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#1104 of 1350 2005 Suzuki Aerio Changes
Aug 25, 2004 (5:43 pm)
I recently received the 2005 MY changes in an e-mail from a Suzuki representative.
Aerio SX and sedan: Powerfully Sporty
A subcompact sedan and sport crossover (SX) model with the following standard equipment: 2.3-Liter engine with 155-horsepower and 152-lb.-ft. of torque – a top-performer in its class; side and advanced airbags; automatic climate control; air conditioning; power windows, door locks and mirrors; keyless remote entry; in-dash AM/FM CD player with seven speakers including subwoofer; tilt steering wheel with integrated stereo controls; driver’s seat armrest and rear spoiler. A Consumer Digest “Best Buy” in 2003 and 2004.
Available features include: All-wheel-drive; ABS; 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels; fog lamps; in-dash six-disc CD player; silver interior door handles and interior chrome door locks.
 2005 Aerio trim levels
• S: Well-equipped front-wheel-drive sedan, with air conditioning, a seven speaker CD audio system, and power windows and locks;
• LX: Better-equipped sedan, with 15-inch alloy wheels and an in-dash six disc CD audio system. Available in front-wheel drive or with QuadGrip™ All-wheel-drive System;
 SX: An even better-equipped sport crossover model. Available in front-wheel drive or with QuadGrip™ All-wheel-drive System.
 Changes on all Aerio trim levels include a completely redesigned interior and sporty exterior additions:
 New front bumper, grille and fog lamp design
 Redesigned rear spoiler for sedan (LX, S)
 New “clear” rear combination lamp (SX)
 New-style 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels
 New “S” mark on front grille, center wheel cap, rear trunk/deck lid, steering wheel horn pad and key fob
 Automatic climate control
 Reconfigured instrument panel, steering wheel and console
 Integrated audio head unit with new steering-wheel stereo controls
 Change in instrument cluster from digital to analog
 Clock and outside temperature display on all models
 12-volt accessory socket
 Redesigned transmission shift knobs (for manual and automatic)
 Introduction of advanced airbags for front passenger
 Side airbags for driver/front passengers
 Redesigned front-door pocket
 Repositioned outside door mirror switches
 Sunglass holder on driver’s side (above window)
 Upgraded seat fabric
 Addition of panic mode function on keyless entry system
 New exterior color: Techno Blue and Ice Blue
 Additional changes on Aerio S
 Power door locks standard
 Silver-tone inside door handle and chrome-plated door lock knob
 Newly-designed rear trunk spoiler
*Question marks do not mean anything.
#1105 of 1350 Re: 2005 Suzuki Aerio Changes [rctennis3811]
Aug 26, 2004 (8:20 pm)
Thanks for posting the extensive list of changes and improvements in the 05 AERIO. I like the idea of side air bags. Quite a long list indeed. Anxious to check it out. When???
#1106 of 1350 AERIO OWNERS IN SNOW COUNTRY??
Aug 26, 2004 (8:33 pm)
We have an 02 Aerio SX automatic and live in sunny Arizona. Our son in Denver wants to buy it this winter. I know most of the Aerio owners in Canada run snow tires in the winter but do any of you have much experience running one with stock tires only on snow and ice? Many front wheel drive cars do fairly well. The Aerio however has a lot more horsepower than my sons old 3 cylinder GEO Metro 5 speed and he never had a problem with stock tires on it in the winter and often went into the mountains in bad weather. He does have special Sipes cut into his tires and I used to do the same when we lived in Colorado. Discount Tire and Americas Tire Company specialize in it and it does make a big difference in traction and they run cooler in summer and last longer. OK snow drivers...what are your thoughts? AWD would solve the problem of course but thats not an option in this case.
Aug 28, 2004 (11:47 am)
My guess is that the 05 Aerio should be in this September, the latest would be November.
#1108 of 1350 Re: AERIO OWNERS IN SNOW COUNTRY?? [frenchcar]
Sep 02, 2004 (6:44 pm)
Living in Canada,the first year I had the Aerio,I just ran with the stock geolanders. I found them to be OK. I never really got into trouble. But again,I don't live in a mtn area. Last year,I bought 4 michilin alpin tires. What a differance. I will always use snow tires now. BTW,I have a 2wd 5 speed.
#1110 of 1350 2005 Aerio, Aerio SX In Stock!
Sep 17, 2004 (5:43 am)
I just dropped off my XL7 for maintenance when the service guy told me the 05s are in stock round back. He took me back where they had 2 2005 Suzuki Aerio SXs, one in white and the other silver but both FWD. The inside is NICE! The cloth, like the press release says, is improved and I also noticed that the cushioning is not as hard and more soft. The interior dashboard is NOT plastic, but rubberized plastic like the Verona. Also, it does not use the same stereo unit as the XL7 or 04 Aerio, but an all-silver unit that has the buttons in the same place. The unit is also a different shape with rubberized knobs, clearer display, and it makes a "BEEP" noise when you change it (just like custom units...Sony, JBL, etc.). CHECK ONE OUT NOW!!!
#1111 of 1350 Suzuki Aerio SX wagon 2003 Clutch Failure
Oct 15, 2004 (8:33 am)
We have a 2003 SX Wagon. The clutch went out at 25k miles. The mechanic (Suzuki authorized dealer) says there is no "visible" defect - meaning it's not covered under the warranty, or abuse - meaning he doesn't know what caused the clutch plate to "burn up." Customer service says it is not covered under warranty - so much for warranties. Anyone out there experience this problem at such low miles? Any better outcomes or recommendations? Email me at jwkelley507earthlink.net. Thanks. I
#1113 of 1350 2002 SX Auto
Oct 18, 2004 (6:11 am)
We have over 40km (about 25,000 mi) on our '02 SX Auto and, touch wood, have had no real problems to date. Did have the front bearing work and brake clunk work done, as per TSB's, but that's about it. Biggest complaint is the buzzing door panels. I find if I pull back the rubber strip that contacts the glass at the base of the window, it stops, so am looking at a way to hold these back on their own. Mileage actually seems to be improving as the car ages. Will probably keep it for a second car and buy an X-Trail or a Mazda5 next summer, but ultimately would like something even smaller for commuting etc...maybe an Echo hatch, Honda Fit/Jazz or even a smart.