I thinks this car is a gem. I have never owned a Suzuki before only Mazdas. I think this vehicle is wonderful, the acceleration is great. I mean it's not a sports car but it does the job. I also think the safety features are great. So if you are looking for a new car I would recommend this one. And as for the other posts about the gas mileage, this car has phenomenal gas mileage.
bought brand new 2007 in march of 2008.
the air condition sucks. the dealer even recharged it
Its garage kept. I dont drive in snow and ice
Ive yet to pay this car off , and there is surface rust on the roof and door. the paint job is very poor.
the very first time i took it to a auto car wash, swirl marks got all over it. now I always hand wash .
the gate is heavy hard to open and close.
this car has no cruise control. i assumed was on all cars now. that would have been a deal breaker.
its tiring to drive when on trips longer than 45 min. stiff petal.
road noise is loud, the radio has to be turned up
the tailgate latch twice screwed up.
Ive driven the Forenza now for 6000 miles and the mpg on it the last 3 months has been awful. 12mpg 3 tankfulls in a row(unacceptable) and that's city driving. Summer highway driving was ok (27-29) but if I were to buy it again I would get a manual tranny. Ive read it does better on the mpg. Other than that cars been ok. Power is enough for my needs. Just one issue with an engine light had it checked when I went for oil change.
Overall this car is a good value for the money. We bought this car on functionality and overall price. We have been fairly pleased. The car performs more or less as promised. Handling is good and power is ok. The mpg has been less than average in the city and better than average on the highway. The car get 15-16 in the city for us, but over 30 on the highway. We have had to take the car in 3 times in less than two years. The orginal tires where horrible, felt like they were out of balance and this grew worse with time. Two times they checked the balance issue, stating it was a tire issue. This has been fixed with different tires. Also we have had a cold idle issue too. 16,000 mi.