2003 Kia Rio from North America
Not a bad little car
Check engine light intermittently goes on and off.
After two years of ownership, all of the key locks, including the trunk, fail to open with the key.
Oil is constantly found in the third cylinder.
Electrical problems include flickering lights, door dinging sound when door is ajar has failed. Fuses had been replaced, but electrical issues persist.
Difficulty selecting gears after 70K miles had been put on the car.
The car was perfect until after two years of ownership, and then various problems occurred.
My key would not work in any of the locks after two years. I basically just left my car unlocked. The minute winter hit, I could not get my car doors to stay shut. I drove down the road holding my door closed while driving a stick. NOT easy!
The check engine light would go on and off. Each time I took it in to have it checked, the mechanic would tell me that there was nothing wrong with the car, and then would reset the light. Within two weeks, the light would come on again. After doing research, I was told that it was a faulty O2 sensor.
There were various electrical problems, like the interior lights flickering all the time. Eventually the interior lights failed all together. Replacing fuses did not correct the issue. Same thing happened with the dinging sound heard while the door is open.
The clutch failed at about 70,000 miles. I started having difficulty selecting gears.
There was an oil leak into one of the cylinders.
There were various noises coming from the front of the car. I took it to a mechanic three times to have a backing plate fixed, but the noise persisted. I finally just gave up. I drove the car until the problems were too numerous to invest money to have fixed.
I would say that it was a good value for the money. I bought it new for 5500 on a year end close out deal. I got 6.5 years out of the car and only replaced the front brakes, battery, radiator fluid, and tires. I also changed the oil religiously at 2500 miles. I got amazing gas mileage, spending only $40 a month on gas. I fear that I will never find a car again where I can get such good gas mileage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th February, 2010