2001 Kia Rio from North America
KIA Rio worse than my '82 Acadian
The day I drove it off the lot, looked to my right and found the adjuster for the side mirror broken.
Within months I had warning lights flashing, I brought it right in and was told it was a sensor chip.
A few months later I was in a parking lot and simply could not shift the car out of Park.
A couple of weeks after that, I had backed the car out of my drive-way and could not shift out of reverse.
Check air-bag light comes on for the first time shortly after 1yr of purchase. This will happen no less than half a dozen times over the next 2 years.
Year 2, shifter sticking again.
I notice a whistle from the windshield at highway speeds.
More warning lights flashing on and off -- especially if it rains.
Year 3, car difficult to start in rain or extreme cold.
Driving on highway is deafening -- car shakes and is so loud I can't hear the radio.
Alternator goes, needs replacing, and battery too.
More warning lights, check-airbag and the O/D off light flashes constantly, I'm told this is the shifter again. It's completely replaced this time, but the problem happens again less than two months later.
Almost without fail I am at the dealership every 3 months -- and not just for an oil change. All work so far has been covered under warranty, but the warranty does not cover my time or frustration.
This is without a doubt THE worst car I have ever driven -- and it's not that cheap either -- apparently a single woman doesn't get the advertised deals at a KIA dealership.
I'm sick of the KIA service folks telling me how much everybody else loves their Rio.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th October, 2003
19th Aug 2004, 11:08
I also have a 2001 Rio and almost everything described has happened or is happening to mine. P.S. I do NOT love MY Rio. Mike S. from MD.
12th Oct 2006, 01:56
Too bad my 2004 Rio is a perfect car. Good gas mileage, cold A/C, easy to park, and a quality look. What else could I ask for.