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This car NOT OKia
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By carl
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Extremely disappointed in the car, have made 7 trips to the dealer for warranty service on a wind noise, door handle operation, transmission has been replaced twice within 24,000 miles and the car is way underpowered and loses speed rapidly when going up any even slight incline. God forbid you are running the air conditioner as it sucks the remaining horsepower right out of the engine and the engine runs extremely rough with the A/C compressor engaged. Great that there is a 100,000 mile warranty, but believe me you have to use it all the time! Dealership service mechanics are also incompetent.


Best Features

The radio/ CD is ok, driver seat comfortable. It could be a fun little car to drive with more HP.


Worst Features

More horsepower to improve acceleration and performance when A/C is on, better handling.


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Good Commuter Car, Got it a Great Price
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By pslims
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I got my 2004 Rio last month. I was looking for a commuter car to drive about 20-30 minutes on the highway to work. So far I am pleased with the car. It was manual transmission (the automatic drove horrible) and manual windows, locks, no ABS, no stereo. Overall, I am happy with the car as a commuter car. I probably would not have bought this car but for the price I paid, it was definitely worth it.


Best Features

1. Price --- brand new 2004 Rio for $6500! It was manual transmission (which is ok because the automatic drove horrible) 2. Gas Mileage: I drive mostly highway and get 30 - 34 mpg 3. Warranty: 10yr 100K powertrain, 5yr 60K mile bumper to bumper 4. Engine Power: zippy 5. Safety: adequate.


Worst Features

1. Bad Suspension - does not take bumps well. I will try to add better shocks and tires 2. Needs 6th Speed - at 65-70 mph, sounds like it needs to shift 3. Engine Smell for the first 1000 miles. The dealer said a temporary engine spray coating burns and makes the smell.


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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly...
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By Single Mom w/2 teens
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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My car is only two months *new*. I have a 4-door sedan, automatic, air- cond., am/fm/cd and the 'upgrade pkg.' but no power windows/doorlocks. A bit hard getting used to NOT having those in a car but I can live without it. There is plenty of interior space for those sitting up front, however, those sitting in back have relatively NO LEG ROOM. Door handles etc. inside are obviously cheap plastic and somewhat ugly though functional. Engine needs more power, especially driving uphill on freeways as well as simply trying to pick up speed to merge onto a freeway or to pass other vehicles. Fuel economy is great! Overall decent and driveable car for the price.


Best Features

Great fuel economy! The rear-defogger, sunglass visor and map lights up front are nice. The look of the exterior is nice and clean.


Worst Features

1.) Stronger engine for driving uphill; merging onto freeways and trying to pass another vehicle. 2.) Get rid of the cheap plastic door handles. They function but are ugly and 'look' like they could break just opening the door! 3.) More back seat 'leg room' and standard power doorlocks/windows.


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Very Happy with Cinco Wagon
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By Bear
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2004 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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This has been an excellent car for the 28,000 miles that I have put on it.


Best Features

Many extras for the price.


Worst Features

Make cruise control an option and/or standard item.


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Excellent Car
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By Denise711
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I love my new 2004 Rio. It is fun to drive and very comfortable. I like it also because with the rising gas prices it still doesn't cost much to fill up the tank. My car get's good gas milelage. I like the way it looks and even though it may look small it is very roomy.It also has a good stereo with a cd player. It is a very smooth driving car at a good price and I woudn't trade it for any other car.


Best Features

body style interior stereo with cd player good gas milelage comfortable seats


Worst Features

No improvements it is a great car


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