2005 Kia Rio User Reviews

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    2005 Kia Rio Review
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    great gas miles, great pick up, never breaks down
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    Mia The Wonder Kia — 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. Very happy!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It has excellent gas mileage, great handling and is rather roomy for its size.

    Cons: The little four cylinder engine is a bit sluggish on the bottom end.

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    Good Daily Driver — great on gas , and comfy , has a pretty good sound system for stock very gutless, poor take off. sounds like it has hamsters under the hood lol hasnt needed much work knock on wood, and i like the colour of it

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: gas economy

    Cons: power

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    It Was The Worst Vehicle I've Ever Owned — I would not recommend this vehicle. The acceleration is horrible and loses power on hills. The bumper is thin plastic over foam. Scratches very easily. I had a lot of problems with the radio and it has a lot of wind noise from the windows which the dealership was never able to fix. Also, maintenance is a major issue. You have to do a lot of expensive maintenance to these vehicles to keep them running. I was saving up to get the 60k servicing done when my timing belt stripped out. I no longer have an engine! Found out afterwards that it's a known issue and Kia will not do anything about it.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fairly good gas mileage about 31 mpg

    Cons: no power and expensive to maintain

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    Too Basic — I like that it is standard, but a little too standard! A 4 cylinder engine so if you blow one cylinder you are pretty much S.O.L. So far the only repairs we needed is tires and the 60k mile check up! Also the timing belt is an issue in Rios around 60k miles so make sure you get it replaced! It is okay of a car if you want something cheap. Gas mileage I get roughly 25 city and 28 hwy. The gas tank is small so it is a good and bad thing...Good when you don't have to spend a fortune to fill it, but bad that the gas goes too fast! Also my car idles really loud and vibrates!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Gas mileage is great

    Cons: 60k get the timing belt looked at and also mine idles really loud and vibrates!

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    Love My Car — love my little rio it is cheap to run very comfortable to ride in for a little car. If I could afford it I would have a sports car but for price and reliablity this is great and it sits 4 quite comfortabley have done 46000 klms and no problems

    Pros: cheap to run

    Cons: not a sports car

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    2005 Kia Rio Base — 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 small on the inside, but if you buy a Rio you know what you're getting into. The KIA Rio is an entry-level car, so all you'll have is A/C, Power Locks, and a Radio. Going up hill is a hassle, and the interior noise is very loud. Love it or hate it though, the 2005 KIA Rio has a cute and quirky nature, and i'd still recommend it if you just need a cheap get-around car.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Peppy engine, fun to drive, good on gas, low maintenance, smooth steering.

    Cons: Cheap interior quality, not much room, not very safe.

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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

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    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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