2004 Kia Rio User Reviews

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    2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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    75

    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.

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    2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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    85

    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.

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    2004 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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    145

    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!

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    2004 Kia Rio Base Review
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    115

    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

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    75

    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

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    65

    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

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    105

    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

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Kia Rio Reviews

    Very Simple And Efficient By Admkw

    It meets all my needs, never disappoints me. Saves me a lot of money on gas cost considering how far I how to drive to work, and I also share this car with my spouse. It's not the most comfortable for... Read More

    2012 Kia Rio Reviews

    Overall Rating By sldziada

    I've had the car for about 2 years now...I bought it used in 2013...it was a year old at the time with 12,000 miles on it. The Pros are great and honest (see aforementioned)...but the only scary issue... Read More

    Good Small Car By doerr906

    This car is affordable, fun, and reliable. Good mileage. A good, all-around compact car. Zips around town very nicely, but lacks power and room, even for a small car. Still, would buy again and recomm... Read More

    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

    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

    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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