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2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 5 of 5)


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

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2007 Suzuki Forenza drivetrain problems

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #10

Sep 222011


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when placing the vehicle in park, it would exhibit an abnormally loud slamming sound. The dealer was contacted and from the description given by the contact, the dealer diagnosed that there could have been a transmission sensor failure. The manufacturer was contacted, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 58,000.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 022011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate when accelerating from 30 mph. In addition, the vehicle would exhibit a clunking sound and hesitate when shifting gears. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technicians advised that the transmission range sensor had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 44,456 miles
Suzuki Forenza 2007; transmission position sensor. Turn on car, shift it to reverse the gear jumps twice instead of once like the motor is about to drop. Occurs often can ruin the motor and the transmission, have to replace the sensor which is $400.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #7

Jul 012011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


The transmission range sensor malfunctioned at 75,000 miles on my 2007 Suzuki Forenza. I was looking online and saw that many other people had this same problem. I dont understand why there hasn't been a recall on this. It has trouble driving after I come to a complete stop at redlights or a stop sign. Its really slow taking off. Twice when I switched gears from reverse to drive, it jerked really hard and thats when the check engine light came on saying it was the transmission range sensor malfunction. This is a very dangerous problem. The first time it ever did this was when I was driving in traffic in the middle of rush hour and it wouldn go. I had pulled out into traffic when it was clear to get over to the turn lane and it wouldnt go. It took forever for it to make it across the lanes and I was almost hit in the process. It was just really slow to take off when I started driving. Im currently waiting for a transmission mechanic to call me back to see what can be done. I do believe there should be a recall on this problem since so many others have experienced this same problem.

- Blountsville, AL, USA

problem #6

Jun 252011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Purchased a 2007 Suzuki Forenza and problem I am having is having to step on brake pedal quite a bit and hard just so that I could change gear from park to reverse. How to fix when only less than 2 years to pay off. Cannot afford to start on a new car note. Needing help.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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problem #5

Nov 152010


  • miles
When shifting my 2007 Suzuki Forenza into gear from "park" to "reverse", there is a delay, then a "dropping"/"loud knocking" noise, then the car goes into gear. Even though in "reverse", it shows an error on the instrument panel displaying an "X" on the indication of what gear it is. The "X" also appears when in "3rd", "2nd", and "1st" but not in "park" or "drive". after the car is in gear, the vehicle runs "sluggish" and doesn't seem to get past the third gear. Placing the vehicle in "park" and turning of the car and restarting and placing in drive sometimes fixes the problem. Even if the problem is fixed that day, I have never gone longer than 2 days without it happen again. I have been told that is a problem is the "Ranger sensor", but I have not replaced them yet.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 072010


  • miles


My wife owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza, at around 50K miles, we noticed that when shifting from park, the check engine light comes on and the odometer reads a blinking symbol while a violent jerk occurred. Then when accelerating, the car would have a loud low-pitch hum as if we were towing a bus on ice. I had a diagnostic test ran and discovered that my transmission range sensor and my transmission shift solenoid were faulty. Me being a mechanic and all, I call around to buy the part, no luck. So I finally call the dealership and guess what they say" only the dealership has the parts and you're going to have to bring it to us and pay a ridiculous price. I refuse to pay someone else to do a job that I know I can do, especially if were talking about a cost that exceeds $500 for a one and a half hour job. I don't understand why these parts are exclusive to dealers especially when the part is obviously poorly crafted by the makers. So many complaints about the same thing. Why hasn't there been a recall already" or at least make the parts available to the public. This is a serious safety hazard, left turns are a gamble, and I can just imagine the wear on the engine itself. At 50 mph the RPM's are at 3000 to 4000 RPM's! please help!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 182011


  • 41,200 miles
Transmission range sensor, is going out my car will not stay in gear anymore very dangerous to drive and is not covered under warranty and cost 300 dollars also my air bad sensor on the driver side does not go off anymore and have already broke a door handle Suzuki is horrible which haven't checked the price on those and I have saw a lot of people are having the same problems.

- Mount Holly, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 082010


  • 63,132 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while shifting into reverse, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the transmission sensor malfunctioned and may possible explode if not repaired. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called both the dealer and the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 63,132.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 262010


  • miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza. Gear shift is sticking. Upon starting car, proceeding to put car in reverse, gear does not move from P. car has to be turned off, use key to press shift lock, put gear in N, start car, then move to R. has been happening more frequent. Very annoying. Fearful that it may stick in R or D.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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