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Suzuki Aerio Maintenance and Repair

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  • any engine uses oil. i have a 2003 audi a4 and new aerio. maybe u should have checked your oil before 6000 miles. i think its a good idea to check every mth or so. i use a qt or so in the audi each 3000 miles too.
  • I was driving along in 4th gear at about 65 km/hr and my car seemed to go into neutral. It is a manual transmission and the shift stick was still in gear. Tried it in 3rd and second too. Then I was stuck in the middle of the harbour bridge. I couldn't start in first either as the clutch wouldn't engage when I let it out.
    Could anyone tell me what the cause might be?
  • I HAVE LOCATED MY SUBWOOFER--UNDER THE DRIVERS SEAT. I STILL HAVE NOT DETERMINED WHICH FOGLIGHTS I HAVE. (35WATT OR 55WATT) I CALLED SUZUKI AND TALKED SOME "LESS THAN KNOWLEDGABLE" PERSON WHO TOLD ME THAT MY SUBWOFFER WAS DEFINATELY IN THE BACK OF THE CAR. HE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT MY FOGLIGHTS, TAIL PIPE CHROME TIP, FRONT LICENSE PLATE HARDWARE OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT I ASKED. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR THE JANITOR. JANITORS SEEM TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON! I STILL WOULD LIKE SOME INPUT IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME. I WANT TO UPGRADE MY FOGLIGHTS TO SYLVANIA SILVER STAR BULBS LIKE I DID WITH MY HEADLAMPS. BIG DIFFERENCE! THIS VEHICLE HAS A LOT OF WEIRD NOISES IN IT AND IT IDLES ROUGH ALSO. THE DEALER SAID HE WOULD LOOK INTO IT. WHATEVER THAT MEANS....

    HELP~!!!!~!!
  • I would say you may have had an axle pop out. Suzuki does have a TSB about some aerios that had a problem with an axle popping out.
  • I would also like to upgrade my fog lights.
    Where are the Sylvania Silver Type H11 available at?
  • Have you tried pulling the bulb out of the fog light and see what wattage it says on the bulb?
  • ryno4ryno4 Posts: 4
    I had an 03 aerio and I recently traded it for an 06, but the other day I hear a looud cluck in the front end when i went through a dip on a street I've traveled on many times with my 03. Of course when I took a tech for a ride, no noise. It almost souded like a top out, or the new weird flaps behind the front wheels ground against the pavement? The 2.3 feels much stronger than the 03 2.0 and their has been a ton of improvements overall!
  • I had an 04 sedan that had a rough idle. i changed the spark plugs. perfect after that
  • Has anyone tried putting an intake on a 04-05 Aerio sedan or SX. I tried it on both but the check engine light comes on. The code reader says System too lean. any suggestions on what i can do to keep the intake on it without the check engine light?
  • ryno4ryno4 Posts: 4
    Try removing your negative battery connection for 20-30min and let the computer reset itself, it worked on my 03. It should self calibrate to the new air/fuel mixture ratio. Try NGK Iridium Plugs as well, and use a grounding kit, your spark will be stronger and more consistant.
  • Where do you get the grounding kit from?
  • ryno4ryno4 Posts: 4
    Ebay has tons of stuff for the aerio, but a grounding kit simply removes any ground loops which exist in many factory assembled cars. It does'nt have to be for an aerio specifically.
  • ryno4ryno4 Posts: 4
    Is yours an 06, because my 06 has weird noises coming from the front end as well?
  • Im gonna try that in morning see if it works....i hope it does..thanks bro
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 126
    "Have you tried pulling the bulb out of the fog light and see what wattage it says on the bulb?"

    My service manual states that you have to take off the front bumper to do this.

    Otherwise, Sylvania's own web site seems to indicate the Aerio switched from a H11 to a H8 bulb for MY 2005. The H11 ate a recommended 55 watts. The H8 is on a diet at 35 watts.
  • hurthurt Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 aerio sx awd which I purchased for the fuel mileage and awd. My first tank I got 27mpg that went to 24mpg at 1800 miles ,I took it to the dealership with my complaint, they performed a ecu logic update now I get 22mpg@2400 miles.This to me is nowheres near the 29mpg that they claim for highway .
  • You are exactly right. My front left axle came loose. I had it fixed and about 4 weeks later this happened again. Any idea if they had a recall or anything with this????(Getting expensive :sick: ) Also, it happened both times about 1 Mile from work. Our parking lot is fairly slanted and laid out so I park with the left side uphill. Any idea if this could trigger the problem?
  • Sorry, I didn't know what a TSB was. I'll have to look into it. Thank you for your help.
  • Since my visit for the bushing and the rattle the car has been great! In moderate traffic commuting I am getting about 28-30mpg, in wide open driving I am getting about 32-33MPG. The dealer was fantastic and I am happy with the car. My only remaining concern is a soft oil smell when I'm in traffic. My levels are fine and I see no leaks. Could it be an exhaust leak? Otherwise very happy. :shades:
  • I started experiencing the same problem with my 2003 sedan a few months after I bought it new.The dealership was notified on a number of occasions but nothing was ever found.The rattle sound occurs during acceleration and is much worse in the summer months. If I push the accelerator down all the way it seems to stop the rattle.Higher octane gas helps a little but it is still there.Personally,I think it's the timing chain as the sound comes from the upper passenger side.
  • Living in NEPA and looking for an AWD. I came across the Aerio AWD for about 17K loaded. This is a deal if the car is a reliable and decently engineered vehicle. Will only buy AWD now. A friend of mine owned a Geo Metro in Canada and loved it. Please tell me of your ownership experiences related to maintenance costs, reliabilty, etc with Suzuki. This car is 10k less than a Suburu and after building one on-line it looks like a decent car.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 126
    2003 Aerio SX:

