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Suzuki Forenza Troubles



  • lonesanlonesan Posts: 9
    I had tried to trade mine in a few different time around 45K I was only offered 2,000 by 3 different dealers.. around 49-50K I was offered 1,500 at one place and another offered me 2,500.. Im up to 62K now.. :(
  • bukswifebukswife Posts: 3
    i just had something repaired on my transmission..of course it wasnt covered...i have a 2006 forenza about 54,000.. now the ac isnt working..and of course that isnt this how it all starts?? i hate to sell the car as i still owe on it but i cant afford to keep putting money into it..
  • I have a 2008 Forenza that I bought new. Five days ago I noticed another Forenza that was blowing black smoke. I thought that was strange so, when I got home I checked and sure enough there is a lot of black soot ringing the tailpipe. Has anyone else had this problem or heard of anything that might explain this? I have an appointment with the dealer in the morning but the service department has already indicated that they have never heard of a problem of this type with a Forenza. Any info or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • lonesanlonesan Posts: 9
    my 2004 doesn't blow black smoke but the exhaust pipe does always have a nice thick black ring on the outside of it that comes back up the pipe about 1/4inch after a day of driving.. But i think thats normal for most cars.. Good luck with that black smoke puffer.. i wont buy another Suzuki, the day i can finally afford to rid myself of this one will be the last one i own. :lemon:
  • jess40356jess40356 Posts: 2
    Hi there. Does the no start problem that you have include a 'dead' battery like situation? My car keeps refusing to start when it gets over 80+ degrees outside after I've run the a/c and stopped it for a little while. I have a jump start box in my car I have to keep with me so I won't be stranded somewhere. I've had the car since around first week of June and it keeps happening. Dealership just checked the computer, found nothing wrong, and said if it keeps doing it to bring it back. I've brought it back to them a couple times since I bought it and they found nothing. It's a 2006 Forenza wagon. I even bought a new battery for over $100 with the sales tax first time it happened because I thought the battery was bad. :lemon:
  • maddudemaddude Posts: 4
    You can go to and read what I have went through with the dealership and with Brea CA to no avail as of yet.
  • jess40356jess40356 Posts: 2
    Thank you. The service department says basically they cannot duplicate the problem, either. I feel like I'm being talked down to or something and they kind of rush me off.

    My car has a problem with starting, but doesn't sound like the same problem. It is like the battery is dead, almost, except when I put the key in the ignition it makes a dinging noise and there will be lights, but when I turn the key there will be no noise indicating the car is even trying to turn over. I then have to jump my car and it'll start right up with the jump box attached. I just bought it about a month and half ago, and have had it in the shop twice and had to buy a new battery (when I thought it was the battery, although it keeps doing it with the new battery so I wasted over a hundred bucks on a new battery). It's a 2006 Forenza station wagon.

    The car does have weird stuff happen with the transmission from time to time. It's like a vibration or something. And the check engine light comes on sometimes. And when it fails to start, sometimes there's a weird hold light on.

    I'm going to try and sell or trade it in before it dies. I paid nearly $10k for it. I feel so sick about it. I miss my escort. I regret I'd ever got this car or traded my old one in.
  • mark210mark210 Posts: 4
    my daughters 2006 forenza engine light came on. took and had code read they said it was tps. Suzuki dealer says have to buy entire throttle body, est $700. Any advise or tips.
  • dee42dee42 Posts: 1
    Hello, I recently had my check engine light come on. After trying to get through car inspection i was told this is an Emissions failure and my car failed. The code was P0420. I went to Suzuki to have it checked and because i purchased an extended100,000 warranty with the car. Thinking this would be resolved, boy was i wrong. Suzuki told me this problem is not covered under extended warranty, only 8 year 80,000 mile factory warranty the parts. They also told me about some federal law that warrantys a converter for 8 year 80,000 miles. Sounds like a line to me. Well i have 89,000 miles on the car and it's only 4 years old, but they won't help me. Now the real problem. The cost to repair this is anywhere from 1600.00 for front cat and to 3000.00 dollars for both, how can this be. The car right now is only worth 4800.00. I can not find anybody with aftermarket parts to repair this. They all want over 1000.00 for each piece plus installation, for factory replacment, and being unemployed right now, I am at a loss. I would think these parts would be warrantied for longer and my exted warranty would cover this. Why are there no aftermarket parts for this and why are they so expensive. Anybody with any advice or thoughts would be appreciated, thanks Dee
  • maddudemaddude Posts: 4
    it may very well be that the entire throttle body has to be changed out to correct this condition. I would use a great deal of caution and make sure everything is documented and that you receive all old parts. I can't say enough about covering your own interests when it comes to Suzuki. They will do any and everything to ensure that they come out on top. My website has some of my story available to read, believe me its worth your time.
  • mark210mark210 Posts: 4
    What is the warranty on these cars. She bought it used and its an 06 with 62,000 miles. Would a tps or in this case a throttle body be covered?
  • 3 yr/ 36 monts basic

    7 yr/ 70,000 miles drivetrain

    8 yr/80000 Federal emissions warranty*

    *major emissions systems, of which there are 3 -- the catalytic, the ECU and the OBD-II diagnostic system.

    But unfortunately the TPS is not covered under any of these.
  • mark210mark210 Posts: 4
    I figured that. Thanks.
  • No shizzle. My Cat blew out TWICE, and they won't replace it. So I bought a performance catalytic converter, welded it on myself, shortened the pipe so it wouldn't bottom out. No problems since.
  • You need to replace the gasket inside the steering column. It's like.. 12$ at Autozone.
  • Replace the stuff yourself and have the exhaust replaced, WAY less money. The cat is like 80$ and the piping is even less than that.
  • my 2007 suzuki forenza transmission has just started sliiping at 52,000 miles, i'm taking to shop monday for repair, suzuki should recall this, and the door handles that keep breaking off, please post if you hear a suzuki recall on anything, the whole car is falling apart. :sick:
  • well drive a suzuki and let it break down a year and a half after you bought it, then suzuki says it aint warranty for transmission, door handles, paint coming off, etc.
    then see what you feel or do :mad:
  • Hey maddude, sorry to hear about the trouble you went through. I had so many problems with my Forenza also, but they did not go though any trouble for me, as far as giving me a rental or anything.

    I bought my 2005 suzuki forenza brand new from quality cars in san antonio, and had taken my car to chacon also. Chacon Suzuki is the worst dealership ever man! I have taken my vehicle there at least four times for the same problem, engine vibration. The vibration is so bad that steering wheel shakes, and if you lean your head on the headrest, you can feel your eyes bounce around in your eye sockets. The second time I took the car to them, I told them that I had a mechanic look at my forenza and he told me that the left motor mount was broken. They replaced it after verifying this. The vibration was almost gone, but a year later it started again. They said that they could not find anything wrong with it.My fourth time there, they just charged me the diagnostic fee of $80. I guess that is what they are doing now to keep people from taking their cars there.

    Anyone that reads this message and lives in the New Braunfels- San Antonio area, your probably better off taking your car to any other Suzuki dealership to get worked on. Chacon Suzuki's technicians are worhtless, and so are their whole entire staff!!!
  • i have a 2006 suzuki forenza4cyl wagon i went to a mechanic and he said to replace the crankshaft and camshaft senors an also to replace the ignition coil and the car will start will the car still wont start why? aslo could the reason for the car not starting be the engine sensor because i keep blown that fuse and where is it located?
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