NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,512 miles

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2007 Suzuki Forenza transmission problems

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 182010


  • 46,234 miles


1. in this car model I was reading and it haves the same problem the transmission range sensor which I bought it and they replace it. 2. the failure occurs every day, the consequences are that when I give reverse it makes a weird noise and when I put it to drive it takes forever to speed up. 3. I bought the part at Suzuki because that was the only place that they had it, and they replace it and after it got replaced another problem came up, the reverse and drive gear sometimes it doesn't click so it wont do anything, ad I was reading online that a lot owners of Suzuki have the same problem can you guys help me out on this.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 072010


  • 59,000 miles
August the 7th the park and drive sign keep getting mixed up on the odometer board....this is on my 2007 Suzuki Forenza....I been told its a transmission sensor.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #16

Jun 172010


  • 48,500 miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza transmission range sensor - needs to be replaced, car has problems going from 0-50 mphs in drive; dealer states that they are the only ones that have the part to fix it and it costs about $200 to repair; car barely is over 40,000 miles, can't find part anywhere but dealership and they state they are the only ones who can fix it.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #15

Jun 152010


  • 48,000 miles


Transmission shift sensor is what everything points to. When operating the vehicle in drive, the transmission suddenly ceases to operate correctly, and seems as if it has shifted into neutral. The shift selection indicator on the display panel shows a fault and the check engine light comes on. Upon investigating the issue online it seems as though this has become a recent issue with the Suzuki Forenza in the past months, ranging between the 2007 and 2008 models. This failure poses many safety concerns.

- Attalla, AL, USA

problem #14

Jun 092010


  • 40,000 miles
Suzuki Forenza 2007, 42,000 miles. 1) transmission range sensor: Transmission slips when in drive -- panel shows a "D" with a slash through it. After researching, have found this to be extremely common among the most well-maintained Forenzas. Unacceptable. Engine light came on and as soon as I tried to go forward, the car would just decelerate down like 10 or 20 mph "scary" within a matter of seconds and no matter how much I pushed the pedal to accelerate to the floor but it was as if I didn't have power. 2)tire pressure light comes on every other day. 3)the front passenger air bag light comes on to show the air bag is not working even if I have a passenger seated properly in the front seat.

- Woodruff, SC, USA

problem #13

May 012010


  • 63,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I was running the car in drive and go to take off and it feels as the transmission is slipping, with a heavy club to the car underside and then the check engine light came on and as soon as I tried to go forward it was as if I didn't have power. I try to take the car to be checked out and the light had reset and no code could be read. Then it happen driving at a faster speed the car just acted like it shifted to a lower gear and it revved up and then no power, once I tried to go again. Again, light went out before getting it read. This happened repeatedly over 2 weeks, finally got into auto zone to have it read and the car coded with a P0705 code, which is the transmission range sensor. After doing research on the problem I noticed that it is very common and the dealership stated that they see 10 a month for the same problem. Sad that no one has seen to recall this part, it's scary and dangerous to have this occur while driving, when it's a $40 part we are talking about over my life. Please investigate this more. [xxx]

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 212010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when starting the engine, the vehicle would abnormally accelerate. When the transmission was downshifted into 3rd gear, the vehicle would resume normal operation. The failure would occur intermittently. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 75,000.

- Donalds , SC, USA

problem #11

Apr 132010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the check engine light would intermittently illuminate and the transmission would exhibit signs of slippage. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised that the transmission range sensor had failed. The defective sensor would cause the transmission to slip and the vehicle would not accelerate accordingly. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Windsor, PA, USA

problem #10

May 152010


  • 37,500 miles
On 4 different occasions when first starting the vehicle and applying the brakes to put into reverse the vehicle moved a few feet backwards. While owner had his foot firmly on the brake pedal. On May 15 2010 I drove to a shopping center I went to pull into a parking space. When the vehicle went forward very fast. There was a lot of damage to my vehicle another vehicle that was parked. When this happen the first 4 times the dealer said they could not find any thing wrong with the vehicle.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 052010


  • miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza -- transmission slips when in drive -- panel shows a "D" with a slash through it. After researching, have found this to be extremely common among the most well-maintained Forenzas. Unacceptable.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 032010


  • miles


I have been reading all the comments on this car and I've had every one of them...I have a 2007 Suzuki forzena and my car problems started at about 25,000 miles. I have taken it in sooo many times with no resolve. The check engine light and tire pressure light still comes on every other day. I've had issues when I'm driving on the highway at 60 mph and the car would just decelerate down to 35 mph within a matter of seconds and no matter how much I pushed the pedal to accelerate to the floor it would not budge...this is very dangerous and I don't know why this company is still allowed to make cars. The "loaner" car that they say they give you in the warranty is a joke. We've had to rent our own cars and "wait" to be reimbursed. The dealerships they send you to cant find anything wrong with it. No matter what the problem with the car you still have to make your payments....this car has too many problems!!!!

