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Suzuki Forenza Troubles

sschribersschriber Posts: 89
edited February 2016 in Suzuki
Has anyone had an issue with their Forenza idling at very high RPM after start up? I've got a Forenza Wagon with a 5-speed that occasionally will idle at 3100 rpm for 2 or three minutes or a mile or so after starting. The other morning, it was stuck at 3100 for 15 minutes and about 8 miles. Manual transmissions will be more evident since the high revs occur when the clutch is pushed in.


  • morganrenmorganren Posts: 5

    I bought a Forenza 1.5 month ago. From the beginning, it has a big allignment problem. I went back to the dealer for 5 plus times now. everytime, they told me they have fixed the problem. However, when I drive on highway, it only takes 3 -4 seconds before it pulls to the right. Does anyone else in here have this problem?

    I noticed that the car's steeling wheel tilt to the right (a little bit) if you let it go. so I have to pull the wheel all the time to force it goes straight.

    If they can't fix the problem, what should I do? thanks.
  • morganren

    If I were you I would call Suzuki and ask them what they would suggest you should do. You probably have their number in the Owners Manual. If not try

    Another possibility is to take your Forenza to another dealer and let them check it.

    Let us know if and how Suzuki takes care of this problem.
  • morganrenmorganren Posts: 5
    the local dealer called suzuki service and ask them how to fix the problem. they informed me that they are waiting for an answer.

    If the problem continue I will try to call the 1 -800 number and figure out by myself. by the way, the dealer told me that they have opened a case for me. I don't know what does that mean.

    Thanks silvernubira!
  • mducmduc Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 optra and I am having the same problems. The dealership has not been able to fix the problem. the have rotated the tires and changed them but still have the problem. Finally got tired of dealing with GM and am now trying to get rid of car through arbitration. This will be my last GM.
  • jkobty2jkobty2 Posts: 210
    Since you have an Optra I am assuming you are in Canada. If you happen to be in the Toronto area take your car for a checkup at Daewoo dixie 401. They have over 6 years experience dealing with this model car which is really the Daewoo Nubira 3rd generation.
    The only thing that comes to my mind assuming the alignment is correct and there is no problem with the tires are the spring rates. The Optra is a rebadged Daewoo which is sold in many markets with different specifications. For example the original Nubira2 and the rebadged one (Optra in Canada and Lacetti in Europe) have different springs on the suspension. The Daewoo version and the Euro version have tighter springs for a more sporty ride. The North american versions have a softer mushier feel for a GM like ride. I suspect different spec springs were put on the front suspension. Because these cars are built in the same factory, parts could get mixed up.
  • mgreen1mgreen1 Posts: 2
    I too am having this same problem. Is your car a wagon? I have been to the dealer twice. They checked the alignment twice. I thought it might be the tires.
  • I have a 2004 Aveo with a similar problem. The engine sometime races on start up, taking a few minutes to settle down to its normal idle rpm of about 1,000.

    Sometimes the rpm stays high in between shifts (I have manual transmission).

    I brought it in for service twice on this problem. The first time a tune-up stopped it for about a week. The second visit had them replace a part I think they called the idle control valve or switch. That was about a month ago.

    It's now happening again, not so much at start-up, but during use, whether hot or cold. I'm bringing it in again early next week for service.
  • it is not a wagon. I have a Forenza S. I think the problem is due to the steeling system. I noticed that the steeling wheel doesn't face straight (there is an angle if you let it go).

    I have tried to ask the dealer to fix the problem for almost 4 months now. I contact the suzuki's customer service to try to get the representive. No response so far. I don't know what should I do. I think I should get rid of this crapy and hang on to Toyota or Honda.

