2004 Kia Rio User Reviews

2004 Kia Rio Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 / 5
  • Appearance:2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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"cheap car" 2 reviews
"steering" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews

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Gary writes:
2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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Brakes, Handling

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Gutless Engine, Loud Engine, Rear visibility

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1.5 Lx — Not the worst car ive driven, Half good and Half rubbish car, good equipment level Multi CD Changer, AC, EW, Handling was surprisingly good heavy steering but i like that. Hate the engine so under powered, build quality is so so, very plastic, not much room in the rear either

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Vincent writes:
2004 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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Good size (Station wagon), cheap&easy to run and to maintain, nice finishing touch in somes place

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Noisy, underpower, poor built quality in some place as well, but it works!

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It Does The Job, For A Good Price — You don't buy a Kia Rio for power or look, you buy a Rio beacause you need a small car that start in the morning, is economical to run and cheap on maintenance. Don't expect to have a smooth ride, since it's a bit underpower and noisy, especially on the highway. Winter perfomance are allright with good winter tires. Power sterring and AC are optional and works great.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cody writes:
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Sorta looks better on the outside than a 2007 or 2008

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Slow

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2004 Kia Rio — I hate that this car is so slow, ugly, and light. Slides too easy and has poor take off performance but i didnt pay a lot for it. The thing that is so much worse about it is when people ride with me it makes it a lot more slower on take off. :[[

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theperson writes:
2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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Cheap, Reliable so far, gets you from point a to point b, not too terribly ugly,

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Built cheep, under powered, weird noises, shaky.

theperson
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Okay, Inexpensive Car. — 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 get most cars with that kind of mileage for. My main complaint is that it seems to be built really cheaply. I haven't had any real mechanical problems yet, but several minor things show that it is built cheep. I feel like one day something is going to go horribly wrong and destroy the car. Until that happens though I'm satisfied with it. It's cheap transportation.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gina writes:
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gas mileage

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Hazardous depending on weather

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Not A Bad Car — Skids in rain and snow but pretty good on gas. WD-40 cleared up the winter lock freezing issues. More fun to drive than an automatic, but what can you expect from a four banger? Also, door stopped opening after a month. Cheaply made but holds its own.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kyle writes:
2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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Sound System

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109hp engine

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Good Starter Car — Good base car, at 106 000kms no problems, easy to replace, not a very powerful car, sound system is nice and loud, seats are comfortable with good lumbar support, good clutch/shifter feeling, not problems since I bought it at 103 000

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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analyn100 writes:
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Inexpensive subcompact car with great visibility for tall people like me and great fuel economy. Wonderful for a first car.

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Several maintenance jobs are recommended sooner than you would think, for a reason. The parts are not as durable as they are in most cars, but if you follow the manual you should be fine. For instance, the timing belt should be changed every 60k. I had planned to take mine in "early" by my dad's advice at 80,000 miles, thinking 90k was the norm. Well it snapped at 81k when I had been planning to take the car in "in a few weeks". That mistake cost me an extra $1200 and a lot of grief.

analyn100
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This Car Has A Mind Of It's Own. — 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 is strange. The car keeps putting the check engine light on, even though no mechanic can find a problem with my car. And there's an odd thumping noise in the rear of the car that NO ONE can identify. It's like its possessed and running merrily along, odd quirks and all. I sometimes feel like I'm driving my coffin because the light comes on so often and I always wonder "is that the same code again or is the car going to die any second?" But its always that same harmless evap code again, and again, and again...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reviews From Other Years

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

Great Car By tinyflower711

I can drive everywhere on $5 of gas!! Cheap repair costs. It has some pick up go under the hood, you wouldn't think it had speed. It handles well on the freeways. And when low gas light comes on, you... Read More

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

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2003 Kia Rio Reviews

Still Like It. By John

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 ... 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

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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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