Fantastic little car
We brought our Rio two months ago. So far I am completely impressed by every part of the car. Though yes she occasionally struggles up hills until the gears kick in yet at other times she takes off like a rocket. The car is roomy and super quite and extremely fuel efficient. In two months I've only put 40 dollars in her and yet have driven it regularly. The interior is comfortable and I like that it does not have all the gadgets and Gizmo's because I get to enjoy the drive rather then pressing buttons. Yet it has the right amount. Has a great ...sound system and a fantastic air-conditioning. It can be a little heavy on old or well worn roads. But that does not bother me at all. It is spacious inside and I have never felt cramped in. I feel good when I drive as I always know I'm protected by the 7 year warranty and fixed servicing. She handles great on the road and Motorways. The car is so easy to park. And slip by others when there is limited space to pass.I am very impressed and would recommend them to anyone wanting a reliable and efficient car who don't care for all the glitz and gadgets. Though the car has plenty.
Compact cute car!
I bought this as my first new car. It drives well and I can park it in the tightest spots! The only issue is that the windscreen wipers don’t cover the whole screen!
Hire car - sad when my car was repaired and I had to return it!
Wasn't expecting much when I picked up the Rio as a hire car while mine was being repaired. Very pleasantly surprised. The turning circle was impressive, it was quick off the mark and was quite gutsy for such a small engine. Good manual gearbox. Interior was simple but functional, decent air con and radio, reasonable storage space and legroom. Excellent fuel economy. If I was ever going to buy a small car again, it would be a Rio.
Purchased in November 2018.
Love this car
Easy to drive, Apple car play is simply the best, so user friendly. Easy to make calls when driving, use the maps, listen to podcasts etc. Only downside is the car doesn't have a lot of go. Great for zipping around metro areas, not that great going up hill or on the road.
Good for everyday use and long smooth road driving. Fuel efficient running to a vacation trip but with its ground clearance, load capacity should be lesser than the limit to run normally.
Good until repairs needed
My partner bought me a second hand Kia Rio 2004 sedan about 3-4 years ago with about 120,000 km on the clock. Was a great little car at first, very quiet engine, could not even hear the engine idle sitting at traffic lights. But then things started to happen. Had to replace left side CV joint not too long after it was bought, it now needs replacing again, then the radiator fan died (overheats extremely quickly), the alternator died last year & will be replacing it again in a few days. The drivers side back brakes locked up on me & left me stran...ded in the middle of nowhere for a few good hours, when I went to replace that particular brake pad, it was in about 20 pieces - no wonder why it locked up on me!! I have problems with the door locks, they seem to lock themselves sometimes & then its sometimes almost impossible to unlock them, drivers side window leaks something shocking, struts are leaking, am going to to the timing belt as I would not have a clue when it last got replaced. One thing gets replaced, then something else goes wrong. Engine runs quite warm but that is to be expected from the little space under the bonnet. This is one of the worst cars to do any sort of mechanical work on, nothing on this car is simple & easy to fix. Replacing the alternator was horrible, not looking forward to doing it again. Hard to find parts, car not worth buying expensive new parts either. It is a gutless car on any sort of incline, but awesome on fuel economy, driving on empty lasts for ages, plenty of boot space though. I would not recommend buying a Kia to anyone, cannot wait to get rid of it, will be putting it in a Demo Derby then burning it to the ground.
Underpowered piece of crap
Got it as a loan car when my car is due for a new airbag. The automatic one is a piece of crap you need to use manual mode if you want better pickup on hill. The fuel consumption is terrible as well. I would say at least Toyota Echo and Daihatsu Sirion are better than that.
Purchased my top of the range Rio SLi secondhand in January 2019.
Dealer agreed to replace the tyres as they were badly scalloped and noisy. Thought it was strange that a car with only 17,000kms would need new tyres. 7000kms later my tyres are starting to get noisy again. Took it to my local tyre centre and was told my rear tyres are scolloping. He advised me to take it back Kia and get the rear end checked for any issues.
Also have an ongoing issue with a rattle in the front passenger door which has already been looked at twice with no probl...em found. My tailgate doesn’t latch properly unless you slam it. This has also been looked at with no fault found. Fuel consumption is not the best either. Uses almost the same amount of fuel as my wife’s V6 Aurion! Considering selling it but the resale value is terrible. No wonder the previous owner sold it after 1 year of ownership. Good points : looks good in metallic black, comfortable leather seats, climate control air and auto wipers.
Purchased in January 2019 at Mazda for A$15,000.00.
I love my little car BUT
I have a 2018 Automatic Hatch. Bought brand new. Great features, great on the fuel but my only disappointment would be the engine noise. A couple months in, noticed a loud ticking noise at idle and also speeds between 15 - 40 driving slowly eg 50km road with roundabout. there was a loud rattling noise, people travelling with me asked about it so it wasn't my imagination. Sometimes very loud. I took it to Kia who couldn't diagnostically find anything wrong with it but their research showed other buyers had had the same problem and they sug...gested using 95 or higher fuel. So yes the high fuel worked but annoyed that I should have to get the higher fuel. It's a brand new car and shouldn't make such obvious engine noises. So.... disappointed on this point. Also sometimes, after accelerating a little then taking foot off a bit it does surge.
Purchased in April 2018 for A$17,000.00.
great first car
could not of asked for a better first car. she stuck by me through thick and thin, I definitely did not treat her right, typical female andeverything. not sure how I managed not to blow the engine up. came close, twice. just wish I had been as kind to her as she with me, as I could not afford the inevitable surgery she needed from lack of service and cheap dodgey repair work
Purchased in June 2011 for A$9,000.00.
