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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.
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: 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.