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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Kia Rio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 252001


  • miles


Consumer states vehicle have cut off while driving, vehicle tow to dealer, battery was replaced. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 172002


  • miles
While parked vehicle would not start, vehicle tow to dealer and replaced alternator and recharged battery. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012000

Rio 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light came on within months of purchase. Dealer has advised consumer that vehicle had an electrical problem. Vehicle has been taken to dealer on numerous occasions. Dealer has changed battery twice, and alternator, but problem still exists.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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