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Suzuki Problems

Engine -- Verified

An abnormal noise may develop from the timing chain due to a failed chain tensioner. This condition is generally caused by lack of oil to the timing chain guides. Suzuki may repair this condition free of charge if proper oil changes can be verified. A Rattling Type Noise May be Noted From The Front of the Engine

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

There are many reports of low beam head light bulbs burning out prematurely. As of this writing Suzuki has not released a service bulletin addressing this issue. Using only high quality replacement bulbs, and extra care not to touch the bulb surface when handling the new bulb can help extend the life of the replacement bulbs.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC condenser fan motor may fail. If this occurs the air conditioning will stop blowing cold air.

Engine -- Verified

The timing chain cover gasket and timing chain tensioner may fail, causing an oil leak or excessive noise. Because removing the timing chain is labor intensive, this can be an expensive repair.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate accompanied by a code P0133 (bank1 O2 sensor) stored in the powertrain control module (PCM). This is commonly caused by a failed air/fuel sensor. Our technicians tell us a revised a/f senor and (PCM) software upgrade may be necessary to correct this concern.

Suzuki Recalls (Recent)

Driver's Air Bag May Not Deploy Properly

Body, Interior & Misc., October 30, 2003
RepairPal Expert Overview:

The dual stage driver's frontal air bag may deploy in an improper sequence. If the air bag deploys improperly in a crash, the driver could be severely injured or killed. Dealers will install an adapting wiring harness. The recall began for Verona owners October 30, 2003. All Forenza vehicles were repaired before being sold. The Suzuki recall number is KB.

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Suzuki Recall 03V223000

Body, Interior & Misc., July 8, 2003

Summary:

CERTAIN PASSENGER (111 MY 2002 ESTEEM, 777 MY 2002 AERIO, 2,368 MY 2003 AERIO) AND SPORT UTILITY (324 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA, 274 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA, 684 MY 2002 GRAND VITARA XL-7, AND 781 MY 2003 GRAND VITARA XL-7) VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 212, ┬┐WINDSHIELD MOUNTING.┬┐ THE WINDSHIELD MAY NOT BE PROPERLY SECURED TO THE VEHICLE BODY DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ADHESION BETWEEN THE PAINT APPLIED DURING THE SECOND-STAGE PAINTING PROCESS AND THE PAINT APPLIED DURING FINAL-STAGE PAINTING.

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Suzuki Recall 07V307000

Drive Train, August 13, 2007

Summary:

ON CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, DUE TO IMPROPER SHAPE OF THE CLIP, THE RETAINING CLIP THAT KEEPS THE GEAR SHIFT CABLE ATTACHED TO THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER CAN CONTACT THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER HOUSING IF EXCESSIVE LATERAL FORCE IS APPLIED WHEN SHIFTING TO FIRST GEAR.

Low Beam Headlights or Daytime Running Lights May Not Function

Electrical & Lights, October 31, 2007
RepairPal Expert Overview:

A melted splice pack in the wiring may cause the low beam headlights or daytime running lights not to function. Insufficient lighting could reduce visibility and increase the potential for a crash. Dealers will splice the power circuit wires for the low beam headlights and DRL free of charge. The recall began October 31, 2007. The Suzuki recall number is NB.

Brake Lights May Stay Illuminated

Electrical & Lights, March 16, 2005
RepairPal Expert Overview:

The brake light switch may be knocked out of adjustment if an upward/rearward force contacts the brake pedal. If this happens, the lights would remain on whether or not the brake pedal is applied, and will remain illuminated even when the key is switched off. This condition could drain the battery if left, and increase the risk of a rear end crash since drivers will not know when the brakes are applied. This condition would also disable the automatic transmission torque converter clutch, cruise control, and the traction control system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch. The recall began March 16, 2005. The Suzuki recall number is KF.

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Suzuki Questions and Answers

garras, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Auburndale, FL

I changed the License light\bulbs but still lights are off; I tried to find a fuse box, but I don't know where it is. The box at the engine compartment does not have a fuse for the License Pla...

vwmitchell, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Naples, FL

I have replaced the engine computer and now my ac blower will not work the AC is cutting on because you can feel the drag is there an in-line fuse for the fan?

lejeuneroger, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Deridder, LA

How do I remove assembly to get to left-front side marker light?

frankco, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Dowagiac, MI

the vehicles engine does rev up but the top speed is about 5 mph seems to be in all gears except reverse. please help

Visitor, 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Saint Louis, MO

while i was driving i made a stop and all the transmission blew out of the unit onto the ground. what should i look for under the car?

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Suzuki Owners' Reviews

my car was great until the ignition fuse blows due to damaged wire harness causing engine to stall and not restart. Thou it says on line that there is a recall I cannot get any susuki dealer to honor it. being on s.s.i. I barely have enough to pay my rent. tho I love my susuki I will have to trash it since all it is now is trash. Good Luck I hope your suv will not have this same problem. An unhappy Susuki owner

May 1991 Brought the Sidekick, been use for pulling a tent trailer and small hunting boat over the years. Now the last 8 years only for the winter,Love the snow, other then few normal repairs.it is a 160,000 mile relable car.

Bought this car brand new! have had to have the timing chain repaired 4 seperate times! Just had a new power steering pump installed! brakes replaced 3 times!!....Wish I never bought it!!

I'm the original owner of a 2006 Suzuki Forenza and for the most part I have been pleased with the car, its been dependable, and gets good gas mileage. That is until I started learning all the parts, down to the transmission fluid are "SPECIAL ORDER"... it took me over 7 months to get the new struts for it and then found out there is only 1 dealer left in all of Northern CA (Elk Grove w/one technician) left... that even works on them and its a good half hour drive from where I live!! So, with the inconvenience and extra $$$ just to get the car to a dealership that can work on it... my overall rating for repairs is -000000000 = VERY POOR!!!!!

My 2007 Suzuki Forenza sporadically has the check engine light coming on. Sometimes I am just sitting at a stop light waiting for the light to change and the engine light comes on. Other times, I have just slowly accellerated and the car jerks and the light comes on. Immediately goes into limp mode. I have had the car to 2 different repair shops who have replaced different senors, but the car continues to sporadically have the check engine light appear. Scared to death I am going to be stranded somewhere.

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