NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,731 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza electrical problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Oct 152016


  • 150,000 miles


Takata recall: And, defective fuel propulsion as the car reves up some times when going and shuts off by itself when traveling causing a dangerous situation. 2). campaign id.# 14 V262000 and 3.)12V397000. I have tried to contact the company but I keep getting a message that I called out of service time and to leave a message. Only to get a automated message that says the system isn't working. I do realize that there are other issues with this product car, like the takata air bags.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #45

May 092016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the low beam, high beam, and day time running lights became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the multi-function light switch needed to be replaced. The contact was not notified of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V262000 (exterior lighting) and 12V397000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #44

Oct 012006


  • 100 miles
Suzuki has never sent me a recall notice: 2016 explanation- they are only going by each state's vehicle owner recorded address. I/ my car have had the same listed address since purchase. Suzuki on nihtsa shows 4 recalls; Forenza engine wiring harness is not there. What else is missing? original Forenza owner, under 47,000 miles. Repeatedly, warning lites came on with overheat. Oct.2006 engine stalled at 35mph in intersection; with multiple complaints Suzuki, aware of ewh failure, fails to do a foenza engine wiring harness recall. I see the same symptom complaints by other Forenza owners. Took 3 car stallings before diagnosis made & engine wiring harness replaced. From Oct.2006 complained of "old car creaking/ruff suspension" noises/bouncing going over any speed bumps or rolling streets. Suzuki replaced some damaged bushings but noises/bad suspension returned; I continued complaints to the dealer and Suzuki, & paid for several wheel allignments. Without informing me, Suzuki the dealer mechanic, again checking on my complaint, notes "cracked struts" about 1 month after my 3yr full waranty expired. 2012, I learned of the "old car symptom" suspension damage from a non-Suzuki mechanic reviewing the car repair history. There is now a suspension system corrosion faiure recall for 2006 vitaras but not Forenzas; same year vitara and Forenza problems seem associated issues. 2006, Suzuki recalls for overheat/fire ignition from headlights/electrical swtichs are 2 of 4 recalls listed with nihtsa. 2007-2015, I complained to Suzuki of the same symptoms (multiple failed batteries, electrical burning odors, light shorts...) Suzuki describes as high priority for repair of headlight/electrical switch. Me, unaware of recalls, Suzuki denied any responsibility!! my A/C air system, radio, and rarely used driver window shorted after episodes of battery failures in 45mph city traffic.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #43

Jan 212016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway, a fire started on the rear driver side passenger door without warning. The fire consumed the rear seats and extended from the rear to the front floor. The contact was able to exit the vehicle and extinguish the flames. A fire inspection report was not processed by a fire department and the vehicle had not been diagnosed yet to determine the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was waiting on a response to have the vehicle towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing and repair. The failure mileage was not available.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #42

Feb 152004


  • miles
I face the heat engine and electrical problems like the other Suzuki cars of similar models driving in the highway.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #41

Oct 122015


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side headlights were not functioning properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Ridgewood, NY, USA

problem #40

Aug 232015


  • 39,000 miles


At speed on interstate highway, the car suddenly fell out of gear, and lost speed rapidly. Dash transmission display showed scrambled gear in place of D. car continues to experience similar incidents and does not properly change gears; occasionally displays scrambled letter in place of appropriate display (R, N, D, 3, etc.)

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #39

Jul 202015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled. The contact stated it would take five to ten minutes for the vehicle to be restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was advised to contact the manufacturer for the diagnostic testing results. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Dequeen, AR, USA

problem #38

Jun 012015


  • 121,000 miles
Battery indicator and brake indicator illuminated on the cluster panel. When in drive, the display showing what gear you are in flashes an unrecognizable signal. Some trouble accelerating.

- Fennville, MI, USA

problem #37

Sep 062012


  • 86,040 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, which resumed normal operation. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,040.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 142012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Slips out of gear while driving, car stalls and cuts off during driving, only cranks up in neutral, air bag light stays on, check engine light go off after a repair then lights back up. Its frustrating to have to call road side assistance for a battery charge frequently when battery loses charge for no apparent reason.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #35

Oct 072014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 90,500 miles
Transmission range sensor is failing and caused a loss of power almost causing a major accident. This is a common problem with this model year, and needs to be investigated for a safety recall.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #34

Jul 052014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I was driven when the right side headlight was stopped.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #33

Mar 082014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My engine died while driving. My battery (which was replaced 7 months prior) also died. When I tried to get a jump start, the engine would run for a few moments before dying again. I had the vehicle toed to a lot and haven't been able to afford repairs, so I had it scrapped.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #32

Oct 222013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Air conditioning unit shut off, car ran erractically and engine light came on. After several minutes, car ran normally and air conditioner came back on. Engine light stayed on. Since then engine light will go off for several days and come back on for several days. Mechanic checked engine and found that the problem was with the throttle sensor.

- Needles, CA, USA

problem #31

Jun 302014


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the instrument panel caught on fire. The contact mentioned that the vehicle sound alarm activated. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. There was a fire report filed and no injuries were reported. The fire department determined that the electrical instrument panel failed and caused the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 145,000.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #30

May 292014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
My car had a fire on 5/29/2014. I drove in low speed 30 mph in tempe city, but I smelled little smoke coming out. I parked the car. The fire started from some cables at the left side column under steering wheel in front of driver's seat. There was no collision. Some wires, parts and the plastic cover under the steering wheel have been burnt down. The car was towed to bill luke Suzuki in tempe, AZ at the same date 5/29/2014. The dealer bill luke asked me to report this issue to Suzuki. I called Suzuki customer service in ca on 5/30/2014. Already 2 weeks past, I have not received a response from Suzuki. Suzuki has not taken any action. Now the car is still in bill luke in tempe. Would you please help me? I appreciate you very much if you can help.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #29

May 232014


  • 104,000 miles
When trying to shift from park to reverse the vehicle jumped and would not accelerate out of drive. When trying to accelerate forward it took a massive amount of power to go 10 mph. The vehicle will not shift properly and the check engine light will not stay on while the problem is occurring.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #28

Feb 072014


  • 135,423 miles
I replaced my transmission range sensor in October 2013 and 4 months later it won't go in reverse. The car does not want to go back. The sensor goes bad really quick and it keeps you paying money to get it fix. The check engine light stays on and he airbag light. I have replaced it twice in 2012 and 2013. There needs to be a recall for this and don't know why it has not happen before someone get seriously hurt. Suzuki please fix this problem.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #27

Aug 282013


  • 112,000 miles
I was driving my Suzuki Forenza when it went from "drive" to basically neutral. I was driving on the interstate and was almost hit from behind because my car stalled. This has happened multiple times since and each time I've been lucky enough not to be hit. This is a seriously dangerous issue because it happens mid drive.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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