I bought my Aerio with 130k, and I couldn't be happier.
The Four cylinder, is quiet, built well and doesn't lag. As with typical small japanese cars, required service is minimal, changing your oil, ATF (very important), brakes every 20k. When it comes time to do service like timing belt and alternator, it is still easier to do than many other vehicles. Headroom inside is very good
It is fun to drive, but more importantly, you see that Suzuki was really tring to capture the market with the Aerio.
Inside the seats are really of superb quality, and I have to stress this, the Aerio comes with these sport like seats that have, suede on the outside, and the center is a really soft breathable mesh, the cushons underneath are really soft, and the seat looks great after 133k miles, the same goes for the back, never seen seats this nice
dashboard is simple and practical, speakers are good, the driver instruments are all digital, and look cool. On the SX hatchback, rear storage is outstanding, my SX had a chrome muffler, that made it sound a little better, and a spoiler
The audio system seemed a little weird, it dues the job, there are no arm rests for the front, but otherwise, its great
Beside changing tires and brakes the other repairs are laborious!!!
Try to replace a ball joint, all the bolts are rusted and you need to replace them all!a job of 30 min takes 4 hours in labor. wait and youll see those major flaws!!
Nice power engine the 2.3 l is very good!
Good sound from radio
Better bolts maybe with zinc coating, prevent the rust from forming.
Big problem with the BOLTS !!
I bought this car new and now have over 290,000 KMs (180,000 miles) today. You did not read that wrong! I have never had a problem with the engine or transmission.
To put this in further perspective, I live in the coldest city in the world, Winnipeg MB.
This car has been an absolute blast to drive!
It still handles beautifully and still has as much power today as the day I drove it off the lot. With routine maintenance I don't think this car will ever die.
I would recommend this car to everyone!
What's not to love, but here's a list of my favorite features
- Sound system with 6 CD changer and MP3 playback.
The powered sub under the drivers seat is a nice touch.
- 155 HP 2.3L engine is very powerful.
I've got up to 213 KMh (133 MPh) on the highway
- The seat hugs you nicely even when taking sharp turns at dangerously high speeds
- I'm 5'11" and I still have about 6" or 7" head room.
- With the folding rear seats, the storage capacity is unbelievable.
I've easily transported 4'x8' sheets of drywall.
- Spend a little extra and get the premium aftermarket brake rotors and pads.
The ones from the factory don't last much beyond 20,000 miles.
- Wind noise is a little excessive at highway speeds but opening up all door panels and adding insulation foam fixes this.
As an added bonus, the stereo sounds way better too.
- Better marketing of this car and Suzuki would have sold so many more.
I'm disappointed they discontinued the wagon model and replaced it with the SX4.
I've taken the SX4 out for a test drive and it doesn't even compare to the Aerio SX
I've owned my Suzuki Aerio SX for 5 years and have over 80k miles.
In that time I've driven it through ice/snow storms, high heat and across country twice.
This little car hasn't given me ANY problems whatsoever.
In fact, except for fluid changes (and irregular ones at that), 2 new sets of tires and new brakes at 75k miles, I've had no problems.
Body still looks brand new, although the bumpers are a little flimsy and may crack if you hit something high.
Interior is very high quality, especially compared with the cheap stuff in cars today.
After over 80,000 miles it's still running like the day I bought it and body is still solid.
Impressive for an inexpensive car that I've driven hard
Nice zippy engine, quality interior, tough body (minus flimsy bumpers), very dependable, good gas mileage, drives well on snow and ice.
I liked the room and AWD. Car does great in all conditions. Milage OK avg. 27plus MPG commute. When there is no traffic 30 MPG at 65 to 70 MPH. Stero system terrible in the PA mountains. Only complaint is that it goes through factory front pads every 12k. Goes 30k with after market pads. I have over 175000 miles on the car and it shows no signs of giving up.
AWD, steering wheel controls, heated mirrors. Seats are a good height, tons better than my Accent.