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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,418 miles

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2003 Kia Rio lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 222007


  • 52,067 miles


2003 Kia Rio with defective engine. Customer states that the dealership told her that a new engine was put in the car in June 07 but it continues to smoke, overheat and cut off* the consumer was told the head gasket needed to be replaced. The tail lights were inoperative. The dealer replaced the bulbs. The lights inside the vehicle were inoperative. They replaced the main wiring harness. The consumer had to place the gear into neutral, in order to start the vehicle. The dealer adjusted the transmission range switch. The consumer stated that her vehicle is at the dealership yet again being fixed. Updated 08/23/07.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #1

May 032003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,768 miles
So far there has not been any accidents caused by the cold start problem my car is having. The 2003 Kia Rio cinco has been in the shop numerous times for the same cold start problem. In the 1.5 years I have had the car I have nothing but problems with it. They have stated that the problem is fixed every time, however it continues.

- Portland, OR, USA

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