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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,771 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 Reno drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Suzuki Reno Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 172016


  • 79,000 miles


I've had to replace the throttle body as well as the transission range sensor and the trans axle control module. I've had to replace the arms on the windshield as well for the windshield wipers because they had came off while I was driving. This car has almost caused me my life multiple times and im so sick of no one trying to fix what is going on with it. I know that they dont make this model anymore but this care has been nothing but trouble and not everyone can buy a new car at this time so we are left to fix the mistakes of the maker.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #11

Sep 182015


  • 20,550 miles
This really should be enforced as a recall. Obd2 codes are P0705 and P0705P (transmission range sensor failures). When shifting to D or R, the check engine light goes on, you hear a loud voice and the car shakes, it's scary. The failure starts soon after powertrain warranty expiration date. I realized this happens to a lot of owners of Suzuki cars, sharing the exact same experiences. It's a shame Suzuki charges $500 to repair something that happens to virtually everyone. On the internet everyone complains of the same problem. My car has only 20,550 miles. It really should be mandated as a recall. Thank you very much!

- Ledgewood, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 192014


  • miles
Transmission has trouble switching gears, odometer scrambles when switching from park to drive, odometer reads as being in reverse when it's in park, and when it switches gears it switches hard and struggles to accelerate.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #9

Oct 092012


  • 85,000 miles


Vehicle lurched and hopped out of gear. I took the vehicle to the mechanic, he stated the code indicated the transmission range sensor was having an issue, not covered by warranty. I had it replaced at a later date. The fix lasted about 2 months and the sensor again went bad, I just had it replaced again but it did not solve all of the issues, I have to drive in 3 to keep the car shifting and keep it from randomly hopping out of gear. This is dangerous! I have pulled out onto highways and had the car jump out of gear and not be able to maneuver to a safe spot, nearly getting hit numerous times. This is a known issue! if you visit any Suzuki or repair forum you will see numerous posts on this exact problem. It is a safety issue as well as a mechanical one. This needs to be investigated before someone dies.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #8

May 252013

Reno 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph the vehicle decelerated. The contact noticed a whining noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated the transmission range sensor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Dayton, TN, USA

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problem #7

Dec 012011


  • 30,000 miles
Driving at 50mph and the car jolts into 4th gear and stays there. Making any take off from stop terrible. It must be very hard on the transmission and the power train. I have replace this part twice now and it still continues to happen. A recall is needed severely.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 072012

Reno 4-cyl

  • 47,208 miles


Pulling out at a red light the car had no power like it stopped working or was out of gear hesitation. Check engine light came on transmission code P0705. Had it replaced at a reputable transmission repair shop. Same problem again 3/28/2013 given a replacement part free. Same problem again 4/15/2013 going to Suzuki 4/18/2013 for them to check the car. Stressing me out, I hope I don't get killed because of this loss of power. I guess I have to pay for this continuing problem which I don't see why they didn't do a recall when they are aware of this ongoing problem with my car as well as others.

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 282013

Reno 4-cyl

  • 55,160 miles
Occasionally, when starting my vehicle, I will notice that the "check engine" light is on. When going from park to reverse, it slams into gear. When going to drive, it also slams into gear. I had it checked out at the Suzuki dealership, and they said that it is not part of the drive train. It is the transmission range selector sensor that is bad, and as such, is not covered by the drive train warranty. This has been happening off and on for months, and by the time I can get it to the dealership, the issue has resolved it's self. Now, they want to charge me to replace a faulty part on the vehicle, that other people have had as well. This is unacceptable, to me, as I did not damage the part, it was faulty to begin with.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 032009


  • 38,000 miles
Driving down the road going 50 mphs the engine light comes on loses all power goes into lump home mode. Took it to the shop and replaced the throttle position sensor. 3 months later light comes back on take it back to the dealership and this time it is the same thing they did a transmission flush and replaced the sensor again. 3 months later the same thing happened again this time its the throttle pedal position sensor. It keeps doing the same thing every couple of months. Expensive fix everytime. I have the extended warranty and it doesn't help.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011


  • 35,000 miles
While driving the car automatically downshifts into neutral. I was told it was a transmission range sensor and it was not covered by the warranty. This will cost + or - $250. The car is still covered by the 100,000 mile 10 year warranty and has only 38,000 miles on it. I was told that this is a common occurrence on Suzuki Renos and forenzas... is this a defective part. It is dangerous-

- Youngwood, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 092012


  • 30,335 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Reno. The contact was driving uphill at 20 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing, which determined that the tcm was faulty. The tcm was replaced but the repair did not remedy the issue. The failure mileage was 30,335.

- Ashville, PA, USA

problem #1

May 092011


  • 55,000 miles
Transmission slips into neutral while driving at 55 mph. The electronic D starts flashing and it looks like there is N over the D on the dash. The car will not move unless I down shift into 3rd gear and the power train is automatic.

- Selden, NY, USA

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