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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,659 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.

2008 Suzuki Forenza engine problems

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 262013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


For a few weeks the car had been running a bit off--not really changing gears right-but nothing to raise serious alarm-clunked one time a week ago when slowing down. Yesterday the engine light came on the car made a loud clunk and would not switch into gear. After turning the car off and on the engine light went of and the car was able to be drive. Took it into the local auto parts store--they ran a trouble code which came back PO700 and PO705. We looked this up and it referred to the transmission range sensor---the auto part fellow said get it in now to be fixed. $200 later the car is now running acceptable again. The car mechanic was able to get the part in a couple hours because the warehouse said this part has an extremely high demand for it so they stock it. We had a long distance trip planned next week and this could have been disastrous to have completely lost the ability to drive or something else.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #4

Oct 072011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 31,895 miles
I have been getting service engine soon light on the dashboard. Then shortly after my battery needed to be replaced and I thought that was the problem. Well the next weekend the light came on and now when I switch gears I get a loud thump and the car jumps really hard. I went to advanced auto parts with the service engine light still on they were able to retrieve codes and verify the transmission range sensor a circuit while in park/reverse/nuetral and drive. And they also retrieved the transmission control sensor. I am scared to drive my car now and I will not drive it till it gets fixed. I have had transmission problems for the longest time and I am scared this car will cause an accident. It is a very unsafe car and I am concerned about the problem with the airbag not deploying due to many complaints. You need to do a recall on this car before someone gets badly injured or killed.

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012010


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when shifting into drive with the brakes depressed, the engine would shift abnormally, causing the check engine warning light to illuminate. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced the brake pads however, the failure persisted. The current mileage was 80,000 and the failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cosseyville, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 262010


  • 42,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would exhibit an unusual jerking sensation and a misfire. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be inspected and they informed her that she would need to have the catalytic converter replaced. The dealer was unable to repair the failure because part in stock. This failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The catalytic converter was replaced prior to the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 42,400.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 162010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while attempting to drive uphill, the check engine light illuminated, the vehicle lost power and made a loud noise when shifted into reverse. The contact called the manufacturer who advised him to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 57,000.

- Whiting , NJ, USA

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