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2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 3 of 5)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,242 miles

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #50

Jun 112012


  • 6,146,499 miles


I have had two transmission range sensors put in my car and now it needs a third one. The last one the mechanic stated something is "burning up the sensor." I also have issues with getting the key out of the ignition. My car now has 102,000 miles and I have had nothing but problems with it from day one. It seems there are a lot of transmission range sensor issues that people are having. The problem is this is a recurring issue. Like I said this is my third one. This should be a recall from Suzuki and they need to figure out what is causing these sensors to keep going out.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #49

Apr 152013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 85,879 miles
I brought a brand new 2007 Suzuki Forenza in 2007 and since then have had problems ever since. In the first week I brought it the timing belt had broke. Soon after the transmission messed up and was told the engine needed to be rebuilt. Thanks to my extended vehicle warranty (not by Suzuki) I was able to get this fixed without paying out of pocket. Now not even two years later I am being told that the front strut mount and struts are going bad and need to be replaced (estimated at $687). In addition to that all four of my door handles are broken and have been for some time after breaking off with a simple touch. With the paint chipping off on the outside door handles as well. I have no money to pay for all the repairs on this vehicle as I have been paying it on for the last five years and it is almost paid for but I cannot continue to endure countless repairs I am having to go through while driving this car. I do not go anyway except from work to home in my car and I do not understand why I am having all of these problems when the car was suppose to be brand new when I bought it. I am afraid to drive this car even as simple as going to the store because I do not know what will happen. I will never buy another Suzuki again.

- Grifton, NC, USA

problem #48

Feb 082012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle would not accelerate over 20 mph. The failure was recurring and the vehicle had been taken to the dealer numerous times. The dealer replaced the transmission range sensor each time but the failure would recur shortly after the replacement. The transmission range sensor had been replaced a total of six times. The dealer advised that the repairs were performed based on the electronic failure codes provided by the diagnostic machine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the most recent failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 85,000...updated 05/10/13 updated 06/11/2013

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #47

Feb 102013


  • 69,028 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission range sensor would need to be replaced. The contact stated that the transmission range sensor had been replaced twice prior to the recent failure. The failure was recurring without a permanent remedy however, the part was replaced a third time. The failure and current mileage was 69,028.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #46

Oct 182012


  • 72,000 miles
While driving the car shuddered and check engine light comes on. I lost almost all power and needed to step hard on accelerator to make car move, especially from a stopped state. This is the same problem I had with this vehicle about 6 months ago. At that time the car was taken to a local mechanic and the engine code returned a problem with the transmission switch sensor. The sensor was replaced and the problem stopped until this recent issue. If I drive the car for a while the check engine light will eventually go out and the car drives fine. But in a day or two the problem occurs again. I need to get the sensor replaced again but it seems there are numerous reports of this same issue out there. I think this should warrant a recall.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

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problem #45

Feb 032009


  • miles
When you drive car, engine cut power it is happen 34000 mile and still same problem. Inside door handle broke many times. They replace and again they are broke. Seat belt stuck and does not work. Transmission sensor goes out and replace at 54000 mile. Now when start car engine is shaking.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #44

Nov 012012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


My first exp. With this problem happened as I was backing out of a parking space. I put the car in reverse and it went back, but I put in drive it would not move, so I put in 3rd gear and it move forward slowly until put in drive again and it worked. Second time a was driving about 40 mph and all of a sudden the car goes into neutral and I lose power, again I put in 3rd and power catches luckily no one behind me to slam into me. I took it to the dealer and asked if there had been a recall on this problem, they said no but would check it out for 90 dollars! they could not reproduce the problem and didn't do anything. Third time tonight 1-20-13 im leaving work and the car gets me to the grocery sore alright, but leaving for home it goes from drive to neutral and no power again put it 3rd and I get home driving 15 mph.when trying to park it wont go into park I have to put in neutral, turn key off and hand brake. Turned the car back on to see if it would work right and all I would get was a slash over the P and the D.

- San Antonio, VT, USA

problem #43

Jan 122013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When I was in park I put it in reverse the car didn't recognize the car was in reverse and it had a line across it and check engine light came on. I put the car back in park and then was able to drive it, and the light went off, but the while driving the car the line will go across the drive and the car will no longer accelerate, which can be dangerous on the highway. I brought it into pepboys they said a transmission code was popped up, but they reset the codes, even though I didn't tell the guy to do that. Now the problem occurs but the check engine light doesn't come on. I brought it to a Suzuki dealership and they said they think it is a transmission sensor, but the diagnostic check said it was fine, and they said wait until the check engine light comes back on, but the problem now occurs without the check engine light coming on. But I'm scared to drive it on the road because at anytime I could lose power and be injured in a car accident. I had it towed to a local mechanic and hope they can repair it.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #42

Dec 012012


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle began to surge, shimmy and shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission range sensor would need to be replaced. The transmission range sensor had been replaced twice before the most recent diagnosis. The manufacturer had not been notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 126,000.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #41

Feb 162012


  • 69,108 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle also stalled while the contact was driving in reverse. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. The mechanic replaced the throttle body but the repair did not remedy the stalling issue. The contact called the dealer and explained the failure. The dealer advised the contact that the transmission range switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 69,108.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #40

Nov 192010


  • miles


4 months after purchasing my 2007 Suzuki Forenza I already had to replace the transmission sensor then after that 2 months later again, ac goes out reason unknown, the windows on the passenger side stop working it won't roll down, also the airbag light won't go off, the passenger seat airbag lights stays on saying it is not activated, my signal lights and hazard lights don't work can't figure out the problem, my alarm system stops working then starts working again thought it might be a fuse but can't find a fuse or switch for it, my locks keeps unlocking and locking on its own while the car is in motion weird....now my headlights won't turn off I have to take out my fuse during the day then put it back in at night very annoying....reading so many of these reviews and complaints we all have same problems very annoying =/

- Mesa , AZ, USA

problem #39

Nov 112012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. While parked, the contact attempted to place the vehicle into reverse but the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that the air bag, check engine and the seat belt warning lights were illuminated after the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing who advised that the transmission range sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Trinty , AL, USA

problem #38

Sep 052012


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the transmission failed and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact had to pump the accelerator pedal in order for the vehicle to respond. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection but the cause of the failure was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- San Antoino, TX, USA

problem #37

Sep 292012

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I could really use some assistance. I have a 2007 Forenza and yesterday as I was putting the car into reverse, it made a loud clunking noise. The gear selector display on the dash seemed to go haywire displaying all the letters (D, R, N, etc) with a diagonal line through it. It then went back to normal, then the "check engine" light came on. They hooked up the diagnostic computer and it came up with codes PO700 and PO705, which varies in wording but seems like it's the transmission range sensor.I have read that many other people have had the same problem. This is a problem that Suzuki should take care of a sensor cost to those who bought their cars.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #36

Jun 022009


  • 18,456 miles
When you put the car in drive, it feels like the front end is going to fall. Then when you go, it doesn't shift into gears correctly. We had the part replaced the first time in 2009. Now its doing it again and they won't cover it under warranty. This seems to be a problem with these cars and should be recalled.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #35

Jul 012011


  • 40,000 miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza accelerates extremely slowly when hot. Car shudders and will not gain rpms. Often will not accelerate out of stop lights. Engine light flashes during such episodes. Engine light stays on at all times. Will lose speed randomly while in traffic. After time, it will suddenly regain power, resulting in an abrupt lunge if accelerator is depressed. Vehicle code said problem was with the catalytic converter. Replaced cat, but it made no impact on the vehicle's performance. Was advised that the problem could be the shift range sensor. Have not yet repaired as I spent all of my repair money on the cat replacement.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #34

Aug 272012


  • 49,000 miles
My check engine light came on to find that my transmission switch had gone bad causing it not to shift correctly....thinking no big deal, I took it to my mechanic. He said these transmissions were known as throw away transmissions. I came home and googled my problem to find numerous lower mileage Suzuki Forenzas with the same issue, some almost causing accidents. Please consider a mandatory recall on this part.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #33

Mar 072009


  • 16,000 miles
I am sick and tired of replacing my transmission range sensor!!!!!!!!!! and now after doing so, once again. My car wont start, battery is fine. I think that this needs to be a recall!!!! I have one more year left to pay off this car. I cant afford to keep replacing this problem. Had to replace this problem in 2009, and now again. Someone fix this!!!!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #32

Aug 032012


  • miles
Brakes would not work at all! transmission will randomly not go anywhere (sometimes it works sometimes it dosent) I had to swerve out of the way into a persons yard so avoid an accident.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #31

Jul 012011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
Tranny slipping, paint peeling on car.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

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