    -Suspension rattling. Some bolts in the suspension were tightened up. No problems since. No charge.
    -Initial problems with car not starting up quickly after sitting for 24 hours or more. Was adjusted once, no problems since. No charge.
    -Rotor warp, twice (between 20 - 30,000 miles). Paid $200 for each fix, rotors aren't covered by the car's warranty.
    -For me, fuel usage is worse than a 2001 Sentra I owned (consistent 26 mpg vs. 21-25 mpg); most of my driving is in the city. Fuel efficiency climbs to 27-30 mpg on long trips.
    -The skirts at the bottom of the doors are something to watch (replaced front door skirts once under warranty). Tell you daughter to be aware of how she and her passengers opens her doors near curbs.
    -Took the car to the dealership for routine maintenance, so my costs would be higher than many others. On the other hand, there are service intervals (starting @ 3,000 miles, and continuting about every 6k from that point) where only an oil change and inspection of certain items are needed.
    -If you are unfortunate enough to have V-rated tires, have your daughter put aside money to replace all four. I'm no "track-a-holic," but I managed to wear my tires out within about 2 years/30,000 miles of use. (Yokohama 195/55 R15.) Picked the same-sized tires with a longer wear rating and a lower speed rating. Had some trouble getting 'em installed because of various installer policies.
    -AWD is nice in wet or slick situations, but if you're counting on the car to plow though deep snow, forget it. The car doesn't have the ground clearance.
  • The low profile tire with the Short sidewalls are fragile.
    I have just bought the car and only had a couple of hundreds miles on the car. and I blew out a sidewall. I called Yokohama and they were Very Nice and air freighted me a new tire from "Tirerack" and it arrived the next day from the East coast all the way over to Hawaii. They even paid for the shipping that was almost as much as the tire for overnight delivery. My hats off the Yokohama for the Excellent customer service. Also "55" profile tires are kind of hard to find. For some reason they equipped the car with "V" rated tires, so does mean it can Actually hit 150 mph ? The Tirerack has some "Kuhmo" brand tire from Korea that have gotten a pretty good rating
  • Bought an 06 SX w/ auto. At 700 miles got a little over 19mph. At 1300 a little over 27. Mine too, has that front end clunking noise that sounds like a tie rod end is ready to fall off. Mechanic said all is ok. The next time it goes in, he will change his mind. Really like the car.
  • My from left axle has popped out twice and I'm trying to get it fixed for free. There is a TSB on it that I got from All Data online but when I called suzuki she said it wasn't an official TSB and she had no record of it. I called All Data to see if it was from the manufacturer and they verified it was issued in june 2004. Is it likely that its not a TSB or are they just trying to brush me aside.
  • My 05 Aerio developed that front end clunking noise very early on. I think it was about 6 months old with about 5 or 6K. There was a defective part in the front end. My wife took it in and they should her the skimpy part. They changed it and ordered a newer heavy duty part that was to take its place - that came in maybe 3 or 4 weeks later. You would think they would not have used that part in the 06 model especially as they had coem up with a new part to replace it.
  • Love how it drives except on snow and wet highway. Had it to my tire dealer and found out that tires are bald on back. Less than 8000 miles. Right one is worse than left but he suggested talking to dealer about it. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • suziosuzio Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 aerio, first set of tires went at 22,000 miles back ones were completely bald. 2nd set came at 42,000 miles again back ones were going bald, replace with a "snow tire" car driving great now... Also had had alot of problems with vibrations after every tire rotation, had dealership rebalance twice. Dealership is saying that I should have a 4 tire alinement twice a year trying to get the dealership or tire company to back up their products with out very much luck.. I'm just going to wait for the third set to go bad, and cry :lemon: If you find anything out let me know... thanks
  • I had a 2004 awd Aerio however on 01/12/2005 i got into an accident that totaled it. I then decided to switch to the fwd 2005 aerio. I really like the car however dont care for the fact that I had to replace 2 tires after 4 months. I also have dents in two of my rims. Not serious enough that I had to replace them immediately, but I do have to get new rims because if I were to rotate the rims then I would end up with a vibration..
  • I am having trouble starting the Aerio and hear a clicking sound. Do I need to change the starter? Is it under warranty. The has 60000 miles and is a 2003. Thank you for your help. :)
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