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2003 Kia Rio Wagon

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Disappointed.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By addii
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2003 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car second hand from a guy who drove mostly highway. In the few months that I have owned it The hatchback has locked up several times, the driver's side door only works half the time (meaning I have to climb out the passenger seat). The car has stalled on me in mid-intersection. The engine light came on and car started to lug, had to pull over it lost all acceleration. The engine constantly revs and drops back down making it impossible to get to the speed you want easily. The back right window will not open from drivers panel. Overall I'm really unhappy with this car and regret buying it.


Favorite Features

the sound system was great, loved the space and the style of it.


Suggested Improvements

Everything, I am so fed up with this car and it's constant crap.


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No more Kias
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By Kat Kat
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2003 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Worst Car ever once I got it I had to take in in after a few months do to the weather guard on the windows being deformed. Tires blow out so fast on this tire it's not even funny. If it weren't for the great mileage it would have no up side.


Favorite Features

Easy to drive when it works


Suggested Improvements

Better body, better seats. Better everything!


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By kramer
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2003 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Overall the car has been reliable, requiring little maintenance. However many smaller items such as door handles, rear hatch handle, wiper arms, and headlight bulbs fail. Also horn no longer works, keyless entry no longer works, and power locks malfunction, indicating poor electrical system.


Favorite Features

Reasonable handling, good fuel economy, reliable engine.


Suggested Improvements

Improve body hardware, improve electrical system, needs one more gear.


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Great Econo Coach!
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By BILL
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2003 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Great little cheapie, all I expected was for her to get me from point a to b cheaply, and reliably, and she's definitely filled those requirements. I expected low power due to the engine size but it's more than sufficient on flat roadways. I would not recommend the automatic, in hilly or mountainous conditions, since the computer wants to up and downshift to maintain road speed. I haul a lot and this little wagon just keeps on chuggin', my gas guzzlers stay at home while I drive this one back and forth to work. I doubt you could have found a better car for the price back in 2003.


Favorite Features

Looks, interior layout, quality of construction, driver's arm rest.


Suggested Improvements

Factory cruise control as standard equipment.


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VERY smart purchase.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Dentuso
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2003 Kia Rio Wagon Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Although we are in a position to purchase vehicles that are more expensive than Kia's, we've found that we simply don't want to. We now own 2, (1 Cinco, 1 Sedona), and have every intention of making the next 2 vehicles Kias as well. For the money, you simply cannot beat the quality, warrantee, and simple (albeit modest) comforts. I sincerely believe that Kia and Hyundai have, and will continue to change the North America car market forever.


Favorite Features

Ergonomics, design, fun to drive, and, obviously, the warrantee.


Suggested Improvements

Medium Range power could be improved.


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