2004 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Kia Rio - TIMING BELT FAILURE

2004 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Kia Rio - TIMING BELT FAILURE low miles!
By Henry on


2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Original owners of a 2004 Kia Rio with 10/100000k warranty, the other morning the car died at intersection. Had it towed to the dealer who says the Timing belt broke. The car has less than 60k, and is just barely 6 years old, and the timing belt is not covered under warranty. Now we have a lawn ornament because while Kia admits to a poor design in those 1.6L belts, they are sorry for our luck. Needs new engine! Recommend replacing belt at 5yrs or 60k

Best Features

The unpredictability of how it would react to tail wind from larger vehicles on the freeway

Worst Features

Custer service! While Kia expresses regret over the poor experience we've had, they offer nothing that would justify us buying another Kia again!
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By mttom
on 12/06/11 18:33 PM (PST)

The problem is NOT mechanical, or belt problem, it is HEAT, the body design is a seal along both fenders, rear firewall and front, Look around you will NOT see this on other cars, body designers sealed the engine compartment to quiet it, but in the process created a Bake chamber that kills belts as well as electric compontents. Strip off the fender seals and your problem will be solved because heat escapes as in other automobiles

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