24th May 2001, 07:29

Well I guess you got the good one, but mine is still a lemon and they will not fix it for me!!! I have told them! I have given them everything they asked for, and they still say there is nothing wrong. A car does not drop performance of 150KM's in one month unless there is a problem. I am so happy for you that you got a good car. Mine is still crap.




1st Jun 2001, 03:37

Hello, I've had my Rio since March 31st 2001 and I've put 6600 miles on it, not one problem with it yet. Getting 400 miles on a tank of gas even while driving it to its limits. I love it.

12th Jun 2001, 07:07

Well you really got the good car. I am still only getting about 379 km's per tank of gas. If you are getting 400 miles that is great. That is approximately 600km's. Now do you see why I am complaining about my gas mileage! I hope you keep getting good mileage. All the best to you.


Ontario, Canada.

18th Jul 2001, 14:30

Hi, I'm also in Ontario and thinking of purchasing the Rio. Although, after reading your review, I am a bit leary.

Could please let me know the dealership you bought your Rio from so I can literally steer clear from it?

I do think you got a raw deal. Also, I can't believe the "customer service" (I use that term quite loosely) you have received - It's just down right poor.

Anyway, if you could let me know which dealership you purchased your Kia Rio from, I'd appreciate it so much.


Aysha, Ontario as well :)

24th Jul 2001, 21:12

Sorry to say this, but if you buy a Kia or any Korean car, you must be easily persuaded by marketing/car salesmen or know little or nothing about cars. Having once sold new cars (Toyotas in Australia) I can tell you that these Korean cars lack any good engineering, design, build quality, safety features and longevity. If you buy one of these and have had a good run then it is purely incidental. My advice would be to buy a Japanese car such as a Toyota, Honda, Subaru etc.. also if you want quality don't buy an American car either...we get Ford Mustangs, Explorers and Chrysler down in Australia....

4th Aug 2001, 18:25

I feel your pain. I got my Rio in Oct of 2000.. been in the shop 4 times...

Had the transmission replaced at 6 thousand miles.

Weather stripping falling off both rear doors.

Driver side mirror won't adjust... will Kia do anything, they sure as hell will by the time I'M done with them... check out some Kia websites, you will find hundreds more UNHAPPY customers than happy ones... the people who made comments just got their cars... wait till they've had em close to a year!!!

9th Aug 2001, 12:47

Actually, for 1999, 2000, and up till June 2001, American cars have averaged fewer ownership complaints than those of Japanese equivelants.

13th Aug 2001, 20:01

Well I just bought a Kia Rio and I love it. The car doesn't smell... and the gas is very good on it. I think the car is very economical and very affordable.

This is my first car and I absolutely love it. If you buy a car and it is already scratched and already ruined yeah then it is going to be crap. The salesman I dealt with was great and I had no problems with him.

Good job KIA RIO!!


Ontario, Canada.

19th Aug 2001, 23:44

I must say, I purchased a Rio October 14, 2000.. (yep.. when it first arrived). Here is a list of everything wrong with it in the last 21,000 miles (I commute 70 miles per day):

The engine gets a little rough at about 2700 miles after an oil change (300 miles later, after the impending oil change, it's like a breath of fresh air, let me tell you).

I wish it had a little more power.

That's all.

The gas mileage is phenomenal. The performance is.. well, good. It certainly isn't embarrassing. Excellent car. I'd buy two (and for the price, I probably could).


Connecticut, USA.

6th Sep 2001, 19:46

I bought a Kia Rio in August of 2000. So far I have been to the dealership at least eight times. The air bag light keeps coming on and no one can seem to find the problem with it. I'm told that when the light is on I have no air bag to protect me. One night when I went to put on my high beams the whole car shut down. I had no lights at all, even on the dash. I was driving without lights. I was terrified. The car is only a year old. No one should buy a Kia!!!

9th Sep 2001, 11:18

New problem with my RIO! I washed it the one day and the paint is flaking off the mirrors. I remind you I bought the car in March, it has been into the shop several times since.

My car is only 6 months old, I have over 7000km's on it now, and the gas mileage still sucks. I only get about 379km's per tank.

My car must have been made on a Friday or a Monday. Friday they want to get out of work to go party. Monday they come back in with a hang over. I am not happy with my car at all. I wish I could get rid of the thing.

To the person wanting to know what dealership I got mine from, it is the K.W. KIA dealership in Kitchener. I will never listen to you people that say you have a great car. It must be your first car so that means you know nothing about a great car. You can not judge your car to be great if you have nothing to compare it to. Sorry, but that is the truth. Not trying to pick a fight, just telling you straight up.




21st Sep 2001, 06:52

I bought a Kia Rio hatch in January this year. We got the LS and put mags on it, a rear spoiler, tinted windows and sports suspension. This is THE greatest car I have ever owned. We have done over 20000 kilometers and it is still going strong. 600kms to a tank of petrol, great acceleration and comfort. We regularly drive it on long weekend trips which have some of the biggest hills in Australia and it just keeps asking for more. The gold colour that I have also gets lots of stares and WOW's adding to the street cred of this already fantastic car.

20th Dec 2001, 06:34

I got a Rio...it's only less then 1 year old... an auto in fact...

And I can't start the damn thing for like 5/6 times, and had to call them to pick it up =P...

6th Feb 2002, 19:57

Stay FAR FAR away from Kia of Blue Ridge, in Georgia!!

6th Feb 2002, 20:04

I have to say, if you just can't fight the urge to run out and get yourself a Kia, go for the Rio and steer clear from the other models, that is, if you MUST.

27th Feb 2002, 23:10

I bought a Rio hatch manual transmission in Dec last year. It is a great car, very good economy with 1L/14KM or 630Km to a tank on the highway. I drove from Toowoomba to Sydney, and came back with no problem at all, and I have more than 5000Kms on the meter for less than 3 months. The only setbacks are firstly the front seats are too close to each other and secondly the engine is weak while climbing up a hill.


Toowoomba, Australia.