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131,000 And Going Strong
By groundhogrev on 02/13/12 12:58 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've just now finished using my 2004 Aerio Sedan and will now pass it to my daughter. I bought it brand new and put almost every single mile on it myself. Other than utterly routine stuff, I've done virtually nothing to this car. Even the routine repairs may well be more due to my driving style than defects in the car. As a matter of fact, I think I'm still using the original batter on the thing. This has been a super car in almost every way that matters.
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Excellent
By Fred on 03/13/09 12:31 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

A very nice car im suprised it didnt sell as much as corolla and other cars in class. It fits big rims plenty power a all around fun car.
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Good Basic Car
By Ann on 12/06/06 22:28 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

The ownership of my Aerio has been very easy. Gas-up and drive. Of course, change the oil every 5,000 miles.
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Never Again
By Mindy on 12/31/05 20:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I purchased my 2004 Suzuki Aerio S in 6/04. From week one I have had nothing but problems with the suspension. My car creaks and clunks in the front and rear. I took it back to the dealer several times for service and was always told the carriage bolts were loose and were tightened. This went on about every three months. Next was the noise from the brakes, then the radio went out and was replaced, gas peddle stuck and throttle was replaced. My car's suspension is still making all these noises and dealer states again all Aerio's do this. For some reason, the radio does not work when rear defroster is on. Now the car's front wheel bearings had to be replaced. The suspension still makes all kinds of noises. I have a lawyer handling my car as a lemon.
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Midsize Manners
By andy on 07/19/05 19:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

A significant improvement over the 2000 Esteem which I traded in. So far: 7000 smooth, fun/peppy, trouble-free miles. As smooth as a Camry and quieter than a Civic sedan on highway. Solid handling even in inclement weather. Handling in high gusty wind is manageble and not troublesome. I have the off-white pearl color which hides dirt well. So far, no paint issues. Stereo is hi-fi quality, not sizzly/boomy. AC cooling is adequate. Engine tends to ping in hot weather (85% plus) under load conditions (hills with AC on, or steep hills in general). 89 Octane alleviates problem. Otherwise runs fine on 87 octane. Why are the critics so down on this car? I wonder if they've actually driven the sedan
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Still feels like new
By misskellu on 07/12/05 15:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my Aerio S new in Dec 2003 and still enjoy driving it as much as I did the first week. It's small and easy to park but feels roomy inside. Its high profile makes it comfortable to get in and out and also provides good visibility. I'm tall and it's the first compact that I've had where I didn't feel like my backside is dragging on the ground while I'm driving or that I have to fall into the seat and haul myself out. I can pretty much just step in & out. The handling is decent on the freeway I have no problem accellerating to pass. The engine is very quiet while idling and has a nice lil growl when you punch it. I live in a hilly city and the automatic scales them with ease.
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ZOOM, Zoom, zoom...boom, boom, boom
By balddaddy on 04/17/05 23:32 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought the cheapest no frills car I could find for my 40 mile/day round trip commute. Couldn't find a decent used car so I took all the incentives (military, graduate, end of model year...) and got this Aerio for under 10K! Wow, what a surprise, the stereo sounds awesome and the five speed manual has alot of pep. I bought the optional roof rack and now I carry a 12 foot kayak on the roof every weekend. Definitely a fun, reliable, economical ride, and I even had a kid say "cool car" to me... This care definitely supports my hobbies and budget
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Compact Car with a Midsize Feel
By InHighEsteem on 04/16/05 23:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Original owner, 4000 enjoyable and trouble free miles. Previously owned an Esteem. That was a good small car but this is a significant improvement all around. Tall drivers should try it. Feels very secure in inclement weather. Really not a problem in high wind. No paint problems on this one (white pearl color). My first digital dash and adjusted easily to it. AC is adequate for me but some people may need more. So far mileage is low to mid 30's on highway and mid 20's round town. Fortunately this car runs just fine on Kroger 87 octane. So save your pennies!
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Very Bad Paint
By Jessie0405 on 09/06/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have had trouble with the paint job in the first year and again now. Paint chipped in places that would not normally be touched by hands, rocks or anything else for that matter. On the trunk edges, by the driverside back window. Large chips that rusted. Many tiny rust spots. Big ones were fixed at the local dealership. Told it could be the pearlized paint as it is softer than normal. Having the same problems again. Chips in the paint that are rusting, tiny pinholes all over that are rusted. Took it back to dealer, they advised me that was normal wear and tear. It is not!!! They just want me to buy a new car. Left dealership very unhappy!
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Liked my Elantra, LOVE this car.
By 5spdlvr on 05/03/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I am so happy with my Aerio. I had doubts having never owned a Suzuki, but I'm glad I took a chance. I am baffled by Edmunds reviews, which are, in large part, luke-warm. But I read other great reviews and test drove it anyway. I traded my '02 Elantra for my Aerio. The Elantra,it was comfortable, a good value and performer. But the Aerio has more personality, HP and better safety scores. As for the handling being "sloppy"....not so, it does lean a lil more at times than the Elantra (taller profile) but it grips the road as well. The steering feel is similar.... nimble with being too light. Getting in and out of the Aerio is easier too
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