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Suzuki Aerio, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#340 of 436 Re: Suzuki Aerio Engine Problems [trshorter]
May 09, 2007 (7:48 pm)
I own a 2003 Aerio SX and I'll list the problems I've had with this car as confirmation of what others have detailed here.
Day one of ownership the dealer was so desperate for a sale that the salesman allowed me to take the car without signing the final contracts (financing was finalized but not signed) and we agreed I would return the next day to sign them. That night, it rained and somehow water leaked in from the front passenger side windshield. Initially the dealer wanted to try to repair the problem, but when reminded that the deal wasn't actually final, they gave me another SX that has had no leaks.
The same tire issues others here have noted have plagued me as well. My tire specialist did say that the tires that Suzuki includes on the car are unsuitable. Replacing the tires did wonders for the AWD, but since the replacement I've heard an odd popping noise when I make tight turns (yes it has been an issue for years).
My brakes grind and are horribly sluggish. The pads and rotators have been changed more times than I can remember to try and rectify this, but since reading a previous post I'll now try non-Suzuki parts.
My electrical problems include replacing wires when the electrical system died and the clock light continually shorts in and out. Also, the cd player doesn't work when the car gets cold (bizarre but true).
And, finally, at 73k the engine needs to be replaced (I've had a car that had no problems until well over 100k so this was a shock to me). The dealer/service department has been great, but I did call Suzuki's customer service department to complain about the amount of time they have taken to approve the repair and send parts. They told me two different things about the approval process (in one version the dealer requires it and in another the district office does) so I definitely now feel like they are lying, to those of us who've purchased the 2003 Aerio SX, about the problems we've all had.
You do get what you pay for so this will certainly be the last Suzuki I own.
#341 of 436 2003 Suzuki Aerio sedan
May 18, 2007 (11:06 am)
i have over 175000 miles on my '03 aerio. I'm having quite a few issues with it right now. For starters the tail light will not come on. There was a hole in it from where my mom backed into a pole. I replaced the entire thing. new bulbs and everything purchased from the dealer. The brake light which wasn't working is now working and the tail light which was now isn't. I also replaced the fuse for the tail light still not working.
The other issue I have is no a/c. When i turn it on it blows but not cold and makes a kind of clicking sound.
The clock light does not come on any more and the radio will come on and then it pops off.
Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know how to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#342 of 436 Re: 2003 Suzuki Aerio sedan [mmhlong]
Jun 10, 2007 (2:11 pm)
Tail light: My service manual suggests that the problem could be caused by a blown bulb or a wiring/grounding fault. Since you already checked the bulb (please double-check!), then the problem is...
A/C: The service manual lists 14 possible causes for your situation. Typing all the info would be kinda tedious, so I'll list the items that don't require tearing down components in the engine bay or passenger compartment:
-Refrigerant under- or overcharged.
-Compressor drive belt loose or broken.
Otherwise if you have a huge chunk of free time, some tools (some simple, some specialized), good mechanically-inclined friends, some tunes, and an uncluttered area where you can work (or just a good A/C shop), it is possible to attack the problem.
Other components that might be involved in the trouble: the HVAC temp. control cable, heating element, condenser, evaporator, expansion valve (connected to the evaporator, I believe), the compressor and/or clutch, any of the sensors in between, and/or (throat-clenching horror!) a leak somewhere in the system.
Clock light, radio: check fuse 15 first. If it is ok:
-If you can see the info in the LCD display, the lights are simply burned out. Find several time/temp units in a junk yard, install each one until you find a working unit.
-Same for the radio (other places to find a cheap/free basic radio are flea markets, yard sales, and vehicle upgrade shops). If no radio works, either all of the radios you got were bad, or the wiring to the radio is bad.
#343 of 436 won't start, fuel pump doesn't operate
Jun 27, 2007 (3:06 pm)
My aerio won't turn on. I took it to a local mechanic who replaced the fuel pump and then told me the computer was bad so they replaced that. It worked for one day when the exact same thing has happened again.
Has anyone experienced this or have an idea of what the cause may be I would greatly appreciate your help.
#344 of 436 Re: won't start, fuel pump doesn't operate [2002aeriosedan]
Jun 28, 2007 (3:01 am)
I would take it right back to the shop that suppossedly fixed it. I am sure they gave you a big bill.
In the interim check the fuel pump fuse;and the wires going to the pump as one may be shorting out to ground along the frame.
#345 of 436 Re: Air filter? [carthell]
Jul 03, 2007 (7:57 am)
If you are still having trouble try Rock Auto online. It was the only place I found that I could get one other than at the dealer. Be careful, I got the wrong one for mine and it took a little while to work out. Measure your filter and make sure the one listed is the right size. I got the Beck Arnley 042-1665 which was about 3" to short. If this is the one you need you can have it for the cost of shipping.
