2003 Kia Rio User Reviews

2003 Kia Rio Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars 2.9 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"cheap car" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
CONS
"ride" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews

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Lee writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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4

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Fuel Economy

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No Power

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Fun Car To Drive — The car got great fuel efficiency (37 mpg) from its 1.6 liter engine. The handling was par, the power was definitely sub par. My car had the 5 speed manual which I had a blast driving. Definiely another good cheap car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mohammad writes:
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5

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Fuel Consumption , Maintenace Cost

Cons

Braking , Steering System

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Kia Rio 2003 1.3 Lt. — * 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 * Appearance : Interior design is great and exterior styling is good. * Cost of Ownership : Gas / km = 20 Lt. / 250 KM which is great, Maintenance cost is very low * Fun Factor : This car is fun to drive .. i like it.

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Carlos writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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5

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uber fast

Cons

kia

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Racer In Sheep Clothing — 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 really synchronized. i would buy another one just to make it a circuit racer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Heather writes:
2003 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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3

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I can fit a lot of stuff in the hatchback, and it is great for city driving.

Cons

A lot of my friends with longer legs seem kind of uncomfortable in it, and it doesn't have the really great gas miliage I would expect from a smaller car.

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It Gets Me Around Town — I bought this car because it was small but roomy, and is fairly good for reliability and mileage. While it doesn't thrill me the way my nice little volkswagon jetta does, it does get me around town. I'm not sure I'd want to take this on long trips though, because it is not comfortable at speeds over 65, and it just doesn't have the smooth ride I like. The mileage is also not what I would wish, its only about 22mpg city, which in my opinion is very low for such a small car.

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John writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

Pros

handles good.  great on gas

Cons

problems with vibration driving me nuts. changed iac, maf, plugs, wires, timing belt water pump.....so far

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Still Like It. — like it, wouldn't buy another. uncomfortable and feel every crack in the road. stick shift getting to be a pain at my age. vibration and I done everything I read (I think). now I need help. can not find a Haynes or Chilton repair manual.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Timothy writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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4

Pros

Fuel Economy, Maneuverability, Low Insurance Costs, Costs of Parts.

Cons

Cramped, Low Performance, Bumpy Ride, Loud Engine/Road Noise.

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This Car Is Very Reliable And Is Low On Fuel Costs And Upkeep, Just Not The Car For A Tall Person. — 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 car with 63,000 miles on it and have put another 76,000 on it with very little upkeep. I've had to replace the front shocks, thermostat, and battery once. I change the oil with Mobil One full synthetic religiously every 3,000 miles and it's has treated me well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeffrey writes:
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2

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its better than a bike

Cons

size of the car

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Kia Rio — as for proformance id have to say it brakes good and ill say no more it isnt that fun to drive but it dose get real good gas milage it is built kinda strong but there are a few problems withthe breaks that we cant figure out

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Bobby writes:
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3

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Gogg gas mileage

Cons

really small

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Ok For A High School/ College Car — I bought the car in April of 2007. It was the first car I ever owned. I didn't like the fact that it was an automatic. It was awesome on gas. About 28 mpg. Didn't look to bad, But it just couldn't handle the use and abuse that i put it through.

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Amy writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

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It runs, it's cheap all around

Cons

it's pokey and dull

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Silver Kia Rio Ice — It's a car. It has an engine, 4 wheels, 4 doors, a boot and a bonnet, and all of the basics most cars have. The ubiquitous silver with a gray cloth interior.

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Charitty writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

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gas mileage

Cons

standard

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Great Gas Mileage — Car is great for a commuter since really good on gas

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Reviews From Other Years

2012 Kia Rio Reviews

Average To Almost Good By Porsche931

I loved the look of the car, this is what drew mw to it, I did test drive one, but a short drive around the street is not like living with it day to day, the engine is harsh, unusual sounds from under... Read More

A Modern Subcompact That Needs No Excuses. By Sandro

Would trade some handling sharpness for a softer ride, steering feel is close to nil and very sensative to cross winds on freeways. Kia should head hunt some Ford chassis engineers like it did with Au... Read More

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2011 Kia Rio Reviews

Great Little Car Will Enjoy It For Years By Chris_Kia1

Great little gas saver so who could complain, but I think it needs a 6th gear. Engine seems to whine above 50, I haven't gone over 70 but for gas savings I shouldn't any way. Read More

It's A Lovely Car To Drive And It's White. By Tommy

Performance very good, acceleration,there when you want it,braking very sharp,handling,goes where you want it to go,built, very solid,No repairs needed,No squeaks or rattles, appearance, looks very st... Read More

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2009 Kia Rio Reviews

Very Likeable By esther178

excellent gas mileage and handles like a dream best car i have driven in a long time my new car has the look and feel of a more expensive vehicle Read More

Great Car By Courtney

gets graet gas mileage. It handles good. It is alittle bumpy but not to bad. So far I believe it was built good, but I have only had it fo four months. I think it is a fun car to drive. Read More

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2008 Kia Rio Reviews

An Excellent Vehicle For Getting Around Town Or Going On A Trip Is Even Better. By bobbyd154

I have saved over a zillion dollars on gasoline using this vehicle. I average 36 miles per gallon around town and recently, as well as when I first purchased it, I get an average of 42 mile per gallo... Read More

Great For Small Family By mrshenry

Fun, cute little car. Good for small family. Good gas mileage, handles well, even in snow. Has been reliable and hasn't had any problems. AUX port makes it easy to plug in my ipod and listen to some g... Read More

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2007 Kia Rio Reviews

Buy One Or Two Now By Courtney

very economical , massive boot , cold as air con , arm rest drivers seat , no squeaks or rattles after 60000 klms of driving has not broken down or let us down at all ,regular servicing and tires only... Read More

About My Kia Rio By Jude

Just that it never comes with alloy rims, leather interiors , loader cd player, etc....more like a corporate car...but has got every other simplicity of a car..With a little modifications on it, like ... Read More

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