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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,424 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Kia Rio suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012010


  • 109,318 miles


The left lower control arm came loose from the car, pulling the cv axle out of place. The left lower control arm was bolted back into place and the cv axle shaft was repaired.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,529 miles
: the contact stated that since the vehicle was purchased on January 19th 2005, it has been experiencing problems with the carburetor and a bad odor that comes from the engine. The vehicle was also sold to the contact without notification of recall defect to the carburetor. The vehicle was taken to the dealers to have a part replaced to remedy problems with the carburetor but vehicle consistently experiences the same problems. The vehicle was taken back on ten other occasions for services related to the problem. The vehicle was than taken to an independent mechanic who determined that the problem was related to fuel injection system. The manufacturer was notified and provided a referral to another dealers for service. The vehicle has been taken to the recommended dealer for service. The engine light illuminated, however the dealer refused to address the problem. The vehicle was pulling to the right, an alignment was performed. The consumer heard a wind noise while driving. The brakes were making a loud noise. Updated 08/01/06.

- Braintree, MA, USA

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