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Suzuki Verona, Sedan
#1444 of 1859 Death to Verona:Suzuki buys back GM stock!
Mar 27, 2006 (7:24 am)
According to a Suzuki dealership here in Illinois, The verona will no longer be made after 2006 or 2007. Last week Suzuki bought back 17 out of the 20% of Stock that GM had possesed. The other 3% is rumored to be being bought by Toyota, Completely negating the GM/Suzuki/Daewoo partnership. The amount of problems that Suzuki has had with the Verona, has they steaming with the GMDAT portion of GM and they are as fed up as some of us Verona owners.
#1445 of 1859 Prediction: the next Verona
Mar 27, 2006 (8:23 am)
Prediction: In a year or two,Suzuki will come out with a new, improved Verona, just like they came out with the new, improved Grand Vitara. They may or may not change the name. If they put decent engine control electronics, and a modern japanese automatic tranny in it, I think the car will be transformed. Acceleration and mileage would go up. All the rest is spot on, especially the interior. I've always felt there is good power in that motor, it's just getting sucked up by the transmission. The build quality and feature content is there. I wouldn't turn my nose up at softer leather, and I don't think anybody would miss the alarm "chirp", but other than those issues, it is a pretty nice car for the money.
#1446 of 1859 Re: TSB on Verona Lifters [jweadon]
Mar 27, 2006 (9:40 am)
Take it to them and drive the car for a while and then get off the highway and make the tech listen. This is what I had to do finally after almost a year the replaced the head in the car. This is a know problem on the 04 Veronas, Suzuki remanufactured the heads with new parts, but they will not put out a recall becuase they don't want to deal with all of the veronas with the problem. They handle it on a case by case basis, that is what mine is. If I were you I would call Suzuki ustomer relations at 800-934-0934 and complain to get the district manager of that dealer involved, because these dealers push us owners around like we are dog crap, just read my long post a couple up from this one, and you can see. I called Suzuki about the things in that post, and they are reviewing them. Good Luck, and make sure you get a rental car, it took them two weeks to get my part in and have it replaced.
#1447 of 1859 Re: Prediction: the next Verona [kimweigel]
Mar 27, 2006 (3:27 pm)
"Prediction: In a year or two,Suzuki will come out with a new, improved Verona, just like they came out with the new, improved Grand Vitara. They may or may not change the name."
The bottom line is that Suzuki makes pretty good cars, and GM saddled them with this Korean piece of Junk called the Verona. Now that GM is backing away from Suzuki, they (Suzuki) will drop this car like a lead balloon. In a sign of good will they should give all Verona owners credit for any GM or Suzuki car. You spend 12K to 20K on a Verona and end up with a piece of Junk 15,000 or 20,000 miles later that needs either a valve job or a whole new motor.
GM deserves to go bankrupt being involved with cars like this!
I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR ALL OF YOU VERONA OWNERS. Even if you got a "good one," a used Verona will be essentially worthless!
#1448 of 1859 RE: Valve Noise / TSB [kimweigel]
Mar 28, 2006 (8:51 am)
I have taken the car back in today 3/28 and a factory rep is to be there. I called CA. and filed a complaint the next thing will be to begin filing a lemon law case.
All the dealers here all say the same thing, they don't have anyone who can work on this car. Do you know if the replacement engine works any better? Because if the lemon law doesn't work then the next thing is just drive it until if quiets.
#1449 of 1859 RE: Valve Noise / TSB [jweadon]
Mar 28, 2006 (10:49 am)
"All the dealers here all say the same thing, they don't have anyone who can work on this car."
I believe their (the dealers) franchise agreement will state they need to support these cars. I would ask whoever said this if it would be alright for you to quote them in your next phone call or registered letter to Suzuki.
#1450 of 1859 Verona/Epica/Evanda/Mangus Service manual
Mar 29, 2006 (5:39 am)
The above link is a service manual from the Evanda Chevrolet model sold in Germany, go to Chevrolet.de to see the Evanda, so a total of four countries have this car, I wonder how many problems they are having in Canada and Germany with these cars. Anyways, this link is for those of us like me who are already past 36,000 miles and like me have dumped money at the dealer to get this stupid car fixed. i would rather do the work myself than pay crazy labor charges. Hope this helps.
