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2004 Kia Rio

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Rio Timing belt problems
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By mttom
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I'm tearing down a 2004 Kia Rio with 32000 miles, well cared for, Not Abused, fresh oil change and Fram filter, LOCKED engine, failed timing belt, At first I thought inferior quality belt and poor components, but this is a rugged copy of the Mazda which can run many miles, everything looks great but the belt is hard and not very flexible. Maybe Kia scrimped on this but I really doubt it, seems like a heat problem so I did a closer look. To keep engine noise to an absolute minimum, the hood is heavily insulated as well as a plastic cover plate over the engine, But in addition to that Both fenders and the firewall have a continuous rubber gasket as does most of the front of the hood,


Suggested Improvements

As a result the heat from the exhaust manifold, catolitic converter and the engine head are all captured and held inside unless of course your driving real fast. The design to keep the engine quiet is destroying components under the hood


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Good car
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By isaac
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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Funny the guy that posted the review about the engine 'seizing up' at 81,000 miles. that's normal-you failed to change the timing belt. the timing belt MUST be changed by 65,000 miles on Rio's, or the engine blow. Period. it's a 100% fail rate. Anyway, I live in Phoenix and the air conditioner only works when you're driving. soon as you pause at a light or brake, your air is gone. that said, it's otherwise a perfect car. i love it for its size, so much easier to maneuver i watch macho suv-drivers struggling with their Boats and laugh LOL LMAO


Favorite Features

from the outside, its design makes it look very nice. it looks like a more expensive car than it actually is. and thank God, looks nothing like a Hyundai ugly design. drivers armrest is great-only car i know that has this!


Suggested Improvements

passenger in front seat also needs armrest. make it so that when the air conditioning is being used, it doesn't totally KILL the acceleration please. thanks.


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Last small car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By FRED
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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this car has 80,000 miles on it. It speeds up very slowly and the revs are really high. also going about 70 the cars rpm are at around 4500. this car has no power. next it gets about 26 miles per gallon, but i do hammer it everytime i speed up because the slow acceleration, i probly could get around 35 if i really tried. also i slid into a curb in the winter under 5 mph and the frame bent. that's weak. also if you use this car in the winter the heat is poor. this is not a very smooth ride at high speeds either, but you get what you pay for!


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cheap


Suggested Improvements

bigger engine, stronger parts,more refined ride,


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Try and find a part
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Andrew
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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After 50,000 miles the timing belt blew. Spent two weeks trying to track down a cylinder head under $900. Every Rio in the junk yard was in there for the same reason. Warranty void because I didn't replace the timing belt at 50,000 miles. Don't buy a Kia! Don't buy a Kia!


Favorite Features

Gas mileage


Suggested Improvements

Timing chain instead of timing belt. Backing plates on the front wheels need improvement.


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Friends don't let friends buy KIA's...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tree0923
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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bought brand new, had to take to dealership often for brake and clutch issues. Timing belt broke at 57k miles destroying engine, fortunately under warranty. 'NEW' engine gets worse mpg (only 27-30). Stereo eats CD's regularly. Things break and pop off all the time. Alignment issues from day one. On my 3rd engine now that my camshaft snapped in 2 ruining the head and valves. Costs more the fix than anything I've ever owned. Leaves me stranded more often than not. This car is only worth the value of a running engine. I will never buy another KIA.


Favorite Features

Best thing is that it doesn't leak. Figure that one out....


Suggested Improvements

Stop making crap for cars...?


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