really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,011 miles

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problem #9

Jun 052014


  • 61,000 miles
Slowing to turn into gas station, rear axle broke do to excessive rust rot. The body on this car had stated to rust at 8000 miles, rear frame has excessive rust rot also. Numerous other Kia Rio owners are reporting this issue this is alarming I could have slammed into the gas pumps as the brakes locked do to severing a brake line.

- Wendell, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 202009


  • 87,000 miles
T proportioning valve is leaking on my 2002 Kia, loosing all brake fluid. Kia dealer said this is a common problem they can repair for $230. The proportioning valve should not fail on any car. Has this been reported before" I feel this should be a warranty item and possibly a dealer recall, what can you tell me"

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 012004


  • miles
Brake problems, comments from ODI web user. The consumer took vehicle in for recall service twice. Besides the recalls ( # 04V179000). The consumer has taken the vehicle in for repair three timesfor mechanical problems, leaking gaskets, check engine light being on, and air flow meter sensor damaged.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Dec 012003


  • miles
Vehicle made grinding noises from the left front wheel. The consumer also noticed that the left front hub cap and the surrounding area of the body were noticeably discolored. The vehicle was also pulling to the left and it seemed that a wheel bearing was wearing out. The consumer contacted the dealer since the vehicle was still under warranty. The dealer wasn't doing warranty work and suggested that the consumer go to another dealer. The vehicle was service by a dealer who determined that the left front brake was worn down to the bare metal while the passenger side front brake pad was still at 25% thickness. At the consumer's request the dealer investigated what caused the left side to wear significantly faster than the right but was unable to determine the cause. The consumer feels that since this was not normal wear that he should be reimbursed for replacing the brake pads and rotors.

- Canaan, NH, USA

problem #5

Dec 222003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I have a Kia Rio with 15,000 miles on it, and the passenger side front brakes are shot. The other brakes are not shot. They are like brand new. If this would be wear and tear it would be all around. This is poor make of this vehicle and Kia does not care. The front brake broke and dug into the rotor causing much damage. And the caliber is also shot. Not a wear and tear problem and Kia does not want to fix this. I bought a new car so I would not have any problems. Boy was I wrong.

- Tremont, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 122004

(reported on)

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front seat belts do not retract properly. The dealer had to replace both seat belt systems. When the consumer went to the dealer they declined to repair the safety features, the consumer was told the buckle assembly was worn due to dirt being inside the assembly and was not a warranty issue.. * cb the dealer recommended that the brakes, transmission and engine mounts be replaced. Also the radiator was stopped up with mud.

- Chipley, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 042003

Rio 4-cyl

  • 8,100 miles
While applying the brakes pedal went all the way to the floor.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 142003


  • miles
While traveling about 35mph on the highway and without prior warning brakes gave out, the pedal went all the way to the floor.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012002


  • miles
The vehicle experienced intermittent stalling, the dealer replaced the vapor and service the fuel injection, but the vehicle continued to stall. The brakes were repaired and the vehicle pulled to the right when driving.

- North Charleston, SC, USA