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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,462 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 engine problems

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012006

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,312 miles


Driving home and car shuttered then died. Could not restart. Took to mechanic and we were told that it was a rod thrown. It has less then 73,000 miles.

- Spirit Lake, ID, USA

problem #4

Sep 172005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car stalls at random times. Warm or cold does not matter. Happens about once every 8 months. Have read hundreds of such complains on the internet, most simply do not take the time to post where it matters.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152002


  • miles
Car stalled numerous times at any speed. Dealer has inspected the vehicle several times. And the problem has reoccured.

- Juana Diaz, PR, USA

problem #2

Jan 172002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle stalls and the problem has not been fixed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 012002


  • miles
While driving at 55 to 60 mph there's a hesitation; then, engine shuts down if this happens on the freeway someone could be killed.

- Johnston, SC, USA

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