NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2007 Suzuki Forenza (Page 1 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 1 of 2)

problem #38

Oct 032011


  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a traffic light, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the transmission was faulty. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. No further information was available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #37

May 032010


  • 28,000 miles
One of the transmission sensors went out initially about 28000 miles on my 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The car went into neutral from drive on the interstate doing 60. I was almost rear-ended by a semi-truck because the vehicle slowed down with no notice. This has happened again at just under 60000 miles where I am having the issues with the sensor and not being able to drive the vehicle as it hesitates to go into drive even though it appears to be in drive according to the dash.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #36

Jan 192012


  • miles
When turning my car on and putting it into reverse, the check engine light came on and my car jerked into gear and where the R should appear for reverse on the dash, all the letters were scrambled together. The car drove in reverse and then when I put it into drive, it jerked again and then would hardly accelerate. After driving the car for a couple minutes, turning it off, and turning it back on, it would finally accelerate but the check engine light would still be on and the gears would still jerk. The check engine light would go off after a couple days and everything would be fine and then it would all start again. Then my car is starting to switch over into neutral when driving 60mph+ and now it will do this multiple times when driving at any speed. When it switches over to neutral like this while I'm driving, the D for drive on the dash will become scrambled like it does when it jerks into reverse. The problem is getting worse.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #35

Sep 152011


  • miles


Car was sputtering and hesitating. Check engine light came on. We took to mechanic and error P0705 transmission range sensor came up as the problem. Suzuki is aware of this ongoing problem and they are clearly ignoring the potential for a serious accident to occur by not recalling and rectifying the issue. Rather they are relying on their consumers to absorb the expense of this repair. My faith in Suzuki has definitely been shaken and this definitely will influence my decision to purchase another Suzuki or recommend Suzuki. It is time that Suzuki step up and admit their negligence, rectify the issue, compensate those who have absorbed the cost of this repair, and restore the faith in its consumers.

- Ladson , SC, USA

problem #34

Aug 242011


  • 51,000 miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza sedan. Bought the car two days ago. Today the check engine light came on and shifting into reverse caused a loud clunk followed by the digital gear indicator being scrambled rather than displaying R. when the car is in drive, it won't shift out of 3rd gear, so much less pickup than normal (which could lead to getting rear ended) and can't go over ~55 mph. The transmission range sensor is the problem. The corresponding error codes pulled were PO700 and PO705. After doing research online, it seems like this is a very, very common problem with the 2007 model.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #33

Aug 222011


  • 82,000 miles
Transmission range sensor in 07 Suzuki Forenza went out at 70 mph and almost made a vehicle behind me run into me. The vehicle part costs about 60 dollars plus tax and labor but I have been told it is not covered under the drivetrain warranty.

- Morrilton, AR, USA

problem #32

Aug 102011


  • 45,000 miles


I had purchased a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. It had 7 miles on it when I drove it off the lot. At approximately 56,000 miles it started putting itself in neutral gear and intermittently would not allow me to change from reverse to drive. I would have to leave it in neutral, turn the car off then back on in order to put it in drive and even then the car will jerk between gears and has run at 4,000 rpms at 60 mph. It has become a gas guzzler. Now at 82,000 miles I can finally afford to pay the $300 the dealer had told me it would cost to repair this range mode switch that they say was causing the issue. After reading the other complaints regarding the 2006 Suzuki Forenza, and seeing how similar all these issues are, I am I full agreement that this part should have been and should be in the future, covered under the warranty or should be recalled. If I am driving down the highway with my children in the car with me and the car should automatically change gears to neutral and an accident is caused because of this, there will be lawsuits. I am just hoping that this replacement part that is installed will actually hold out and do what it is made to do.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #31

Jun 272011


  • 26,662 miles
Placed car in reverse, heard a loud clunk, the gear display on the dashboard would not show what gear it was, would stay on 1st gear while driving. Took it to the dealer and is the transmission range sensor.

- Fl, FL, USA

problem #30

Jun 182011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2007 Suzuki Forenza within 50,000 miles on it and I have issues with this car from the beginning. I bought it with only 15 miles on it and it has given me problems with the timing belts (I had to change) and with its tire (I had to change) and now with the codes PO700 PO705 and PO304. I see alot of people have this problem and I cannot afford to fix it can someone help me I am a disable woman and get a check once a month I look forward to this car helping me out and now I am really sad I cannot get around! I have had this problem for a while and now its when I had it looked at.

