I bought the 2005 Suzuki Forenza S. I think the main reason I bought this car was because of the 100,000 mile warrranty with full transfer to the next buyer. The gas mileage on mine around town and a little freeway is about 25-27 mpg in Utah. My 2002 protege gets about 29 avg. so they need to work on that. The car has very good standard features that most base models do not come with. Mine is having some issues with the air bag sensor and some dashboard noise while diving. All and all, this is a great car for the price!
The warranty, looks, and nice interior.
Give it a more powerful engine and maybe stock window tint, but most likely that would bring up the price.
I had researched this car and found it interesting that it was sold by a Japanese company, built in Korea, designed by the Italians, and the parent company (GM) was American. In any case the car is solid, attractive, affordable, and loaded with features. I have the 5-speed manual and it drives and handles quite well. After nearly eight months I've only had a few problems. The brakes had to be adjusted because the car was shaking when I went to stop, the passenger air-bag sensor was bad and the entire seat had to be replaced, the driver side seat fabric came loose at the bottom, and the steering wheel makes noise when I turn. Overall, I am very pleased with my Forenza.
The exterior and interior are very distinctive. The upgraded look to the car makes it appear more expensive than it is. It has a nice stereo with steering wheel controls, a roomy interior, and high quality materials. I haven't noticed any squeaks or rattles yet. The side air-bags and day-time running lights are great for safety.
The seat fabric looks cheap and busy, it could be more subtle and sedate. The lumbar lever on the drivers seat is flimsy and jabs the driver getting in and out when it is in use. The steering wheel makes noises when turning. I need lighted radio buttons on the steering wheel. It could get better gas mileage, I average 25 mpg.
The 2005 Suzuki Forenza S is a solid car, it has good handling, nice interior features, which are unexpected at this price. It beat Honda's price by $6,000. It is fun to drive, but most importantly, it does not rattle or creak. The engine is set back from the front of the engine compartment, so there is less damage to the engine in the event of an accident. This car is a good value!
The electric windows, standard 4 wheel disc brakes, comfortable seats, good sound system, and the fact that you can't lock keys inside accidently because of the locking system
Impvode the gas mileage, I but can use blended fuel. The cruise control should be standard. The doors should lock, when the car starts to move.
At 6,000 miles, my 2005 Suzuki Forenza needed a new oil pump. At 9,000 miles, it needed a new transmission. No wonder Suzuki touts the best warranty coverage in America. If you buy one.........you're going to need it!
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