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Suzuki Forenza Troubles



  • So I just rolled 75,000miles earlyer tonight and right then the check engine light came on.. Great *Now* whats wrong with this :lemon:

    Closest Suzuki dealer is 60-100miles away and they are retards (actually messed up my car more last time they touched it.)

    few things to Note about this *Lemon*

    I have replaced the Headlights (both of them) professionaly once and 2twice on my own (even used premium bulbs) in the last 10,000miles Last bulb replaced lasted less then 3,000miles before going out..

    I threw my Timing Belt around 65,000miles and i was no where near a suzuki shop so i had to get it replaced by some local mechanic..(i was about 1,000miles or so from home) This actually fixed a issue that the Suzuki dealer had caused with my car.. I took it in because it was shifting hard on me around 60,000miles and they desided it was because the computer needed updated.. They updated the computer and my mpgs (no joke) on freeway droped to around 10-15mpgs.. took it back and they reflashed it and fixed the issue but the car droped in preformance (ALOT) very little reponse even with the gass floored.. Took it back again, and they reflashed it yet again and got some of the preformance back but only felt like it was only running at about 80-85% of the power it had before i brought it in the very first time.. Even did test drive with the OWNER of the dealership and he said it was fine.. I told him to kiss my A** and left.. Filed a complaint with Suzuki America in LA aginst the dealership ( nothing ever happend because of it, as if i really expected them to care anyhow)..

    Was driving to LA about 2 weeks ago stoped half way at the top of the grapevine got gas backed up the the building ran inside for a pitstop.. come out.. My break lights were on.. spent 30min trying to figure out why they wouldnt turn off (even with the key no where near the car).. Damn brake light switch went out.. Drove the rest of the way to my destination (about 70-80miles) at night with my breaklights stuck *ON* so no one knew if i was breaking or not. Took it to a local dealer next day.. Told me that part was recalled but the recall service had been done to the car a few years ago and wouldnt re-warrent the recall.. Told me I was going to have to pay them $80 to diagnose the problem and then pay them to fix it as well.. I told him he could kiss my a** took my keys out of his hand and left some black marks on his white parking lot.. Did some research on the problem found the part information called a parts warehouse.. part cost me $13.00 after tax and took me 20seconds to replace (i dont know much about cars, so that says ALOT) $80.00+ to fix a known issue with the car? thats got to be illegal..

    I know im not the kindest or politest person in the world and im sure many of you will comment my actions.. But i have been to 5 diffrent Suzuki dealerships and everyone of them i have been met by A******** that told me the car was fine when it clearly wasnt, or told me my warrenty is expired and or didnt cover what was wrong with it..

    I been needing to buy a new car for awhile now.. But I cant offord it because i have had to continusly get this lemon serviced atlest once a month so i can get to work the next morning.. So i have no money and maxed out 2 Creditcards fixing this stupid thing.. Now thanks to the great economy i have been Laid-off so now i have even less money and i still have to fix the stupid thing cus i cant replace it..

    Btw I took my car in to a dealer for that Cash for Clunkers thing that was going on few months ago.. Told them all the issues i had with the car.. they felt sorry for me.. Told me my car didnt qualify because it was too new and got too good of MPG's.. Is that not warped or what..

