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Pros: Smooth ride.
Cons: Engine stalling.
Advice: Do not, I repeat, do not buy this car.Test drove very well at the dealership 7 months ago but since I drove it off the lot it has been in the shop 9 times. The engine keeps stalling at stop lights and loses power when cruising.
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: The performance
Advice: DONT BUY ONE!Purchased 2006 Suzuki Verona. It is very sluggish. The car has been in the shop numerous times for same problems, transmission jerks around 20mph, engine light comes on and stays on and car sputters when standing at lights, stalls too, cruise control allows car to take off at high speed and goes past set speed, dealer cannot figure out what is wrong with the car. I highly recommend that you don't look into purchasing one of these cars. The dealer has no clue what is going on, and Suzuki Corporate just keeps making me bring it back to the shop each week. No help from anyone, just a game. They say the dealer has to duplicate the problems, they cannot, yet their mechanic rode with me, he felt a good jerk while he was riding with me, and people riding in the car with me have experienced it. Don't buy this vehicle! I bought it based on appearance and price - big mistake!
Pros: Wagon convenience, sedan ride
Cons: 'Loose tooth' shifter knob
Advice: Buy the wagon, get small SUV convenience for half the priceFew true small wagons (not hatchbacks) remain in the market, so I went to test drive one. For the price it is an extremely good deal. People will pay twice as much for a wagon on stilts - a car-based SUV. The car rode well, but the variable steering took a little getting used to. The engine had more kick than I had expected, and the wagon didn't appear any less powerful than the Reno that shares the same engine. For the ultimate bang for your buck, the wagon makes more sense than the sedan or Reno hatch. Too bad people can't see past the stigma. The new model has OBDII as of 2006, so diagnosing any problems will be much easier than it was for 2005 Forenza owners. I've got mine on order.
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.
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: size is good
Advice: not to considerI bought it brand new in January of 2006. It has been in the shop at least once a month for as long as I have owned it. I have had oil leaks, suspension problems, computer problems and last but not least the tire sensors are difficult to get set. Wind noise is worse than other makes.
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