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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,878 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.

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2007 Suzuki Reno transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Suzuki Reno Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 152012


  • 61,000 miles


Transmission range sensor is faulty. Car bangs into gear from park and reverse, as well as erratically shifts into neutral while driving.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 172011


  • 86,000 miles
My 2007 Suzuki Reno jerks when you put it into reverse and check engine light comes on, then when you put it into drive it goes really slow and sometimes I have to drive it in 3rd gear I've read around done some research and I've seen alot of people with the same problem.

- Santa Fe , NM, USA

problem #7

Jan 012011


  • 75,000 miles
The check engine light is on all the time. My vehicle has been acting like it does not want to go into gear. While I am driving it, it will shift out of gear into neutral. When I shift gears it will make a loud "clunk" noise and occasionally jerk the car. The closest Suzuki dealership near me (since mine closed) is about 2 to 3 hours away. Im sure my vehicle will not make it to the dealership.

- Lake City, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 012011

Reno 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated that she was unable to accelerate over 20 mph and the vehicle was unable to shift between gears. The vehicle would exhibit an abnormal clunking noise followed by the illumination of the gear shifter warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transmission range sensor was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 67,000. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 9/27/11 the consumer stated when she put the vehicle in drive, it made a noise and then lurched forward. The indicator light for the gear flashed and the vehicle would not move out of 1st gear. Updated 10/07/711

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 022011


  • 58,000 miles
Transmission range sensor. Car slams into gear and gets stuck in 2nd gear after stopping. Putting car in park also slams into gear. Seems to be a very common problem among Reno/forenza owners. Takes quite a long time to repair and is about $300. Seems like it should be included in a recall/warranty since it is connected to the transmission but of course it is not.

- Centerport, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 252011


  • 65,000 miles
Check engine light came on about a month ago, since then the transmission slips, has no power accelerating and sometimes drive won't work, just 3rd gear. When vehicle is driven over 50 mph, rpms rev high, past 3 or 4 thousand. I think it's the transmission sensor failing.

- Jackson, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 152011


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate from stops. The vehicle would also jerk when shifting gears and the check engine light began to illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the transmission range sensor would need to be replaced. An authorized dealer was notified, but the manufacturer was not. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 132010


  • 36,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated was driving 65 mph with the cruise control engaged when the vehicle suddenly slipped into neutral but the shifter indicated that the vehicle was still in drive. The vehicle independently decelerated to 30 mph. The contact was able to drive to his destination where her performed a diagnostic himself and discovered that the transmission range sensor was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that he did not feel safe driving the vehicle to the dealer for repairs or further inspection.the VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 36,900.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152009


  • 30,000 miles
1 placing the vehicle in any gear causes this particular problem. My vehicle began to show symptoms at about 30,000 miles. 2 when the vehicle is placed in any gear, a diagnostic code is set that only allows the vehicle to operate in drive or reverse. Lower gears are not allowed to operate when in this mode of operation. Initially the failure was when the vehicle was cold (below 60 degrees F) later the problem occurred frequently when the vehicle was started. The result is very sluggish acceleration of the vehicle which could result in a crash after pulling into traffic. 3 replacement of the "prndl" or park-neutral switch or transmission range switch ( all names for the same part) corrected the problem. Note: The transmission repair shop noted that this was a common failure item on many vehicles and the dealer where the replacement part was purchased had 3 in their shop (for the same problem) at the time the part was purchased. The dealer also told the transmission tech that they replaced about 3 of these switches per week on average.

- Easley, SC, USA

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