I have also had a real problem getting parts for my 2003 Aerio SX. I have had to over pay at the dealer several times.
#346 of 436 My 2003 Aerio SX is garbage
Jul 03, 2007 (10:27 am)
I bought my Aerio SX (AWD w/ Automatic) new when the 2004s came out. I admit I loved it for a while. I had several trips to the dealer for little nuisances exhaust rattles and CD player not giving my CDs back. The first replacement CD player skipped so much I had them replace that one. After they did that work the clock light would go out and on when it wanted to. I also had the exhaust rattles fixed again on all of these trips.
With less than 20K miles the radiator sprung a big leak. it left us stranded. Inconvenient but the 7 year / 100k mile warranty will cover it it. Wrong! I had it towed to my local earlier. They refused to cover it and said that it must have been a rock or something. They wanted $650 to fix it. I said that was a lot for a radiator and they told me the part alone was $500 and the dealer was the only place to get one. Fortunately, they were wrong and I found it online for under $200 sipped next day. I replaced it in their parking lot.
When 36k miles were up I took it in for exhaust rattles, a/c did not seem cold and a few body clips. They said that they fixed the rattles and all of the little stuff, nothing wrong with the A/C. The exhaust still rattled and some of the clips were still gone. Back again they said it was fixed. Still not fixed. I finally gave up.
A few months latter I started having a problem with the heating system. It would blow hot air on the driver's side and cold air on the passenger side. The colder it was outside the colder it would be on the passenger side. The hot side could not keep up. The dealer wanted $400 to fix it. They claimed it was a mouse nest. I did not think that was the cause but I thought they would fix the problem while they were working on it. The had my car for 10 working days (no loaner for me)and did not fix the problem. They needed it back when a few parts came in. When I got it back It still had the same problem and now I could not select a temperature or shift from defroster to heat. Eventually the parts came in. I took the car back and they charged me for the parts and labor. Of course they did not tell me that it still did not work. On a cold day the right side would blow 30°F colder than the left. Several mot trips and back and forth they never got it fixed and I never got my money back. Summer came and I let it go.
I should have sold the car but I did not.
The car started revving fast at idle. Since I did not have confidence in the local dealer I took it to the next closed dealer on 80 miles. I new that it was some thing to do with the IAC but since it was still under the 7 year / 100k mile warranty let them take care of it. turned out not to be covered because the IAC was fine but the ground wire was burnt. They took pity on me and only charged $100 to splice in a little piece of wire. I still can't figure out what a ground could short to to cause the problem. It does not run with any other wires.
One night driving home the car started to make a noise coming from the final drive on the front (seemed to be at the wheel speed). I cold not see anything wrong I drove it hoping the car would die so I would know what needed to be fixed. After a few days (probably related) I would start to get the check engine light and the transmission would go int a limp home mode. 2500 RPM in second gear. A key restart would usually fix it for a while. The code said that it was a transmission feed back sensor error. After a test drive I the dealer said they would replace the transmission and it would take care of the noise and the error code. 3 weeks latter when the part came in i took it back and asked them to look at the heat while they had it for the transmission. When I got the car back the noise was still there, the error code still comes up periodically, an the heat still does not work. That was $300.
I called the Suzuki NA line for help again. I did not want to bring that up before because this is long enough as is. The were insulting and no help yet again. The regional representative is the all mighty power and no one else at Suzuki can help.
An A/C line in the engine compartment blew and now I don't have any heat / cooling / transmission part of the time.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
#347 of 436 Re: My 2003 Aerio SX is garbage [dkarasin]
Jul 20, 2007 (5:20 am)
My latest problem: The cooling fan.
The fan blade broke at the mounting. Of course it did not break clean, so the fan rubbed on the radiator and caused a leak. I heard the noise but could not find the source until it was too late. The car has 74k mile on it. I have never seen this before have others heard of this happening. It looks like the only place to get the fan blade is at the dealer for $56 plus $180 for the radiator online.
#348 of 436 Re: 'Service Engine Soon' light and engine bogs [pml27]
Jul 20, 2007 (5:39 am)
Did you ever get this problem fixed? I seem to have the same thing going on with my 2003 Aerio SX AWD. My car does keep some of the historic codes in the list after the check engin light goes out. Mine always has P0717 in the list. Turbine speed problem.
#349 of 436 Re: alternative tires for 2005 [zeebo]
Jul 20, 2007 (6:06 am)
I got a second set of rims and winter tires from Tire Rack. They are 14" they are better in the snow and less costly. I still run the 15" in the summer.