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2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 4 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,702 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

Apr 112011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Bought a used 2006 Suzuki Forenza, with about 45000 miles, ran good for 6 months, then all of a sudden I was riding it the car and pulled out into an intersection and the car stalled, and has been stalling ever since, I am scared to drive it anymore, I have not driven it for long distances, in 2 months, I drive it around the block every day, and some days it is fine and others it stalls, I can not trust the car now, but I am still paying on it, I called the dealership and they say it is normal wear, and I will have to get it fixed.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 282010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The check engine light keeps coming on. While driving approximately 30 mph the vehicle stopped accelerating. The vehicle was stopped and shifted into park. Upon shifting it back into drive the vehicle operated as normal. Also, as I move the gear into park, drive or reverse, the car jerks through each gear and drives real slow before picking up the speed that can be very dangerous especially at the intersections with oncoming traffic. Previously, I had taken the car to dealership for same reason who told me to replace the transmission range sensor. Since it was not covered under warranty I spent over $300 to get it replaced. Four months later, engine light came back again and the car has same problems as before. Please help.

- Red Oak, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 012010


  • 62,000 miles
Ahhh yes...the range sensor going out. My car started doing this in October 2010 and I was told that I need a new sensor too. My car jerks when this acts up and when it is gear, you can see the both the "R" and the "D" on the instrument panel. I took my car to midas and the mechanic (that works on my car) take a look at, he showed me where the sensor is (if you're facing the engine it's the little black round looking thing with a handle and yellow stripe on it). He did something to it and it ran fine for a few days and then did the "jerk" and the engine light came on again. I looked under the hood, and pressed down (as to pushing it back into place) and wiggled it a little before this. When I started my car, it ran perfectly and the light went off. I do this every 3-5 days. It seems to me that the sensor is getting loose and needs to have a new fitting. I'm not spending $253 until I absolutely need it. They do need to recall this because it's very annoying to have to deal with!!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #6

Oct 102010


  • 56,000 miles


I have a 2006 Forenza at 36,000 miles my seat belt light remains on and was fixed once under the recall but now they won't fix it again. Then I find out when I took my car for more tires that they are being eaten up by bad rear struts.the car had at that time 56,000 miles. The struts are expensive and of course dealer parts. And now my transmission is slipping. No way to check or fill it unless you go to the dealer and they charge a fortune to do that and where I live there is only one dealer in a several hundred mile radius so there is a long wait. This car is a piece of [xxx] and I think this needs to be recalled. What can you do as a consumer? this is crazy. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Juan , TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 252010


  • 35,300 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza: While driving on highway at 70 mph, "engine" failed to accelerate when I stepped on the gas. Car sounded and felt like it was in neutral when I pressed the gas pedal (engine revved, but didn't go anywhere). Panel showing what gear I was in showed an R with and "X" through it even through I was supposed to be in drive. Car decelerated quickly to 40mph. I put car into third gear to get the power back. This same problem happened twice while on my way to dealership for repair. Drove in third gear for the rest of the way to avoid further engine failure while driving on busy streets. On 3/25/2010 I called Suzuki dealership and was told by service representative that my problem sounded like a bad sensor. While at dealership, representative was proved right, car had a bad transmission range sensor. Service representative stated that they were fixing a lot of trs in 2006 Forenzas. Repair not covered by extended powertrain warranty, I paid cost. Part was approx $50 and labor was approx $150.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #4

Jan 142009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While the contact was attempting to exit her vehicle the inside door handle broke and landed in her hand. The same failure has also occurred on the passenger side of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the door handles needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 50,000. Updated 10/27/09. The consumer also stated the shift relay was inoperative. The shifter locked up and the consumer was unable to start the vehicle. She was able to place the key in into the unlock safety lock and push the shifter in an unlocked position, then she was able to start the vehicle. The consumer stated the ignition locks up. Updated 10/29/09

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #3

Apr 182009


  • miles


2006 Suzuki Forenza has a problem with the transmission and engine light. Consumer wants reimbursement from Suzuki. The consumer stated he had his transmission fluid changed and when he started the vehicle the check engine light illuminated and the gear would not go into drive, it would only go into neutral. The mechanic then made some adjustments. However, 2 days later while driving, the gear slipped from drive to neutral and the speed dropped from 60 mph to 20 mph. The service center stated the transmission range select switch shorted out.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 042009


  • 42,000 miles
Funny how after the service warranty went out on the car so did the transmission..took it to the dealership and it cost me to have a switch replaced on the transmission repaired as Suzuki stated that it was not under the warranty....exactly 6 weeks later the power steering pump went out on the car I took it to the dealership and was advised that the shaft walked out of the pump...imagine that...my thinking was does it have a mind of its own to just walk out. I started doing research on the Forenza and to my surprise I found out that the Forenza is not actually a Suzuki, it is Daewoo with the Suzuki name...funny how that was never mentioned when I purchased the vehicle, had I known beforehand that I was purchasing a Daewoo I would have never purchased the car. To have the power steering pump replaced it is costing me $1000. As I did further research on the car it seems that the CEO of Suzuki is aware that the GM Daewoo was such a horrible buy however they are not doing anything to compensate any consumers who purchased the Forenza, they have just decided in 2009 they will no longer make the Forenza. I checked the blue book value for the car that I purchased in 2006 and it is worth 2300, meanwhile I still owe 11000 on the car. In addition the powersteering pump is on back order, the dealership was not able to offer me a loaner because I am outside of warranty and I have no means of getting back and forth to work. As I look through all of the complaints filed on this website I see that there are many people who was/did have the same problems that I did with the transmission, door handles (which I also replaced myself) and the powertrain. I will be filing a class action lawsuit against Suzuki for their failure to advise me beforehand that I was purchasing a Daewoo (another piece of !@#$% car).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 032006


  • miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza with trouble cranking. Customer states that his vehicle has trouble starting and feels a big nudge in the rear when changing gears from reverse to drive or drive to reverse.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

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