2003 Suzuki Aerio Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2003 Suzuki Aerio SX 2.0 Gas from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Practical. With the seats down, it will swallow most items

Faults:

The car has really been quite good. The brakes made a clicking noise in reverse, this was fixed under warranty. That's it.

General Comments:

The car has proved to be a good purchase. This summer we drove it across country, back seats folded down, and filled with our stuff, of which my wife brought way too much! With the Aerio loaded down, and two mountain bikes on the roof, we averaged about 8L/100KM. The engine never complained or felt strained, and had no difficulty maintaining speed even through the mountains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2004

2003 Suzuki Aerio GS Wagon 2.0 gas from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance23000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Nice design and performance along with some surprising and easily avoidable problems

Faults:

Radiator seam split at about 10,000 k, replacement of entire unit required. Also a potential problem is no protective grille to prevent flying rocks hitting the very thin and fragile radiator core. If damaged, it cannot be repaired, replacement is about $600.

Exterior mirrors not designed for this car, obviously off-the-shelf add-ons. They provide a better view of the interior of the car than the rear exterior. After repeated complaints to the dealer and Suzuki, they wrote back that they had "found a solution to my dilemma". This comprised of a kit that when installed gave the mirrors an acceptable range of view at their maximum extension. Suzuki is obviously aware of this problem, but must be pressured before they will do anything about it.

General Comments:

The manual gears are quite clunky and do not shift as smoothly as they should. This is especially true for 1st and 2nd. I mistakenly thought they would loosen up over time. This is a design fault, nothing can be done by way of adjustment or repair.

The rear seat back is non-adjustable and too vertical for comfort other than on short drives.

The velor cloth finish on the interior doors is not really suitable. It is hard to clean, and already worn on the arm rest.

There is a high pitched rattle coming from, I believe, the seat belt enclosures at shoulder height on each side of the car. This is quite annoying and aggravated by uneven road surfaces. The dealer could not find the source of the noise.

I wanted ABS brakes which are availble only on the top model, but I simply could not stomach the top model's ridiculous and pointless plastic fender extensions.

Due to its low price, this car is good value for the money. Apart from the above problems, I like the car for its overall design and performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

23rd Sep 2004, 09:53

Too bad you have had so much trouble with your Aerio. My wife and I love ours and haven't had any of the problems you mention, with the exception of the wearing of the fabric on the door. Our Aerio is also a 2003 Wagon and I just wanted to let you know that the back seats do recline. Pull up on the handle on the top of the seat back that you pull up on to put the seats down. Instead of pulling forward, just push back. I didn't think they reclined at first either and was pleased to discover that they do.

2003 Suzuki Aerio GS 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired106 miles
Most recent distance126 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I wanted to post something about the Aerio since I didn't see any postings for it yet. I only just purchased this car today. It's a 2003 GS. I obviously haven't had any problems with it since I've only drove it home.

The people at the dealership were very friendly and much more willing to work with me than the Toyota dealership. I was originally interested in the Toyota Echo. The Aerio is much sportier and has more options. I hope I made the right decision. Anyone else have anything to say about the Aerio?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

7th Jul 2005, 12:23

Aerio GS is a car for people that has not interest in make a huge investment, although who want the best price/quality ratio available for that budget.

Excellent car, reliable, fully-equipped and fairly priced.

5 Starts.

13th Jun 2006, 19:59

We just bought the Suzuki Aerio and it seems to be a lot of car for the money. The best part is being a 2003 it still has warranty for the powertrain. Hope we don't need it. So far we are pleased, but only have had it for 2 days.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews