by treacherousdad on Oct 19, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
I love my little Kia... except that this year has many problems. You either get one that will last forever, or you get an utter lemon. My luck has given me the latter. These things have a nasty habit of bad grounds, blowing head gaskets, and having sensors go out... all at a premium cost if you can even find the parts. If the car were more reliable, I would recommend it to anyone. What I love is the handling. The car is fun to toss around in S-turns and roundabouts. I like the interior and it is comfortable. RPM spin a little high on the freeway, but then the motor is tiny, so what do you expect.
by Don't Buy ONE! on May 30, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my Rio in January with 68K miles and not after 5 months of driving the engine died! I was on the freeway and it seized! After inspection they thought it was a timing belt but in the process of inspection of the engine found that the lower part of the engine died and then broke the timing belt, spark plugs blown into bits and pieces! After call KIA they said that the last 2 years they made better engines and the engine in the 2002 was not "good." They tried to sell me a new kia but after my experance I will never buy a kia and never recommend them to a friend, in fact I told my friend who owns a kia to sell his fast! Don't get one!
by Ron Kotler on Jun 10, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Fuel mi.(@55mph.) stinks,,,trans. hunts all the time. driving layout poor. body, at freeway speeds, sounds like your in a wind tunnel. just a terrible auto! I'm afraid to drive it, it may cost me again.It holds the road ,,,,Not.
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