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Old 12-26-2009, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I Just purchased a 2008 Suzuki SX4 crossover and have questions regarding what is normal performance and what is not.... I came from driving a 2007 Toyota corolla and this is quite a bit different in regard to its shifting pattern. So..here is what I am concerned about: When driving this is the pattern I am experiencing..1st gear shifts quickly with little RPM drop, 2nd gear shifts the same as 1st, 3rd gear, however, has a big drop in RPM and can really feel it shift....BUT..the gear I am concerned with is 4th. When it goes to shift into 4th gear (which is around 42 m.p.h.) the rpm drops slightly almost like it shifts and then 2 sec later it shifts down considerably)....Why does it do that? Is there a problem I need to take it in for...it only has 13, 500 miles on it. I thought it might be the overdrive or something, since there is no overdrive off button like my corolla had on it...PLEASE please help...
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Anyone else have this shifting pattern? I need to know if this is just how these cars shift or do I need to have it looked at?? please respond
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I Just purchased a 2008 Suzuki SX4 crossover and have questions regarding what is normal performance and what is not.... I came from driving a 2007 Toyota corolla and this is quite a bit different in regard to its shifting pattern. So..here is what I am concerned about: When driving this is the pattern I am experiencing..1st gear shifts quickly with little RPM drop, 2nd gear shifts the same as 1st, 3rd gear, however, has a big drop in RPM and can really feel it shift....BUT..the gear I am concerned with is 4th. When it goes to shift into 4th gear (which is around 42 m.p.h.) the rpm drops slightly almost like it shifts and then 2 sec later it shifts down considerably)....Why does it do that? Is there a problem I need to take it in for...it only has 13, 500 miles on it. I thought it might be the overdrive or something, since there is no overdrive off button like my corolla had on it...PLEASE please help...
All sounds normal to me - especially if you are driving it "nicely". From 2nd to 3rd there is a considerable drop in RPM - too much in my opinion that the engine falls out of it's power band briefly. What you are feeling with fourth is the torque converter locking (first "shift") and then the final shift into fourth. Sounds like it is acting normal to me.

These transmissions are pretty bulletproof - make not be as refined as the one in your Corolla (feeling the shifts more, and it's slower to upshift sometimes) but I've never seen any problems with them.

Check your ATF quick. Make sure it's clean. If it isn't drain it out the bottom (24mm plug on very side/bottom of transmision). Fill it with 4-4.5liters of good quality Dexron3 ATF. Clean fluid will always help a transmission.
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The SX4 certainly does not shift like any other car. Maybe it's the AWD or something but it's just different than any other Suzuki I've ever owned.
It took me two days to find out that when the shift selector lever is in the D position, you can move the lever to the left for third gear, or to the right for Overdrive (4th gear).
To assist the little transmixer in shifting into Overdrive, let up on the gas peddle a little to take the load off momentarily.

The Suzuki transmissions are not like the big heafty ones in Chevy's and Caddies. They don't shift the same and they wont' take the punishment.
Treat them with kindness and they will last a very long time, but treat them badly and you'll seriously regret it.

I know one guy who blew out three transmissions in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza.
After just talking to him for a minute or two in the Wal-Mart parking lot, it was obvious he was an idiot. You can't drive a small car like a Suzuki the same way you would a piece of Detroit Iron.
They respond well to kindness and a gentle touch.

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I have no idea where this came from but I can tell you that the Suzuki automatic trans is a pretty stout piece.. What ol henry feels is normal. After the 4th gear shift he is feeling the torque converter lock up which is sorta like another shift.



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The SX4 certainly does not shift like any other car. Maybe it's the AWD or something but it's just different than any other Suzuki I've ever owned.
It took me two days to find out that when the shift selector lever is in the D position, you can move the lever to the left for third gear, or to the right for Overdrive (4th gear).
To assist the little transmixer in shifting into Overdrive, let up on the gas peddle a little to take the load off momentarily.

The Suzuki transmissions are not like the big heafty ones in Chevy's and Caddies. They don't shift the same and they wont' take the punishment.
Treat them with kindness and they will last a very long time, but treat them badly and you'll seriously regret it.

I know one guy who blew out three transmissions in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza.
After just talking to him for a minute or two in the Wal-Mart parking lot, it was obvious he was an idiot. You can't drive a small car like a Suzuki the same way you would a piece of Detroit Iron.
They respond well to kindness and a gentle touch.

Y'all have a great day now, Y'hear?

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I have no idea where this came from but I can tell you that the Suzuki automatic trans is a pretty stout piece.. What ol henry feels is normal. After the 4th gear shift he is feeling the torque converter lock up which is sorta like another shift.
I agree with you 100%.

Also keep in mind the Forenza is NOT a true Suzuki anyways. I have no trouble believing a transmission blew up in one of those cars. Cheap Korean POS.
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While I had my 2006 Forenza, someone had told me they were not made in Japan, but in Korea. Since I never had any problem with the little car, that didn't mean a whole lot to me. In three years and about 80K miles, I only had one little switch on the tranny go out, which the dealer replaced.
Other than that, it was a real jewel. My biggest problem with the Forenza was that it was so low to the ground, that it was difficult for me to get in and out.
But once I was in and situated in the seat, it was comfortable and it ran like a scalded dog. I probably wasn't the most gentle with it, but it never let me down.

I traded for the SX4 because of several factors, easy in and out was my first thought, then the AWD was what I really needed, living out in the country on sand roads. I also like the serviceable transmission, unlike the sealed tranny on the Forenza. I also like the lifetime timing belt/chain.

Buying a new car on a limited retirement income is a pretty big deal, so I looked the little SX4 over pretty well before I bought it.

I'm really enjoying this forum. I'm learning a lot about not only my own car, but what other guys are doing with theirs.

One major add-on that I've purchased is the 9" Seat Belt Extenders. I'm a little paunchy and had a real hard time reaching the seat belt buckle. But with the extender, it's a piece of cake. Unlike the belt extender, this is a Buckle Extender and quickly unsnaps to move to another car.

This is the 9" model that I bought (x2)


Here's one installed in a police car.

I suggest one of these for anyone who has a hard time reaching the seat belt buckle. Prices and shipping charges vary greatly, so shop around.

Happy New Year everyone!

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I agree with you 100%.

Also keep in mind the Forenza is NOT a true Suzuki anyways. I have no trouble believing a transmission blew up in one of those cars. Cheap Korean POS.

Jeff the SX4 is not a Forenza. And not made in Korea
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