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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John writes:
2003 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

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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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Carlos writes:
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5

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uber fast

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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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Mohammad writes:
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Fuel Consumption , Maintenace Cost

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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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Melinda writes:
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3

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Cheap to maintain, well-built

Cons

kind of boring

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Well-made Econo-car — It's a perfectly good economy car. I hate that I got an automatic, but the warranty ROCKS so I've never had to worry. I trust the workmanship - no major issues in the 5 years I've had it. It's cheap to maintain, but the gas mileage is not as good as I'd like.

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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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Timothy writes:
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Fuel Economy, Maneuverability, Low Insurance Costs, Costs of Parts.

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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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Charitty writes:
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gas mileage

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standard

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

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Jeffrey writes:
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its better than a bike

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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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Gogg gas mileage

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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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2001 Kia Rio Reviews

They Should Have Changed Its Back End It Looks Like A Space Ship By iggyshadow

with mod muffler mod intake its slow but when upgrade the sound system is a A+ for me sounds like a Subaru and the handling is to die for. its when a senser goes out man its slow all well liove hate r... Read More

...... By Michael

I've had this kia for over 12 years and only have 35000 miles on it, not joking, and it's so far very reliable. It's easy to park, and it's GREAT on fuel. However, I don't feel very safe and the engin... Read More

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2002 Kia Rio Reviews

The Lack Of Any Option Makes It A Great Car For Beginer. By jayive34

This is my very first car, and to be honeset, I was hoping for a Subaru Impreza. But I am happy with my Rio. It's fun to drive and it has great acceleration for its class. What I dislike the most abou... Read More

I Love It Since It Is Paid Off! By Anna

Well the kids must have added this to my profile, I did not, but while we are at it....it's a 2003. It has 150K plus miles on it. It never had a radio or an air conditioner or anything, a strip mode... Read More

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2004 Kia Rio Reviews

Okay, Inexpensive Car. By theperson

You get what you pay for. I would say that it is an OK value for what you get though. My car has a little over 100,000 miles and I got it for 2,300, so that is a lot cheaper than you would be able to ... Read More

This Car Has A Mind Of It's Own. By analyn100

The car runs wonderfully, no mechanical problems if properly maintained - the timing belt being the only mechanical problem the car has ever had and like I said, that was my fault. But the electrical ... Read More

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2005 Kia Rio Reviews

2005 Kia Rio Base By NRichardson34

The 2005 KIA Rio isn't the best car, but there's a few good things to say about it. It's cute, fun to drive, peppy, has in-control handling, and it's good on gas, but that's about it. It's pretty smal... Read More

Mia The Wonder Kia By Kari

This Rio is our first introduction to the Kia brand and we're very pleased! This little car has made us a solid Kia customers. It is one of our daily commute cars and our dedicated long trip vehicle... Read More

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2006 Kia Rio Reviews

When Your Larger Vehicle Is Too Expensive For Gas Thats Where This Car Comes In. By 70_PlumCrazyCuda

It's a nice alternative when gas prices went crazy. Decent room in the front seats. Very impressive trunk space on such a small car. Has a little higher ground clearance then most cars in its class wh... Read More

Kia Rio 1.5 Crdi By Andrei

good car for the money you pay. it has a 1.5 liter diesel engine, very nice strong, for it's capacity and good fuel consumption. everything works fine and looks as new after 4 years of ownership. i wo... Read More

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