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2008 Kia Rio

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2008 Kia Rio Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software ...

Drive Train -- Verified

Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.

Engine -- nursejacqui

I had just merged with the interstate and had been driving about 1 mile at 65mph when my 2008 KIA Rio 5 lost power. I looked down and saw a blinking engine light and possible electric (everything was happening very fast) light. At that moment I heard a very loud metallic "crunch", very hard to describe but one that just tells you something very bad just happened. Thinking that when I glanced at the dash I may have hit something I checked th...

2008 Kia Rio Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 29, 2012

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The front passenger seat occupant sensor mat can experience fatigue cracking. If sufficient cracking occurs, the occupant classification system (OCS) will not be able to detect whether a child passenger is in the seat and the airbag will deploy during a crash. Deployment of the airbag with a child in the seat increases the risk of injury to the child. Dealers will replace the OCS seat sensor mat to correct this concern. The Kia recall number is SC097.

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2008 Kia Rio Questions and Answers

Hi Hi, 2008 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Naples, FL

Where can I get the past maintenance records for my car since I bought it used from a used car dealership? I tried Kia.com but had no luck and my Carfax which I got before my purchase didn't l...

Texclark, 2008 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Converse, TX

What does it mean when emission light comes on in my 2008 kia rio

crazybob, 2008 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Philadelphia, PA

It doesn't matter heather mode or A/c. turn the switch on & a noticeable noise is heard. The higher the speed the louder the noise. Some times you can hear generater whine. I have had a lo...

mcmha, 2008 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Johnstown, NY

2 weeks ago my airbag light came on but only stayed on for a minute. But now it has come on and has stayed on.

veralynn, 2008 Kia Rio, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Gilbert, WV

the car is missing bad and check engine light is staying on help

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2008 Kia Rio Reviews

Oh boy where to start. This is my 3rd kia and it disgust me that the newer vehicles suck.
First TPMS gone out on two tires (gonna cost 150.00), had to change sparkplugs which is normal but the coil packs went out on #1 & #2 (100.00 each). Now forsome awful reason in the afternoons I cant get enough power to go and when it does I get white smoke out the back. Check engine light never wants to stay off longer than a day and something else needs to be fixed.I got this car brand new with 19 miles, lovedit until it hit 62798 from then on problems. The first was the output sensor which cost200.00, then the odometer and speedometer. What else could go wrong. Oh yeah the transmission needs an updated software packet and there is a recall on the driver airbag which they will inform the owners in july. I JUST WANT MY MONEY BACK.

Bought it from a private seller when it was 2 yrs old, with 28,000 miles on it, for $7000. I immediately put new brakes and tires on it.

Took it to the dealership to have them give it a once over, and they found some little plastic tabs to replace, free of charge because the 2nd owner has up to 60,000 miles.

Had the right front wheel bearing replaced (free of charge, under warranty) at 50,000. The front left just acted up and they have to replace the strut as well. Its not under warranty anymore (currently 75,000 miles) $700 and they gave me a loaner for the day.

Oil gets changed between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. If you change it at 7,500 its pretty black.

I have Blizzaks on the factory aluminum rims for winter time, and the car is like a tank in the snow. Summertime I have some 17" rims with Yokohama tires and it stays glued to the road. I rotate the tires every other oil change, and switch sets seasonally.

During the summer, on my trip from Cleveland to Des Moines (700ish miles) I arrived to my destination having filled up only once, and still had 3/8s tank left. That was with 2 adults and 2 children in the car. It was packed tight, probably over loaded.

Only complaint is no Cruise control, and its tiny. Other than that, this is one of the most reliable and efficient cars I have ever owned. Kia of Mentor is also a great dealership to take your car to, especially if its still under warranty.

Bought my Kia Rio brand new. They had a $1000 rebate plus dealer incentives. Literally emailed every kia dealership within 200 miles, and bought it for less than $12K. Been a great car. Changed the plugs, battery, 2 front tires, and engine and tranny fluids after 59K. Replaced the timing belt big ouch on cost but what are gonna do. If you don't and the belt goes, super big ouch on cost.

I bought my 2008, or so I was told- turns out it's a 2007, Kia Rio from Des Moines Imports for around $15,000. I loved the car at first. Then about a year after buying the car my driver side door panel fell off. I requested it to be repaired. They said it would cost over $400 so my fiance has screwed it on for the time being. After this happened my transmission had to be replaced. The car only had a little over 40,000 miles on it and had routine maintenance done on it since I bought it. Now, after only three years, I can't even get it to start. There is something wrong with the emission system and not sure what else, but the dealership won't look at it for free, they want $150 for diagnostic testing. I took it elsewhere for this but have tried to call Kia for repair estimates. After a week they have not returned my calls or emails. Super disappointed.

bought new, first week my ac unite burnt up. took 2 weeks to get my new kia back. 2 years later my ac is loosing power and drains the car, seems its going out again. this is an issue with many owners.

wish it had locks on back doors outside.

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