NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Suzuki Forenza engine problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 282010


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that in order to turn the vehicle on, the contact would have to shift the vehicle into neutral. After the vehicle was started, the check engine light would illuminate. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but denied any assistance with the repair. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- Palm Dale, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 232010


  • 63,000 miles
I have a 2006 Suzuki Forenza and have issues with the transmission range sensor and the airbag light staying on. I have looked online and there are several complaints about the same issues. Whenever the car is put in reverse or I have to go down the gears to drive, the car jerks and then drives very slowly. It is as though I am driving a stick-shift and not letting off of the clutch. The whole car jerks when this happens. I do not and have not had the money to fix this problem. The dealership told me it would $350 plus labor to fix this part alone. On top that they said my serpentine belt needs changed which would be an additional $190. I believe this car needs recalled or atleast Suzuki needs pay the majority of the costs for the part being replaced.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #6

Dec 242005


  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start on several occasions. The vehicle shut off once on the interstate and on three other occasions while driving low speeds. The vehicle would improperly shift and rev without warning. There are no recalls pertaining to this failure. The current mileage was 42,230 and failure mileage was 7.

- Altamont Springs, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 312006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,836 miles


Steering wheel malfunction - loss of vehicle control and drove off the road manufacturer and car dealership did not help multiple other defects, including engine stalling/gears "sticking" - please refer details in letter to be sent to your office by mail.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 222006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Three weeks after I purchased my Forenza the check engine light came on, so I took it in to the dealership & was told it is a known problem with the Forenza.the problem had to do with the '02 sensor' and currently there is no fix for the problem. At that time they reset the code problem. Each time the problem recurred I went back to the dealership and they caused the light to turn off. On August 25 the promised fixed was installed and a few days later the check engine light turned on again and I returned to the dealership and was told that the correction has not worked and I would be contacted when one was available. As of October 25, 2006, the check engine light is still on and I have not been contacted by no one, even though I have called, written and emailed to everyone connected to the dealership.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
: the contact stated the front passenger side air bag light illuminated. While attempting to start the vehicle the engine failed. When using the air conditioner there was an exhaust smell. The problems occurred intermittently. Although the dealership was alerted, no inspections have been made. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 222006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Car will not start after sitting for awhile they changed the gas pump but the same problem still exists took it back to the dealer and they don't know what's wrong with it.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 720 miles
: the contact stated on three separate occasions, the vehicle would not start in the morning without the accelerator pedal being pressed. The dealership was unable to determine the problem but believed it may have been a software problem that was aggravated by the climate updated 6/16/2006 - the dealer took the car back nd gave the consumer full credit towards another vehicle.

- Turtle Creek, PA, USA

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