2002 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Do not buy one

2002 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Cinco Wagon (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Do not buy one
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2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


I bought my Rio in January with 68K miles and not after 5 months of driving the engine died! I was on the freeway and it seized! After inspection they thought it was a timing belt but in the process of inspection of the engine found that the lower part of the engine died and then broke the timing belt, spark plugs blown into bits and pieces! After call KIA they said that the last 2 years they made better engines and the engine in the 2002 was not "good." They tried to sell me a new kia but after my experance I will never buy a kia and never recommend them to a friend, in fact I told my friend who owns a kia to sell his fast! Don't get one!

Best Features

It has a lot of space

Worst Features

Better engine!
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