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2001 Kia Rio suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Problems with vehicle's engine. When the consumer attempted to accelerate from slowing down, the vehicle jerked into gear. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the vehicle after several visits. Many people have experienced this same problem per dealer. The front end made noises, and the vehicle had been taken to the dealer on five occasions for the air bag.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 242003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Continuous problems with heavy vibration in the front portion of the car while driving over 40 mph. Also, insurance has sky rocketed, can't afford it due to Kia Rios' reputation as a non-reliable car and hazardous. This was told to me by several insurance locations.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light has been on since January 2002. Dealer found no problem. Then on May 15 2002 consumer hit a mailbox at 45 mph, and neither airbag deployed. $ $4500 damage to vehicle. The consumer replace front tires several times possible suspension problem.

- Ridgemont, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 282001


  • miles
When driving and without prior warning vehicle will shake and vibrate. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Nelson, DE, USA

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