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3.63 out of 5 stars

Get What You Give

grinddesigns, 09/03/2009
2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
14 of 15 people found this review helpful

Follow your owners manual like it is a Bible. You must change your engine timing belt at 60,000 miles ! Please do not make the same mistake that I did. If you search the Internet about this you will find 1,000 other people saying this, trust me change that timing belt at 60,000 and you won't be sorry. I never had a problem with this vehicle that was not because of my own negligence. If you change your oil regularly, keep an eye on all of your fluids, and be sure to change the timing belt at 60k, this car will be worth the money. This was my first vehicle and I learned costly lessons from not following the regular maintenance schedule so I advise you to follow most of it to a t.

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3.38 out of 5 stars

Beware the timing belt

Phil Hall, 10/19/2009
2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
10 of 11 people found this review helpful

Normally, I would say that this is a nice car, decent (not great) milage, good features, all in all an ok vehicle. But there is one thing you need to make sure of: the timing belt. It says to replace it every 60000 miles, I would replace that far sooner because this is an interference engine--if the belt breaks when the car is running your engine will be shot. As in dead. New car time. This design choice alone must account for the lower Reliability rating. There is no reason whatsoever that a single point of failure should destroy an engine.

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3.75 out of 5 stars

Fairly Happy

Ricky, 05/30/2010
2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
9 of 11 people found this review helpful

I got this little Rio about a month ago and so far I am pretty happy with it. I feel like I got a great deal on the car and the fact the car was going to be better on gas than my old '91 Dakota. While the fuel consumption on this car isn't too bad, I definitely feel like it could be better. The engine is a bit lethargic for highway driving and the car itself does tend to feel a little "unsafe" doing anything over 60 mph. The interior is bigger than what someone would judge it would be by the outside. Handling is pretty precise and it extremely light! Overall, this car seems dependable and practical so far.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Lots of bang for the buck!

chegge, 05/09/2005
2005 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

This little car is a surprisingly great deal. This time you can get something for nothing. It runs great, drives great, is comfortable and is roomier than it looks. We have a car seat, a high back booster, and a low back booster in the back! My 6'3" husband LOVES driving this car. We've got a good family history with this company as well. My parents have an '89 Festiva that is still running fantastic (made by the same company) and a Kia Sephia that they've had for at least 6 years now that still runs perfect. We also have a friend that's had his Kia Rio for a year now and still loves it.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Take That! Oil Barons

B Holmes, 09/10/2005
2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Although the EPA fuel economy ratings were in the mid-30's, I consistently get 40+ MPG. This car is not a luxury status symbol, but as a commuter car, cannot be beat. I paid only $7,000 for a new car with excellent economy, reasonable power and great handling. Would love to see Ford or Chevrolet match that. I went from driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee that averages 17MPG to this. I commute over 100 miles a day, and the fuel savings are more than I pay for the car.

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