2001 Kia Rio Reviews - Page 7 of 21

2001 Kia Rio from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

I would not buy another KIA model in my entire life-very unhappy

Faults:

The main problem that I have had with this car is stalling out in idle mode. (Meaning, I am either at a stop light or sign and the car cuts completely off. Thankfully, after turning the car off and into Park and then restarting, the car starts back up-but it is very nerve wracking when this happens, because I don't know if and when the car will no longer start back up.

General Comments:

It is roomier than other cars, such as the Toyota Echo.

The seats don't go that far back and I have bonked my head on the roof of the car numerous times (while getting into and out of the vehicle-not recommended for short people.)

Car does not travel smoothly at speeds higher than 55 m.p.h.

As a new car buyer, I would not recommend this car to other people due to mechanical issues that are un-solveable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2006

28th Mar 2006, 16:01

Sounds to me it's a simple fuel injector cleaning. What has Kia done about your problem?

2001 Kia Rio LS 1.5 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 kilometres
Most recent distance97400 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

I would buy and recommend the KIA Rio

Faults:

The trailing arm in the rear is cracked. The dealer wanted $900.00 to fix it. I have been driving it for a year like that. Why fix it now!

There isn't a lot of room inside. But it is a smaller car.

General Comments:

I drove this car to Ottawa (600 ks away),it was wonderful. Last summer 5 of us drove to Orlando Florida (5000 ks there & back).Very easy on gas. I spent $200.00 US.Can't go wrong there. It was a very nice trip all in all.

It handled the mountains very well for a small car & motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

2001 Kia Rio from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles

Summary:

Friends don't let friends buy Kia's

Faults:

There were 4 recalls on this car. It needed a new transmission at 28,000 miles. It had a timing belt that skipped teeth, stalled for no reason, the engine light would come on every few months, and it made very loud noises when I went to start it when it was too hot outside or too cold outside.

General Comments:

This car did give me a lot of grief, but at least I had the warranty to fix the problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd December, 2005

2001 Kia Rio RS 1.5 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

I will never buy another Kia.

Faults:

The first year of owning this car I had to have the back bearings replaced, I was traveling at the time to the US.

I could never stop the car from shaking after 100km/hr.

Wears tires out like I wear out my sneakers. Gas mileage was great in the beginning, but a month after it got harder on fuel. The second year I had to replace the plug wires. I had only 50,000kms on it. It is not covered on warranty, and they are $100 for four! The Air bag light comes on and off. The engine light came on three times before I hit 70,000kms. The gas light is on and I have a full tank.

General Comments:

At least the warning lights work!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st July, 2005

2001 Kia Rio Upgraded Package from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired31500 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carKia Rio

Summary:

Good, but not great

Faults:

The driver side front car door jammed failed at 45,000.

The car shut off for no reason 3 times in the past 9 months.

Car shakes with A/C on.

Paint chips very easily.

General Comments:

I brought my 2001 Kia Rio used 9 months ago. So far it has been really a good investment.

It drives very well and get good gas mileage. However, the car shakes badly when the A/C is on full blast. So far, I have had no major problems with the engine.

The only major problem I had with the car is when my driver side front door jammed all at once. I was able to open the door to drive, but I could not get out. I had to take it to the car dealership. I was told that all kias (including used cars) were still under 5 yr/ 60,000 mile warranty. However, I had to pay for the door myself due to the fact that it was not due to normal "wear and tear".

It`s a decent car even for a used car for the true needy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th July, 2005

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 78 reviews