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Old 02-13-2010, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2007 Forenza Transmission Range Sensor Issues

Hello,
I could really use some assistance. I have a 2007 Forenza and yesterday as I was putting the car into reverse, it made a loud clunking noise. The gear selector display on the dash seemed to go haywire displaying all the letters (D, R, N, etc) with a diagonal line through it. It then went back to normal, then the "Check Engine" light came on. This morning as I was getting ready to take the car to Autozone, it did NOT make any noise. They hooked up the diagnostic computer and it came up with codes PO700 and PO705, which varies in wording but seems like it's the Transmission Range Sensor. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, how much did it cost to repair? Is it possible to fix yourself or do you need to take it to a dealer?
Would appreciate any and all serious responses.
Thank you for your time
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Estimated cost - Transmission Range Sensor

Looking at the date, this may be too late, but I thought I'd post anyway since someone else might benefit from the info.

I am having my 2006 Suzuki Forenza serviced for the same issue. I'm not sure what the sensor costs on it's own as I also needed a new brake light switch, but I was given an estimate for both together as $302.68 plus tax.

My car has 71,000 miles on it - I'm not thrilled to need this repair, but this is a much better estimate than having more major transmission issues, which is what I was worried was wrong based on my symptoms. (Very scary to be driving down the road and have the car slip out of gear and stall with someone coming up behind me!!)

Hope this helps!
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i bought the transmission range sensor from a dealer and had someone put it on for me total cost 105 dollars. ther brake switch on my cart needed repaired as well, i argued with suzuki and the fixed it for free!! it is a problem with suzukis. if you havent had the work done yet, try to get suzuki to fix that for you!!!
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Thanks for the suggestions!

What do you mean when you mention that the brake switch is a problem with Suzukis? Is it like a recall or something?

Part of my problem is that I bought the car used from a Toyota Dealer who also had a sister Suzuki dealership. 4 months later the Suzuki dealership (and service) shut down, and the options are slim for Suzuki service around here.

thanks again!
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unfortunately there are serveral issues with suzuki automobiles, and if i had to do it all over again, i would steer clear of them at all costs. yes there are issues with the brake switch on the forenza, but no actual recall that i can remember. type "suzuki forenza 2006 recall" into google and see what comes up. also be careful of the interior door handles snapping off. that is also a big issue with suzukis
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I had the same issue with the gear selector display on the dash seemed to go haywire displaying all the letters (D, R, N, etc) with a diagonal line through it. It then went back to normal, then the "Check Engine" light came on at about 36,200 miles on my 2007 Forenza, and the dealer stated that the part that was the issue was a plastic part with teeth on it that told the transmission what gear it is in, and he has seen alot out her in Phoenix Arizona wearout due to the extream heat. Cost about 275.00, I pulled into the dealership about 7:50 am and was out about 8:45 am and they also replaced the front seatbealts from a recall.
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its not the heat in Arizona they seem to be breaking everywhere
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Hi, I have a problem with the range sensors on my 2006 Reno. I have looked around and a lot of people seem to have the same problem on their relatively new, maintained cars. I believe Suzuki should do a recall on the range sensors, because Suzuki is passing on the expense of fixing the problem on the consumers. If you would like to do a consumer complaint regarding the range sensor, you can do it here: Home | Safercar -- National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
You can also make the complaint toll-free by telephone: 1-888-327-4236 or 1-800-424-9393
It is a governmental agency overlooking vehicle and highway safety. On their website it was stated that they might open an investigation if the agency receives a number of complaints regarding the same product. (In this case it would be the range sensor.)
Please, spread the word and make the complaint!

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unfortunately there are serveral issues with suzuki automobiles, and if i had to do it all over again, i would steer clear of them at all costs. yes there are issues with the brake switch on the forenza, but no actual recall that i can remember. type "suzuki forenza 2006 recall" into google and see what comes up. also be careful of the interior door handles snapping off. that is also a big issue with suzukis
Suzuki Forenza has some recalls. The Transmission Range Switch is not part of the recall but there are three 1. Interior Door Handles recall 2. Body Electrical Recall Splice repair 3. Driver and passenger Belt Buckles Recall. The Dealer charged me about $300 to fix the Transmission Range Swith but also fixed all the recalls. I was HAPPY when my doorhandles werefixed. The airbag indicator light is not always on anymore. I guess that has something to do with the electrical recall. I did not mind paying the $300 cuz they also fixed all the recall stuff for free.
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Hello,
I could really use some assistance. I have a 2007 Forenza and yesterday as I was putting the car into reverse, it made a loud clunking noise. The gear selector display on the dash seemed to go haywire displaying all the letters (D, R, N, etc) with a diagonal line through it. It then went back to normal, then the "Check Engine" light came on. This morning as I was getting ready to take the car to Autozone, it did NOT make any noise. They hooked up the diagnostic computer and it came up with codes PO700 and PO705, which varies in wording but seems like it's the Transmission Range Sensor. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, how much did it cost to repair? Is it possible to fix yourself or do you need to take it to a dealer?
Would appreciate any and all serious responses.
Thank you for your time
Ray
Sounds like your Transmission Range switch is busted. You should take it to the dealer. I had the same problem and did not trust any mechanic to fix it. Your best option is to take your car to the Suzuki Dealer. They know Suzukis and will fix it right. It will cost you $250 to $300 but its worth it. They will also fix all the recalls for free. 1. Broken door handles fixed for free. 2 Electrical recall fixed for free. 3. Driver and passenger belt buckles fixed for free also. Even if the recall stuff is not broken, they still have to replace everything.
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