really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,142 miles

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2005 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 082016


  • 175,000 miles


I bought a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. I had no idea that these cars are so hazardous. On the second day after my purchase, the car suddenly went into reverse on the highway in rush hour traffic. I was lucky enough to get it out of reverse and coast to the shoulder. I have since found out this is an ongoing defect that, and that there are many more. I also found out that Suzuki has been made aware but sits back and does nothing about it. This car has the potential of being deadly and needs to be removed from the market so that people like me aren't forced to drive something so unsafe. I can't afford the costly repairs and I can't sell this car. I am scared to death that in one of the many stalls some one is going to hit me. It should have never been on the market to start with. I am confident that if someone hasn't already been killed because of this defective car that they will be.

- Aumsville, OR, USA

problem #8

May 012016


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. While driving 60 mph, the engine shook forcefully. The engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. It was diagnosed that the engine's oxygen sensor failed. The contact assumed the vehicle needed a tune up, so he had the tune up repair performed on the vehicle. The failure still persisted when the vehicle was driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 222015


  • 119,115 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 35 mph, there was burning odor emitting from the vehicle. The contact noticed smoke under the hood, the headlights, and the floorboard without warning. The contact pulled over and discovered that the vehicle caught fire. The contact sustained a burn on the right leg that required medical attention. There was no incident report filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (exterior lighting). The failure mileage was 119,115.

- Rivera Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 122014


  • 125,000 miles


Fuse for engine cooling system blew and caused the radiator to blow into pieces. Replaced radiator, replaced both cooling system fans, checked relays, 3 different mechanics have looked at it and cannot figure it out. It has gotten so bad that now it blows the cooling system fuse as soon as you turn the key to start the car.

- Rotonda West, FL, USA

problem #5

May 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The contact also stated that there was a foul odor emitting through the vents. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 292014


  • 23,437 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. However, the failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 23,437. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 202014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 74,723 miles


Recurring event air bag lamp keeps turning on never been in accident had it replaced twice Suzuki dealer was off for years, now has come back and stayed on for months. On 3/20/2014 car sputter lost power was able to park it in a parking space not able to turn back on, problem fuel pump went out. 8/28/2014 recently, while driving my car, my Suzuki Forenza 2005 lost complete power: When checked the believed problem is 4-3 shift malfunction P1884 manufacturer cont trans and P0700 trans control system malfunction. My mechanic told me to get a hold of Suzuki, to see if under warranty, if its going to be recalled or where it can be repaired, still trying to get a hold of them.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 272013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
My car loses power while car in motion, also, ac will not power on, but after some time it will power on. Malfunction light stays on at times, and will go off at times, but for now it is on, and has began to blink. Car has burning smell at times as well, like plastic is burning or something.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 062014


  • miles
While sitting at a stop light or stopped for more than a minute and its hot outside, the car will just turn off. If I put it in park it will start right back up. It only seems to do this when it is hot outside. Please look into this matter. Mechanic has replaced and looked everything over and cannot seem to find anything.

- Landis, NC, USA

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