2003 Kia Rio Overview

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Base
59 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,742
Cinco
14 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,022

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Average User Score

3.55 stars

Based on 12 reviews

Kia Rio 2003 1.3 Lt. by Mohammad
 — * Performance : Acceleration is good, braking is so bad, handling is good. * Build Quality : Never needed major or minors repairs but the the doors squeak so i have to lubricate them every 20,000 KM ... Read More
Racer In Sheep Clothing by Carlos
 — incredibly fast little car. greatest power to weight ration i have ever experienced in a cheap production car. in stock trim it blew the doors off a number of comparable cars. and that 5 speed was rea... Read More
This Car Is Very Reliable And Is Low On Fuel Costs And Upkeep, Just Not The Car For A Tall Person. by Timothy
 — I've had this car for a couple of years now and it has proven to be very reliable. This vehicle will by no means win you any car show trophies but it gets the job done with low gas costs. I bought the... Read More

2003 Kia Rio Overview

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Based on 12 reviews

2003 Kia Rio

Exterior bodywork and some engineering tweaks mark the changes to the 2003 Kia Rio sedan and Rio Cinco wagon.  Both get a new front grille, fascia, bumpers, and headlights.  The sedan also gets redesigned taillights.  The suspension has been reworked, disc brakes and stabilizer bars made bigger, and the steering column redesigned all in the name of better handling and reduced shudder.  The 2003 Rio also gets a new, more powerful I4 engine, a 1.6-liter, 104-hp twin cam, still with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

The subcompact Rio is a favorite car for budget drivers and those in need of a zippy city car that fits into small parking spaces.  The Cinco wagon has extra storage, up to 44.3 cubic feet with the seats down.  Rear seats in the sedan do not fold down.  For 2003, the dash and center console are redesigned, and more storage compartments and cupholders are added.  Automatic headlights, rear heater vents, and variable intermittent wipers are new for both trims, and the Cinco gets a standard CD player.  New options for both models are foglights, dual map lights, and a sunglass holder.  The Cinco wagon can add a body-colored rear spoiler.

Being one of the cheapest cars on the market, the 2003 Rio sedan comes with no power features.  This year, the Cinco gets power windows, and a new Power Package adds power windows and locks to the sedan.  The Cinco has more standard equipment than the sedan, with a rear wiper, tachometer, and power steering.  With each year, the Rio is improving, and owners love its energetic new engine, which doesn't hurt the great fuel economy.  The 2003 Rio is also surprisingly roomy, with good headroom.  Some complain that warranty service has been bad, despite the great 5-year/10-year offer, and the rear legroom is tight, as it is in most subcompacts.

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Kia Rio Questions

mighty1mp
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Why Is My Kia Rio Not Starting After I Put A New Alternator In?

Had old alternator tested and it was bad, so I replaced it with a brand new alternator. Once the new alternator was in, turned the key in the ignition, and nothing happened. The car would not start. T...

37 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
balroy
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Bad Idle When Air Is On

18 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)
dna03
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2003 Kia Rio Sedan Won't Turn Over So I Replaced Battery It Started Once No...

It started as it would occasionally not start straight away, then it wouldn't start so I replaced battery, then it started once, now it won't start again.

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balroy
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2003 Kia Rio Will Not Run Over 25 Mph

idles fine have changed fuel filter,tps.took exhaust loose,50 lbs fuel pressure

19 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Chadillacz
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Rio A/c Blowing Issue Only On Low

Hello everyone. Yesterday my a/c was blowing just fine during the afternoon. Later that evening I went to run an errand and the a/c would only blow on setting 1 (low). It does still blow cold. The s...

51 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)