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Cons: no aftermarket parts
Advice: Great purchase for general useJust bought this car 3 weeks ago, everything about it is great except for two small things. First thing that bothered me was the shifter location, but thats just a personal opinion. The other thing that I didn't like was something going on with the rpms spinning down slow. Apparently this has something to do with a UD pulley, still researching it. Great car unless you want to modify it, overall I am rather pleased with the purchase.
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: 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.
Pros: THE STEREO SYSTEM
Cons: the instrument dials
Advice: Take a close look at this carThe car handles well for a small car. It is very roomy and comfortable...has many features that more expensive cars don't have. The interior, and exterior seem to be high quality. The stereo system is nothing short of AMAZING.The car has an excellent warranty program...and overall is a very nice car.
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: I've yet to find one
Cons: All the time I spend in a rental car!
Advice: DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!I purchased mine in 2004, within first year it stalls while driving, engine light on, all 4 (discontinued) tires replaced, engine replaced, cd player skips, transmission hard shifts, dash replaced for bubble, etc! these cars are junk!!! DON'T BUY! I don't care what warrenty they offer, the service people just run you around anyway. Ask them for a list of what's recalled. You'd be shocked! They are told to tell you things like they can't duplicate the problem so they don't have to fix stuff! Watch your milage when they tell you they drove your car to try to duplicate the problem, it won't change from when you took the car in.
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.