NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2006 Suzuki Forenza (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,231 miles

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2006 Suzuki Forenza transmission problems

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2006 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Oct 012009


  • 59,200 miles


Transmission speed sensor on 2006-2007 Suzuki Forenza automatic transmission has high failure rate and is dangerous. Car kicks into neutral while moving causing loss of control.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jan 262008


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact noticed that the tranmission shifted eratically since purchasing it in January 2008. He first. While driving on approximately 55-60 mph, the vehicle slowed down, sped up, lunged forward and shifted into gear without warning. There was also a roaring noise on the front end of the vehicle, a clicking sound near the dashboard, and every light turned off except the check engine light. The radio and air conditioner intermittently turned off and after five minutes, they both began operating normally. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure; however, the manufacturer would not authorize the dealer to inspect or repair the vehicle. On one occasion, the windows would not close causing rain to enter inside of the vehicle, 20 minutes later he was able to close the windows; however, the vehicle began to lose power with the motor on and fully functional. The service advisor at the dealership stated that the acceleration pedal sensor could have caused the failure. The manufacturer once again authorized the dealer to disconnect the battery. The current mileage was approximately 23,800 and the failure mileage was approximately 13,000.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 032007

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles


When I first brought the car on 1/30/2006, it started giving me problems, such as not starting up, the engine light on and off all the time. The emergency brake light on constantly. The power windows rolling up and down by themselves. The power locks stop working and then work over and over again. When I'm driving, the car jerks and pulls all the time. (the pulling is coming from the transmission). I am a single mother of two and I feel real bad about getting stuck with a lemon. After I get out of school I take classes at night and my kids go to the daycare on campus when I picked them up after class, got in the car, started it up, and the front two windows rolled down by themselves, and would not roll up and it was snowing and we had to ride all the way home like that. The dealership doesn't care. As far as they are concerned, it is not their problem. It is a messed up world we live in where someone knows that you really need a car and they screw you with a lemon. Until this present day, all these problems described still exist but so do me and my son-3 and my daughter-6 if anybody can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 022006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,836 miles
2006 Suzuki Forenza with safety issues regarding loss control and sticking and engine stalling* the consumer stated the gears would stick and she has experienced several steering component failures. To this date the steering problem still had not been addressed. One month after purchasing the vehicle, it would not start, the consumer had to wait 2 minutes before trying again. The consumer could not get the vehicle to go into reverse. There was a knocking noise coming from the vehicle, the dealer stated they lubricated the sway bar bushings. The noise eventually returned. The dealer then stated that they over-lubricated the sway bar bushings.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 062006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 55 mph on the interstate, the transmission suddenly shifted from overdrive to first or second gear without warning. The RPM's on the speedometer increased drastically, and the contact let off the accelerator pedal. After the vehicle was slowed down to 25 mph, the transmission started shifting normally. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who determined the main processor had to be reprogrammed. The problem persisted after the processor was reprogrammed. The vehicle had been to the dealer 6 times for the same problem. The manufacturer was contacted and determined that this was not a safety defect, but gave the contact a rental car while the vehicle was being repaired.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 272006

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake the vehicle felt as if it was grabbing and while depressing the accelerator pedal it felt as if it was jerking. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the computer in the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Morganton, NC, USA

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