definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,957 miles

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2004 Suzuki Forenza electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012015


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician replaced the starter, battery, and inspected the alternator; however, the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.....updated 09/19/16

- Kingsburg, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 66,700 miles
When inserting key the look fell inside the door (note: This problem was subject to an NHTSA recall, but my VIN number was not included)

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 072011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the head lights would flicker and an electrical burning odor emitted inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number 12V3700000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). However, the dealer was contacted and informed the contact that the parts needed to remedy the failure were not available. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not available.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 112014


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns 2004 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the speedometer provided an inaccurate reading of zero. The contact stated that the speedometer reset independently but the vehicle would not maintain speeds of over 70 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 222012


  • miles
Exterior lighting in August 2011 went to dealer ship to have the recall done for the headlamp low beam or daytime running light (drl). So now it"S June 2012 my headlamps and drl lights not working. Very thankful it didn?T go out on my when I was driving at night I seen me light look different. Went to have bulbs replace lights still not working. So the place I was at ran a test and found out that the wiring is melted so, they side they did have a recall on this. So went Toyota dealerships and they tell me that the wiring that is melted is not the same wiring that was in the recall for my car. Wow really so now I can"T drive my car at night. But my high beams works.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 282007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Car has trouble starting and check engine light comes on intermittently. July 2007 took car in with 'hard start" problem. They found resonator assembly needed replacing. That repair was done on August 3, 2007. Car ran for approx. 2 months and we took it back in October with the check engine light on and the same "hard start" problem. They replaced the starter October 18, 2007 and stated it was arcing to high. Took car back October 21, 2007 with the same problem. October 26, 2007 the ECU computer was replaced. Took car back to shop October 29, 2007 with the same "hard start" problem. Moved the car to another dealership November 7, 2007 as no one was working on the car. This was suggested by the corporation. A repair was done on the car. December 13, 2007 took car back to this dealership with the same "hard start" problem. They checked the code and reset the check engine light. December 18, 2007 returned to the dealership with the same problem. They replaced the engine wiring harness. January 25, 2008 the car is having the same "hard start" problem and is sitting in the yard.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 282005

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical malfuntions, dashboard meters were moving up and down erratically. I took the car to the dealership about 5 times, they said the problem was corrected but it continued to happen. The dealership finally corrected the problem (or so they believed) and that took about 2 weeks to finish. Now the doors are locking and unlocking by themselves. I'm thinking about getting rid of the car.

- Indiantown, FL, USA

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