NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,227 miles

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2007 Suzuki Forenza electrical problems

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Sep 262016


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. When the vehicle was started, smoke appeared from the steering wheel. Immediately, someone screamed outside the vehicle and alerted the contact to exit the vehicle quickly. When the contact exited the vehicle, smoke and flames shot out of the steering wheel. An independent mechanic, who happened to be in the area, advised to open the hood so the battery could be disconnected. While the technician was disconnecting the battery, the fire department arrived at the scene and assisted the technician to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the residence of the contact's friend. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and requested copies of the fire pictures. The failure mileage was approximately 128,000.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #46

Jul 042015


  • 95,000 miles
I bought 2007 Suzuki Forenza with only 50 miles on it. I have had nothing but problems with it and now it poses a safety risk since the dealership can't find anything about it. It suddenly stops while I am driving. I lose control and need to move it all the way across the highway. I have come several times close to being hit. All lights on the dashboard are showing even though it might not be the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #45

May 302016


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact noticed that the windshield was cracked and the parked vehicle was filled with black smoke. A police report was not filed and the fire department was not notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was parked at the contact's residence. The cause of the failure was not determined. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #44

Apr 012015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. While driving at 30 mph, the door locks would constantly made a clicking noise and the interior lights emitted burning fumes. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the timing belt failed and there was no power to the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact also stated that the air condition fan made an abnormal noise. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Fort White, FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 012014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. While parked, the vehicle was unable to start and had to be jumped by a tow company. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (exterior lighting); however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacture was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #42

Feb 262015


  • miles
I have been trying since the beginning of the year to get the recall item repaired but have been unable to locate a local dealership or repair shop willing to do the necessary work. There are only two in the largo Florida area. The Suzuki motor company has repeatedly failed to respond to all my requests for assistance.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #41

Jan 012014


  • 80,000 miles


This Suzuki needs to be recalled altogether! no one should still be driving these. Not only can the headlights or brake light sensor switches go bad and just stop working, they overheat, drain the battery, overwork the alternator, which then needs to be replaced, the fall displays every gear all at once even while in drive and displaying a speed the vehicle is traveling. The door handles brake off, so you can not escape the death trap. They have blown head gasket, many small oil leaks, tire pressure gage problems, tires/wheels won't align, this balds the tire lop sided so tire blow outs occur more frequently. Half the tone it won't even go, now or won't start at all. Many more issues with this vehicle, buyer beware, do not buy these cars!

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #40

Dec 102014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
I received recall notice in regards to the headlamp switch or daytime running light (drl) module which could melt the headlamp switch or the drl module. I took car to dealer and they replaced the signal switch. Now when I start the car the headlights flicker and when I release the parking brake the running lights come on but very dim to bright. I am concerned about the light flicker when starting car.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #39

Dec 282013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
Cpsc: X1481026A. 2007 Suzuki Forenza. Consumer stated the car caught on fire and it was caused by a mechanical failure. The consumer stated prior to the fire, he encountered an issue with the headlights flickering. The headlights would stay on, after the key was removed from the ignition. Also, there was a toxic smell emitting from the vents.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #38

Sep 022013


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle decelerated. The vehicle was restarted but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the transmission sensor failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000. The VIN was unavailable...updated 12-11/14.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #37

Oct 162014


  • 60,000 miles


I keep having to stick a key in my shift lock just to get the car out of park and has been occurring for a while now. The part you put the seat belt into when you put it on keeps sticking down so you can't wear a seat belt sometimes and I have had to replace my transmission range sensor about every 3 months since I have had the car which is ridiculous.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #36

Feb 212013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza. Consumer states vehicle caught fire. The consumer stated he/she started to smell smoke, while driving. Once he/she arrived home, and exited the vehicle, it caught on fire. The vehicle was declared a loss. The consumer received a recall notice regarding the headlights, after the vehicle caught on fire.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #35

Sep 182014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 86,500 miles
Before taking my kids to school, I put my car in reverse to back out of my parking space, as soon as I switched it from reverse to drive, my car would not move. I noticed that on the digital screen that the "D" had a slash mark as if to say "no driving", and the check engine light came on. I put the car in park and turned it off. I restarted it to see if maybe it was a glitch in the system. This time, I went from park to drive and the slash mark was still on drive, however I was able to drive the car very slowly.. it wouldn't go over 5mph. I reversed and parked back into my parking space. Once this happened, I decided to do some research. Turns out, it is the transmission range sensor, and a lot of owners are having the same issue. The next day, I decided to attempt to drive it again.. because we all know these cars have a mind of their own and seem to decide to go bad one day and act completely normal the next! I started the car and the check engine light was on, but seemed to drive fine. I drove it to have it tested at the auto store. The test confirmed that it was the transmission range sensor. I then stopped at a store on my way home. I was in the store less than 5 minutes, came out to my car, and it would not start! I thought the battery had ironically died. My brother in law came to jump it, but had no success. I turn the key all the way over, and the service lights come on, but it wont even try to turn over.. its almost as if the car has nothing under the hood... crazy that it wont even attempt to start. My brother in law says it may be the starter, but something tells me this all has something to do with the transmission range sensor. Please put this part on recall! I've seen enough complaints from owners that I cant believe there hasn't been one yet. Enough is enough! recall the transmission range sensor! this is dangerous!!!!

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #34

Dec 282013

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I recently lost my car which was a '07 Suzuki Forenza to what has been described as a mechanical car fire brought on by some sort of mechanical failure. I believe this was a culmination of a series of failures over time despite whatever action I took to avoid it. Initially I encountered intense flickering with my headlamps. Headlights would stay on even after removing the key from the ignition. I believe that the consistence of this occurrence, has caused my vehicle's battery to fail. I ultimately had to have the battery replaced. I would also have a toxic smell come through the ventilation system from time to time. It smelled like something burning and melting. However, I was never able to determine what it was. This was going on intermittently for quite sometime. Then eventually my car was lost to the mechanical car failure fire. I was fortunate to get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries such as burns and smoke inhalation. Incident date: 12/28/2013 incident location: Lake worth Florida palm beach sheriffs office / lake worth police case # [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Aventura,, FL, USA

problem #33

Jul 292014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V262000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Nashua , NH, USA

problem #32

Aug 072014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 104,700 miles
This is the 2nd recall on the drl module in 2 years. I have had to replace my battery terminals on the car. The headlights won't turn off unless I unhook the battery. The recall got started in May 2014, the recall was mailed out in July 2014 and the recall is being done while Suzuki does not have the parts. The car company will take for ever to get the parts. I called Suzuki and was told that if my car catches on fire it is not their concern. In the meantime I have no other way to work. I can not register the car, can not do the inspection, can not drive it. This is such a hardship for a lot of people. Suzuki says that they will put you through to their corporate office, but that is a big joke. Is it any wonder why they have not sold new vehicles in the us since 2012.I just want my car fixed and Suzuki will take care of all the electrical wrongs on my car. If enough people complain something will get done.

- St. Pauls, NC, USA

problem #31

Jul 092014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 83,222 miles
Head lights stay on running battery down. Called Suzuki regarding posted, May 2014 for day light running light issues and they haven't decided recall/repairs, that I would receive a letter if recall is issued. Constantly have to have assistance to jump the battery.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 022014

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
We were in our apartment when the complex maintenance worker knocked on our door and said our car was on fire. The car was off, sitting in the parking lot unused. We went outside and waited for the fire department to arrive, and put out the fire. It was found that the wiring behind the fuse panel had caught fire and caused extensive damage to the dash and door panel. It was after this that we found out there was a recall on our vehicle we had not been notified about.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #29

Jul 092014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while powering off the vehicle, smoke emitted from the instrument panel and caught on fire. The contact stated that the fire spread to the interior of the vehicle. The fire department was not called to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Conyers , GA, USA

problem #28

Nov 172010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the key would become extremely hot in the ignition after driving the vehicle for 15 minutes or more. The contact was concerned that the key would potentially cause burns. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the occurrence was normal. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Harvest, AL, USA

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