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#1057 of 1350 Aerio at NY Auto Show
Apr 16, 2004 (10:02 am)
I went to see the NY Auto Show the other day. There was an Aerio SX displayed there, but I don't remember seeing an Aerio sedan. The SX was displayed practically out of sight, behind a huge column, and all the way on the edge of Suzuki's display area. There was practically no visitor traffic around it. Suzuki's new cars, on the other hand, were displayed right in the middle of the exhibit. There was a Reno Concept, but it looked like a production car Suzuki plans to roll out in 2005. There also was a Forenza Wagon Concept. Looked nice, but it reminded me of the Esteem wagon a little. A Suzuki rep said that it will come out in the fall of 2004. Once again, I don't know why it was labeled "concept". Both cars were locked so I couldn't check them out inside. Anyhow, it does not appear to me that Aerio will be around for much longer. I wouldn't be surprised if it's discontinued for next year. Suzuki will have the Reno and Forenza hatches/wagons. There appears to be no room for three wagons/hatches of basically the same size, purpose and target market. The fact that Suzuki dealers have very few brand new Aerios in stock makes me nervous too. Aerio has not sold well at all, and it receives direct and very powerful competition from the Matrix/Vibe, Focus and now Mazda3, Scion, even Aveo and others. I am afraid that Aerio used car values will sink even lower if Aerio is discontinued. Plus all the changes that many of us have been waiting for, like a non-digital dash, a little less ground effects, cleaner look, more inside storage etc. may not materialize. Do you guys have any thoughts on this matter?
Apr 16, 2004 (6:36 pm)
I think this next year will be the last for the SX as Suzuki has lost interest in it and has not advertized it for quite some time now. It was popular in 2002 and then they forgot it when the Daewoo GM deal went through and they came out with the Forenza, Verona and now the Reno and F. Wagon. They ignored the SX and relagated it to fleet duty which drove the resale value down more. It is a shame as it is a fine practical vehicle that they abandoned and our 02 has held up well with no problems. GM Daewoo has also bought a Cjinese Daewoo engine plant and a Daewoo assembly plant in India and will soon buy the other Korean plant and a diesel engine maker from Italy will build a diesel plant in Korea next to Daewoo for 2006. I look for future cars to come from Daewoo and trucks, 4X4 from Chevrolet.. The arrival of the Aerio came at a bad time. I either keep my Aerio forever or get rid of it soon. The Forenza, Reno sit too low for us and the Verona is not what I want. I have driven the Chevt Aveo (Daewoo Kalos) and was impressed. Good fit and finish, high quality paint, sits high, comfortable, quieter and rides better than the Aerio, zippy, more economical but less trunk space in the LS hatch. Works for me. Suzuki offers it in Canada but not here??
Apr 19, 2004 (6:13 am)
According to this article, the Aerio will receive a facelift this year http://www.detnews.com/2004/autosinsider/0404/19/autos-125581.htm
so rumours of it's impeding death may be somewhat premature. I've seen quite a few around the GTA, so they still seem to be selling ok here. I DO think Suzuki could do a better job with it, though. Styling is probably it's biggest problem....the SX hatch is about the only version I like. The Matrix isn't exactly a stunner either, but at least it has decent sized wheels & tires. The best things about the Aerio are it's interior room and comfort + it's a pretty good value compared with it's competition.
(although you lose what you saved in resale value). It's reliability has been very good as well. The digital dash (although I don't have a problem with it) doesn't do it any favours (the analogue redesign looks way better)and overall, it needs way more refinement. (Gruff engine, mediocre power despite the hp ratings and buzzing door panels leave a poor impression). It has served our needs well (wanted something economical with a bit more space than our 1993 4 door Sidekick). We may keep it as a second car and trade our 1993 Altima for a Nissan X-Trail in 2005 (or a Mazda4 or Toyota Corolla Verso, if they become available) or we'll keep the Altima
(it's in great shape with around 90,000 km (56,000 mi.)) and trade the Aerio.
