission range sensors. It seems to be one issue after another with this car all of a sudden. Tire pressure light come on for a few days then goes out for a few, and that is with new tires. Not very happy with this car at all..

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #17

Mar 272012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I just had this part replaced in January 2012 now 2 months later check engine light going on in the middle of driving. Went to autozone and guess what transmission range sensor again!!!!! I bought part from dealer in January and had my licensed auto mechanic put it in, now car doing exactly same thing it did in January car jerking into reverse, scrambled gear letters on dash board, this part is defective what do I have to do replace it every 2 months!!!! make it a recall already, I am not the only complaint!!!!

- Middle Island, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 192012


  • miles


When turning my car on and putting it into reverse, the check engine light came on and my car jerked into gear and where the R should appear for reverse on the dash, all the letters were scrambled together. The car drove in reverse and then when I put it into drive, it jerked again and then would hardly accelerate. After driving the car for a couple minutes, turning it off, and turning it back on, it would finally accelerate but the check engine light would still be on and the gears would still jerk. The check engine light would go off after a couple days and everything would be fine and then it would all start again. Then my car is starting to switch over into neutral when driving 60mph+ and now it will do this multiple times when driving at any speed. When it switches over to neutral like this while I'm driving, the D for drive on the dash will become scrambled like it does when it jerks into reverse. The problem is getting worse.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #15

Nov 152011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while parked, she activated the headlights and noticed a fire coming from underneath the hood. The headlights then became inoperative. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #14

Dec 272011


  • 82,506 miles
My check engine light came on after I placed the car in reverse, it gave a big "thunk" sound. I turned the car off and restarted it. The check engine light is still on. When I went to the dealership to get a diagnosis and they said it was a transmission range sensor gone bad! $250 to replace. As you can see that there are a lot of customer complaints on the same issue but no recall. I have already had the brake light sensor replaced earlier this year and a power steering pump! not liking Suzuki right now!

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #13

May 242011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I bought a 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4 door sedan new in 2007 but now the drive lights would not turn off did this once before about three months ago but turned off after about 47 minutes after I took the battery cable a lose. It started again on May 24, 2011 when my wife took our kids to basketball practice she smelt something burning, the car burst into flames with a lot of smoke down by her leg, another motorist saw her and put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. The car does not run it will turn over but not crank no power in car, no lights nothing works. Car is full of extinguisher smoke from trying to put fire out. The harness with wires going inside of it inside of car is melted, had to have car towed home 31.9 miles. Called Suzuki about car they asked me is there a recall on the car, go figure please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also when car was working the tire pressure gauge stayed on even with new tires that I could not keep on car is wearing tires down and last but not least air conditioner was only blowing hot air even though it is full of freon.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 072010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
I have an '07 Suzuki Forenza, the transmission keeps slipping gears and sometimes it gets stuck in 3rd gear. The dealer said it was not covered by warranty because "it's an electrical problem"; the transmission range sensor is going out. Costs around $200 dollars to repair. The dealer also admittedly stated that it's a common problem with this particular model.

- Strawn, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 182011


  • 41,200 miles
Transmission range sensor, is going out my car will not stay in gear anymore very dangerous to drive and is not covered under warranty and cost 300 dollars also my air bad sensor on the driver side does not go off anymore and have already broke a door handle Suzuki is horrible which haven't checked the price on those and I have saw a lot of people are having the same problems.

- Mount Holly, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 152010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Transmission would sometimes slip what feels like neutral (no power) while in drive. Other times transmission would stay in drive and would not down shift auto or manual. Frequency is increasing. Cost at dealer is financially prohibitive at this time. Research indicates problem is common to this and prior year manufacture.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 012010


  • 70,000 miles
I have had to repair so much on this car in such a short amount of time, I am going nuts...almost every month its something else! I have had blown head gaskets, replaced broken door handles (they broke again), chipping paint (for no reason), brake light switch system, now the transmission range sensor is bad. To replace the tires, the cheapest you can find is $130/tire new. I am out of thousands of dollars when the care was supposed to be under warranty and "americas best powertrain" but everything in the car that is going bad, isn't covered! my 2007 Suzuki Forenza sucks!

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #8

Jul 042010


  • 69,517 miles
The head lights on my daughters 2007 Suzuki Forenza stop working then at one point work again then one side turn off then the other then turn signals will stop working on one side then the other then they are fine then the day time running lights stop and start working as described above this is something that has been recalled on the 2003 to 2006 and now this is happening on the 2007. Something should be done before there is a crash or fire.

- Columbia, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 152010


  • 48,000 miles
Transmission shift sensor is what everything points to. When operating the vehicle in drive, the transmission suddenly ceases to operate correctly, and seems as if it has shifted into neutral. The shift selection indicator on the display panel shows a fault and the check engine light comes on. Upon investigating the issue online it seems as though this has become a recent issue with the Suzuki Forenza in the past months, ranging between the 2007 and 2008 models. This failure poses many safety concerns.

- Attalla, AL, USA

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