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trouble free miles
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By nan25
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2002 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Everytime I get asked about the car i have said this. Bought her new with zero dealer add ons. Starting at 40K and today I'd say "got 207K trouble free miles" Check engine light has been working for 11 yrs. Gotta ignore it, it rearly goes off. I am lazy but do the oil changes religiously & read the review warning about timing belts. Got that at 149,000. At 200,000 got front wheel bearings & someother stuff there for $700. Hatch latch broke, using a bunge cord. If you dont like yours I will buy it :)


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2002 Rio Wagon
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By mako787
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2002 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I just purchased a Cinco wagon in January with 106,000 miles on it. It was in excellent condition and I hoped to get a reliable car that was cheap to drive and maintain. I had an older Buick that had cost me a fortune and the engine was knocking so bad I was afraid it was going to throw a rod in my driveway. So far this Kia has been reliable except for the check engine light coming on abut five times now. First it was the O2 sensors that had already been changed out but I had to get another one anyway and then it was the gas cap. Now it came on again and I have no idea what it is this time. The car is noisy and has little power with the AC running.


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The gas milage has run about 30 to 33 mpg city and highway. I was a little disappointed in that I was hoping for 35-40. The car is fun to drive and very easy to park and get thru small spaces. I really like the car and hope I did not get a lemon again like my Buick was. Luckily my mechanic does not charge for the check engine light checks or else I would already be broke.


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Cheap and Crappy
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By jjepps15
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2002 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car with 50,000 and it has been nothing but problems from day 1. I want to sell it ASAP so I dont have to keep paying for it. My mechanic said that is just a cheap car.


Best Features

Really nothing but the AC gets real cold.


Worst Features

Has no power. ( I live in the mountains and I can't keep up with traffic). Cheaply built and breaks all the time.


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Mixed bag
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By treacherousdad
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2002 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Handling, safety, interior comfort and design.


Worst Features

Car needs to be more reliable and parts cheaper and easier to find. More power needed, 98 hp is just too weak if you have to drive in traffic.


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So So Car
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By macbob
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2002 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Recently bought this used Kia Rio Cinco with 33.000 original miles. Weak performance, especially with a/c on. Engine light is on and not fixed yet. Unknown why light is on. Car handles badly with vibrations, etc. A car with only 33k miles should not have these problems. My 1991 Buick regal I sold to buy this Kia was a lot better running car. No more Kia for me.


Best Features

Good gas mileage, car looks stylish.


Worst Features

Needs more power if you have automatic trans, more reliability.


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