NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,694 miles

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2006 Suzuki Reno transmission problems

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2006 Suzuki Reno Owner Comments

problem #8

May 242009


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated when moving from an idle position, the vehicle would shift to a higher gear independently causing the vehicle to rev excessively. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated the transmission safety switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #7

May 102006

Reno 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Reno. When the contact started the vehicle, the air bag and engine warning indicators began to illuminate on the instrument panel continuously. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the air bag sensor was replaced. The failure recurred two weeks after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer stated there is also a failure with the seat belt. The transmission failed 1 year after the vehicle was purchased. Updated 06/07/12

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 072011

Reno 4-cyl

  • 68,556 miles
While driving up a hill or accelerating from a stop, the car feels like it slips into neutral and the rpms race. If I let up from the accelerator for a few seconds it will resume normal driving. Mechanic suggests it is either the transmission range sensor or the clutch piston. This is very dangerous as I lose speed rapidly and the roads I travel most do not have enough shoulder to pull over safely. Nearest Suzuki repair shop is over an hour away and I don't feel safe in trying to drive it that far. They told me it would not be covered by the 100,000 mile warranty. Other issues with this car: In 2 years I have replace all headlight bulbs 4 times, brakes replaced, and paint is wearing off handles. The transmission is 'sealed' so that the average person/repair shop can't work on them or even check the transmission fluid level (no dip stick).

- Adams, OR, USA

problem #5

Oct 012006

Reno 4-cyl

  • 53,700 miles


The car while driving feels like it jerks out of gear for a few seconds into neutral. When it jerks, the gas pedal doesn't work. I lose acceleration. This is dangerous because I could get rear-ended when losing speed so fast. When it does this at least 5 or six times during a trip. We took the car for diagnostic at goss Suzuki but they couldn't get an error code to find the cause. They said it might be the transmission range switch. They said they couldn't fix anything until they knew exactly the cause. Now the engine light came on and the car is worse. I was at atm today (11/4/2010) when I was about to drive off, the car was in drive, but the car wouldn't move when I pressed the gas. It was like the car was still in park. I had to put the car back in park, turn the car off/on then put it back in drive for it to start moving. I took it to autozone to check the codes and it was P0700/P0705. Those are problem codes for transmission range sensor. The car only has about 53,700 miles on it. This is too soon for a car to be having problems. This is a big safety issue because this can cause car accidents from the car malfunctioning while driving.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 172009


  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2006, Reno with around 52K miles on it. In trying to go up a small hill, the car started to lose it's ability to accelerate. Once I reached the top it was better, but then indicated on the dashboard a D with a slash through it. My car then would still have difficulty accelerating. In coming to a stop then trying to accelerate to turn a corner it continued to have difficulty accelerating. The car then begins to lose power. The check engine light would come on and stay on. It would then go off and within a few days come right back on. Before the check engine light would come on, the car would jolt then have the override (D with a slash) on the dashboard. I then have to place the car on park (each gear giving a jolt to the car), turn it off and then restart the car to hope it accelerates like it should. I am told the transmission range sensor is the problem. It occurs at least once a week, and sometimes once every two weeks if the car is acting the way it should. This is ridiculous. I have almost been hit once and had to pray I would make it to the side of the merge lane on the highway another time since the car would not accelerate properly while trying to merge. I am taking it to get repaired/replaced and hope it doesn't occur again.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 212009


  • 50,000 miles
Own a 06 Reno with 50K miles on it. Just recently while driving in average normal traffic about 45 to 50 mph the transmission indicator would start flashing and the mil light would come on. During this time any change in prndl would cause loud and harsh shifting as well as severely decreased acceleration ability, almost as if it was flooding. Eventually the mil light would go off or stay on and transmission function would return to normal. This would only last maybe a few hours and then whole scenario would repeat itself. My research has led me to believe it is the transmission range sensor. A problem a lot of Reno owners seem to be experiencing. This is potentially a dangerous situation if for example you come to a stop just before trying to merge into highway traffic and your transmission suddenly starts malfunctioning and your ability to accelerate suddenly disappears. I am in the process of taking it into the dealer for other recall work and inspection.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #2

Oct 132006

Reno 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Reno. The contact stated that his vehicle lost power multiple times intermittently. The failure would last approximately 5-10 seconds and then function normally again. The contact was concerned about the failure occurring on the interstate, which could pose a severe safety risk. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they could not determine the cause of the failure. The current mileage was 15,000 and failure mileage was 1,500. Updated 02/05/09. Updated 02/10/09.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 282008

Reno 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Reno. The contact started the vehicle and placed it in drive, but the vehicle would not move. A few seconds later, the vehicle accelerated. The check engine light illuminated. She checked the manual and had the vehicle inspected. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle performed as if it would shut off. The diagnostic test indicated that the range sensor needed to be replaced. The dealer performed the repair. After the vehicle was retrieved, the failure recurred within a couple of days. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled and was taken back to the dealer. The range sensor was replaced a second time, but the failure continued. The current mileage was 25,000 and failure mileage was 24,800.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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