2001 Kia Rio LX from North America


The worst piece of crap I've ever owned


I've had two cylinders replaced, computer, seat belt, grounds to the transmission, new computer program, fuel pump, igniter, and front brakes. They still don't fix the problems. They have been fixing the same problem for two years now.

General Comments:

- uncomfortably

- can't drive it on highway because it quits.

- in the morning it doesn't shift gears, it sticks in gear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th August, 2003

2001 Kia Rio 1.5L from North America


Piece of crap on wheels!!!


Oil pan gasket had a hole in it when I bought it found this out with first oil change.

I have had 7 set of spark plugs and wires.

It does not like to start when it rains.

I had the windshield wipers linkage and arms replaced.

The engine jerk between 1st and 2nd gear.

The car itself shakes horribly when you go over 50mph.

The passenger side lock doesn't work half the time and the gas gage is wrong.

General Comments:

This is the worst car I have ever owned. I feel bed because my parents bought one the year after I did and they have nothing, but problems with thier's also.

I can honestly say that there is not one good thing to say about this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2003

21st Aug 2003, 20:40

Why are people still buying Kia Cars? Surely there is now enough bad publicity on the internet to sway people.

10th Dec 2003, 20:15

When you car shaking badly bring it to Kia and tell them to do a balance. Your car shakes badly over 50 because your wheels are spinning faster and you fell more bumps, than you would at say 20mph, so yoru tires feel mroe and you will also. It is quite possible one of your wheel weights fell off ans that would be causing this problem. I would bring it to Kia sooner rather than later because this could cause premature tire wear.

2001 Kia Rio Base 1.5 liter from North America


Inexpensive, good power, good mileage, great trunk and 4-doors!!


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

The car is small, so you can't expect it to act like a Camry, yet it is far better than a corolla.

Although higher mileage is expected from a small 4 cylinder, mileage is always 32-35 mixed city/highway and livable considering it's surprising power.

Seats are excellent, dash is laid out great and simple functional knobs are easy to use.

HUGE trunk... HUGE trunk.

Rear drum brakes make a little bit of noise when 1st taking off in the morning, but quickly loses the moisture and are back to normal.

5-speed is good, but gates are slow; clutch is good.

Base model - wish it had A/C, but wouldn't want power doors/windows since you can easily reach them and power steering wouldn't be worth it since steering is quite easy on a light car.

Warranty is great 10/100,000.

Would definitely by another Kia and recommend one to others.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2003

2001 Kia Rio 4 Cylinder from North America


This car is a good deal, I recommend it to anyone


The dash reflects on the window when the light shines on it right.

The Air Bag light has come on.

The drivers side manual crank window seem s to shimmy down and make a high pitched sound.

General Comments:

The engine could be better, but for its size it's not too bad except for going up hills.

The seats are a bit stiff.

The interior is quite large for its size, and the trunk is huge for its size.

The air conditioner is very good and very cold.

The Rio is not a good car for a family, but as a first car or for a single person it is GREAT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

2001 Kia Rio LS 1.5 from North America


This was NOT a well made car


After nine months, the transmission shifter became difficult to move. It took another six months and three dealerships before the transmission was replaced.

After ten months the starter failed on the Sunday of a long weekend. The car was out of service for another three days.

At nineteen months the second transmission failed. Reverse disappeared, Drive was sluggish, and the Overdrive occasionally cut out. The car was in a U.S. dealership for nine days while KIA U.S. and Canada worked out who paid for the repairs. I was without a car during that time.

General Comments:

I would like KIA to take this car back. I'm finished with KIA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st May, 2003