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2004 Suzuki Aerio

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Midsize Manners
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By andy
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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


Best Features

Smooth engine and ride. High, comfortable seats, spacious feel. Smooth shifting with easy clutch pedal. Huge trunk. Great sightlines. High seating position lowers anxiety amidst SUV's, large cars, and trucks. Very quiet ride around town. High crash test scores. People like its appearance too!


Worst Features

Raise front air dam for improved clearance. Make the wiper intermittent control variable (Currently it has 3 steps). Lighten the interior color to a grey so it absorbs less sun and heat. A little less body induced noise over rough highway pavement. A little better gas mileage. Otherwise a winner.


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Still feels like new
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By misskellu
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2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Distinctive triangular exterior design, extra wide seats, large doors, huge trunk, unique digital instrument panel, lots of head room. Comfortable ride, decent power


Worst Features

Front seats don't adjust back far enough to accomodate long legs, cup holders are hard to reach, door pockets are awkward. Hesitates briefly when accellerating from a standstill such as stop lights (was told this is an emission control feature ??)


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ZOOM, Zoom, zoom...boom, boom, boom
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By balddaddy
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2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Best Features

Stereo with subwoofer and the roomy trunk!


Worst Features

optional sports seat covers. standard power remote locks.


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Compact Car with a Midsize Feel
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By InHighEsteem
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2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Very quiet around town, great handling and visibility, smooth powerful peppy engine and smooth shifting, comfortable seats and roomy inside. Higher seating inspires confidence. Huge trunk. Super easy ingress/egress. Hi-fi like sound system. Many positive comments on styling. Best small car I've owne


Worst Features

Intermittent wiper control should be variable. Dash plastic does scratch easily. Front air dam could be higher. Brakes could be a tad stronger. Could be a bit quieter on highway. Added storage would be nice. Hey Suzuki,add cruise control to this base model and you will wipe out the competition!


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Very Bad Paint
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By Jessie0405
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2004 Suzuki Aerio S Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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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