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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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

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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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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

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

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

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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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

Pros: uber fast

Cons: kia

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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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

Pros: Fuel Economy

Cons: No Power

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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

Pros: its better than a bike

Cons: size of the car

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2003 Kia RioReview
Bobby writes:
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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.

Pros: Gogg gas mileage

Cons: really small

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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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.

Pros: Fuel Consumption , Maintenace Cost

Cons: Braking , Steering System

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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
Melinda writes:
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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.

Pros: Cheap to maintain, well-built

Cons: kind of boring

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2003 Kia Rio CincoReview
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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.

Pros: 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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2003 Kia Rio BaseReview
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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.

Pros: It runs, it's cheap all around

Cons: it's pokey and dull

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