  • I have a 2004 Suzuki Forenza. The engine light is on and I've already opened and closed the gas cap. I have not put gas recently and only have a quarter tank left so could it still be the gas cap? Why would it take so long to light up? Also, we already replaced the gas cap July 2004 so could there still be a problem? :confuse: The manual says that if the engine light goes on to re-do the gas cap and in a few trips it will go off. What else makes the engine light go on? Is my car going to explode? :cry: Just kidding. Thanks for the help.
  • I too as said in previous post have the dreded check engine light comming on. After taking to dealer twice, with both times being told it was because of loose gas cap. I do not agree with the loose gas cap excuse. After the first trip to the dealer I made sure the cap was on tight. As for the light staying on after the cap is re-tightened, the mechanic at the dealership told me the check engine light may go out and may stay on, but in either case it will continue to light up untill the error code is re-set with a scan tool!
  • I had the same problem with my Chev Optra, (Canadian model), the dealer had to reprogram the throttle computer
  • zero8zero8 Posts: 1
    Had a 2004 Forenza and brought it into the dealership about 12 times for this issue. Finally Suzuki gave me some money and hooked me up with a dealer that would give me a high trade it on it, now I have a 2006 just as many problems. This problem will not go away, get out of that car as soon as you can.
  • flavifeflavife Posts: 20
    My 2005 Forenza wagon also gave me the check engine light code P0455 the other day. It was caused by a loose gas cap and the real problem is that the cap cannot be tightened properly because the retcheting tensioner in the gas cap has weakened and release too soon when trying to tighten the cap. It is necessary to push hard down on the cap as it is tightened. As soon as I get a chance I shall remove the cap and see what needs to be fixed to allow the cap to be tightened sufficiently.
  • sschribersschriber Posts: 89
    Getting out is not an option since trade in value is 6000 -6500 with 25k miles (my loan balance is 8700) not bad considering this was a 12,500 car after discounts and rebates less than a year ago.
  • don't even think about buying this car, i speak from experience, my husband bought his 2006 forenza, in october, and since january we've been having problems with the car, 5 out of 7 days it does not want to star in the mornings and if you park it for a couple of hours it does the same thing. we've taken it to the dealer like 3 times for the same reason and they say that they are aware of this particular problem with the forenzas but they do not have a fix yet that this is happening all over the nation.
  • cher1983cher1983 Posts: 5
    I too have bought an 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon and 5 out of 7 days it wont start in the morning. I have taken to the shop 3 times. The first time they replaced the accelarator, the 2nd time they replaced the fule pump, and this time they are trying a re-learning program for the computer. I won't know anything until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. Mean while, I'm left paying for a car that I'm not even using because out of the 4 months I've had it, it has been in the shop for 20 days, and I don't use my car everyday as it is anyway. I don't recomend this car, except so far the warrenty has been great... to date there has easily been $4000 worth of work done on my new car.

    Good luck to anyone who has bought one of these cars.
  • crying1crying1 Posts: 6
    it won't start 1/2 the time, 3 times in the shop.:( I had to get a lawyer, there is a class action lawsuit.
  • cher1983cher1983 Posts: 5
    I just got incontact with a lawyer over my trouble, but he hasn't said anything about a class action lawsuit against suzuki... when did you find this out? and who is your lawyer?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    No lawyer's names, please...
  • nascar11nascar11 Posts: 2
    My car has been in shop 3 times already becuase of the air bag sensor light coming on, needing to go again as of today. Has any one had the problem and does anyone thing I should call a lawyer for lemon law. :mad:
  • nascar11nascar11 Posts: 2
    went to the shop today with the air bag sensor problem. They put it on the machine to test codes and there was a fault showing in the passenger bag, but the light has since went out and now they are saying I have to drive it until it comes on again. This is the 4th time, does anyone have any insight or has anyone had the same problems
  • We bought our suzuki forenza in April 2006, the first couple of days the engine didn't start, so what did we do? we called our dealer, who quoted 'just re-start it' ok we think fair enough and it does after 3-4 attemps! the next 2 weeks the sensor light shows up we take it in, after 4-5 different rented used cars from there lot (because 3 of the vehicles they loaned us were faulty too like the light bulb was burnt or the mirrors on both sides were smashed!)
    after them having the car for two whole months we start to considered it as one error on the car(lemon requires two) they put nearly 1,000 miles on our car :sick:
    to this day the sensor light is still on, the car rattles and has lost its power,
    the only justice we got from suzuki was a cheque, nowhere near what they should be giving forenza owners, but dont you all agree it should be made a major lemon car?! and were any of your dealers helpful? :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • ok letting out tension in the previous message, what i was meant to say is we didnt qualify for the lemon law because they it was just one major problem not two like they require.
    i just dont understand why everyday you see more people getting screwed for there money from buying a suzuki, and yet nothing can be done about it, there advertising everywhere!
    and if you are possibly trying to trade out, good luck, the resale on the suzuki is TERRIBLE! They left us with 7,000 negative, the car lost half its value.
  • Well yesterday I finally got word from suzuki about a buy back on my forenza. They said they would do a "Trade in" on the car, and all I had to do was go and pick out the new Suzuki that I wanted... well, I really didn't want to get another suzuki but I need a car and doing an actual buy back would take another 6 weeks, so I went to the dealership and picked out an Aerio, and I should be able to drive the new one home by wednesday... not exactly the results I was looking for but at least Suzuki is doing something...

