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2004 Kia Rio

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2004 Kia Rio Problems

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Kia issued a service bulletin regarding an improved rear seat belt mechanism. The mechanism has a range of movement that works better with child car seats.

2004 Kia Rio Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 30, 2006

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Due to interference with a metal wire inside the rear seat frame, the lower child restraint anchors should not be used. Owners are advised to follow the instructions provided with the child seat on how to properly install the child seat using the vehicle's rear seat belts rather than the LATCH system. If the child seat is not properly secured, personal injury or death could occur in a crash. Dealers will replace the lower anchors free of charge. This recall began January, 2006. The Kia recall number is SC057.

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Engine, June 18, 2004

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL INTAKE NIPPLE OF THE FUEL DISTRIBUTOR IS SUBJECT TO FRACTURE OR CRACKING DURING REMOVAL OF THE QUICK CONNECT COUPLING SECURING THE MAIN FUEL TUBE ASSEMBLY TO THE FUEL INTAKE NIPPLE, OR WHEN FORCE IS ACCIDENTALLY APPLIED TO THE INTAKE NIPPLE DURING THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY PROCESS OR DURING ENGINE COMPARTMENT REPAIRS.

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2004 Kia Rio Questions and Answers

alabamataz, 2004 Kia Rio, Bryant, AL

do i have press out bearings or a hub assembly i have to replace my bearings in both front wheels .

alabamataz, 2004 Kia Rio, Bryant, AL

do i have press out bearings or a hub assembly i have to replace my bearings in both front wheels .

fooled86, 2004 Kia Rio, La Quinta, CA

if I need a new stud for my front wheel, am I suppose to replace the whole rotor hub assembly?

Monotremata, 2004 Kia Rio, Ventura, CA

Ok so I just replaced the factory battery in my Kia today and now it will not start. After reconnecting the battery, the factory alarm (which we NEVER use)goes off. It went off again sticking my ke...

jmoreno, 2004 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Visalia, CA

is the engine on this car an interferance engine?

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2004 Kia Rio Reviews

I read some of the other review and wonder if I really have the same car as everyone else. I got my Rio in '07 @56k miles. I've kept the oil changed, timing belt changed @70k, but that's about all the maintenance it has gotten. Works just fine. The engine is underpowered, but that's only if you're expecting a Ferrari. It's a low budget, commuter car. It does exactly what it is supposed to - 4 wheels and drives. Has a manual tranny, so I can down-shift to get onto interstates, just have to know what you've got and work with that. Problems - Internal lights for the heater switches flicker; 1st gear is stubborn but works; Internal body parts are cheap plastic (ie - seat belt cover); Glove compartment handle is non-operational, but is non-essential; cover for stick shift and e-brake are cheap vinyl cloth - easy fix if the cosmetics bother you. Now @140k and still going strong. Enjoying not having a car payment.

I bought my Kia Rio in 2004. I will never buy a Kia again. It is so sluggish, I hate to get on the interstate. My heater constantly quits working. My Mechanic says too much current runs through and causes a part to blow. The air conditioner blows lukewarm air. I had a pontiac I drove for 20 years and loved. I can not stand this car. Don't buy a Kia!

my Rio will not stay running going down road will die somtimes 3 times in a row other times not for 3 days no problem. Had it at dealership they charged me $1600.00 said it was fixed .Will never buy another Kia. If I could get it fixed would be ok with it .

I bought this car new in 2005 as a last years model with 64 miles on it. I loved it for the most part except for a few problems: My version was the 4door manual and the clutch went out after 5 years 500 bucks out of my pocket...Then the clutch cable broke another 100 bucks...Then around 68k miles my timing belt broke and just as everyone above says: it totaled my engine. Luckily I found a nice mechanic who rebuilt my entire engine for about 900 bucks. I've been advised to check the timing belt again at 90k miles and then again at 120k miles. Its about $180 per check and when my engine timing belt broke my dealer refused to cover the damage under warranty. I think the misfortune of damages that I recieved from car accidents made me about $3000 and my car does still currently run, with a horrible wobbly feeling, probably from the aforementioned car accidents where I recieved car insurance compensation but chose not to apply it to the POS cheapie looking car that I own. Non-powersteering of this car gives me a great workout when i need to make those turn on a dime handles mentioned in the earlier review.

How do you remove the alternator on my rio sedan?
It is on the passenger side near the firewall towards the bottom of the engine. There are 2 hoses above it that might have a little play but not much.

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