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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
Can I Replace Replace Shift Rod Seal
On a 03 Rio,with std trans,can you replace the shift rod seal with the trans in the car?This is the shaft going into the bottom of the trans from the shifter & has the rubber boot around it.
How Do I Adust The Transmission Range Sensor On A 2003 Kia Rio
my car clunks in reverse and wont go into overdrive, at 100 km and hour the rpms are at 3000 or more. I had a code 0763 and replaced the solenoid. and had a code for transmission circuit sensor elec...
Type And Amount Of Oil For 1.6 Ltr Rio
Whenever I Start My 2003 Kia Rio The Ac Comes On. And When Ac Is On The Car...
when i start the ac also comes on. the car vibrates when i idle even with the ac off
Hi Aim New And My Kia Rio 2003 Stsrts Wen Cold For About 30 To 45 Seconds A...
my kia rio 2003 starst and runs for about 30 to 45 seconds and dies, every time I cranck it it will start but after a couple seconds dies, it maintains 50 pds of feul pressure but when dies wat happen...