Transmission Sensor Problems of Suzuki Forenza - part 1

Suzuki Forenza owners have reported 135 problems related to transmission sensor (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Suzuki Forenza based on all problems reported for the Forenza.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 1
Failure Date: 05/26/2017

The transmission range sensor has gone out on the vehicle. I have spoken to many other owners Suzuki vehicles and they to are having to replace transmission range sensors. Dealer service centers acknowledge that this part breaks often and they keep extra in stock. This issue will begin with causing vehicles to shift rough and end with vehicles not being able to shift out of or into park. The airbag and seat belt light will not go off. We have been told that it is the cushion sensor and will cost $1500 to replace. Again, after speaking with other Suzuki car owners, they too have had to deal with this issue. Suzuki issued a recall for this issue for some vehicles but not vehicles that have been impacted have been recalled and owners are being charged to replace this defective part. Suzuki has been made aware of these issues by other owners and have covered repair costs for a few, but have chosen not to issue a recall for all affected vehicles.

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car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 2
Failure Date: 11/18/2016

Transmission regulation sensor - car jumping out of gear while driving. Dangerous very dangerous.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 3
Failure Date: 09/29/2016

The transmission range sensor on Suzuki Forenzas and other models has been shoddy at best. My car currently has 65000 miles on it and I have replaced the trs 3 times getting ready to be a 4th. This is not a sensor that should need replaced regularly. I have had the vehicle slip out of gear at speed due to this and can never accelerate when I need to. Im afraid that if I need to accelerate to avoid a collision I wont be able to. This is a safety hazard and NHTSA needs to investigate. They have more then enough complaints to see this is an issue and they need to act before someone gets killed.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 4
Failure Date: 08/22/2016

I have already replaced the transmission range sensor once in October of 2014 and it is acting up again now. When I am driving the car jerks when it is shifting gears and on a couple occasions it has just switched into neutral for no reason while the car is still in motion. The most recent time was on my home from work on 8/22/16. I had to pull over and stop and start my car a few times to reset the problem. The part should not have to be replaced every couple years. This is a safety hazard and this needs to be fixed by Suzuki.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2005 Suzuki Forenza 5
Failure Date: 07/02/2016

2005 Suzuki Forenza. Car has 78,000 miles. Manual transmission. Transmission jerks, slips and is now is stuck in the highest gear. Will barely pull out. The problem started with the slipping. This lead to the jerking. Then is started to down shift violently with no notice throwing you forward. These events appear to only present when driving in town conditions. Have not experienced any issues on highway. I have had it to mechanics twice with no success. The last time the transmission range sensor was replaced. At no time has an error code been present that would lead a trained mechanic to a viable repair. This situation is dangerous.

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car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2006 Suzuki Forenza 6
Failure Date: 11/14/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while attempting to shift the vehicle into reverse, there was an abnormal banging noise that emitted from the vehicle with the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that there would also be an 'x' on the vehicles instrument panel next to the 'd' for drive on the shifter selector. The contact, who is an independent mechanic, stated that the vehicle was diagnosed that the range transmission sensor had failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. Wh.

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car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 7
Failure Date: 11/07/2014

My daughter (16) was on the highway and the service road when out of no where the car started jerking and slowed speed. She then tried to accelerate and it drug. Instead of catching back up to speed it took a minute to reach the speed. And since then its been very hard to drive. We took it to shop they said I need a new transmission range sensor a brake light switch and an input and output system and a speed sensor. They also said this is a very common issue with Suzuki Forenza. But its very dangerous I do feel that this should qualify for a recall before someone get's killed. Is anyone only listen to these reports at all? marqhita.

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car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2006 Suzuki Forenza 8
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

Transmission range sensor is failing and caused a loss of power almost causing a major accident. This is a common problem with this model year, and needs to be investigated for a safety recall.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2005 Suzuki Forenza 9
Failure Date: 09/20/2014

Gears started shifting on their own, and at times did not shift at all. . . Thank god I was already arriving home when it suddenly jumped into park, bringing the car to a screeching halt, at this point I was already slowing down to get into the driveway. This happened after I had a 1hrs drive on a highway, it would have been a huge accident if this would have happened while on the road. Since this happened, I did my research online and found out this is a very common problem with this vehicle. The bad part is the transmission range sensor. I since then had the car inspected by a mechanic and read the codes p0700 and p0705 that is for that part.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 10
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle erroneously shifted out of drive. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the transmission range sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 11
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

Vehicle slips out of drive when accelerating which causes it to lose power during highway driving. Seems to jump to neutral. Loss of speed and at the same time the engine will rev and rpm's will increase. This happens mostly on highway, sometimes on streets. This never happens when accelerating from a stop. This happened for weeks without a check engine light indicator on. Check engine light will only occur when reversing. Mechanic said the issue (p0700 and p0705) indicates a transmission sensor issue which is not covered under warranty. There are hundreds of Suzuki message forums and other complaints on this issue on the internet. I contacted Suzuki american headquarters and they claim to have no knowledge of this issue. This is a heavily hazardous issue that needs to be addressed before someone, hopefully not myself, dies.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 12
Failure Date: 01/10/2014

