Both were fixed, but the driver's side door started having the same problem again about 2 years ago. But if your looking cheap, this car works for its purpose and drives alright when its not braking down. Again, the Kia dealership would not fix it. Performance also is better than adequate with the automatic transmission, unless youre on a heavy upgrade, which can cause the Rio to struggle to maintain speed. Out of nowhere it started slowing down, then the engine just shut off and wouldn't start again.
This isn't really a big deal; it is pretty easy to get used to. The Rios simple-to-use but effective air conditioner produces ample coolness on warm days. Last week, the engine stops, without warning, came to a dead stop on a busy street. Just in time for structural defects to show up. Driving Impressions The Rio is not without its faults. In addition to the ball bearings, the driver's side door was jammed. The mechanics that have worked on my car have said that the problem is due to poor manufacturing.
General Comments: This car is a total rip off and is very unsafe to drive. I bought my 2002 new - it's now end of 2017. Inside, they were roomy with quite good accommodation and plenty of luggage space. You are responsible for your damaged motor due to your own negligence. Hyundai was the brand that forged the path for others, like Kia, to follow.
The car didn't really have a lot of power, but that's to be expected. I will find out tomorrow when the shop is open, but at this point I don't even know if it is worth it to fix anymore. The four-door Rio sedan measures 65. The height-adjustable drivers seat has an integral armrest, but the rear seatback does not fold down for extra cargo volume. Safe car crash wise, but very unrealiable.
General Comments: I have heard a lot of bad things about Kias, especially the Rio. I got the wheel bearing replaced, and had to get a new transmission put in. Automatic-transmission shifts are generally quick and easy, but pushing hard on the gas pedal can produce a bit of awkwardness as the gears change. My room mate found that the right rear shock dust cover had broken loose where it was attached at the piston rod. In other words they had just about everything a budget conscious buyer could want. Kia sold 98,256 vehicles in the United States during 2000, vs.
No Review Date: 14th February, 2006. I guess you get what you pay for: a disposable car made from recycled sprite cans. General Comments: The car has poor gas mileage. Both body styles were appealing without being eye-catching. The vehicle is fairly comfortable and very reliable, even in the heavy snow and cold of my region. Faults: What hasn't gone wrong with this car? Exterior Led by what Kia calls an aero-look front end with memorable triangular taillamps at the rear, the Rio generally looks like a typical small sedan. Over 200 vehicles in stock its elements are mostly new car store trade-ins, lease returns and auction vehicles.
Oil leaks are common so check the engine bay carefully. The only reason we don't have it any more is because it was totaled by hail damage. But our car was 100% reliable and never let us down. With the manual shift, acceleration is eager if not exactly overpowering, whether that is during standing-start takeoffs or for passing and merging. Those in the front had adequate head and legroom while those in the rear were squeezed in more tightly if you tried to fit three across the back seat.
Kia provides a long-term warranty similar to that of its parent company. General Comments: When it is working fine, this car is nice and fun to drive, but most of the time there seems to be something wrong with it. You will spend more money fixing it in the first 100,000 miles then you did on the car. Luckily a police officer was driving by and helped push the car to safety. Still, its short wheelbase and modest width means the backseat could be tight for all occupants, except young children. Kia provides a long-term warranty similar to that of its parent company.
Essentially, its based on the platform used by the Kia-built Ford Aspire of the mid-1990s. Still, it would do 115 if you gave it time to get there. A brand-new midsize Optima sedan arrived in 2001, following the debut of the mini-sized Rio sedan and the Spectra hatchback version of the subcompact Sephia sedan, which has been around since 1994. More than an hour in this car and your legs start to go numb and there is no comfortable position to keep driving. Pauline Dunne loved Subarus, but turned to the Rio when she found the Subaru too expensive. Early reviews caused me to expect short brake life but the original pads are still good on mine. Regular servicing is just as important with the Rio as it is for more expensive cars.
It handles horribly in the snow, it slides around like a hockey puck with even the slightest dusting. In February, it started making a really obnoxious squealing noise, so I had a friend look at it, and it turned out I needed a new alternator. When the timing belt went out at 80,000 miles most cars--you don't even need to think about getting a timing belt replaced until 100,000-150,000 miles I was almost killed by an 18 wheeler. The car is a total piece of junk. Headroom is plentiful in the front seats. Our longstanding success has been founded on our commitment to long term relationships and customer satisfaction.