The Suzuki Aerio enjoyed a production run of 6 years, and was intended to be the Corolla-beater. While it never did match the Corolla, pound for pound, the Aerio was a very capable and dependable compact car on its own. In fact, it had two advantages over the Corolla: extremely spacious cabin space and available four-wheel drive. These options were a rarity among compacts--after all, they are called compacts for a very good reason--but the Aerio pulled them of excellently. Many detractors would say that the Aerio was a farcry from the Corolla, but her supporters know a secret: it's a pretty fine automobile.
Options abounded for those interested in the Suzuki Aerio. You could get it as a four-door sedan or an extra spacious five-door hatchback--that last one maximizing an already impressive interior space! If that still wasn't enough, you could opt for full 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic--with automatic came the option for four-wheel drive. If fuel economy was your concern, you had two capable engines to choose from too. In that sense, it did manage to one-up the Corolla which was limited to just the sedan. The beauty of the Aerio was that it served as both a transition model for Suzuki as well as a contender in its own right!
While the Suzuki Aerio has been out of production for the past 5 years, it is still a very popular choice for those who smartly recognise that it is a simple balance of affordability and adequate performance. It won't bowl you over, but it gets the job done--taking you from point A to point B without any hitches. Plus, there are so many great Suzuki Aerio parts and accessories in the market today that owners do not have to ever worry about their economical car ever becoming irrelevant. From top to bottom, front to back, and for every system, there is a part for every component that needs replacing!
My Suzuki Aerio runs hot and gets close to overheating. Someone told me that this could be because of a faulty thermostat, so I replaced it. Unfortunately, the overheating problem is still there. I've already checked the fan, and it's working. There's also enough coolant in the tank. What seems to be the problem? What else should I look into?
Your overheating problem could be caused by a faulty radiator pressure cap, which works as some sort of a release valve. It opens when the max pressure point is reached, letting heat escape while the excess coolant overflows into the tank. Aside from keeping contaminants away from the sealed cooling system, it maintains pressure on the cooling system, and as an effect, it inflates the boiling point of the antifreeze/coolant. So if this cap is blown or isn't working right, this could cause the engine to overheat even at low temperatures. The coolant may boil over into the tank. A bad radiator cap may keep the fluid from getting back to the engine. The radiator hose may break.
The ignition switch of my Suzuki won't turn even after I've put in the key. What could have gone wrong with the switch? What should be done to fix this ignition switch problem?
Given this scenario, what you should do initially is turn the steering wheel back and forth. For all you know, the steering column may be binding, especially when the front wheels are turned at an angle. The load on the linkage could bind the ignition switch and column lock. If this doesn't work, the next thing to do is to use a spare key to see if it will make the ignition switch work. It could turn out that you're dealing with a bad key, not a bad switch. In case of a binding ignition switch, adding some lubricant (the nonconductive kind such as dielectric silicone grease or aerosol electronics cleaner), can be used to fix it. Don't use any solution that could cause a short with the electrical contacts.
There's some burning smell somewhere around the tires of the Aerio. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?
That burning, noxious odor somewhere near or around the tires isn't a good thing. It's not normal, and at all cost, you shouldn't be driving under these conditions. As soon as possible you should have the brake system checked to see if a faulty brake component is the source of the burning smell. You should check the tires as well.
What would explain the vibrations felt in the brake pedal of my Suzuki?
The vibrations in the brake pedal shouldn't be ignored. It's telling you something. Brake pedal pulsations could mean that the rotors are warped or starting to wear out because of the metal-to-metal grinding or rubbing. The uneven wear on the rotors should be fixed to restore good braking. The face of the rotors should be flat and parallel. Check the user manual for the specs and limit for the runout. The rotors could be resurfaced in case of excessive runout, although this could only be done a few times, within the preferred thickness to ensure that the rotors won't be weak or won't wear out fast. Still, the best solution is rotor replacement.
Suzuki Aerio—The Short-Lived Suzuki Compact Vehicle with AWD Option
In the world of compact vehicles, Suzuki Aerio had great potential. This compact car from Suzuki had a spacious cabin and other neat features. It was also available as an all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, it still failed to leave a stronger mark or made a better impression among car enthusiasts. It wasn’t able to go head-to-head with its rivals in the compact vehicle market and stayed mostly behind the shadows. Its sales numbers came up short in the end. So after just a few years in the market, it was later dropped in 2007.
2002: The first Suzuki Aerio
The Suzuki Aerio was introduced in 2001 and was initially launched as a 2002 model. In other parts of the world such as China, Israel, Taiwan, Australia, Europe, and South Asia, the Aerio is known as the Liana or Life In A New Age. Suzuki Motor Corporation released the compact vehicle to replace the Suzuki Esteem/Baleno. Aerio came out as a sedan and hatchback wagon. The sedan offered the S and GS (renamed LS) trim levels, while the hatchback had the SX trim. These trim levels were later replaced by base and premium trims. One of Suzuki Aerio hatchback’s stronger suits is its flexibility. The rear seats could be folded down to increase cargo capacity. It also had a spacious trunk. With the higher roofline of this compact vehicle, there’s more room for the interior. Unfortunately, its interior features weren’t as refined as other compact vehicles’ in the market.
Whether it’s manual or automatic transmission, the Suzuki Aerio was very responsive. It could give you a smooth ride on highways. When cornering, however, you had one thing to watch out for: body roll. Other than that, it had a decent engine that could provide the needed horsepower. The AWD option also offered better traction, especially on wet ground.
2003-2007: Significant changes after its debut
One of the significant changes done on the Aerio is the power boost. The engine was replaced with something more powerful. More features also became standard in 2005. The instrument panel was refreshed, while the styling of other components was also revamped. The anti-lock brakes later on became a standard. The Aerio had some decent features going for it. It was also sold at a much lower price compared to other compact vehicles that offered an all-wheel drive system. It’s actually one of the most affordable in America during its stint in the market. Even in Europe, the Liana, Aerio version in other countries, was seen as a lower-priced alternative to mini MPVs and small family cars. Although the Aerio was offered in various trim levels and was redesigned in many ways, production of this compact vehicle was later discontinued. It was launched as a 2002 model and had its final year as a 2007 model. In other countries, this was replaced by the Suzuki SX4.