2002 Kia Rio Reviews - Page 18 of 21

2002 Kia Rio STD 1.6 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance25798 miles

Summary:

Good value for the money

Faults:

Check Engine Light appeared recently. (Will be checked this week)

General Comments:

This is the first car I have personally owned myself. I bought it brand-new in June of 2002. I got the car with 8 miles and have put 25,798 miles on it. I work for UPS and drive many miles back and forth to different buildings, plus my own personal errands. I have not had any problems with the car. I feel I got a very good deal. The car has held up better than I expected it too. It still feels as solid as the day I bought it. The only concerns I have which will be addressed shortly are that the car appears to have a minor shimmy going speeds of 60-63 miles per hour; it only occurs at these speeds; below or above these speeds it disappears. I feel very safe and do not experience crosswinds as I have in other cars. I know a friend who has a Dodge Neon, and am confident my car is much more reliable and well-constructed than the Neon. I have been very happy with the service I have received from the dealer. The salespeople are friendly and do their best to accommodate you when you need assistance. I wanted a car that was reliable and dependable, and that appears to be what I got. I realize many people state that Kia's are crap, but they are ignorant. Half the time they haven't owned one. Kia's aren't bad cars; they don't have a reliability record like that of Hyundai, they simply have yet to establish a record. I do believe the car could use a bit more low-end torque, however, that will be fixed as I am having a CAI and custom dual-exhaust installed this week. And the warranty is unbeatable.

P.S.: I used the browser back button because they didn't tell me when I wrote the review higher is cheaper...it should be 9/10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2003

2002 Kia Rio 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70 miles
Most recent distance12078 miles
Previous carPlymouth Voyager

Summary:

KIA is making a new name for themselves with great cars like this one

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I got this car for a graduation gift. I never thought it would amount to a great car. I was just a little something to get me to and from college. However, I was wrong. This car has surpassed my expectations immensely. The 2002 KIA Rio really is an excellent buy. It is not a luxury car, but that is not it's intent. For a low price, you get a very reliable car that runs far better than many others I have ridden in. The only small negative that I see about the car is its slower pick-up (which has been corrected in the later models by adding more to the engine). All other aspects of the car seem to outweigh that. It can go very fast without any trouble, it rides smoothly. Overall, a great car. KIA is on the rise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

2002 Kia Rio cinco 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A bargain vehicle you get what you pay for

Faults:

No problems to date. Has been a great and affordable car.

General Comments:

Kia's are an affordable vehicle. They are a great price and have an excellent warranty (if your dealer doesn't try to jerk you around). They can't put a warranty like that on a peice of crap they would go bankrupt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2003

21st May 2003, 02:37

These things are a piece of crap!!! you still have low mileage just wait you are almost at the breaking point and you will change your mind, believe me I know my Rio is sitting @ kia right now waiting on its second auto transmission to be installed!!!

16th Oct 2005, 22:02

I have a Rio cinco that just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems with it! Just replaced the tires at 55,000 and other than that haven't had any problems with it so far. I would definitely buy another Kia of any sort.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 69 reviews