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Suzuki Verona, Sedan
Dec 27, 2009 (10:44 am)
After six years with my Verona, I am buying a new car, and it is time for a Verona recap. I liked the car when I bought it and still do. The styling has held up, for me at least, better than its other 2004 competitors. After 62,000 miles, the engine remains silky smooth on acceleration and high speed. Cornering is great for this non-racer, and the leather remains flawless. Fuel economy was never great--about 19 in my mostly urban driving, but much better on the highway. Power remains unimpressive. Reliability was good until about 55,000 miles, after which repetitive check engine lights proved expensive and difficult to correct. As I write, the check engine light has again comes on during driving. Dealer service has been good, after the mediocre original dealer sold his business to a better dealer.
The new car I ordered, not a Suzuki, lacks the folding mirrors, excellent styling, and probably a few other features. In return, it is a fresh design with more headroom and should serve me well for several years. I will enjoy having local servicing unlike the Verona, which required an 80 mile round trip on each service visit.
The new car had to be factory ordered, so I will still be driving the Verona for a few months before putting it up for sale. The Verona stands out in my mind as a car that would have responded very well to better corporate management from General Motors. The current updated version sold overseas has six speed auto, better quality control, and freshened style. Too bad it never made it here. The transversely located six cylinder inline engine had excellent potential to carve out a market niche for itself, much as Porsche and Subaru have done with their boxer engines. My thanks to all the Verona owners who posted on this forum. I wish you the very best with your Veronas.
Feb 19, 2010 (9:02 pm)
I have an '05 Verona that I have had for 2 1/2 years and it has been a huge problem from the time I brought it home from CarMax (CarMax was frist mistake, Verona was 2nd!) Anyway, I have managed to have a pretty problem free last 20k miles - it now has 84k on it. About a week ago, I noticed a little noise from the engine area. I checked the oil and found it a little bit low. I was relieved until I noticed the sound getting a little louder. Now it is a lot louder. The frequency of the knocking sounds corresponds with the increase in acceleration. Does anyone have any ideas of what it might be before I go in to the dealership to have it checked out? Also, is this the kind of thing that I would need the Suzuki service people doing, or could it be done by any reliable mechanic? I am a single mom with about NO money, so any suggestions in how I can save a few dollars would be hugly appreciated!
#1828 of 1859 Re: Help!! [gaelyn]
Feb 20, 2010 (10:37 am)
gaelyn....I would immediately head for your nearest Suzuki dealer. The bad news is, you may need a new engine. The good new is, you are still protected by the 7 year drivetrain warranty and, if you need a new engine, it shouldn't cost you a penney. In fact, they should provide you with a rental car while they are fixing your car. It has happened to me twice with my 04 Verona and none of it has cost me a penney. If you take it to a non-Suzuki mechanic, it could cost you thousands of dollars. Good luck and keep us informed.
#1829 of 1859 Re: Help!! [evergreen]
Feb 20, 2010 (3:38 pm)
OMG, thank you so much. You have given me so much hope! Now I can go to the dealership with less trepidation. I will definitely keep you posted! Thanks! Gaelyn
#1830 of 1859 Re: Help!! [evergreen]
Feb 22, 2010 (7:14 pm)
It sucks to be me right now. I took my car to the Suzuki dealership. What I was told is that there is evidence of sludge (under fill cap, even though there was no evidence on the dip stick). I was told that even with maintenance records, I would have to pay $1800 for the tech to find out what the issue was and then there would be no guarantee that the problem would be covered under the warranty. Can't do it unfortunately. Don't have a spare $1800 lying around. The oil pressure check was good. I told the guy that the maintenance has been good and he said that it could have been the oil that had been used (paraffin based??) and it could have been a problem that was caused by the person who owned the car before I did. Whatever the cause, I think I am hosed.
#1831 of 1859 Re: Help!! [gaelyn]
Feb 22, 2010 (8:05 pm)
I am no mechanic but it sounds like the dealer is the one doing the hosing. Charging $1800 to figure out some problem sounds like a real hose job to me. I don't know what to say except try to get a second opinion from another Suzuki dealer, if possible. If not, perhaps you know a reputable mechanic who could diagnose your problem for a very small fee. Think about it. Diagnosing a problem is just a matter of time and not parts. If they charge $100/hr for labor, they are saying it will take 18 hours to diagnose the problem. They could take the motor apart and rebuild it in 18 hours. Sound to me like they are just trying to rip you off.
#1832 of 1859 Re: Help!! [evergreen]
Feb 22, 2010 (8:43 pm)
I totally agree. But I am a single (but definitely older) woman in the Las Vegas Valley and their scam alert probably sounds before I even get close to the service bay. I guess I can ask my co-workers if they know a reputable mechanic. I just read the post a couple of pages back that talked about how sludge can be present especially in winter months. Not only is it cold when I drive in the mornings, but all of my trips are very short. Five miles to work and back, at the most. I guess my fear is that even if I spend the money to have the problem diagnosed by someone else, will the Suzuki dealership honor the report when it comes to providing warranty work?
I am going to see if there are any other dealerships alive in Vegas.
Feb 23, 2010 (2:17 pm)
Gaelyn......I am not sure if you can do this and I completely understand because for the first 13 years of my sons life I was a single mom. If you can, please I encourage you to trade that POS in. Yes your engine should be covered, but they find every reason not to stand behind their products. Our Verona still sits in the driveway, it will be two years in June, from us needing a new engine.
In the long run it will be worth it. If you can't find anyone in vegas, please let me know and ill ask my cousins who live there if they know of anyone as well. Again I am very sorry about the car.
#1834 of 1859 Re: gaelyn [mickeysgal]
Feb 23, 2010 (8:07 pm)
Thanks, Jennifer, for your encouragement. I would totally trade in that POS, but I am definitely not in the position to do so financially. I am pretty much in a Catch 22 right now. I know it would be way better to to have a different car, but I still owe a couple of years of payments on this one and it isn't worth anything. No car dealer in their right mind is going to sell me a car right now. Possibly in six months I will be in a better position. I am definitely going to change the oil several times in the next few months to see if It helps at all. I am probably just going to have to drive it until the engine just dies.
#1835 of 1859 Re: Finding parts for my 2004 Verona [veronadriver1]
May 22, 2010 (8:42 am)
theres a website i hink its suzukiparts.com try there