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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,500 miles

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2003 Kia Rio clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 122007

Rio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles


At 53,000 the vehicle became impossible to shift from one gear to another. Dealership technician advised it needed a new clutch at a cost of $1600. I have driven this vehicle primarily between detroit Michigan and cary Illinois. Eighty percent of the miles driven so far have been highway miles with little need to constantly shift gears. When the technicians looked at the vehicle he commented on how small the clutch was. I believe Kia has installed an inferior clutch system to keep the price of the vehicle down and then refuses to cover the repairs under warranty.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 272003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer will not drive over 50 mph, had difficulty in changing 5 speed gears. A service technician noticed that clutch needed replacement.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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