2005 Suzuki Forenza Wagon 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Superb vehicle, and for the price it can't be beat

Faults:

NONE.

General Comments:

Very comfortable.

Runs and handles great.

Great on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2009

2005 Suzuki Forenza LX 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Average car that does what it was intended to do

Faults:

Speed sensor went out (fixed under warranty)

Check engine light came on (gas cap)

Recall on water-pump (they replaced water-pump and the timing belt)

Valve cover gasket leaking.

General Comments:

I purchased this car new because of the low price and warranty. Overall the car has been reliable and has never left me stranded. I wish the gas mileage was a little better, but I average around 26mpg.

All the problems that I've had with the car were fixed under warranty, no problems since. I just replaced the plugs, brake pads, and valve cover gasket.

The dealer service has been great each time it was getting fixed; we were giving a rental free of charge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2009

24th Dec 2010, 20:55

Just hit the 100,000 mile mark, hoping for another 100,000. I did have the EGR valve cooler replaced at the dealership for $190, not a big deal. Very happy with the car so far!

2005 Suzuki Forenza from North America

Faults:

* Seat sensor for airbags repeatedly go bad, they tried to blame my kids. 100$ + : Happened three times so I'm driving around with no airbags.

* Security sensor went bad for the hood and the alarm started going off randomly. 100$ +

* Belt snapped a day after a recall repair was performed on the timing / drive belts. Engine ruined. Free.

Dealer did not want to cooperate very much. They ended up replacing the engine. They even used the old belt it seems. Shoddy workmanship. There was a gash in the timing belt cover which wasn't replaced.

* We replaced the alternator ourselves, luckily found a cheap refurb online for under a 150$. Avoid the dealer if possible; they wanted about 500 for a new one not including labor.

What to look for: smoke emitting from the alternator, weird sounds from it and an electrical ozone smell. Of course, the car dies and won't crank.

Flaws:

1. Transmission lacks a dipstick. It's a bolt.

2. Cheap quality on sensors.

Pluses:

1. Good gas mileage

2. Dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

2005 Suzuki Forenza from North America

Summary:

This car is a piece of junk, no wonder why they have a 7 year powertrain warranty!!!

Faults:

I purchased this car brand new in 2005 and just like the other reviews, I am not at all happy with this car!!!

I have had my car in the shop at least 10 times, and it probably won't be the last time either.

I have had the run around several times from the dealer. I don't feel safe at all in it, and I am a mother of 2 small children!

This is just one of the many problems I've had with it. It gets good and warmed up after about 30-35 minutes in the car. If I'm stopped at a light or stop sign or even parked, the car begins to jerk and feels like it is trying to accelerate. I feel like it's a raging bull and a disaster waiting to happen. It has a mind of its own! I seriously feel like I'm going to run into oncoming traffic and will not make it out alive with this car. My hands are tied because I look/feel like an idiot walking yet again into the dealership with this monster. I thought getting a foreign car would be great since they are smart, but, WRONG!!! I will not ever buy another Suzuki! I wanted something reliable and ended up with nothing but a LEMON!!! I wish everyone else the best of luck with their car, but Suzuki is not the car for me!

General Comments:

This car doesn't handle curves or highway traffic.

The engine is as slow as a turtle and has no performance at all.

The only thing I can say that is good about the car, is that the trunk is very spacious and it truly saves you on gas. Other than that, this car is nothing but junk!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

10th Jan 2008, 17:01

Sorry to hear about your issues and problems, but had you done a little research before signing on the dotted line, you would have found that Suzuki customer care is found to be wanting by many and that the Forenza is not a Suzuki (or even remotely Japanese), but a Korean-built Daewoo!

And, many know just what that implies.