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2005 Kia Rio

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so far kinda happy
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By wondering13
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2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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my only problem is the rack and pionion (spell check) is having to be redone thank god my dad is a mechanic..but no one can make the 2 lines that the new one doesnt come with..i love this car besides the frustration of getting it fixed. its my only car so its nerve racking...i had a ford taurus and that was a big NO NO...i have spent over 7,000 dollars on it in 3 years..dont buy a taurus..im hoping the kia doesnt need anything else cause im broke.. :( i have replaced a few things but because i wanted to..


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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By buyerbeware9
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2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased this car from the original owner and at first was delighted with car. Kia was in great shape inside and out about 40k miles. Car was maintained according to manufacturer. Took car for oil change to dealer and was told because I was second owner warranty was not transferable so any repairs would be on me. At 74,000k car just stopped dead no warning. Had car towed to shop..what do ya know the timing belt broke and destroyed top part of engine. I was never informed of this until after the fact you are to replace the timing belt at or before 60,000 K. Kia said so sorry we can't help you. I have owned many cars from Lexis, Toyota, Honda and American and NEVER had this issue BEWARE !


Favorite Features

Easy to fit in parking spaces and decent gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Use a better quality timing belt and make sure consumer is very aware of how important it is to replace timing belt at 60,000K or before. Otherwise the result is a disaster money wise....my disaster cost us $1500.00 for the top part of engine........


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AWESOME!!!!!!!!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By krol
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2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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The Kia Rio 2005, it's been my first car. I had it now since 2007, I had a couple problems with the axle. But nothing super expensive, or unfix-able plus this is a used car. People tell me it feels like you are in a go car, which i dont mind it actually feels cool! It is comfy and perfect for a petite person. After all there years still works perfect!!!!!!!!!! Oh the gas is good!


Favorite Features

Small car, comfy, can fit anywhere, and goes fast!!! Easy to customize and Cute car too!


Suggested Improvements

Interior


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Don't even think about it...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By aeblanch09
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2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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I got this car for my first car and i am desperately trying to get rid of this thing! Two weeks after i got it, 2 of my belts needed replacing. Not only did the dealer keep it for 3 weeks to "fix it", the day that i got it back the fan stopped working and my car overheated. Needless to say we sent it back to the dealer. They fixed the fan, but ever since then i've been having radiator problems. Constant overheating, had to replace all sensors, etc.. Not worth a penny, but if you do decide to get one make sure you keep a full jug of coolant in your back seat!


Favorite Features

I have no likes about this car, the only thing i can say is that it is easy to drive...if it's drivable at that moment.


Suggested Improvements

Stop making this car, it's junk.


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Worst mistake ever made!
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By Unhappy
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2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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Purchased the Kia Rio from a local Kia dealer and have regretted it ever since. Bought it for $8k, got $2k off for a trade in. It was the most adorable car I'd ever driven, but I shouldn't have let it blind me. The salesman took me on a predetermined route and wouldn't let me go on the highway or let my mechanic peek at it first. It was at about 55,600 miles when I bought it and about three months after I bought the car the engine died at about 56,500 miles. This is apparently a known issue but Kia has done nothing about it. Total estimated cost of repairs for that was quoted at $2600 and I decided it wasn't worth it.


Favorite Features

Got great gas mileage during the three months it ran, looked cute and sporty.


Suggested Improvements

Everything under the hood.


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