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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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Due to a problem with the automatic transmission control computer, you may experience erroneous Check Engine Light illumination; an updated control module is available.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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.

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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Body, Interior & Misc., September 15, 2006

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The Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) function of the rear outboard seat belt assemblies may disengage. If a child seat is not properly secured, there is an increased risk of injury to the seat occupant in a crash. Dealers will replace both rear outboard seat belt assemblies free of charge. This recall began September 15, 2006. The Kia recall number is SC064.

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Drive Train, June 22, 2005

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY HAVE A MANUFACTURING FLAW THAT COULD CAUSE THE WHEELS TO CRACK UNDER LONG TERM DRIVING FATIGUE. IF CRACKS OCCUR, WHEEL NOISE AND VIBRATION WILL RESULT AND BECOME PROGRESSIVELY WORSE OVER TIME.

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Engine

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, FUEL LEAKS MAY DEVELOP AT THE FUEL DISTRIBUTOR ASSEMBLY BECAUSE OF QUALITY DEVIATIONS.

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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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Kia Rio Questions and Answers

big john, 2001 Kia Rio, Rescue, VA

How do you change rear brake shoe?

Sheryl61103, 2001 Kia Rio, Rockford, IL

I was using the A/C and then parked the car to go into a store and when I started the car to leave the store, the A/C was no longer working. It just blows warm air.

Sheryl61103, 2001 Kia Rio, Rockford, IL

I was driving along and all of a sudden my speedometer quit working. The other lights in the dash work. Where is the speedometer cable located or attached to and what is involved in getting it to...

at the end of my rope, 2001 Kia Rio, Buford, GA

I have had the car in the shop three times now. It will not start, it sounds like it is about to the start whines, it backfires and quits. I go back 10 minutes later and it starts but runs reall...

at the end of my rope, 2001 Kia Rio, Buford, GA

the car will backfire and whine when trying to start it. then the engine light will come on. it was towed to a shop and they put it on their machine and no codes are coming up. they are able to...

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Kia Rio Reviews

I hear complaints about the Rio, but I have to tell you ours is an incredible car. We bought it used three years ago. Service it at the dealer. Only problem was the horn shorting out, which they covered under warranty, even though we were a few Hundred miles over. Totally reliable. Great gas mileage.
I just got my wife a 13 Lexus 450, she drove it for a while, but lately I catch her driving the 07 Rio - she says she never has to worry about the car, can park it anywhere easily. She just loves that car.
So whatever you read about the Rio, we love it - one of the best cars I have ever owned.

I purchased my 2006 Kia Rio5 in March of 2006, and so far my family of 4 has logged 251,000KM. We love the hatchback, it cost us a few grand extra but it gives us the ability to move dresser without the hatch open. It's basic but when we need a car to drive to Florida from Toronto it's the one to choose. We upgraded tires and rims to 185-15's and tinted the glass(a nod to my teenage sons) added fabric protection and rustproofing and she's good to go. All you gotta do is watch those fluids like a hawk! Oil @5000K, transmission, coolant, water pump, TIMING BELT, serpentine belt a must @100,000..I love the fact that my Rio5 cruises at 65 miles per hour AT 2500RPM.....can't do that in a Yaris...in 8 years I have changed tires,a battery and a windshield, all of which were reasonably priced parts. I have had only one repair, my security module failed in the ignition..... all in all a great value and an awesome winter car

My 2006 KIA RIO has done over 156,000 KMS and it has been fantastic.I get serviced regularly and I keep it in excellent condition. I also put on 185/15 tyres and the difference to road handling and ride is amazing.I also have ABS braking which has come handy on several occasions.In Australia I have the JB 1.6L twin cam 16 valve with CCTV variable valve timing fuel injected motor. This is my little red rocket I am going to keep the car as long as possible because the newer models are not worth investing that amount of money. In Australia,term deposits are paying around 5% interest so I'll keep my money in the Bank!

I have 244000 on my Rio. That is not a typo!
Oil changes every 5000(synthetic).
Timing belt change at every 65000.
Still get 32-36 mpg winter and 37-40 mpg summer.
Love this little car!

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.

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