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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,000 miles

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2003 Kia Rio fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 302005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


The contact stated the fuel system malfunctioned. The fuel pump and components exploded in the gasoline storage tank. The entire fuel system needed to be replaced. A local repair shop replaced the fuel system. There was NHTSA recall campaign 04V179000 concerning the fuel system. The manufacturer said this problem was not due to the recall.

- Marbel Falls, TX, USA

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