- Florida, FL, USA

problem #29

Jan 052011


  • 37,000 miles
My 2007 Suzuki Forenza will not shift gears properly. If you put the car in reverse and then put it into drive the car will not idle to drive, make a loud ruff sound and the check engine light comes on. After driving it for maybe 15 min and letting it sit for about an hour it goes back to normal. All to do the same thing the very next day or later on that day. Not to mention I bought it with only 12,000 miles on it, two and a half years ago and it now only has 42,000 miles now.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #28

May 182011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 51,800 miles


Experiencing transmission problems in a 2007 Suzuki Forenza which was purchased from a dealer as a used vehicle on Feb. 1, 2010 with 31,819 miles. Vehicle currently has 51,800 miles and the automatic transmission, when manually attempting to shift from "park" to "drive", experiences a "hard shift" and is "stuck" in a high forward gear, rendering it unsafe to drive.. the vehicle's computer is showing a diagnostic error code of P0705 "transmission range sensor circuit malfunction (prndl input)".

- Oxford, PA, USA

problem #27

Apr 252011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 94,743 miles
I have a 2007 Suzuki Forenza and the check engine light just came on. I took it to auto zone and they put it on the tester and it came up with a trans range sensor.this is a dealer part and the car only has about 75,000 miles on it. From what I can see online is that alot of people have had this issue. I have replaced 3 of the 4 door handles as well.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #26

Nov 012010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle slightly jerked and decelerated independently. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently when driving at any speed. The contact was able to secure an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Jan 272011


  • 51,000 miles
My 2007 Suzuki Forenza has 51,000 miles and it appears the transmission range sensor has failed. I only use my car for normal driving from home to work which is about 20 miles one way and other in-town drives such as school or groceries. I live in phoenix, AZ so heat maybe a factor. About twice a week for the last month, when im at a stop the transmission seems to get stuck in second gear with no indication (sometimes check engine light will be on) until I accelerate. Few times I've been close to being in accidents while making left turns. Suzuki has told me that the sensor is not under warranty and will cost around $300 to repair.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jan 012011


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that when driving at any speed, the check engine warning light would illuminate intermittently followed by the vehicle violently jerking and shifting gears. The contact did not inform the dealer or manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was approximately 24,000.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #22

Sep 152010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Transmission would sometimes slip what feels like neutral (no power) while in drive. Other times transmission would stay in drive and would not down shift auto or manual. Frequency is increasing. Cost at dealer is financially prohibitive at this time. Research indicates problem is common to this and prior year manufacture.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #21

Apr 282007


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. While driving approximately 65 mph when she heard a dripping noise coming from the engine and the air bag light was constantly on. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to locate a failure. The failure continued to occur. She also stated that the passenger front door handle came off. The vehicle was purchased in April 2007 by June 2007 and all four door handles came off of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times for the failure. She contacted GMC who referred her to another dealer who replaced the bottom portion of the engine. The contact stated that there was also a problem with the transmission and the vehicle slipped out of gear. She stated that the dealer performed a diagnostic test and no codes indicated that there was a failure. She stated that the engine light was on. The manufacturer suggested that she take the vehicle back to an authorized dealer to have the vehicle repaired. The vehicle was not repaired for any other the failures. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 73,507.

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 292010


  • 47,000 miles
2007 Suzuki Forenza with a failed transmission range sensor. Not covered under warranty because it is an electronic part although the dealer admitted that it was frequent problem causing a repair bill of about $200 and about an hour and a half to fix. Failure of the part results in the transmission being locked in second gear.

- Temple, PA, USA

problem #19

Apr 222010


  • 54,000 miles
We have a 2007 Suzuki Forenza with 54,000 miles on it. Today it began to decelerate quickly on a highway almost causing us to get hit. My father is a mechanic and put it on the computer. The codes P0700 and P0705 came up indicating that the transmission range sensor has gone bad. The sensor is not covered under the drive train warranty as it is electrical. This is dangerous. We have a 9-month-old daughter who could of been seriously injured had we of gotten in an accident.

- Florence, SC, USA

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