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2008 Kia Rio - Consumer Reviews

2008 Kia Rio

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Motor mounts
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Mateo Adams
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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Reliability, gas mileage, handling.

However, interior plastic is of low quality and motor mounts should last longer than 63,000.
Motor mounts on models later than 2007 are not covered under the Kia 10 Year warranty.


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DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Alyssa
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2008 Kia Rio SX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the worst car I have ever owned. It is constantly breaking down, I have to take it to the shop for repairs on average 3 times each year. I would never suggest this vehicle to ANYONE!


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It saved my life!!! lots of love!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By slr1985
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2008 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I am writing this 2 days after I totaled my 08 Kia Rio. Very sad day. My main problem with this car is the rear defroster stopped working twice. after the 2nd time, i never bothered to get it fixed. I used to affectionately refer to it as my POS Kia, though it did get GREAT gas mileage and was always a fun and sporty drive. I loved zipping along the highway, the city, suburbia in my Rio! however, the best thing about this car is how it saved me during the worst accident i've been in. My back tire was bad, I slipped on wet highway, hit a guardrail, spun into oncoming traffic, had a head on collision with a F250 and walked away w/o a SCRATCH. Thank you for holding up, Rio!


Best Features

fun, sporty drive. saved my life. great gas mileage. good little car for the money.


Worst Features

rear defrosters should not crap out twice w/i weeks. otherwise, i always liked this car.


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Great value!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By braindeadunit
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2008 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I'm getting great gas mileage, and despite mixed rated for 29, I'm getting 34+ mpg. The gearing is just about right, giving its power (and efficiency) in all the right places -- with the manual trans you won't feel like you have such a small engine (reviews on internet says the auto can feel sluggish). The car has a lot of nice touches -- arm rest, aux input, stub holder, center console orientation, the list goes on. All of the small things add up to get a comfortable ride. I can't think of any downsides, although friends have reported the back seats feel a bit cramped.

I bought it used, and I think when it comes time to buy a new car, I'll go with a Rio (or Hyundai's version, the Accent).


Best Features

Fuel Economy, quality of build vs. price, overall engineering.


Worst Features

Accelerator -- It kinda has an "on/off" feel, instead of a smooth transition from off to on. Add a sixth gear. Improve shifter linkage. Take a couple inches off of trunk to give to rear passengers. Give a bit more room between the wheel and paddles for lights/blinkers/wipers. I sometimes hit these by accident.


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LOVED THIS LITTLE CAR!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By joy_bell
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2008 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


Review

PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO ALL OF THE HORRIBLE REVIEWS ON THIS CAR!
Every type of car can have these issues.
Honestly, I had my little kia for 3 years, and it never failed me.
Even with all of the bad weather that we have up in Wisconsin, it kept going strong for my kids and I.
The only issue that I ever had was that the headlights are supposed to be automatic, but if I didn't manually turn them off, sometimes the batter would drain.
but that only happened a few times in all the years that I had it.
besides that, never had a single issue.
I have several friends and family members who also have these cars, and they never have major issues either.
great car for a small family.


Best Features

Reliability, gas mileage, handling.


Worst Features

Fix the issue with the automatic lights draining the battery sometimes.


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