3rd Apr 2008, 01:36
I don't know where you brought your 2004 Rio from. Mine has got a cracked block and the whole engine needs replacing - of course this is 6 months after the warranty has run out! What a piece of crap.
2nd Sep 2008, 14:09
I am new to owning the Rio. I have had it less than 2 years and now the thing won't start on occasion. I have been told by my wonderful service department that there is nothing wrong with the alternator or the battery and that they 'can't duplicate the problem'. So I am stuck. I guess I will just have to have it happen again, not jump it and have the service come and haul my ass into the shop before they can 'see' the problem. Argh. I wonder... they have had it less than one day and claim there is nothing wrong with the alternator... which is less than the amount of time it would take to remove the engine and look at the alternator...hmm..
1st Oct 2008, 05:19
We own a 2001 KIA Rio (purchased new).
Almost 65,000 miles later, we have had very few problems. A few batteries, belts (replaced by choice), starter, alternator, two sets of tires, all to be expected as normal wear and tear.
Engine Tune-up (spark plugs, ignition wires and set timing). Also at 60,000 miles the timing belt was replaced according to the recommended service items.
The following were repairs covered by the warranty:
Transmission leak, which required a gasket and fluid replacement.
Bad vibration - 3 of 4 motor mounts cracked and were replaced.
No issues other than door locks sticking - oil has seemed to solve that (so far).
Would not hesitate to recommend a KIA - we are happy :)
We will consider purchasing another KIA!