Another group of problems with the Kia Rio are general shortcomings noted by drivers and automotive critics. I would like to sum up, this car is the best vehicle dollar for dollar we could find and we are very shrewd shoppers. It has decent get up an go and it handles very well for a small car. For example, multiple delamination of windshield! The Rio is a subcompact car produced since 2000 by South Korean automaker Kia. The only feature that I wish would have been standard would be cruise control for the car. I get 32-36 mpg in the city. It's the definitive urban mobile--it fits practically anywhere and is excellent on gas, as I've said.
What the Rio lacks in standard interior amenities it makes up for with practical interior materials, a first-rate warranty, and enough options to satisfy those looking for a few bells and whistles. Check the relays, I'm not sure if any of the relays is related to the engine. You get what you pay for. The dual front air bags and dual front seat-mounted airbags register the severity of impact and inflate accordingly. Inexpensive to buy, cheap to insure Insurance Group 2 , very economical to run. I added a hedder and 2. I am having fun driving it.
The Rio has been the subject of several recalls by Kia to deal with known issues affecting various vehicle systems. All five trims come with independent MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front suspension and a torsion beam and coil springs in the rear. If there's movement, you should be able to isolate it to a ball joint, A-arm bushing, or a wheel bearing though the entire front suspension should have been checked while changing out the rack. Once car is out of warranty, even with repeated failures which occurred during warranty, Kia customer service never returns phone calls. In addition to all the airbags, the Rio comes with side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, a steering column that absorbs impact energy, front seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters, lower anchors and tethers for children in the rear seats, child safety locks, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
She is white with a side piece of black on both sides. Based on my experience with this car I will never purchase any Kia product. The dash dials are so impossibly simple and I love it. On the interior of the 2009 Kia Rio, this translates into good fittings and smart design choices. I bought this car in Oct 2009, 3 weeks later the transmission went out and I had to get it replaced.
Adding a premium aftermarket lubricant like DuraLube, Slick 50, or a similar product to the oil at each oil change will also help increase your mileage, reduce engine wear, and make for easier cold-weather starts. The engine is nothing to write home about, it isn't very peppy but what can you expect out of a very cheap car that gets great gas mileage, I don't need to be able to stomp on the gas and get to 60 in 5 seconds and it passes just fine. Condensation and icing on the inside of the windscreen that the dealer can't find the cause of. Drivetrain All five of the Rio trims are front-wheel drive and come with a 110-horspeower, 1. She is zippy, pulls into small spaces with sooooo much ease and looks great too. Kia emphasizes safety with this vehicle and gives it full-length side-curtain airbags in the front and rear to keep all five passengers safe.
For the first 6 months my Rio was fine and then obvious build quality issues began to appear. Pretty decent deal before taxes. It's not a Cadillac, you know? It is your basic econobox but has a powerful enough engine, the tranny shifts fine, rides like a go-cart and is sort of fun to drive. The Rio handles reasonably well, brakes seem strong, and there's enough peppiness for most driving, aside from high-speed passes; the only exception is that the Rio's manual shift linkage can feel imprecise. And while it may not deliver gut-churning power, the Rio handles with precision and pop. It's loaded with every option that could be in it. The Kia we found more comfortable and much better on gas mileage, we are currently getting 37.
Only downside - it's not the most stylish car in the world. The cupholder design has also been revised, and there's a new center gauge cluster and redesigned shift knobs for both the automatic and manual transmissions. To bring you the most useful review of the 2009 Kia Rio, editors at TheCarConnection. Also, check the spark plug cables, check the distributor cap. We had the dealer install cruise as part of the deal and we are very happy with that. So, unless you're a 'Boy Racer' this could be just the car for you.
This was not eve on our radar when we began our search. Kia scores four- and five-star ratings for crash protection in the 2009 Rio and Rio5, but side-impact protection lags with a three-star rating for passenger side protection. I drive a 2009 Kia Rio Hatchback. Other aspects of the driving experience are quite delightful, considering the price. I suspect that people who complain about this car just got unlucky, maybe.
The seats have become more comfortable the more I use the car. Fuel consumption also depends to a large extent on how fast you accelerate. Using a higher grade 'hi-octane' or ethanol blended fuel will reduce both performance and mileage. Newly available for 2009 is Sirius Satellite Radio. Engine noise is a problem across the line, and it finishes the otherwise satisfying driving impression on a slightly sour note. The Rio was redesigned for the 2005 model year and in 2009 it is offered as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The Rio's engine has also been the subject of several complaints for its lack of power and excessive levels of noise.
This recall included more than 32,000 cars. Both models have rack-and-pinion, speed-sensitive steering. Some of the most common problems with the Kia Rio involve the vehicle's four-cylinder engine. Answered on Apr 04, 2015. One 2006 recall was intended to deal with a problem involving seat belt assemblies that could fail to secure a child seat in the event of a crash. It's not amazing, but it's pretty impressive for the price. What can I do to make it work again? Consumers like the Rio's maneuverability, quality construction, easy-to-use controls and, of course, its price.