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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Rio accessories - interior problems

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 242005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


Consumer has an issue that the lug wench that came with the vehicle was unable to break loose the lugs:nuts and/or applied the proper torque when tightened. Dealer was notified. Dealer informed the consumer that tool meets the dot specs.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was driving down the road in my 2001 Kia Rio and it started to run really funny and the next thing I knew I stepped on the gas and the wasn't accelerating anymore so I pulled over and looked out the passenger side window and the car was on fire so I got out and called 911. The car has been deemed a total loss.

- West Suffield, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 222003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my car used, and have had it for only six months. I read the other complaints filed and feel a little better knowing that it isn't just my car with the problems. But I wish the dealers would recognize that they are ripping us off by not fixing the obviously defective parts. My Rio has the check engine light on (not all of the time) but when it does come on it is accompanied by the the flashing overdrive off light. This usually lasts for a couple of days. Just when I was getting used to that the engine started shaking with only the check engine light on, it did not stall but it would have if I didn't pull into a parking lot and turn the car off. A few hours later I turned it back on and no problems again until just last week the engine started shaking again. Lets not leave out the minor problems though. I also have problems with my interior falling apart and my cover for my fuses falls off every time I get in. My paint is peeling off, I have had to replace my battery that died out of nowhere. My warranty is almost up and I have had no help with these problems thus far.

- Bushnell, FL, USA

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