Starting in January 2014 car had approximately 75,000 miles on it and began lurching into gear from stopped. When put into reverse, jumps into gear. When put into drive after backing out of driveway lurches forward starting in 3rd gear and continues during driving. Husband diagnosed after much online research and a few months later, even taking code into dealership for repair. Dealer insisted they couldn't replicate and cleared code without making note of problem. My husband argued that we wouldn't be picking car up until the problem was replicated and taken care of. After insisting they couldn't replicate, we drove back to dealership and made service manager ride with husband until car "performed" malfunction, literally a half of a block from dealership. It was obvious they were avoiding problem and hadn't driven car at all! code was noted as 0700, just as my husband had reported initially. Transmission sensor was replaced and after diagnostics were finally properly preformed, airbag light was also reset (has continued to come on almost entire time we've owned the car-were told our daughters long legs were kicking wires underneath drivers' side seat) and also made aware voltage is too high on drivers side but nothing was done to fix either. Dealership offered no solution. Spent $191. 65 to fix transmission sensor. Originally charging $260+ but husband demanded reduction in diagnostic price due to the fact we had to drive back into town to dealership to duplicate problem for incompetent/unwilling service department . Very unsatisfied and will be looking into options after seeing transmission range sensor seems to be ongoing epidemic for many 2008 Suzuki Forenza owners. Have also had ongoing problems with seat airbag sensor not working on front passenger's side since 2009.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 13
Failure Date: 11/15/2013

Car loses power during highway driving. Seems to jump to neutral. Loss of speed and at the same time the engine will rev and rpm's will increase. This happens mostly on highway, sometimes on streets. This never happens when accelerating from a stop. This happened for weeks without a check engine light indicator on. When the light came on the mechanic said the codes(p0700 and p0705) indicate a transmission sensor issue which is not covered under warranty. Mechanic said that there is a technical services bulletin on the issue but not a recall. There are blogs and other complaints on this issue on the internet. I contacted Suzuki american headquarters and they claim to have no knowledge of this issue. This a potentially dangerous issue that needs to be addressed.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2005 Suzuki Forenza 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle erroneously down shifted to a lower gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transmission shift sensor was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 112,000.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 15
Failure Date: 09/18/2013

The contact owns 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that the vehicle became unresponsive while attempting to accelrate from a traffic stop. The contact heard a loud bang as the vehicle began to roll away in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated the transmission range sensor would need to replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 16
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

Transmission range sensor is horrible this will be the second time time to change this. First time was at 45000.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while he shifted gears he heard a noise and the gear shifter could not be released from second or third gear. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that the transmission sensor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 70,884.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 18
Failure Date: 08/05/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated while driving 65 mph the engine light illuminated and the vehicle became sluggish. The failure recurred numerous times. A year prior to the failure the transmission range sensor was replaced. The vehicle was not repaired for the recent failure. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 19
Failure Date: 07/05/2013

Replaced the transmission range sensor 3 months ago and already going out. This will be the 3rd time replacing since I owned the car.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 20
Failure Date: 06/27/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the gear independently engaged into neutral. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the transmission range sensor needed to be replaced. The transmission range sensor was replaced however, the failure recurred months later. The manufacturer was notified about the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current was 80,000.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 21
Failure Date: 06/26/2013

For a few weeks the car had been running a bit off--not really changing gears right-but nothing to raise serious alarm-clunked one time a week ago when slowing down. Yesterday the engine light came on the car made a loud clunk and would not switch into gear. After turning the car off and on the engine light went of and the car was able to be drive. Took it into the local auto parts store--they ran a trouble code which came back po700 and po705. We looked this up and it referred to the transmission range sensor---the auto part fellow said get it in now to be fixed. $200 later the car is now running acceptable again. The car mechanic was able to get the part in a couple hours because the warehouse said this part has an extremely high demand for it so they stock it. We had a long distance trip planned next week and this could have been disastrous to have completely lost the ability to drive or something else.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 22
Failure Date: 06/26/2013

Transmission range sensor has went out twice in a six month span.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 23
Failure Date: 06/25/2013

Tonight while driving 65mph on a major highway my check engine light came on. I didn't notice anything weird until I exited the highway and came to the first red light. When the light turned green and I pushed the gas, my car took forever to accelerate. This continued until I got home, where I checked the codes: transmission range sensor and transmission control sensor. I am ticked! last October (8 mos ago) I was driving about 35 mph in heavy traffic when my car seemed to fall out of gear and would not accelerate. After 11 days in the shop they found it was the transmission range sensor and replaced it. . . Now apparently it's broken again???!!! so I got online to look into it and I find this site with tons of complaints about this same problem. . . I guess no one cares until someone dies, and then maybe they will decide to make it a recall. . . This is ridiculous.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza 24
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

I was on the highway when out of no where my car jerked and slowed speed. I almost got rear ended. I then tried to accelerate and it drug. Instead of catching back up to speed it took a minute to reach the speed of what was posted. And since then its been very hard to drive. I took it to shop they said I need a new transmission range sensor. They also said this is a very common issue with Suzuki Forenza. But its very dangerous I do feel that this should qualify for a recall. For a reference the Suzuki dealer sales the transmission range sensor for $38. 99 and the mechanic charged $25. 00 labor.

car image   Transmission Sensor problem of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza 25
Failure Date: 04/10/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the transmission independently shifted into neutral. The engine was turned off and restarted, however the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic numerous times. The transmission range sensor, head gasket and transmission were replaced at different times. In addition, the catalytic converter and coil pack were replaced. The failure continued after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.



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