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Pros: volume on the steering wheel
Cons: the way it drove in rain and snow and the way the horn was situated
Advice: Keep looking around--don't let the appearance fool youI loved this car in the summer, but where I'm from, the winters are brutal and I need a car with good traction when the snow would stick. The Forenza was my worst nightmare, and it spun out from behind me many times, even when I was going very slow. Great for zipping around town if you live somewhere sunny all year long, but if you expect weather like rain and snow at all, I would not recommend this car. Traded it in for the Subaru Impreza.
Pros: 5 speed manual transmission
Cons: Takes a while for the heat to kick in
Advice: drive it for a bit before buyingI like the Forenza. For the money it's a lot of car. It performs well and gets good gas mileage. I'd reccoment it for anyone looking for a new car. Its a 'No-frills' vehicle with still a lot oging for it.
Pros: Everything: Value, Quality, and
Cons: The Sub-Par Dealership
Advice: Shop around, find what you like... what makes sence.The Forenza is for someone who is looking to get the most car for the least amount of money. If you at all care about performance chances are your not looking for a car in this class anyway. In December of 05' it was time for a new car. I'm one of those people that take forever in the store trying to save as much money as possable and still get the best quality product as possable. Hence, time was no issue as I researced for over 14 hours on what car to buy: New, Used, Truck, Car, Ect. I left every option open. I landed at what I believe is the best new car buy on the market, the Suzuki Forenza Premium. If you like clever design and well thought out functionality this is your car! It's long list of standard features and good fit and finish shame it's competitors. It's VERY comfortable and feels quite zippy around town, just what I was looking for.
Pros: Standard convenience features except the lack of cruise control.
Cons: Rolling backwards down a hill in a powerless vehicle.
Advice: Buy any other car. Do not buy a Forenza.Proceeding up a bridge in my 2005 Suzuki Forenza S, the engine died taking out the power steering and brakes. The Forenza began to roll backwards into oncoming and merging traffic in a two-lane construction area. I was able to avoid a serious multi-car accident with quick use of the emergency brake. The dealer wasn't immediately sure what went wrong and contacted Suzuki Tech Support. Sight unseen, they were told to order a list of parts including water pump, timing belt and complete head assembly. Suzuki denied the frequent occurrence of this failure, but knew the exact parts to replace? The water pump pulley had been installed backwards, allowing the timing belt to skip. This vehicle had 9769 miles and I had owned it less than six months when this happened. After 15 days in the shop, the dealership returned the vehicle to me with a 're-manufactured' cylinder head. Kathy, an American Suzuki Motor Corporation customer service representative said to read my warranty book... that this is an acceptable practice... I bought a new car, I expect it to safely and reliably get me from point 'A' to point 'B', and should it require warranty repair for extensive engine damage, I demand the use of new parts. I had one representative from Suzuki, Jeff, return my call and promised a call back Monday, March 6, 2006. He called two weeks later and followed up with a letter stating that the vehicle is “operating as designed” and that Suzuki would be of no further assistance in this matter. I have since contacted an attorney.Please contact me if you have had a similar problem with a Reno or Forenza.
Pros: The standard 8 speaker sound system
Cons: Wheel Covers are not attractive
Advice: Great car for the moneyI drive this car at 80 plus most of the time and it holds the road every bit as goos as my Toyota Camry. I took a risk when I bought my Forenza but I was banking on the fact that it's a Japanese car and my experience with Japanese cars has been nothing short of excellent. The acceleration is quite exceptional and it has no trouble cruising at 80 mph and faster.
Pros: good on gas
Cons: Car jolts bad and suspension
Advice: If you buy this car, get a extended warrenty. You'll need it.Bought this car and have found that car jolts like something is the matter with the trans. Also when you go over bumps, the struts make noise bad like they are worn. The grinding noise is terrible. Nice looking car, and good on gas milage, but needs inprovements on suspension and the trans.