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2003 Kia Rio Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 12 reviews
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
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...
Bad Idle When Air Is On
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.
2003 Kia Rio Will Not Run Over 25 Mph
idles fine have changed fuel filter,tps.took exhaust loose,50 lbs fuel pressure
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...