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Suzuki Aerio, Brakes, Wagon
#10 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [fosterb]
Aug 25, 2005 (8:39 pm)
2) You have a REALLY GOOD braking system. Your car LITERALLY stops on a dime with the slightest touch of the pedal, producing HUGE amounts of brake dust!
3) (serious for a moment) Someone installed counterfeit brake shoes. The skills of the counterfeiters are better, and access to various technical resources is getting easier. They're finding all types of ways to sell their stuff to legitimate channels undetected (February 7th issue of Business Week, "Fakes!" May be available via http://www.businessweek.com.). But then, I think that Suzuki would have noticed if the problem is widespread.
4) Defective equipment?
I can't envision a legitimate reason why a new car should have 10% of the brake pads left after only 8000 miles.
You may want to e-mail Suzuki of America about the issue. I don't think that the pads are covered by the car's warranty (at least that's true for my 2003 vehicle), but you could prompt someone at the company to look into the issue for you.
#11 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [carthell]
Sep 08, 2005 (9:51 am)
Thanks for the information. I'll check it out. I had my Aerio brakes repaired and serviced at my personal repair shop and my mechanic could not fathom how these brakes wore out so quickly, unless they were worn from the beginning or defective. I've contacted my dealership service dept and got no where. Contacted Suzuki America and was informed due to brakes not being warrantied, they couldn't do anything. But when I suggested the service dept was saving $$ (or cutting costs) with replacing the brake pads on new/used vehicles, then the CSR sent me to the Distr. Mgr. We'll see how this goes...
#12 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [fosterb]
Sep 22, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I am having the same problem with my '05 Aerio. I had the pad redone "as a courtesy" by the dealer at 8800 miles and now again at 14k they are telling me "Its bad driving", and that they would put in some new pads for $200!!. I have been around and around with Suzuki Customer Service and finally got the District Manager to agree to meet the car tomorrow and check the braking system himself.
I had an '04 Aerio that I traded in for the '05 at 14k miles and no brake problems whatsoever. Also I drove about 8k of the 14k on the current car on the highway between LA and Phoenix.
Oh I took the car to Firestone and they told me the calipers weren't working properly, causing them to heat up, and in turn heating up the pads and the rotors... they want $695 to fix the problem (calipers and rotors).
We need to band together to fight Suzuki over this...It is not bad driving but defective brakes!!!
Follow this forum for more information after I see the District Manager on Friday.
#13 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [m1ssmyb]
Sep 22, 2005 (8:21 pm)
Very interested in Suzuki Feeback... my daughter just "totaled" her 2002 Aerio when she ran into the rear end of a Ford Pickup truck at about 30 miles per hour last week. It had 39,000 + miles and no problems with brakes... Crappy Bridgestone Potenza's tires were replaced at about 30,000 though and I hope the new tires they put on are better. We did not have one problem with the car, other than the drivers mat holder, small plastic piece broke several times...
I will speak very postively to the safety of the vehicle... car crumbled as designed, hood buckled, engine was pushed down rather than back... both airbags deployed, she only received a cut lip from airbag and bruise on her arm.. Based on this, am looking for a 2005 new or a 2006 Aerio with the standard side airbags..
Gas mileage could be better, but the engine is bigger, more powerful and it is generally 300 - 400 pounds heavier that similar cars in its class, which may have contributed to the safety aspect....
Overall, we were very happy with the vehicle...
Anyway, interested in their response on the brakes...
#14 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [m1ssmyb]
Oct 08, 2005 (3:23 pm)
I just had my front brakes replaced after 12,000 miles. I have never in my life had a car that needed its brakes replaced after only 12,000 miles. It is a 2005 hatch-back. I asked the repairman at the dealer if this was normal because I was dumbfounded. He claimed it depends on the driver, I don't beleive I can afford to replace my brakes every 12,000 miles. Anyone gotten anywhere with this, also just had to get 2 new tires due to cupping. Help!
#15 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [m1ssmyb]
Oct 16, 2005 (7:39 pm)
Just curious what you found out from the District Manager...I have a 05' Aerio S and had the front pads replaced at no charge 6500 miles!!!! Never had that happen before with another vehicle and then 13,000 was told that it needed it again!!!! When the dealership told me it would cost $350. to do the front brakes, I took it to Sears where they did it for $125.00. I did insist that they NOT use the Suzuki parts and they used another mfr. pads...We'll see how these wear....I like the car and other than this issue, have been very happy with the performance
#16 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [m1ssmyb]
Oct 24, 2005 (12:54 pm)
Well, here it goes. I have contacted my local Suzuki repair shop leaving voice mails for him to contact the Dist. Mgr. Guess what! I haven't heard anything from Suzuki. Next step is the 800 number and maybe I'll get someone to respond. I do agree that we should make a concerted effort to get to the bottom of this problem. No one should have brake pad that wear out that fast. Any comments/response are welcomed! I'll keep you in the loop...
#17 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [fosterb]
Nov 06, 2005 (10:15 am)
Wow, I thought it was bad that my 2003 Aerio just had to have a brake job at 29,000 miles until I read this thread. I have to say that the difference after the work was done is amazing, and makes me wonder how safe my car was before. Otherwise, though, I've had no problems at all with the Aerio.
#18 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [delicut]
Nov 10, 2005 (3:41 pm)
I think I am at the top of the list my 2005 Aerio start with brakes problems at 1,800 miles round one ; round two
4,900 miles and just today 5,117 miles round three.The sad part is that Suzuki wants me eat the cost of pads and rotors replacement. Thats going to be round four keep you
#19 of 49 Re: Worn-out brakes @ 8400 miles on '05 Aerio? [fosterb]
Nov 10, 2005 (9:00 pm)
I owned my aerio for about 8 months before I had to replace the break pads. I have never had to replace break pads on any vehicle that I have owned. When I asked the dealership about the problem they told me I must be hard on my breaks. When I contacted the 800 customer service number they told me they have never heard of anyone else with this problem before. My car is an 04 but it sounds like all years have problems with the breaks.