11th Aug 2006, 13:43

We own a 2003 Aerio. The AC compressor failed at approximately 40 000 miles (64 000 kilos). We had it replaced by a very reputable independent shop. It now appears to have failed again within weeks (the technician says probably factory defect, but the second replacement hasn't been performed yet).

Will anybody else with Suzuki Aerio AC compressor failures please take the time to post here? The fact of having two failures with the same part makes me uneasy.

11th Mar 2007, 20:05


I brought my Suzuki Aerio 2003 one year ago. 3 months after I brought my car, it started making a noise. I talked to the dealer, but they said the noise can't be fixed. I am paying for this car, and it still has the noise. I don't know what to do.

4th Apr 2007, 17:06

I own a 2003 Aerio. Recently the car started making some weird noise, when the AC was working while the car was in a gear at the same time, either still or UNDER the speed of 20mph. Two mechanics thought it was an AC compressor, which was later replaced. It turned out to be a different part called TENSION BELT DRIVE, which was almost $200, and that is just insane. Suzuki doesn't allow automarket parts, at least in US. Same part for Toyota or Honda is around $50. A brand new compressor for this car, by the way, will cost you over a $1000, which is more expensive than a Mercedes or a BMW compressor (I got a used one for $150)!!! This is my first and only Suzuki, I know that for sure. These cars are pretty cheap, but when it comes to parts you can build a Ferrari with those prices. I believe that is a reason why no one was buying Isuzu cars. Suzuki cars also depreciate in price about as fast as FORD.

15th Aug 2007, 09:21

I have 2003 Suzuki Aerio SX AWD. I never owned a Suzuki before, but it is surprisingly well built car. My A/C compressor went down too (with 78K miles). Parts are hard to find and pricey, but try www.rockauto.com

Negatives: An armrest is a must, and the coolant sensor, which prevents transmission shift, is annoying.

Positives: Roomy, easy to get in and out, good AWD system, nice stereo.

Also, I put 195-60-15 tires on it (less expensive, and they make your car half an inch taller).

24th Aug 2007, 07:56

I have a 2002 Suzuki Aerio, and I just found out yesterday that my AC compressor went out. This one part is indeed costly, and won't be fixed for under 1,000 dollars. I found the advice given above extremely helpful. Thank you.:)