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 282009


  • 47,870 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza purchased brand new June 2007. The transmission improperly shift gears. The vehicle would display 1st gear or neutral on the indicator panel while in the drive mode. The dealer replaced the transmission range sensor. After the repair the vehicle would not accelerate past 15 mph. As a consequence she was rear-ended by another vehicle. There was minor damage done to the rear of the vehicle. No repairs have been made to date to correct the failure. After the incident the failure became progressively worse. Also the check engine warning light illuminated on the warning panel. The failure mileage was 44,121 and the current was 47, 870.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 092009


  • 46,702 miles
I own a 2007 Forenza in which a few weeks ago I notice it was not shifting out gears right. Then it got worse and would actually stop moving and just rev up. I almost was in an accident because of this luckily the truck had good brakes. I took my car in and the cashier told me what it probably was before they even looked at it and she made a statement that all the Forenza are having this problem not to mention the was 14 in the service area. Anyway the shop told me it was my transmission range sensor and it was not covered in my powertrain warranty go figure..so it was $215 out of pocket..I feel that if this is a common problem it could eventually claim lives.

- New Market, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 142009


  • 32,000 miles
My daughter owns a 2007 Forenza; she was recently driving down the road and began to notice a hesitation on the vehicle while driving; she then felt an acceleration and a deceleration on the vehicle - as if it wanted to stall and shut off. A few days later she was about to park and felt a sudden jerk and funny sound coming from the engine compartment - she turned off the vehicle and waited for approximately one hour; the vehicle started and she was told to leave it at home. The following day I brought it in to a Suzuki dealer for service - I was told that the transmission sensor needed to be replaced - thank god my 19 year old did not get involved in an auto accident to the acceleration of this vehicle. Please have this sensor checked out on all your Suzuki Forenza's. oh and give thanks to the fact that my warranty still had 3,000 miles left on it. I am now in doubt of this Suzuki - I would feel much more comfortable if Suzuki would extend their warranty to 5 years/50,000 miles instead 3 years/36,000 miles. I believe if Suzuki believes in their vehicles then they should honor the request.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009


  • 36,000 miles
At 36,000 miles, my check engine light came on in my Suzuki Forenza. It then went off. Soon, my car began to misfire and does not know the difference between reverse and neutral. At times, there is a line through the "D" (drive) on my dashboard (it's an automatic). I have read several other owners with this same problem. At times when traveling down the road, the car will shift itself into neutral.

- Glendora, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 142009


  • 56,569 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle began wobbling excessively. The vehicle would gradually change direction without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and the rear struts were determined to be the cause of the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The repair cost was estimated at $580. In addition, the transmission failed to shift gears and the gear sensor was replaced. The interior door handles on the front and rear passenger side were also replaced. The failure and current mileages were 56,569.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 132009


  • 41,000 miles
The check engine light has been coming on and off for several weeks. Had it diagnosed and it is the transmission sensor (not covered by warranty), powertrain -yes not sensor. It only has 41,000 miles and has had regular dealership maintenance. Dealer knew exactly what the problem was - said he'd had more than 10 this week with the same problem. Can you say recall!!!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 082009


  • 29,665 miles
A person driving behind our car (Suzuki-Forenza) pulled up next to us and stated we didn't have any back tail lights we also noticed on our dashboard the airbag light came on and wouldn't go off. We stopped and checked the fuses, bulbs and found both in good working order but we still had no tail lights. Attempted to head to an auto parts store to seek help(Sunday) and realized that the gear shift would not come out of park. Read the manual and had to utilize the release mech. Everytime we stopped the car and placed it in park. Also, some type of engine noise maybe fan belt continues and has to go back to the shop.

- Charlestown, WV, USA

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