Worst Car ever!
in 4 years and just 35000km was replaced steering rack, steering Coolum, steering motor, steering wheel, battery, suspension for the trunk, dash board was loose 3 times, ODO replaced.
Just to note I bought the SI so a very expensive version. Please do not Buy Kia!
Purchased in November 2015.
Amazing little car
Bought my Kia brand new and the features that I got with the car make it one of the most affordable small cars on the market with the most features. Only 4 speed with auto so can get a little slow at times, but overall a smooth and quiet drive with lots of comfort
Purchased in March 2019 at valley motor group.
Great Little Car runs on the smell of an oily rag
Brought this car when it was around 5 years old and since then, just spent the usual on a car.
Timing Belt at correct intervals, but looked new when removed.
Front Bearing(a bugger to replace though. if your mechanically minded like me, take them off yourself and get the bearing replaced at garage otherwise mechanics want a fortune to do the job as usual)
Fuel economy is unreal, 40 litre tank and 700klms, not sure it that's possible, but drove here in Victoria(Australia) from Port Fairy to Melbourne and back and fuel light was on at Warrnambool, I guessed there was at-least 5-10 litres left, drove 596....Very low to the ground, so when you go to sit in the car, you just drop to the ground,, get a good cushion if your average height like me. Can tow a small trailer, weighing total weight of around 900kgs OK. Its a front wheel drive and no good on slippery hills in the country, real steep ones, on grass. Doesn't like steep hills, travel up in 4th gear.
Purchased in February 2009 for A$2,300.00.
Good little car minor problems but good
I bought this to save some money on petrol... think it was about 17k we had it almost 4 years and it was always serviced on time alway cleaned and polished... it was kept absolutely mint....
decided to sell it and get a bigger car (not Kia) one yard didn’t even want it as a trade on a 40k car... so while they are a good little car there is NO resale value for them, same year Corolla holds it value far better...
Would be nice if it didn't conk out from time to time
I like the Rio, it is light on fuel, drives smoothly etc.
The only problem with mine is that sometimes stop dead, engine conks out and refuses to restart for 10 or more
minutes. It would be OK if it was a simple as taking it to the mechanic and getting them to read the engine diagnostics, but no, no engine light, no diagnostics. So it's just a matter of replace this, replace that. Is it the fuel pump, is it the immobiliser, is it the crank shaft sensor? Who knows, but spend lots of money getting the mechanic to change each and everything it might be.
So yeah, good car, but not happy with the lack of diagnostics for what is clearly a significant issue.
Wont buy Kia again.
Kias seem like an ok car but unfortunately they do not last. Once youve done about 100,000km everything starts to go wrong. Air con and windows are first to go then you're up for couple of grand repairs at least every 6 months. Better off getting a japanese car. They last a bit longer.
Very good car
I am driving my kia 2009 from last 2 n half years as a Uber 6 days a week 12 hours a day with no problem at all just oil change break pads and tyres. Good on fuel. One tank gives me 500 kms. For engine using penrite 5w 40 . And that’s it
Good first car
I bought a second hand Kia Rio JB Sedan from a private seller when I was a university student and kept it for about 4 years, mainly for commuting to and from work. It is a good car to buy if it's your first car as it's economical to run and has enough space for adults at the back and a large enough boot.
The downsides of this particular car was that the paint started to wear out even though it was garaged every night and the seats are not that comfortable for long drives. Eventually, I upgraded to a bigger, better car.
Love This Hatchback Car
The most compact and reliable car I ever had. I got brand new my car from the dealership and since then I haven't had any issue. Just minor changes as any other car. I used my car on a daily bases. Very economic in petrol, wear works perfectly. Space and comfort is great. I have used many time to make my move outs and surprise everything fits (except the mattress and bed frame) Highly recommended model and brand!
My Kia Rio is a great little car that is light on fuel and drives very smoothly. It has been used every single day for the past 5 years and is still going well. The battery that that the car came with lasted for years and only had to be replaced recently. I did have a couple issues with the car as the air con and electronics I.e. the buttons did not work. This took 3 years to sort out. The mechanic that we had to go through to retain our warranty was horrific and Kia was very unhelpful to resolve the situation. Numerous mechanic visits and figh...ts to avoid being charged for the same problems that my new car came with, my car is finally working as it should. I will definitely purchase a Kia again however Kia needs to work on their customer service skills and ensure their mechanics are actually doing what needs to be done.
Questions & Answers
Weakness in the car pedal Kia Rio 2005
my wifes car is a kia rio she got it new and looks after it what is happening now is sometimes you go to start the car and it will turn over but not fire take out the key for about 30 seconds and try again sometimes it will fire other times it wont I have had it towed a couple of times and next thing it started and drove off the truck other times I have left it for a couple of days and nothing then 5 minutes it will fire and not play up for a week or more I have had it to kia in Bendigo it cost me $180.00 and they told me they could not fix it as we live out of town we need our car hope somebody can help
I have a problem with my wifes kia rio she has had it for about 11 years and it is the best car she has ever owned the problem is that we are having trouble starting it it can be good for days and then plays up the motor will spin over and no fire you can try for 1 more time and it may start alright other than that you just don't know it will start i have had to leave to leave it until after work and it started first touch of the key I havehad to have it towed home twice but it started first time when they were takeing off of the truck as we live 30 ks from town she needs a realiable car and if nobody can fix it I will have to give it to the kids to drive around the paddock I took it Bendigo kia dealers they charged me $180.00 to look at it and said they couldn/t fix it hopefully someone can help
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