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By hjshaffer673
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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Just bought this vehicle with 71,000 miles. So far I really like it. Just one complaint. Hopefully its been moved since. I seriously dislike that each time I reach to change the volume of the stereo, may hand hits that emergency flasher button making me check that I didn't accidently turn them on.


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Better than expected
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By jequines
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought second hand for my wife and she loves it, I sorta like it. Has heated front seats which was surprising for a car like a rio. Gas mileage is excellent performance is adequate and comfort is adequate also. I was expecting this car to be horrible but she loved it so we got it. It has 60,000kms on it now with only 2 problems, spark plugs died at 40,000km no big deal, but timing belt slipped around the same time and had to be replaced for $800 not under warranty! Metal body is poor quality every stone chip begins rusting immediately unlike domestic galvanized cars. Overall I would buy again(for the wife).


Favorite Features

Heated front seats!!!!


Suggested Improvements

Better paint and sheet metal, I am preparing for this car to dissolve in the rain one day.


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Would buy it again
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By Tom
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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I really enjoy the car's spacious trunk and interior. It drives very well for a car of this class and feels safe. I trust my lead-footed teenager with it. My only regret is that after four years it gives me no reason to trade it on a new Forte or Soul. My wife drives an 06 Kia Sedona and these are both reliable, satisfying autos. I hate taking it in for the annual inspection and having to walk through the showroom past the new models.


Favorite Features

Fold down rear seats and large trunk. Also, the large side moldings are tasteful and effective at protecting the doors.


Suggested Improvements

None that wouldn't add unnecessarily to the cost. I'm coming up with nothing here.


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Buy 'em for life...
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By Big John
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned 6 Rio's and still have 4. Speaks volumes? Always serviced on time. Run great even in winter. Great traction on any road in any weather. Decent acceleration. Cruise all day at 65 MPH and still get 35 MPG. Good visibility all around, comfortable seats, good sound system, great A/C, adjustable wheel, decent headlights, ample cup holders, arm rest. I prefer the manual transmission over the automatic as it requires less service. I own both versions. Finding Kia mechanics who know what they're doing is not easy. I've found better self employed mechanics than factory trained individuals. The warranty is basically useless at the mercy of lousy mechanics.


Favorite Features

35 MPG, ice cold a/c, great sound system, excellent traction in any weather, great visibility, comfortable seats, ample head and leg room. It's all good in a Rio. Car never needs waxing. Always shines after washed.


Suggested Improvements

Mechanics who know what they're doing. Reputable service departments. Open viewing galleries at dealership service departments. Loyal customers need confidence in Kia's ability to maintain integrity of dealerships. Buy expensive off warranty parts from eBay for thousands less. I needed a tranny


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So far so good.
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By Go Green
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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Our Rio has over 68,000 miles on it and has had no problems. Steering, brakes, everything on this car is still as tight as the day we got it. My wife had traded in her gas guzzling Jeep Cherokee and we laughed at her choice. When gas prices rose, I began using it for selling Real Estate and my clients are shocked when they find how roomy the back seat is. It is a great car for scooting around the city and taking a trip does not break the bank. With a fresh oil change I can get up to 38 mpg on the highway! City driving gets from 25 to 32 mpg. Fresh oil affects the mileage so keep it serviced.


Favorite Features

Great Mileage and exterior design.


Suggested Improvements

Would opt for power windows and cruise control at the very least.


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My newly purchaced used Rio.
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By Marc Trainor
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I'm basically pleased with the car. It's a lot like my old Honda Civic I had with a 5 speed manual, but to me the Honda just "feels" and looks like it has better build quality. I only have 22K miles on it, so I guess only time will tell if it holds up. It doesn't have the power my Mitsubishi Galant has, but my Galant only gets 23 mpg city driving. My only other real beef is that I'm only getting 27.5 mpg with the Rio with combined city/highway driving. Other than that, it's a snappy little "bundle" with decent trunk room and back seat and has a fair amount of pep as long as your not trying to pass someone going up hill.


Favorite Features

Pretty good "bang for the buck". Has enough power to get around OK. Has CD player, AC, dual mirrors, fold down back seats.


Suggested Improvements

Wish the fuel mileage was better. Feels a little cheaply made. Maybe some "real" looking carpet on the floor, or something. Needs a little better suspension at higher speeds. Kind of noisy.


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Great Car, Great Value, Great MPG!
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By Keith
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Was planning on buying a Honda Civic, but after test driving this '06 Rio, it seemed to be an equal in quality car, but cost $3k to $4k less than comparable Honda Civic. I've put 7,000 miles in 5 mo. So what if no power windows? I can reach across and hand crank the windows with ease! It developed a leak under the frontal area @ 32K miles. KIA dealer replaced seal, still leaked. KIA dealer then replace WHOLE TRANSMISSION @ NO COST TO ME!!! Their warranty is the REAL DEAL! I won't hesitate to buy another KIA. I consistently get 30 mpg in town and at least 35 mpg on highway. I added power locks and cruise for < $600. I LIKE MY '06 KIA RIO!!!


Favorite Features

Peppy engine (w/5 spd. tranny). Sound system, fold down armrest for driver. Remote levers for fuel door & trunk. VERY QUIET RIDE. I'm 5'10" & 220#. VERY COMFORTABLE RIDE!


Suggested Improvements

I added power locks & cruise control for comfort & convenience. I added tinted windows & spoiler for a sport look. Total aftermarket cost = $800. MONEY WELL SPENT!!!


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Wonderful Car
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By Andrew
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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I've had my Kia for just over two years and it's still doing excellent. I'm coming up on 20k mileage and nothing has broken or been replaced outside it's maintenance. Very reliable if taken care of, and well worth the money.


Favorite Features

Sound system, gas mileage, always a smooth ride, tight turning radius, and very spacious front seating and trunk space for a compact.


Suggested Improvements

I'm a pretty big guy so anyone having to sit behind me is very cramped. Gas mileage, while good, still has room for improvement. Still a little peeved I had to opt for the "power package" just for them to include anti-lock brakes, which should be installed by default.


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Nice car
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By David J
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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The car now has 14,000 miles and so far no problems. It handles/drives very nicely for a car of this class. I test drove a Nissan Sentra and a Honda Civic and they did not drive as good as this Kia. It is quiet on the road even at highway speeds. It performs well, engine is peppy. The automatic transmission shifts very smoothly. It steers/brakes excellently, turns nicely. Radio sounds great. Trunk has spacious room for this type of car, especially with rear seat backs folded down. I get 32.7 MPG combined with mostly city/heavy urban driving. You get good value for the money with this car.


Favorite Features

comfortable drive, looks, sound of radio, gas mileage, interior room, trunk space, gauges on dash laid out nicely for easy view, you can open trunk and gas cap door with latches on drivers floor board, good outside views through windshields and side windows


Suggested Improvements

arm rest for passenger side, better designed console, tinted glass, I would like to see 45-50 MPG with this car


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Well Worth The Money
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By GoldyLockz
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2006 Kia Rio Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought this car in '06, and I have NEVER had a single problem other then replacing an accent bulb. Gas mileage is excellent averaging at about 36 MPG and it being extremely cute doesn't hurt either! Awesome buy for it's class! And I personally think the sound quality is great and and the ride is super quiet.


Favorite Features

Turn Radius, Gas mileage, Sound. Actually pretty much everything!


Suggested Improvements

None so far...


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