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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2003 Kia Rio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 242003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


My Kia Rio has 15000 miles on and the brakes went in the car. I called the dealer heritage Ford and they did not want to cover this. It was only the passenger side in the front. So that meant a faulty part in my eyes. I called Kia also who did not care. So I had the brakes replaced and when taking them off on the passenger side the pad itself was there but the brake fell off the pad. And most normal cars the brakes are held on with a pop rivet. Not this car. They are held on with thin pieces of aluminum which everyone knows how easy aluminum bends and twists exactly how mine were. And the brake is held onto the pad with glue!!! these cars should be recalled for faulty manufacturing. I am very dissatisfied with this car and with the way Kia handled this situation.

- Minersville, PA, USA

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