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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,200 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 272012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Kia Rio. The contact stated that when refueling the vehicle, fuel would spew back out from the filler neck. In addition, the contact stated that a strong gasoline fuel odor was constantly present within the vehicle after refueling. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V179000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery) but was advised by the dealer that the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall prior to the purchase of the vehicle. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 107,000. Updated 03/16/12 updated 03/30/12

- Salt Point , NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 062005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2002 Kia Rio stalling during driving, check engine light on, concerned for my safety. Three time compliant to el cajon Mazda Kia, first time they said(nothing wrong) 2nd (the computer need reprogram) today again back to dealer, I am afraid for my safety

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Over the last month my car has stalled out over ten times, usually during heavy traffic. I have taken it to the dealer three times but they have not been able to duplicate or fix the problem. According to them the engine light needs to be on; once it stalled and the light came on, I immediately drove it to the dealer but the technicians said it was not on when they restarted the car. The car also runs rough and feels like it loses power intermittently. I have lost all confidence in the car and worry about where and when it may stall out. The service people have been very helpful and respectful but the problem has become so bad I may need to file lemon law papers.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #2

Aug 212002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated while driving, there was a loud thump coming from the rear of the vehicle, dealer stated they could not duplicate the problem, then later consumer was informed a valve in the fuel system needed to be replaced.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #1

Jan 172002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the fuel light is illuminated 80 percent of the time.

- Houston, TX, USA

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