2009 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Worst car purchase ever!

2009 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Rio5 LX Wagon (1.6L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Worst car purchase ever!
By mehigan on


2009 Kia Rio Rio5 LX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


Purchased new.
Non-stop quality issues.
Windshield delaminated at 16 months and again at 48 months. Has anyone had a windshield fail with stress cracks (in exactly same spot) twice within 48 months? Radio stopped working at 30 months.
Knock sensor failed 15 months.
Electronic control module failed 18 months. Air bag sensor failed.
Too many failures to list. I call car "Elvis" -- shake, rattle and roll! Getting in-warranty repairs done a huge hassle, tried three different dealers. Last dealer's solution was "you should buy a new car".
Kia factory rep never returns calls. Once car out of warranty Kia's attitude is too bad, we are not responsible.

Follow up to previous review. It is now 2016 and car continues to be a maintenance nightmare with no support from Kia. Engine noise has become significantly loud, still very uncomfortable ride even with replaced up-graded shocks/tires. Mileage continues to decline as car ages. Lots of exterior/interior trim failures.

Best Features

Worst Features

  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

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