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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,900 miles

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2009 Kia Rio drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152010


  • 2,900 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rio. The contact stated that when the brakes were applied, the brakes failed to engage in a timely manner. The brake failure was experienced intermittently. The vehicle also stalled while accelerating and would not shift out of fourth gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times, but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failures. The manufacturer was notified, but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,900 and the current mileage was 17,000.

- Salem , MA, USA

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