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#296 of 444 2006 Aerio AWD, the mega tire eater
Jan 03, 2007 (4:19 pm)
We have a 2006 Aerio SX AWD, purchased new in Jan 2006 from a State College PA dealership, talk about total frustration with a vehicle and the inability of the dealership to fix a drive train suspension problem. The car is a super tire eater!!! So much so, it is to the point we do not feel safe driving it. It was first noticed at 6000 miles, now we have 20.000 miles on it. During that time we have had 3 pairs of tires replaced, with rotations and 3 alignments, the dealer can't figure out why we are still having the issue since they did the fix Suzuki recommended(replacing a viscous coupling) The dealer has done everything from blame us for not rotating tires often enough, which would be impossible to keep up with since the tires are completely bald within 6000 miles, or we just hit too many potholes causing the alignment to go out!!! Strange that it is the rear tires that wear first! But the front also has a problem. The first two sets wore on the outer several inches to the cord! Now they are completely bald in the center 5 inches! We just noticed today the front set is starting to wear in the center also. The rear tires look like racing slicks, not real great on our central PA highways!!
We would welcome any suggestions that we could pass onto the dealer to fix this permanently!! This is our second Suzuki, first was no problems in 110.000 miles but this one has been frustrating, you certainly learn how the dealer can change up when they have a Lemon compared to a complaint free car! I think LEMON may be the appropriate term for our Aerio!! After reading comments from Aerio owners on other sites and comments here we are not alone with this Suzuki Aerios mechanical problem. We don't want to trade at this point because we would take a beating price wise since Suzukis seem to depreciate so much.
#297 of 444 Feel your pain!
Jan 03, 2007 (5:17 pm)
As owner of 2005 AWD Aerio, and as poster here myself, I just wanted to say I feel your pain as have same exact problem. Too bad the same problem continues with the 2006 model! Egads! So what are we to do? We were also blamed for not rotating our tires....
#298 of 444 Re: Feel your pain! [lynnster2]
Jan 04, 2007 (2:36 am)
First, I think =rarchimedes= was a little harsh in his reply of 12/27. I drive almost 200,000 miles a year and DO NOT consider tire rotation to be a safety issue much less life threatening ;only tread wear. Something for rarchimedes to think about while driving his short time miles each year.
Second I plan to rotate the tires on my 06 Aerio SX AWD at 7500 miles just to be sure that Suzuki cannot find that as a
reason if and when excessive tire wear becomes an issue.
IMHO that "failure to rotate" excuse is just a line shops give you as a lame excuse to evade the real problem......don't give them that out...rotate and see what they come up with next.
#299 of 444 Re: 2006 Aerio AWD, the mega tire eater [ggmar1]
Jan 04, 2007 (2:44 am)
Tires wearing in the center as you describe is often a result of too much air pressure in the tire.
Most people think 32 pounds in appropriate, HOWEVER, Suzuki recommends 30 pounds. Get yourself a good digital tire pressure gauge.
I have only 4500 miles on mine but the treadwear looks even and tread depth is good.
#300 of 444 Re: 2006 Aerio AWD, the mega tire eater [logmgr]
Jan 04, 2007 (9:14 am)
Good luck & keep a detailed diary of everything you do concerning your tires as it's very likely you will be another victim of this unfortunate problem! Happened to our car at under 14K miles, but unknown exactly when it began as car is in another state with our daughter who had it serviced according to manual. Pls note that tires were completely bald, with no tread pattern as no tread left! And both rear tires were bald - front tires were totally fine and still like new. SO, this isn't a pressure problem or rotation problem, but an obvious and serious suspension type problem. The car, being AWD, should NOT do this if working properly. My son says it must be that the rear tires are turning much more than the front tires - does that make sense to anyone?
Good luck and again, I'm shocked that the 2006 AWD Aerio is also having this problem! What can we do, as SUzuki paying for replacement tires is NOT the answer, just a bandaid to a serious problem!
#301 of 444 Re: 2006 Aerio AWD, the mega tire eater [ggmar1]
Jan 04, 2007 (3:11 pm)
I have had the same problem with my 2002 Aerio at about 15,000 miles. I went to the dealer and wanted to replace it with the same Yokohama tires that the car came with it. Instead, I went to a Walmart, and they replaced it with Bridgestone tires and at 70,000 miles, i have had absolutely no problems with the tires. The other only problem I had with the car was the the keyless entry system which was replaced under warranty.
#302 of 444 Re: Tire rotation, etc.
Jan 05, 2007 (10:21 am)
No, I'm not being too harsh. People who don't maintain their cars are their own worst enemies. Tires do need rotation. Oil needs changing. Antifreeze and other liquids need checking along with, for tires, air pressure. Anybody who doesn't notice that their rear tires are going bald until they are bald or they go pop are really unlikely to be checking air pressure, which means they probably have 20 lbs or less in the tires. On rear tires on a modern FWD car, or even AWD, there is usually so little weight that the tires will not look unusual at that pressure, but they will wear unusually. And, the AWD will just about tear the tire apart.
No, you don't have to be a nervous Nelly about maintenance, but you better do some, or your car will be an early casualty. Front tires do receive different forces than rear tires, especially on an AWD car, so rotate the darn things at least every 5,000 miles. The only company that has AWD for passenger cars really figured out for full-time use is Subaru, so next time, get a Forester if you just have to get AWD. The FWD Suzuki is just fine, get's better gas mileage, is easier on tires, costs less in repairs, and is better in almost every respect than an AWD version.
Anybody who has to drive through snow on roads knows that FWD works better than AWD, even with all the slip sensors. Snow piles up and strongly impedes the front wheels. Any push at all from the rear will bring the rear around. The very best handling vehicles were the early Subarus and Toyotas that could be shifted on the fly into 4WD for start ups and slow downs, and run in FWD along the road.
#303 of 444 Re: Tire rotation, etc. [rarchimedes]
Jan 05, 2007 (11:04 am)
Dear All, I have been reading for a while now about people complaining that they have to rotate their tires. Do you change your oil? Do you use your turn-signal when you change directions? Do you take a bath at least once a week?
Rotating tires is basic "car 101". Rotate em every time you change oil (between 3 & 5 thousand miles) and your tires will typically go twice the advertised mileage. This, ofcourse, based on proper inflation, balance and alignment.
I have had my 2006 Aerio premium (2WD) since July and have already put 20,000 miles on her. By the way, the tires still look new. She is comfortable, quick, responsive, sure footed, quite and has a great radio. My only complaint is I can't buy anything to boost performance from Suzuki or the aftermarket.
Regularly rotate your tires and regularly take a bath. You will be happier.
#304 of 444 Re: Tire rotation, etc. [rarchimedes]
Jan 05, 2007 (11:15 am)
We know rotation is important, but not doing so before 12K should NOT make rear tires completely bald! Come on! Problem is NOT lack of tire rotation, but is a suspension issue. Why keep focusing on tire rotation and igoring obvious suspension problem with this car? Me thinks perhaps you are somehow connected to Suzuki?
And, to say that FWD is better than AWD in the snow is not our experience at all. Owned 3 FWD's (Olds 98's)previously, and NONE of them came close to the way our Audi A6 quattro AWD handles in the snow. Your comments puzzle me...
#305 of 444 Noisy power lock mechanism?
Jan 13, 2007 (10:38 pm)
Today, one or more (but I hope it is one!) of my power locks makes a loud whirring noise upon locking or unlocking the vehicle.
Has anyone had such a problem? Did a fix involve simply oiling something, or replacing entire power lock units?