#1451 of 1859 Getting rid of the "Chirp"
Mar 29, 2006 (9:52 am)
I finally figured out how to get rid of the annoying "chirp" you get when you lock or unlock the car.
Thanks to pciro2180 who posted the link to the service manual.
After looking at the service manual, I found the SIREN which is located under the hood, out of sight, almost directly below the battery. It is a round, black shape, about the size of a small can of peas. To see it, you must remove the air filter intake. This is a black plastic box with a foam ring around the mouth that sits right on top of the radiator, and is held on by two Phillips head screws. It is very easy to remove, and once you have done so, you can see the SIREN, down below the battery. This is the siren for the alarm, which chirps once for lock, and twice for un - lock.
Let the buyer beware, by disconnecting this siren, the car no longer wails when the alarm is triggered, but the lights still flash. Are you willing to risk silencing your alarm to disable your chirp? That's up to you.
Anyway, the siren is fed by a 2 wire cable that goes to a connector just behind the driver's headlight, almost dead center with the short side of the battery. The connector is round on the outside, the connection is oval on the inside, with a red and yellow wire. There is a rectangular black plastic tab on the outside of the connector that must be pushed in to pull the connector apart.
Once the connector is apart, try your key buttons. The chirp should be gone. Try your alarm. Roll down a window, take out the keys, and lock your car remotely. Reach in the open window, pull up the lock, and open the door from outside. The alarm should trigger, with flashing lights only.
If you don't want to give up the alarm, you may be able to tone down the siren with duct tape over some or all of the openings that the sound comes out of. A quieter chirp, however, will also mean a quieter alarm!
Good luck, and happy motoring!
Apr 04, 2006 (3:58 pm)
I bought my Verona in January of '04, so I've had it for a little over two years now. I am thoroughly disappointed with the car and the service that suzuki dealers and customer service has offered me. From the beginning....the first problem I had with the car was a little after two months of owning it. I was traveling down I-95 from Pittsburgh, PA to Richmond, VA when all of the sudden all power to the engine was gone. I was stranded on a six lane highway and could not move! I had the car towed to a dealer near Richmond. The answer they gave me was that I was using the wrong octane fuel!! C'mon now, how dumb did they think I was??? I then experienced the engine losing power again driving back to Pittsburgh. So I took it to the dealer I purchased the car from in Latrobe, PA. They correctly diagnosed the problem as a bad fuel pump and replaced it. Now some two years and 59,000 miles later I experience more problems....note plural! The steering wheel radio controls are crazy and do everything but what they are intened to do. And the wheel bearings!! I had a right front bearing go bad in november...took it to the dealer to have it looked at. They said that because my right front fender was dented the wheel bearing was damaged from that. My car was seriously BUMPED into and put a dent in the fender. I'm sorry, but that will not cause a wheel bearing to go bad. So I ended up paying almost $400 to have the bearing replaced. It has now been almost five months later and I have another annoying sound develope while driving. I automatically know its the wheel bearing from hearing the sound before. Incidentally, the bearing caused the engine light to come on and the ABS to stop working. I truck the car to the dealer yet again. And AGAIN they tell me its from the fender damage on the right front. This time I end up having to pay $97 to have the problem diagnosed and $35 for a rental car. Now explain to me how right front fender damage can cause a left front wheel bearing to go bad??? Suzuki customer service has not heard the last of me. I have documented proof from my insurance comapany at the time of the accident that the only damage sustained by my vehicle was the minor dent in the fender!! I will prevail if its the last thing I do! Thank you for reading my novel of complaints
Apr 04, 2006 (4:05 pm)
I forgot to mention on my last rant....the annoying hesitation and sometimes jumping of the transmission when slowing down for a red light that turns green and reaccelerating! And the sometimes hesitant acceleration when first starting up my car in the morning. Just two more problems I am very unpleased with. I have owned many cars in the past and have experienced none of these problems with any of them!