NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,023 miles

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2005 Suzuki Forenza engine problems

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2005 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


I took my car into the dealership in the beginning of January 2008 for the 2 safety recalls to be repaired. The very next day my car struggled to shift 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. I called the dealership and told them what was going on and they set up an appointment for the next day. They drove the car and said it wasn't doing anything. So, I left the dealership and my car continued to do this. My car progressively got worse with the engine revving high and not wanting to shift gears. It eventually began jerking violently when trying to shift all gears! I made another appointment with Suzuki on February 26, 2008 and drove the car while the manager rode along with me. My car was having a very mild day as far as the jerking and hard shifting and only did it once while he was with me. They reset the computer part of the transmission and sent me on my way. Well, the very next day the car went right back to it's old way of jerking and shifting hard. On March 1, 2008 I was pulling out from a side road onto a main road and my car did not want to go! the engine just revved very high and wouldn't shift gears! I didn't know what to do other than to floor it! it eventually shifted gears and went on down the road. Now that I am doing a little more research I see that others are having similar problems (ODI 10211177, ODI 10145983, ODI 10144874). I really feel like Suzuki is just trying to hold off until I pass the 36,000 mile mark so they don't have to worry about it. This vehicle is unsafe to drive and the dealership in my area does not give loaner cars anymore because of insurance liability reasons. Well, this is my only vehicle so I don't have a choice but to drive an unsafe vehicle. I really thought Suzuki's customer service was much better than this!

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 102007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza with a current mileage of 18,000 miles. The contact stated that once the vehicle pasted the 15,000 mile mark it had difficulty starting in cold weather. The contact stated that when the temperature was below 20 degrees the vehicle would not start. Once the vehicle started under these cold conditions it would stall while driving at any speed. The contact had the vehicle taken to the dealer, but they were unable to find out what had been causing the problem.

- Marshville, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 262006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 113 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds, the engine lamp illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer numerous times. The dealer replaced the transmission and a sensor in the engine; however the problem remains.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 222005

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Have a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. Bought it June of 2005. For the time that I had the car it had little problems at times. Bought the car with 5 miles on it. Suzuki dealerships only look at your car by appointment only and when they do look at it they claim nothing was found. The car hesitates and downshifts hard at times. In the morning the car has hard starts when cold. The exhaust makes noise and transmission does too. The claims are that it is a characteristic of that car and normal. Recently I almost got hit by a truck at an intersection because the car stalled while trying to cross the intersection from a stop sign. The gas pedal had to be pressed to the floor to move and it did it slowly. From a stop the engine would rev but the car would not move. Also airbag light does not work properly. Suzuki makes it hard to have your car service and claim warranty work. That includes roadside assistance too. When car was delivered back to me after I dropped it off they claim that nothing was found. Maybe it was the gas cap they said. The problem happens too much too be a loose gas cap. I had to get upset for them to look at my car. Many problems for a new car.

- Durham , NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 042005

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving the brakes failed and the check engine light came on. The road conditions were dry, and brake failure occurred under normal braking and at normal to low speeds. He contacted the dealership, who claimed the brake switch malfunctioned, causing the check engine light to come on. Also, contacted the manufacturer. They told him to contact the dealership. No repairs have been made. Updated 1/11/2006 -

- University Place, WA, USA

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