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Suzuki Verona, Sedan
Nov 12, 2004 (10:44 am)
I'm at 8,300 miles and I've had ZERO problems with my 2004 Verona. I drive all kinds of mid-size cars for my company and none of them even comes close to the Verona. Suzuki's quality is just as good as Honda, Nissan, or Toyota. This is a beautiful car in terms of both styling and engineering. I get compliments all the time. The Verona is a few seconds slower (0 to 60 mph) than the V6 Camry, V6 Accord, and V6 Altima, but so what? If you do very little racing (like me), it doesn't matter. For normal driving conditions, the Verona is better than any of those other cars. I was so happy with the Verona, I bought a Suzuki motorcycle (a 2004 Intruder VS 800), which I also love.
#959 of 1859 Re: [texasjay]
Nov 12, 2004 (1:33 pm)
Your assertions on the Verona's relaiblity and performance in comparison to the CamCords and Altima are not backed by any publications that I've read. Slower than the other V6s is not the issue. The Verona is slower than the others with 4s. This isnt just an issue of "racing". Here in NJ, there are lots of tough merges, and given the V6, the Verona lacks power, whether its due to GMs transmission or not.
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and Im very glad that you are happy with your Verona, but be careful of presentation of opinion.... as fact.
#960 of 1859 Re: [alpha01]
Nov 12, 2004 (3:10 pm)
Well, I test drove a Suzuki Verona EX and I have to say that I did not feel the car lacked power or "get up and go" whatsoever. I have come to realize that the 0 to 60 times for vehicles is highly over rated unless you're really into that kind of thing. I will also say that if you ever saw a person drive 0 to 60 in a "leisurely" 10 seconds during regular day to day driving you would probably think "what the hell is that maniac doing driving like that" because even that is fast for day to day driving. There are a number of cars you can pay alot of money for that can go 170 mph with no problem. What it ends up giving a person is bragging rights but during day to day use is seldom if ever used.
Nov 13, 2004 (2:50 pm)
Not to be picky, but the Verona has an Inline 6, not a V6.
Nov 13, 2004 (6:23 pm)
Dear Alpha. If an average Joe has driven with the Accord, Camry, Altima and Verona and likes the Verona best, it is obviously his opinion. The "experts" who write reviews in auto publications are only telling us their opinions, too. On average I think the things they think are important (0-60 acceleration, etc.)aren't nearly as important as the things the average person thinks are important. I am not a professional racer so I would much rather hear the opinions of "average" people than the "experts."
#963 of 1859 Re: [ccbloome61]
Nov 14, 2004 (8:36 am)
Thank you for the correction, I apologize about that- I do indeed know its a straight six.
Ok, Im an average Joe. There is nothing exceptional about the Verona's powertrain. It is a slow vehicle. Slow enough to be outgunned by 4 cylinder Civics and Corollas, mind you, let alone Camrys and Accords. I think the ability to merge and pass are very important especially today, with mammoth SUVs and more tractor trailers on the road than ever before. Its not that Im overly critical of the Verona- its just that in its ads, Suzuki has touted the 6 cylinder engine, which is quite misleading, given that the vehicle is a porpoise compared to the other sixes in the class.
Suzuki should be given significant credit though, for making Side Curtains standard for the 2005 model year- thats outstanding.
#964 of 1859 Re: [alpha01]
Nov 14, 2004 (10:31 am)
I agree that on paper the Suzuki Verona is a tortoise (I'm pretty sure you meant tortoise, not porpoise) but have you driven it? There are other benefits to a six cylinder besides speed. However I still say the Verona felt like it had plenty of "pick up" for day to day driving. Also, I went into the test drive fully aware of the complaints regarding 0 to 60 times so I was really looking at this closely considering I'm comparing it to a few other vehicles. In fact, I planned on driving it just to rule it out as an option. But the more I drove it the more I liked it. I do understand that if you are not going to be happy knowing that your Verona couldn't beat a Honda Civic from a dead stop then you should not buy it. I'll just end by saying that what's on paper doesn't always tell the whole story.
As a side note, I've been reading a lot of reviews on the Suzuki Verona (and others) and it really cracks me up how different each person can perceive the same vehicle. One reviewer of the Verona said that it has good torque for off the line but had no highway passing power, while another said it was a dog until 4000 RPM then it felt like the afterburners kicked in. Quite a number said how good the fit and finish was, while another said the fit and finish was poor. Alot say the transmission is smooth and some say it had harsh positive gear changes. Many said the ride felt soft or mushy but Car and Driver said the complete opposite. To each his own.
#965 of 1859 alpha..
Nov 16, 2004 (2:45 pm)
Slower than others ... That is relative. After 6000 miles and a new computer, this Verona is different. In the lower range it zooms quicker. So I feel a great deal of difference. Now I have no problem in zooming up to the other cars. The only point I observe is when you suddenly slow down and try to race the car again--the sudden revs...The Veronas computer still takes a time to figure the change and is slower. But merging the ramps?...Its good. The engine does make quite a din when doing so. So far the Verona has done well and is a smooth runner. I think the Car has improved after the initial computer hiccup. Its good for what you pay.
#966 of 1859 Re: alpha.. [rasup]
Nov 16, 2004 (6:18 pm)
I was wondering if you could give me some feed back as to how well the adaptive transmission works. Is there a breaking in period as some have suggested? I remember reading somewhere that the real "feel" of the car comes after some miles are on the odo.
I am still looking at cars and I keep coming back to the Verona. It seems to have everything I'm looking for at the right price but there are two other serious contenders. Thanks for your input.
#967 of 1859 re doug djjjs
Nov 18, 2004 (3:44 am)
I have 11500 miles on mine and the trans.adopts to your driving. However we have more than 1 driver and then you can get some weird shifts when me or my wife drive. However I found on my own that if I put the car in drive 3 for me around town the car is fine no weird shifts. The trans was my biggest complaint. But there is a lot of manufactor using this type of trans. You will get used to it.It is just hard for us old guys that never had this before. If I were you take the verona for another spin. If you like it now your going to love it in 5000 miles when it smooths out. If I can help you out with more questions let me know.