2005 Suzuki Forenza Wagon
There are 2 user reviews for the LX trim shown below
- Nice standard equipment packages
- Gas mileage is miserable in the city at less than 14 mpg
Looked at competitor Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback in Ralliart model.
Mitsubishi warranty is better , build quality is better, only made the vehicle in 2004 and dealers do not want to move the exisiting vehicles.
I live in a city and whoever does the MPG/Fuel ratings needs to drive thru Chicago with this car. I have under 500 miles but my first 250 miles have cost more in fuel than any other vehicle I have owned from any decade. I hoped my first foreign auto purchase would be a good one. I realize it did not take long to find out otherwise. If you live in a city like the ones all the reviewers drove the LX with auto trans
in you may be able to average 17 mpg. This car is a disappointment
at this stage and that is unfortunate, the vehicle was really the right type and style I wanted. Would it be so bad if auto manufacturer's focused on the things we need like fule economy in all cars and not Key fobs and other miscellaneous items....read morehide
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- Lookit all the stuff you get at this price!, doesn't look frumpy, lookit all the stuff you get!
- Lack of power above 5000 RPM, poor fuel milage, have fun putting in an after-market head unit
*** This review is based on a Canadian Chevrolet Optra LS Wagon, mostly the same as the USA Suzuki Forenza LX Wagon ***
The Canadian vehicle is marketed as an Optra, which is the conglomeration of the Forenza sedan and wagon, and the Reno hatchback. Each comes with a DOHC 2.0 L, 119 bhp motor (what happened to the other 5 - 7 bhp that is in the American car?), and comes with a choice of manual (which needs another gear above fifth) or automatic transmission (which is remarkably power-sapping). The contents are amazing, even on base models, but I'll recap my car: power entry, locks, windows and sunroof, 8 speaker stereo, roofracks, and some nice seats.
Granted, I came from 2 rear-wheel drive Buicks, but this car's handling is better than I expected. It has a hydraulic clutch, good attitude during manoevers, but there's no power. I'll do things I'd never do to any other engine to get it, but there's no after market parts available as drop-ins.... Fabricate a cold-air induction, get a Borla exhaust, and re-program the ECU (the engine's brains), and there *might* be enough power in the engine.
City driving is peppy enough, but highway driving is a little buzzy. Really, this car is as good as most of the rest of the econo-boxes out there, but hand this car even 15 more ponies, and look out Honda. If you're not going to be running the Daytona 500, this is a GM-DAT (Daewoo with a GM/ Suzuki warranty) car that kicks butt with amenities....read morehide
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