2008 Suzuki Forenza drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2008 Suzuki Forenza (Page 4 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,979 miles

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2008 Suzuki Forenza drivetrain problems

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Oct 142011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 50,782 miles


While driving, car suddenly lost power, unable to accelerate or change gears on it's own, and when I shift from drive to park, it felt like my car got hit, a very hard "bang" and same when shifting from park to reverse or back to drive. Ck engine light appeared. After stopping and turning car off for aprx. 10 minutes then turning back on, light was still on, but now car was accelerating and changing gears. Got the car to the Suzuki 112 dealership in medford, NY and they said codes PO700 & PO705 were present. They diagnosed a failed automatic transmission range sensor / switch assy. The service advisor told me this is a very common problem, and he replaces 4-6 of these per month between the Forenza and reno model Suzuki vehicles. Service advisor stated this is not covered under the power train warranty since this is just a component that is mounted to the transmission, not actually inside the transmission. $216.63 later, the dealership mechanic removed and replaced the part. Note: This is the 2nd time I had this problem, but 1st time they couldn't diagnose as check engine light shut itself off before they got to check it out.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 222011


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact was driving 15 mph when the transmission failure light illuminated and the vehicle shifted to a higher gear independently. The failure recurred on four separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the transmission mode switch needed replacement. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 46,000.

- Inglewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 202010

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Transmission range switch, fails to shift down during acceleration, may work for a while and then makes a clunk and fails again, causes check engine light to glow and may show a box with a diagonal line through it where the D for drive would be.

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 172011

Forenza 4-cyl

  • 53,714 miles


My 08 Forenza hesitates during cold start up. No codes show. It has 58000 miles (timing belt due in a few thousand), 5 speed stick, driven 90 miles one way every 3 third day. It did die on the highway back in January '11, cel came on, went into limp mode, I didn't shut down for fear of completely dying it was towed to dealer. Pulled codes P2106, P2110, and P0835 from computer. Dealer found nothing wrong other than codes. Since then hesitation has been getting worse. It doesn't seem to idle normally all that well even after driving for several hours (seems like tps is sticking runs around 2000 for about 15 seconds after coming to a stop).

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 062010


  • 46,835 miles
My check engine light came on and was put on machine and got a PO700 and PO705 which required a sensor which should not have been on a brand new car. From my understanding there have been a lot of problems with this and I don't understand why a recall has not been done on this because my warranty did not cover this do to not being inside the transmission due to Suzuki's rules.

- Newfield, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Aug 162010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that there was smoke emitting from the vents in the vehicle. The transmission had begun slipped and would not stay in the drive gear. The vehicle also hesitated to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The check engine light had been illuminated since August 2010. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Houston, TX, USA

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