BTW, frenchcar , I sat in a Swift+(Suzuki's "Aveo") last time I was in for service. It would make a great 2nd car/commuter and the front seats are good, but my head brushed the ceiling in the back and I'm only 5'10". Getting in & out of the back was also far more difficult than in the Aerio. Would probably buy an Echo hatch instead, (or maybe a Honda Jazz/Fit...one was recently spotted in Toronto).
#1060 of 1350 Vibration in 2003 Aerio SX
Apr 19, 2004 (11:46 am)
I have a vibration in the steering wheel and seat at 2300 - 2500 RPM's. Dealership has not been able to help in over a year. The tires were balanced.....which are Yokohama Geolandar's. I suspect the engine because it does the same standing still. Suzuki says there is a "problem", but does not have a solution with mine or other similar complaints. Can anyone out there help? Thanks!
Apr 20, 2004 (7:47 pm)
My 03 SX vibrates a little too.
Here's a weird thing; tell me if anyone has noticed this on their SX model: when the car is cold and started up, i here a low grumbling sound that starts at the firewall then slowly progresses to the rear end (i swear). Maybe i should just get rid of the car. After 10K i'm experiencing signs that suggest low quality of the vehicle. The fit and finish of the paint job is horrible i discovered as i waxed the car.
I balanced my own tires and noticed the rims are not exactly straight from the factory. So, Binger, i don't know what to tell you. I could give you a list of possible scenerios, but would that help?
Apr 20, 2004 (7:49 pm)
If you need new tires, i'll send you a discount card from firestone ( i work there). Just post your email.
#1063 of 1350 PAINT, VIBRATION AND WEIRD NOISE
Apr 20, 2004 (9:34 pm)
Mt 2002 Aerio SX has 22,000 trouble free miles on it now. I have waxed it 6 times now and the paint is still flawless. Had a weird noise the first 3 weeks we owned it that went from up front to the rear. I laid under it while my wife started it and revved it up and it seemed to be coming from the exhaust system. It disappeared in 3 weeks. Check your clamps and the heat shields. We had put different tires on ours and had a vibration and had Discount Tire test them on their load force machine and 2 of them were defective and could not be balanced properly so they replaced them. Hope this helps. A few Aerios had a defective wheel bearing problem.
#1064 of 1350 email in posts
Apr 21, 2004 (5:16 am)
Just a friendly reminder to **not** put your email address in the posts. If you want others to see it, make it public in your profile. We have had people put their email addresses in posts and then complain within one week that their inbox is full of spam (darn bots and spammers).
Apr 23, 2004 (12:33 pm)
I think you are beginning to come to grips with the reality that the 03 SX just isn't a very refined or well built car. I had many of the same annoyances that you have. My black paint had horrible swirls and crack marks even after waxing it. It looked really bad in sunlight. The rough idling loud engine combined with the clunking front brakes and nonstop buzzing from the door panels drove me crazy. There is far too much cheap looking plastic inside. The amount of power coming from the loud engine was not impressive at all, nor was the fuel economy. The Aerio just doesn't have the refinement other cars in the class possess. Drive the new 04 Spectra or the Elantra GT and you will see what I mean. I got rid of mine at 9600 miles and haven't looked back.
I've spent a year and 11000 miles with an 03 Hyundai Tiburon V6 and have been positively thrilled. The build quality and refinement of this Korean car far outshines the Japanese built Aerio. Can you believe I have yet to see the dealer for any problems? Fuel economy has impressed me (got 27 mpg on the highway averaging between 80-100; the same mileage my Aerio 5 speed could muster at those speeds) and there are no buzzes coming from any interior piece even with the 360 watt Infinity system cranked loud and the bass turned up. No brake clunks and the paint shows no swirls and looks great in the sun. In my honest opinion, if you can handle the huge loss trading it in, I would do so and move on to a better car that you will be happy with. Suzuki dropped the ball with this car. It's a well designed concept that just wasn't executed well enough.
#1066 of 1350 Trouble free SX.
Apr 23, 2004 (7:47 pm)
Have just over 26,000km[16,000mile] on a 03 SX. It has been trouble free. Break in took about 10,000km before it really freed up. Much more pep and better fuel economy now. Can drive for 10 hours and no be sore. Paint is fine,had the brake clunk. Was fixed at the dealer. No buzzes,rattles.