2004 Suzuki Verona oil light

I have a Suzuki Verona, and the oil light has came on, the oil is full. the car knocks, and starts and runs but is very sluggish. does anyone know a common issue with this particular vehicle?

I really don’t know what you mean by common issue. This is a 14 year old car of unknown mileage , unknown service records and appears to have oil pressure problems. Basically you may be looking at a choice of rebuilding engine or driving until it quits ( not a good idea because that may be in front of a semi truck ) Also Suzuki cars are no longer sold in the U S is that is where you are.

You have an engine bearing failure going on. The oil pump can’t keep up with the leaks, the knock will get worse until the engine blows apart. Sorry.

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And, when you factor-in the reality that this car was actually manufactured by Daewoo (the originator of the disposable car…), it is somewhat amazing that the car has lasted this long.

Yep, when the oil light goes on it means there is low oil pressure. Has nothing to do with oil level although you would have no pressure if there was no oil. Like turning on the faucet and nothing comes out. With the knock, engine is done for though so start shopping sorry to say, but deep down you wanted a new car anyway, right?

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There’s a couple of related TSB’s for the 2004 Suzuki I see. Ask you dealership for a copy.

TS 08 is a customer interest bulletin for oil leaks from the drain plug. If the oil leaked enough and wasn’t refilled in time, that could damage the engine and result in this symptom.

TS 04 changes the recommended oil viscosity from that given in the owner’s manual apparently. There was also a change to the spec for the crankcase capacity.

I’m not seeing anything for engine knocks.

Where in the heck are you going to find a Suzuki dealer in the US ? Even if there was one they don’t care about a 14 year car.


There is more than one guy that refers people to dealers for technical information as though it was the public library, then tell the next person not to take their car to a dealer because the staff is incompetent or lack the training and tools to work on a vehicle that is out of warranty.

From my experience most service writers need assistance researching service bulletins, that is not part of their job. Parts department counter personal call on the assistance of a technician to obtain service manual information for preferred customers.

My local former Suzuki dealer is still listed as a service provider on the Suzuki site, Suzuki owners still have dealers to rely on for recall repairs. Engine failure however would likely be the end of use for this vehicle.

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IMHO any dealer that would refuse to look up a TSB for a customer doesn’t deserve to be in business.
But the service writer is the wrong guy to see. The parts window guy is the best place to go. The have direct access to technical data.

Service departments look up service bulletins for customers frequently each day for vehicles that are in the shop but they should not be handing out these documents to anyone that walks though the door.

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I don’t see why the TSB;s should be kept a secret from the customer. After all, the customers are paying the dealership’s bills in the first place. I can understand a dealership may not want to have their staff diverted from working on the cars booked into the shop; but if that’s the case, the alternative is to provide a book of all the tsbs the customer can copy, or place them on-line for the customer to view there for a few dollars fee if necessary.

Walking into the service department and asking for service bulletins does not make you a customer, if your car is in the shop the service bulletins should be reviewed and considered by the technician, they are not produced for the public. If the manufacture wanted the public to have access to the service bulletins they would be available on the manufactures website.

Fifteen years ago I had customer’s vehicles with sometimes five complaints that could not be verified, on the front seat I would find a stack of service bulletins that the owner found on the internet. Some people want all of the parts listed in bulletins replaced while the vehicle is under warranty but these bulletins don’t apply to all vehicles.

Since then manufactures have done a better job of keeping service information off the internet, that is until recently, it seems the NHTSA feels service bulletins should be accessible to the public.

Is your suggestion for the OP to book their car into a Suzuki dealership shop then?

I suppose a dealer might be listed under “S” in the yellow pages, if you can find one, but my advice remains the same: Shop for a different car while it still runs. Sometimes you just have to face the Grim Reaper.

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I don’t disagree with that advice. Difficulty maintaining oil pressure at idle combined with knocking does not suggest a long term future for the engine. Combined with poor oil pressure, knocking is usually coming from the bearings, and that ain’t good.

If the engine is knocking and the oil pressure light is on I think that I would call a salvage yard and ask if they will come get the car. What a great opportunity the pick out a better car.

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That’s one option every car owner with a problem has I guess. Unfortunately, it is not the question the OP asked.

OP in title post: “does anyone know a common issue with this particular vehicle?”

Unless you are saying that it is a common thing to junk this make/model/year whenever an unusual sound is heard.