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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
433 miles

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2001 Kia Rio exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 052001

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,300 miles


The caller said the dealer made new holes in the frame to put the bolts in. The dealer cut the frame to put smaller bolts and nuts in. Another dealer said doing that ruined the integrity of the frame. Also, there was an exhaust leak into the vehicle. The transmission bracket was bent and it would not hold the transmission in place. When the dealer fixed it the bolts fell out. The caller had to take vehicle back to dealer. The check engine light was on constantly. Vehicle will not pass inspection with the light on. Dealer said it will pass inspection with the light on. Manufacturer said they could not do anything to help the caller because the warranty expired. The caller said fuses blew out. He replaced the fuses over 200 times. The dashboard lights, headlights and other exterior lights went out.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer owns a 2001 Kia Rio and is having problems with the exhaust system. The consumer smelled an odor coming from the exhaust system. She has reported this problem to the dealer and they said everything was fine. The hanger under the exhaust system broke and now there is a noise. It was welded back together three times and it has broken again.

- Englewood, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 062002

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine check light comes on repeatedly with cause unknown. The only corrective action dealership did was to change a code in the vehicle's computer system. Faulure caused vehicle not to exceed 5 mph. The brakes were making a loud noise, the air bag light was on, the left window was acting erractically, the regulator had to be replaced, the rear view mirro was inoperative, all 4 door seals were leaking water, there was a shimmy in the steering wheel, the shift indicator strip was out of poistion, the trim around the windshield was loose for the second time, there was a noise coming from the exhaust due to the shiled on the midpipe being loose.

- Skylerville, NY, USA

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