Great car, I bought my 06 Forenza Wagon with around 67K on it so I knew within the next 20K miles I would need to put some work into it, figured tires and brakes, typical stuff...
The car ran great and I took it to 125K miles and am selling to a family member as I upgraded my personal ride.
The Suzuki does have its known issues like the Transmission Selector Switch, dashboard lights coming on and a few other minor glitches but I did my 3,000 mile oil changes and was very happy with the overall experience.
Roomy interior that I found comfortable and I took plenty of road trips (family lives over 500 miles away). The wagon has lots of room and the 60/40 rear seats allowed plenty of cargo options. I thought the average gas mileage of around 25-27 was pretty good and never found highway driving to be loud or uncomfortable.
I like the exterior styling, it looks European thanks to the Italian designer rather than Korean source of manufacture.
Power everything, for a base model I love the power windows, locks and cruise control. I replaced the stereo since I wanted a USB port for music. I didn't care for the stock radio.
Transmission range selector switch has been a major issue with this car, I think at one point lawsuits were threatened over it but not a large enough class action got together over it. What I found the best option for me was when work needed to be done I would take it to my local Car-X and get a detailed estimate, then get on the internet and order the parts myself and save well over half what Car-X quotes and hired a mobile mechanic to do the labor at a far less cost than Car-X.
Since Suzuki isn't in the US any longer, I would strongly recommend you locate a repair shop and make sure they are comfortable working on a Suzuki.
I have had this vehicle now for 3-4 years and haven't really had major problems. My airbag light won't go off. I've recently had my check engine light come on a lot. My friend says that it probably the transmission. The last time I got an oil change the service guy says I need new brakes and I'll probably need new tires. I'm coming up on 60K miles and the service for that is over $400. Not cool. I don't want to put any more money in this car. The car doesn't really have a high value and the suzuki dealerships are going out of business so when trying to trade this in most companies are only giving me $3-4K. I should have left this vehicle where it was and tried for a nissan altima.
None since I don't think you'll be around that much longer. But if you are then I would've liked some cruise control.
I bought the car a little over a month ago. About two to three weeks after I bought the car, I went into the store for groceries and came back out to have the car not start at all. When I turned the key, the car didn't even make a sound like it was trying to turn over. Had to get car jumped. Bought new battery thinking that was the problem. Hours later I went out for something and it did it again. Had car into dealership the next day and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. I traded in a Ford Escort for this. I miss my old car. I drive with a jump box now and have to use it to start the car sometimes. I'm scared I'll get stranded somewhere.
cd player (although that sometimes will stop working too)
I have no idea where to begin. Maybe discontinue the car? I regret buying mine. Car seems to have the not starting/dead battery-like problem when it's over 80+ degrees and I use the a/c. I'm really scared to drive it. Lots of problems with it not starting.
I purchased my wagon used with 13k miles for $9,200. I previously owned a Grand Vitara but it was too bumpy on the road. The wagon is smooth, average 25 mpg, can get as much as 27.6 on highway. I used 87 octane and read a former owner's review and he suggests to use 91 octane for more miles. Just wish there was a rear release button for the trunk door. I now have 20k miles and no problems. I definitely would recommend this wagon over a SUV. Maybe one day they will improve the gas mileage and softer seats. The leather seating is so much better, but i didn't want an additional $1500 expense. Overall I am happy.
Cobalt blue color, matching color rails, tires, roomy, and the European design.
A little better gas mileage like 35mpg on highway.
At two weeks after purchase, the dash light switch went out. One month later the door locks stopped working. At 4 mo. the transmission went out. Was replaced by a new one, but now I'm concerned about the overall quality of the car. Looking to trade it in for a more reliable model. Darn. I liked the feel of the Forenza and the interior as well as fuel economy. Suzuki should stick with building motorcycles!