really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2001 Kia Rio electrical problems

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2 years ago I noticed that the car does not want to start when it has not been driven for a long period of time (12 hrs). I took the engine cover off and tried to start the car with the remote starter. I noticed that there were sparks coming from the distributor and the spark plug wires. Took car in to dealer and all was done was changed spark plug wire and problem still happens. Dealer just wants to change the wire and plugs.

- North Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 262002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer is reporting premature wear of the engine mounts and a rattling noise coming from the engine area, while idling or driving. Dealer notified and had replaced them. Nlm the consumer has traded this vehicle in due to all of the mechanical problems and is requesting her money back because when she had taken the vehicle the dealer, they didn't repair the problem which was to be covered by warranty. The vehicle has no power and very poor shifting. The ABS and check engine light is on. The left front mirror is not working. The spark plugs are faulty/breaking down. The inner/outer bearing with seals on left rear and right rear-replaced, and the right rear hub assembly-replaced due to over tightening of the spindle nut. There's a noise in the tire(s) the dealer performed a recall that replaced the cooler hose.

- Summerset, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 302001


  • miles
Engine check light came on while driving and remained on. Had taken to dealership at least 4 different times for engine check light. Was informed problem cannot be located. Mechanic did replace computer which temporarily solved problem, but problem has come back.

- Linthicum, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions vehicle stalled out and died at highway speeds without warning. Dealer has inspected vehicle twice, and could not duplicate or correct problem. Manufacturer has been notified. Transmission failed too.

- Forest Heights, MD, USA

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