2004 Kia Rio RS from North America
Forget it! Throw your money in a pit and burn it... it will be doing exactly the same thing!
Everything and anything.
First, something about my brake lines go bad, then some other stuff was changed before the insurance went bad.
Two other items, though not important to the engine, was my passenger seat belt and my lighter. They were to be changed at three occasions (under guarantee), but never were. KIA simply forgot to order the pieces. Then, the same thing with my timing belt.
This morning, the timing belt broke, and it would appear that with Kia, when the timing belt goes, so does the motor. It's just gonna cost me an extra $1000...
Add this to the 4k I spent to buy the car, and another 1k spent on the piece of crap.. That means that in 9 months, it has cost me just about 6k for a broken car. I am so selling this piece of crap soon as it has been repaired, and I am so going back to TOYOTA. There, I find cars of great quality..
Something breaks at least once a month.
Not a lot of leg room for people seating up front and in the back.
Poor clientèle service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th August, 2008
The timing belt should be changed at 100K, and I would not blame that failure on the manufacturer or dealer.
To the person who said that the timing belt should be changed at 100,000km, and don't blame the manufacturer or dealer. Look at all the other comments. My KIA Rio was fully serviced and looked after from day one, and yet the timing belt and therefore the motor went at 59,000km! This is a joke of a car, and should never be defended by anyone.
My 2004 Rio's timing belt went out at 54K and blew the engine. The owners manual stated that the belt should be checked at 60,000 miles. I was initially told that it would not be covered under the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. I was less than pleased, and made sure the dealership knew it.
The dealer called today, and told me that they were covering the repair due to a misprint in the owners manual, and something about their legal department.
I guess it pays to fight. Good luck.