    Suzuki Forenza 2004 - :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • I have a 2006 forenza it has been to the shop more times than I can count. At 30,000 mile the struts have to be replaced. we have had electrical problems since day one. The car has left my wife on the road at least four times. the blower motor also had to be replaced . we have been waiting for the part for at least three weeks now. The service is terrible .I will never by another Suzuki product ever again. If anyone starts a class action suit I am In on it. the car has been garbage since day one. I recommend no one buy any of their products. On top of everything I had to replace the tires at 20,000. :mad:
  • I have a 2004 Forenza that has developed, what I would describe as, a hesitation or spudder in the engine once it has warmed up. It only seems to hesitate or spudder when I am at a cruising speed and the car is trying to maintain the speed. When I am accelerating it tends to stop or not as noticable. Any idea as to what could be causing this problem?
  • My daughter is having the same problem but the dealer wants all records of maintenance in order to honor the warranty. Did your dealer request all records from you to have this done?
    We don't have the records because the dealer that we went to went out of business because the goverment was after him and he would not transfer the records over.
    How did yours turn out?
  • yes our deal requested the records and they wanted to charge 1,000 dollars to replace the part that need to be replaced,so what i would suggest is go to a local mechanic and get a computer scan on the vehicle to see what is actually causing the problem just like i did,it was well worth the 20dollars and i replaced the part myself :) :) :) :) :) your daughter might be able to use the computer scan as a record to the dealership but please verify that before taking the result of the computer scan have a good day :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • here is the problem i had with my suzuki,the car was doing great for 3 months we had a mechanic fix and seal the head cover with a new gasket and replace the spark plugs at the beginning of the three months after that we went shopping and the car just died so i had it towed to a mechanic and paid the tow fee after i asked the local mechanic to check it over with his computer and give me the computer read out with the codes of the parts,well he did and he charged me 20dollars for that,after i towed it back to the house and let it set everyday i went outside and check all the sensors that i was given by code,i did this for two weeks,afterwards i thought really hard about what was the problem,so i check the fuse box and found three fuses blown-cost 5 dollars,after i replaced the fuses,i checked all wires and fond three wires that belong to one sensor that was located at the top right side of the motor which was the camshaft sensor this was my problem because a computer can not tell you about a short or blown fuses if i had bought all the parts by code it would of cost me 500dollars for me to reconnect the three wires all i needed was tape now the runs and is doing great :shades: :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • gavivewwgaviveww Posts: 1
    So I have an 08 Forenza, bought when all the dealerships were closing down out here for cheap. But the one problem I have on this car is one that my shop guys can't figure out.

    If the radio is on and I turn on the defroster the radio turns to static. They figured it would be on the back window where both the defroster and antenna are.. But I can't afford to spend the money to pay Labor that could take hours to days to even just locate the problem.

    Has anyone else had this problem and figured it out so I can just tell them how to fix it. There was no warranty and calling the dealership is useless, wasn't their car. Calling Suzuki got me nowhere either, save for a beating in how I'm not a mechanic and cannot prove the problem to them. Funny right? Anyway, anyone have some suggestions?
  • pennsy3pennsy3 Posts: 1
    We bought our 2006 Forenza as a pre-owned in March 2008. Took it to our trusted mechanic last week for state inspection and he said (and showed me) that the front shock/strut assembly seems to be defective. The mounting brackets are broken.In addition the shocks were leaking. He said he would be happy to fix it for us but advised to talk to Suzuki first about a possible recall. I called the main Suzuki number and was told if shocks are leaking, it is considered defective. The vehicle is a 2006 but was first put in service in January 2007, so the basic warranty actually just expired like 5 weeks ago. There is only 21000 miles on the car. We bought it with 11000 and only put 10000 on it in two years. The main office said we need to take it to the Suzuki dealer so they can verify the problem. And maybe they could grant us goodwill warranty if the parts are defective. And you guessed it - $750 worth of work. Of course, the Suzuki dealer says normal wear and tear, not defective parts. I asked him to hear my point of view - the car is only 3 years old with 21000 miles on it - no accidents, no neglect, no front end damage and all my service records up to date. How do you explain new shocks/struts at 21000 miles? Needless to say, I'm fighting with them but I would like to know if anyone else is having this type problem. And on a footnote, the dealer told me they can fix it, but these particular parts are back-ordered for two weeks. Hmmm? Makes me believe other people are having this problem. And by the way, two of our four door handles already broke and had to be replaced. Time to shop for something else. I guess this is just the tip of the iceberg. Good luck to everyone else.
  • mark210mark210 Posts: 4
    2006 forenza transmission started to slip engine light came on Took to auto zone abd they said it was transmission controler? Reset computer by disconecting battery and is driving normal again. any tips or advise?
  • shareee28shareee28 Posts: 2
    I am having the same problem right now with my 2007 Suzuki Forenza. All of a sudden, transmission started slipped. Jerking in and out. As with everyone else I've read on here, dealers closing down everywhere. The one I did find within 50 miles, the guy was a total jerk. Acted like he could give a flip, oh and yeah, my warranty is OUT.

    So I have a good friend who's a mechanic. And of course after an act of congress to find and then take off the plug (having to literally grind his own tool), there was plenty of fluid in there, but it STANK! Hopefully it just needs flushed out and replace. Manual says every 30,000 miles?? Hope that's it.
  • shareee28shareee28 Posts: 2
    OMG all that is happening to me right now. My 2007 Forenza.
    Drivers inside door handle snapped right off one day. Thankfully still under warranty at that time.

    Now transmission slipping. Hoping it just needs flushed. Whatever happened with yours?
  • I have a 2005 Suzuki Forenza (48k miles) which has had most of the problems listed (i.e struts, check engine light nightmare, gas, tires, etc).

