True, the Verona is a Daewoo design and built in a Daewoo factory. However, General Motors and Suzuki swapped the transmission with a GM model and changed the ECU. Neither are properly matched to the engine and has caused many problems that did not exist pre-GMDAT. The suspension was also softened among other things. So don't blame Daewoo.
I brought a 2005 Verona and had nothing, but headaches. The engine block cracked at 18000, the control arm is completely rusting out at 24000 and oil completely covers the spark plugs and oil coils. The car rides rough, you name it, it has happened. It had been nothing, but trouble.
I was looking in purchase a 1996 Suzuki Verona. This car does have nice features for the money. Doing a little bit of research on the web I came across this thread. What seems to be the problem here is the ECU modules. According to a review I just read, there are two recalls on this car and one of them is to upgrade the ECU. Here is quote from the article I read
“There have been two recalls, which were taken care of very quickly and efficiently by two different dealers. (I have moved, so wasn't near the purchasing dealer for the second recall.) The first recall was to replace the ECU (engine control module). This is what caused the car to run rough when first starting it in the morning, and also caused a pulse in the engine at lower cruising speeds. This has been completely cured by replacing the ECU. The second recall was to replace a brake light switch that could cause the brake lights to remain on after letting up on the brakes, especially if your foot accidentally slipped off the pedal while applying the brakes. I don't think this ever happened on my car, but it was fixed anyway under the recall program.”
Good luck folks.
And THAT is why the Verona will be "Ver-gone-a" after this year. In six months, Suzuki dealers may be willing to PAY you to take one!
I bought a 2004 Suzuki Verona in October of 2005 with 17,000 miles on it. That day turned out to be the worst day of my life. I have had problem after problem with the car. For starters, the entire engine needed to be replaced after 3 months of ownership. Then the catalytic converters, the MAF, the oxygen sensors, the tires (due to a problem with the alloy rims), the stereo, the ignition switch, all the keys, the heater coil, the transmission...wow! The list just goes on and on. Anyhow, after 1 year and a few months of spending my time at the dealership for the warranty repairs, my husband and I wised up. We traded it in and bought a Toyota Sienna. So far, it has been the best! And as for the Verona... it truly is the Ver-a-gone! Suzuki discontinued the model due to its defects. Good luck to Verona owners out there.
Ditto, on the poor quality. For a 2005 with 17,000 miles on it, my Verona has been in the shop over 13 times for engine stalling. I now refer to it as an "appliance". Suzuki refers to it as their "flag ship". If this was their flag ship, I am not going near the rest of their product line.
Hello I bought this car from my father, being that my honda got stolen and I thought it was nice, now the car does sound like a diesel engine, one of the lifters had to be replaced, I get oil on the spark plugs and cables, it seems that after a tune up the lifters get discharged and start clicking really loud, this car has been a headache for me, I was debating whether to fix it or not, but definatelly after this review, I am trading it as soon as I get the clicking noise to quiet down a bit, otherwise I won't get any money for it, thanks for your comments, you have really help me. As for all of us, lets hope that another lemon like this don't come our way.
I purchased a 2004 Verona that the new care manager had driven about 3,000 miles. I have 47,000 miles now and, so far, have never had a minute's problem. I have nothing to gripe about a this point.
2004 Verona EX purchased new, had the same sputtering problems at idle, which was resolved with the recall and programming of the on-board computer. Other issue is clock on dash stopped working after a year; absolutely nothing else has failed on this vehicle. Other than the poor acceleration and poor fuel economy compared to it's peers (Toyota, Honda, etc...) I have had a good experience with this vehicle. The ride is smooth, it's very quiet on the highway (quieter than my wife's Honda Odyssey). I now have 45,000 miles on it and it is as smooth and quiet as I first bought it. The car isn't constructed of top quality materials, but for under $20k you do get a lot of features. The resell value is very poor however, but I will keep this vehicle until it dies.
I can use your feedback. I purchased a pre-owned 2005 Suzuki Verona in July 2007 with 35K on it. It didn't have much of a warranty, maybe 30 days. At any rate, I opted out of purchasing additional warranty from the dealership. Now I have a number of things that come up.
First, about a week later the tire pressure light indicator came on; it would come and go. I had the tires checked; they were OK, but now it's on all the time.
Second, in the right rear back tire there is a clicking or tapping noise when I'm driving slow like at take off.
Third, just out of the blue the airbag light indicator came while I was taking a road trip, and continually stays on.
Lastly, the check engine light came on recently. Had it checked by a friend who took it to get a diagnosis; it didn't show anything. My friend said one of the vacuum is cracked. Also while checking, something fell out of engine like a spring. He was puzzled as to why it didn't happen while I was driving.
I realize this is quite a bit of issues, but am somewhat concerned after reading all the comments and problems they are experiencing.
I have had to travel a lot in the last 8 months and have put 14K into it. The car doesn't sound like a truck; it runs smoothly, other than all the dashboard problems. I greatly appreciate any tips.
I purchesed a 2005 Verona and I love that car, especially for the price. I only have 28,000 miles but it is like the smoothest car I have had. I love the way it feels. I just hope I don't have the problems all of you seem to be having. Granted, I don't drive it much as it is my second car, I love it.
That's why you people should buy a USED car that's for 40-50 thousand miles on it. By that time, most of the major bugs (like the ecu and wheel bearings and such) have been worked out. I just bought a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that had 168,000 miles on it, and the thing runs like it's new. The only problems I should have out of it are common things, like water pumps, and things like that because all of the bugs were worked out of it before I bought it. And I just turned 175,000 miles.