2005 Suzuki Forenza User Reviews
- $3,831 - $4,302
- No trim specified for this review
- Reasonable gas mileage, thousands cheaper than competition
- The reverse in the 5 speed is dumb and can grind if not done carefully, very slippery in ice and sno
I bought this car in Canada which is sold as a Chevrolet Optra. I got a great deal on it as a leftover of the 2004's the dealer couldn't sell. More than likely due to the fact there was no air conditioning and a 5 speed. A brand new car with fully warranty at $11 000 Canadian funds ($8800 U.S.) is tough to beat. The vehicles ride is very smooth and has ample power for what the car is (an economy car). Gas mileage could be better, but not complaining. The pull up lever for reverse is my major beef. Really dumb idea. I have many 5 speed cars and you just slip into 5th and then down for reverse. Unless you are careful you will grind the gears with this reverse set up. You will need snow tires if you are in that part of the country as it slides a lot in ice and snow. Awesome sound system and the 10 000 miles I have put on so far have been trouble free. For value for the $ this is tough to beat, including all the Korean manufacturers (which is where this car is built). As the Suzuki it gets a great warranty, but as a Chevy it's just the 3 year 60 000 mile, which I noted to my dealership when I turned down the extended warranty. If Suzuki will offer 100 000 miles no need to upgrade warranty coverage if you are buying the Optra in Canada.
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