    My most recent nightmare happened just a little bit ago when I was driving home and the car DIED while turning the corner. The lights on the dash remained on, but the steering and gas did not work. I was able to pull over and put in park. I let it sit for a couple minutes and re-started it just fine. Has this happened to anyone? Any idea what happened? I'm a bit freaked out to drive it now.
  • I have a 2004 Forenza, it has been a gem until it hit 60k, I had the steering light explanation mark issue for two years, took it to CarX in Illinois and also Midas in AZ. No one could figure out the problem. I take my car in every three months for an oil change and am a little fanatical about my cars (and I am female!) At 60k, had a hard time turning the steering wheel, was told I had a leak in the steering wheel column, and this had to be replaced ($800.00). My 76 year old father says he never heard of such a thing and insists I got ripped off. I also had the check engine light issue before with the gas cap seal when the car was new. This was resolved. Now I have the check engine light issue again. Brought the car to Midas in AZ (as there are only 3 Suzuki dealers now in all of AZ-I just moved to Phoenix, AZ last year). I just had a battery replaced (after 6.5 years, 1st time-pretty good for AZ!), and my CEL light came on after this. Midas ran the codes and told me I needed to replace the spark plugs and wiring (std 60k maint) to the tune of $250.00, after doing this, the CEL came on a week later and then went off after 2 days. The CEL light is now back on again and has been on for 5 days. I am taking to Autozone to have them read the codes to me and then I will figure out what I have to do. I also had the timing belt replaced and the water pump (std 60k) and with the battery replacement, have alread spent $2200.00 on this car in August. The engine also revs up when just sitting, it is kind of jumpy when sitting at a stop light on some days,but not others! Does anyone know what this new problem might be? I asked Midas about it, and they have just ignored me. I also asked them to unplug the battery and replug it, as I have heard the CEL can come on once you have the battery replaced. I am a little freaked out at this point, as I can't afford any more repairs in September! . Does anyone have any similiar stories to share, or advice? I will let you know what Autozone tells me about the CEL code. Thanks!
  • K just got this car october of 09 used and need a power steering pump and my freaking engine light came on and flashed on and off for a few seconds going in bewtween lancaster and columbus last night. It now does not flash but goes on and off and told the code it pulled up has to do with compression. Any ideas? I am a single mom of a five year old, the pump alone is costing me 130$ I can't afford this please
  • Hi Kelly,

    I had a 06 forenza standard. The power steering light always came on no matter what. Just make sure that you have power steering fluid in the reservoir and you will be fine. The check engine light will always come on. I know have a 05 automatic LX forenza. and my light always comes on. The code tells me I need a new Catalytic converter. I'm not doing that. Somewhere there is a short, a wire that is exposed under your hood. If you can find it tape it up and the light should stop. Let me know how it works out.

  • My door handles also broke, I was informed my car is also out of warrenty, so they wont fix them. I have had multiable problems with this car. I have contacted Suzuki, but was told there is nothing they can do, magin that. I have also we all get together and make some calls but was told "you cant suggest a class action lawsuit on this site" so I guess there is nothing we can do, but drive it and pay lots of money or invest in another car. I drive a 2006 Forenza also.
  • thanks but its my engine light on. Now i have clear liquid right under the middle of my car. assuming water pump what do you think?
  • I have an 04 Forenza bought it brand new.. The door handles were part of a recall that i only found out about because i went to the dealership to get a gasket replaced because it was leaking oil from the top. in the 6 years I have had this car i have had to replace both front window motors the O2 sensor the transmission (now broken yet again) and the whole motor because the head gasket blew out on it and the Catalytic converter (there r 2 of them in this vehicle) so in my opinion the car is junk and should be recalled completely and give us all a refund
  • I have a 04 suzuki forenza and i am trying to hook the heat back up in my car. but i cant find the wire in the dash to hook it back up.... help me....
  • own a 2005 suzuki forenza it only has 55000 miles had to have wires repair for headlights had the struts replaced at 18000 miles now they say they need it again my sister owned a 2008 she was having so many problems with hers she bought hers new so she filed lemon law on them and got her money back for what she paid on it she had the transmission in reverse by it self she had a lot of engine problems my husband had to call corporate office to get the lights fixed they would go out and would not work he gonna call the corporate office again about the struts they have went they are suppose to life time warrenty on them also there was a recall on them so if your headlights go out and dont come on have them check the wiring harness behind the speedometer
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