Kia Rio Reviews from Puerto Rico

2000 Kia Rio 1.5

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance13000 kilometres
Previous carKia Rio


This car is not a good car


Engine bent all valves, twice after the belt broke.

General Comments:

This car would have been a good car if it wasn't for the engine; every time the belt breaks, the valves bend. Other cars that I had like my Toyota, this does not happen.

Remember the fiat, it was banned by the US, they sold the pattern to Yugoslavia, and the Yugos were sold back in US with the same problem. There should be a control by the Federal Trade Commission, regarding engines on cars with the similar problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2011

2001 Kia Rio Sedan 1.5 OHC

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 OHC Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles


The make and model aren't reliable


One month after I had bought it the check engine light came on, it took the dealer more than six months to figure out the problem.

Then at 10,000 miles the car would turn off while driving on the highway and repeated this behavior at 19,000, 25,0000 and 35,0000 miles. I took it in and they would always say it was nothing. Now my car has 60,000 miles and it turned off once more. Now since the car has no warranty they (the dealer) knows what causes the car to turn off (total cost of fixture $500.00.

I have always given it great maintenance and I just replaced the whole brake system, cleaned the fuel injectors and flushed the motor for a total of $1000.00. I thought that with all this everything would be great, but guess what? If I accelerate it won't run beyond 35 miles per hour.

General Comments:

What to do? I don't know, what I do know is that I have lost faith in car dealers, new cars and salesman. Society is only based on the money they can make not the quality they can give the consumer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2004

23rd Mar 2005, 10:35

Have they mentioned anything to you about the recall of the Engine Control Module? I received such notice in February of 2004. Might ask the dealership about this. If it's the problem, they should fix it free of charge for you.

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews