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I get very good gas mileage. The only thing I don't like about my car - or the thing I dislike most is the fact that I have to take it to a mechanic to have the transmission fluid checked - there's no dip-stick in the engine which I find very annoying.
Pros: Sporty look, roomy back seat.
Cons: see aboveThe secret is the gas cap never fits very well so your engine light comes on and stays on costly mistake thinking the Catalatic converter was bad, anyway to fix it 'NOPE' ,the lumbar support broke the first week we owned the car. Wheels/rims have to be replaces often then bend easily. Several recalls. And bumpers are easly damaged backing up into something. Over all the cost of this car you get what you pay for it, actually has more power then you read about, gas mileage is also better. Mine is almost paid for will be good for another five years then I will go back to a American Truck that by then may get better gas mileage. Also be fore you ship a car to another state make sure this car was sold there, and can be serviced there, this model was never sold in Hawaii, and is serviced by a Toyota dealership garage.
Pros: I can control the radio by the Steering Wheel
Advice: Stay AwayI have a 2004 Forenza and I brought it brand new because I liked the CD and tape player, as well as the radio being operated from the Steering Wheel. For the last two years, this car has been the car from hell. I am having sever major engine problems, twice my back brake lights have been stuck, where it had to go in the shop for repairs and now a SSPS warning is showing up and the service people have no idea what this warning means. Futhermore, the dealership where I brought the car is no longer dealing with Suzukis. Stay away from this car.
Cons: Everything went wrong with engine
Advice: Don't Buy... Do Your ResearchWe bought our 2004 Forenza brand new and have had nothing but problems with it. Within a short period of time after the purchase the belts in front tires broke .. waited 6 weeks for replacement tires. Then the fun begun..they have replaced 2 cam sensors and main computer system. And at the present time we are up against another problem ... needs another cam sensor. Suzuki is a true nightmare to work with. They find every excuse they can to cover their tracks... BEWARE...DON'T BUY.. Trading in our Lemon
Pros: Body Style
Cons: All the Problem and the lack of power in first and second gear.
Advice: BEWAREI bought my Suzuki Forenza in Killeen Tx at a local dealer. That was on a Saturday night, by Thursday morning I was at the dealer with a broken valve and passenger side airbag senor malfunction. Before purchasing this vehicle i would gather all the fact about it. This is a DAEWOO Made in Korea. Suzuki Changed the name.BEWARE
Pros: Reasonable price for loads of standard & safety features
Cons: Intermittent No Start Problem, Poor Sales experience at Dealership
Advice: Don't Buy OneRides nice on test drive! This car looks nice and has loads of great standard & safety features. Beware the value depreciates by $6,000+ right after you buy it! I bought mine with A/T in late May, had it all of 7 days before “No Start” problem happened to me. Like me, many are buying it & finding this problem afterward. I took it back to the dealership for diagnosis & repair after the 2nd incident. I thought the 1st one was just a fluke, they had it for 7 days. After getting it back the engine is now revving high and idling rough for a few seconds every morning after I start it and continues to do so. I now own a new car that may or may not start, doesn't keep me cool & is not worth what I paid for it. I doubt I'll be buying another Suzuki product again!!
Pros: Low cost with all the add-ins.
Cons: Maintenance Problems 2nd day after purchase.
Advice: Read all current reviews and test drive it more than once before you buy.Excellent price. Fully loaded adj/seat. Nice radio/cd. Quiet. Smooth ride. Sharp Looking. Vary cold A/C. I bought the car new on Wednesday. It started and ran great. The next morning it wouldn't start. Once it cranks up it goes find all the day. Just when it sits overnight. Taking in for repairs already.