    Forenza = :lemon:
  • Best of luck. Your Aerio should be better. Suzuki announced that the next Forenza will be built by them and not GM Daewoo. The Verona will no longer be brought into the USA. I think soon we will no longer see Daewoo products at Suzuki.
  • Man, it seems everyone on this site is hating on Suzuki. I have 40000 miles on my Forenza with no major problems. If I did have any major problem, Suzuki would fix it. These cars have a 100,000 mile warranty. In other words if the motor dropped out after 15 miles, they'd put a new one in. These are economy cars, but if you and your Suzuki dealer take care of the car, it'll take care of you. Much love, Suzuki! :shades:
  • crewzincrewzin Posts: 76
    After reading the posts above and the last couple of pages, I see now that the problem (won't start) is common. Ours just started the "no start" thing a week or so ago. Usually it turns over quite fast and either doesn't start or just about catches but stumbles really bad as if it's flooded or not getting enough gas. Stomping on the gas pedal sometimes helps and it finally gets to running speed. The next few times it starts right up and all of a sudden one time it doesn't want to start again.

    As someone said a couple posts ago, the trade-in value is next to nothing and we only have 11K miles. Never seen a car drop so fast in value. Up until now it's been a great car with several 900 mile trips up north (from Florida) without a problem. Next free oil change is coming up and I'll mention the "no start" problem, but it doesn't sound like they'll be able to do anything about it. :(
  • Man, it sounds like nobody's completely satisfied with this vehicle, well neither am I. I've put almost 13K on my '04 forenza S and it really hasn't been that bad. I wish it got better gas mileage for such a small car. I've recently been noticing that my steering column has been making some strange noises, like little squeaking sounds and yes, that car does vear to the right. Has anyone noticed any unusual sounds from their steering? Other than that I've really had no other problems... :confuse:
  • I have had to many problems with my Suzuki Forenza. I bough it May 1,2006 from Modern Classic Motors. I owned it 2 weeks and the transmission started to grind when going into reverse (I have a manual transmission). I thought at first it was me then I had a couple of other people drive it and it did the same for them. I notified the dealer and took it down to them--they said that it is a common problem with standards and there is nothing out yet to fix the problem. I told them it was a silinoids(spelling) that were going out because it only does this when the car gets warmed up. They said it was not that and they have talked to Suzuki about it and when they get a part they will let me know. Still nothing yet. Then I owned the car exactly a month and it would not start-it hard started--where it would try to start and then die-then start and spit and sputter.. I called them on that and they said it was another problem with Suzuki and there is not a piece to fix it yet. Then 2 weeks later my engine light came on and it was a sensor problem. Well let me tell you what I am done with Suzuki. If they were aware of any of these problems when I was buying the car why was I not told? I asked a ton of questions when buying the car including " Are there any factory problems I need to be aware of that have not been resolved?" I asked "I won't have any problems with it starting? Because that is the reason I am getting rid of my Mazda Protege--because it won't start have the time..I was told on know this car is an excellent car. This car only had 200 miles on it when I bought it and it was brand new---not used!!! I am not sure what to do--do I call an attorney--do I qualify for the lemon law?? :mad: :lemon: :cry:
  • crewzincrewzin Posts: 76
    I'm sure the lemon law states that the same problem has to be taken to the dealer at least 3 times whereas the dealer tries to fix it and can't. Sounds like you've been there, but with different problems. Not sure how it comes into play when Suzuki themselves knows there's a problem and supposedly they are working to try and find a fix. So far we've had the hard strating problem pop up 4 times. After several attempts, it does start but quite frustrating for a brand new car. Haven't been to the dealer yet becuase I'm sure if they try it, it will probably start first time. They say they will have to keep it (without a loaner) to see if it will "hard start" in the morning, then (if it does) they will give us a loaner so they can work on it. They claim to know nothing of this forum or any problems that people are having. :(
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