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Pros: Tail lights
Cons: lack of aftermarket parts
Advice: buy the 5 spdgood car handles well pickup is much better with the manual transmision
Pros: The radio controlls on the steering wheel
Cons: First gear on the automatic
Advice: for more performance get the 5 speed, for value get the S trim level its still a great carAt first the Forenza seems to be a little sluggish give the car some time. The interior is great with no cheap plastic covering every square inch of the dash like some cheap rental car. After a while you get used to having the radio controlls at your finger tips, so driving any other car without this feature makes you wish you were back in the Forenza. Switch on the hold button next to the shifter on the automatic trans and this little car comes to life with good accelaration for a small economy sedan. The hold feature lets you decide what gear to be in, first gear on the automatic is a little drawn out. Shifting into first gear while in the hold mode does produce a slight jerk from the transmission while sitting at a light.The car has ample trunk space and cool tail lights. A plus when you want to look aftermarket on a budget.
Cons: Beeping noise if you don't buckle your seat belt
Advice: Suzuki is little known, but their quality, warranty, and price are better than your other optionsI test drove the Aerio and the best thing that I could say about it was that it handed phenomenally. I found myself taking corners in this car at a much higher rate of speed just to see how hard I could push it. 155 horsepower may not seem like too much but when you step on the gas, you get going. I loved the new upholstery for 05 and the seats are so comfortable. I'm 6' 200 lbs and I can sit in the back seat easily. Like any other shopper, I shopped around at other dealers and no one could come close to matching the amount of comfort, safety and performance features for even close to the price. Throw in all wheel drive in a car for under $18000 and it's a no brainer
Cons: I hate how the check engine light keeps coming on every 1000 miles
Advice: Do NOT buy this vehicle unless you plan to visit the mechanic every month or so. The car has stalled out on me mid-driving (not a a stop either, I was moving) twice. (Good thing I wasnt on a busy road)I thought when I test drove this vehicle it would be a great car for the money. Comfortable, mid-sized, and handled easily.
Pros: Cargo space
Cons: A few sqeaks and rattles
Advice: Take a look at this car even though not often mentioned by the car publicationsThe main reason I bought the car was the cargo room. I take road trips with 3 small dogs plus food and gear for 2 everything fits. I have gotten 17 bags of woodchip mulch in the back as well as 45 1 gallon plants plus landscape supplies. With its combination of price, cargo room, features and good MPG I highly reccommend this car. A better value than other small wagons and much better a mini SUV. I have had no quality issues, but unfortunately I bought before Suzuki upgraded the warranty program.
Cons: IT BURNS TOO MUCH GAS
Advice: BUY YOURS WITH LEATHER SEATSIT IS A GREAT CAR, I WISH TO HAVE MINE WITH LEATHER SEATS INSTEAD/ MY ONLY CONCERN IS ABOUT GAS MILEAGE.20/30. THE PRICE IS PERFECT, I HAVE NO REASONS FOR COMPLAINTS..
Pros: Sound System
Cons: No keyless remote. No cruise control.
Advice: Purchase additional warranty.Quiet, lots of pick-up. Comfortable.