2002 Kia Rio STD 1.6 Liter from North America
Good value for the money
Check Engine Light appeared recently. (Will be checked this week)
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