2003 Kia Rio Reviews - Page 14 of 16

2003 Kia Rio from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carKia Rio

Summary:

Bad Investment

Faults:

I have had this car for only six months now and already have made several trips to the service department. There is a serious problem with all of the 2003 Kia Rios. I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and here we use reformulated gas. Well, the cars computer chip (which is the brain of the car) cannot read the reformulated gas. Every morning it takes me about 15-20 minutes just to get the car going, then it runs really rough until the car is totally warmed up. Of course Kia knows of the problem, but they do not have a fix for it. So what's the point of a 100,000 mile warranty if you are unable to use it and all the dealership is totally clueless on what needs to be done. I am really upset about this problem because it only has 6,000 miles... what problems are down the road?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2003

6th Dec 2009, 20:01

Cars are not an investment. Also, a warranty is only as good as the car manufacturer that backs it.

2003 Kia Rio 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired2900 miles
Most recent distance3300 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Very much worth the price

Faults:

There hasn't been a thing wrong so far.

General Comments:

The car is VERY advanced for the price. I love the little extras, like the adjustable drivers seat, the auto off headlights when you take out the key, the 'smart' ventilation system. The dealership was also the very best I have ever dealt with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

2003 Kia Rio RX-V 1.6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance7900 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Best value for money around

Faults:

Check engine light (because of fuel overfill).

General Comments:

Exceptional value for the money in this model with power locks, power windows remote key-less entry, power mirrors, and adjustable seat.

Underpowered, but performs well when driven aggressively.

Hatchback is very convenient, especially with 60/40 split seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

2003 Kia Rio LS 1.3 petrol from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 kilometres
Most recent distance600 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

A good bargain for its class

Faults:

Nothing so far,as the car is still new.

General Comments:

For a 1.3, I would consider my Rio LS a good performer for its class. There are lots of goodies for a car of that price, and the interior quality are much better than my Proton. On motorways to work, the car handles well throughout the journey and capable of putting-up speed whenever needed to. The seats are nice and comfortable, which is certainly good for long journeys -not like those in the Proton.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2003

2003 Kia Rio Base 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance2500 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

Thus far, nothing, although the clutch is a little sticky.

General Comments:

When I sold my 1988 Toyota Camry and bought a Kia Rio, I was a little concerned because I'd heard wildly varying opinions about Rios... people either loved them or hated them. After reaching the 2,500-mile mark, I decided to toss in my two cents' worth here.

I'm VERY happy with my Rio so far. It gets me a consistent 32-33 miles per gallon, handles corners tightly, and can it ever get out and go on the open road. I decided one afternoon to see how fast I could get it going (after the break-in period), and had it up to 112 miles per hour before backing off heading into a corner. That's cooking along in my league!

Comfort-wise, it's quite adequate. A lot more leg room up front than I'd expected, although it can get a little tight for those in the back seat. It's unfortunate that the front passenger's sweat doesn't have the same amenities as the driver's seat, but so be it. Cruise control would've been excellent.

The only thing I've felt compelled to buy was a stereo, since base models come without one. I got a cheapo $45 in-dash AM/FM/cassette deck for the time being, and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the four stock speakers. I may get a spoiler, but that's strictly cosmetic... the car looks just fine without one.

All things considered, I think I got a great deal for $6,995. I expected a huge drop off from my Camry (a good car, but with 225K miles on the odometer it was time for a change), but any differences between the two cars have been fairly negligible. Two thumbs up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2003

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 53 reviews