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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,050 miles

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Kia Rio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012002

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


In the high humidity or rain the rear brakes lock. It makes a scraping and scratching noise, when the brakes dry out. There is no forewarning; noticed this problem since purchasing the vehicle on September 1, 2002. Have contacted three dealers, and a manufacturer's representative said that this was normal. One dealer did replaced the brake lines.

- Milwaulkwee, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The brakes locked up when they were depressed on a wet surface. Dealership deglazed and lined the brakes several times. Consumer was unsure if this corrected the problem since it didn't rain when the brakes were lined. This vehicle was a programmed vehicle at time of purchase.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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