Have you driven a 2004 Kia Rio?  

User Reviews

Displaying all 2004 Kia Rio reviews reviews.

2004 Kia Rio BaseReview
theperson writes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

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

Pros: Cheap, Reliable so far, gets you from point a to point b, not too terribly ugly,

Cons: Built cheep, under powered, weird noises, shaky.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia Rio BaseReview
analyn100 writes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

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

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

Cons: 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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia Rio CincoReview
Vincent writes:
Brakes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Parking:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Snow/Ice:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

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

Pros: Good size (Station wagon), cheap&easy to run and to maintain, nice finishing touch in somes place

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

19 of 20 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia Rio BaseReview
Kyle writes:
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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.)

Pros: Sound System

Cons: 109hp engine

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia RioReview
Gina writes:
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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

Pros: gas mileage

Cons: Hazardous depending on weather

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia RioReview
Cody writes:
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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. :[[

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

Cons: Slow

7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2004 Kia Rio BaseReview
Gary writes:
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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

Pros: Brakes, Handling

Cons: Gutless Engine, Loud Engine, Rear visibility

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 2004 Kia Rio reviews reviews.

Reviews From Other Years

2021 Kia Rio Reviews

Review By Guru9TXZQB

Good features, good value, not sure if it is missing anything Read More

2020 Kia Rio Reviews

Review By Guru9ZD34Q

It’s a bit hard to keep steady on the highway either because it’s a light car or it’s a bit taller. Other than that it’s a fun, peppy car with lots of extras!!! Read More

Review By Charmettia

The features are decent. The value of the car is excellent for the price with awesome fuel mileage. However, I gave it a 4 stars because of the cheap quality tires. The interior is more stylish in ... Read More

2019 Kia Rio Reviews

Review By Tyhorror

This car goes for a good price and drives smoothly!! Read More

Review By Guru9DLCM9

Flat, clunky, with a roofline that banged me in the head as I got in the car and then banged me on the top f my head when I sat in the driver’s seat. C’mon, I’m only 6’ tall, not 6’5”! Inside it reeks... Read More

2018 Kia Rio Reviews

Review By GuruZJHXP

Great features for the money. A lot more roomy on the interior than it seems. Read More

2017 Kia Rio Reviews

Review By EAST

decent car ,good gas mileage . bluetooth !!. great choice Read More

Rio

Looking for a Used Rio in your area?

CarGurus has 3,164 nationwide Rio listings starting at $2,590.

ZIP:
Have you driven a 2004 Kia Rio?