fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,767 miles

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2001 Kia Rio lights problems

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 052001

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,300 miles


The caller said the dealer made new holes in the frame to put the bolts in. The dealer cut the frame to put smaller bolts and nuts in. Another dealer said doing that ruined the integrity of the frame. Also, there was an exhaust leak into the vehicle. The transmission bracket was bent and it would not hold the transmission in place. When the dealer fixed it the bolts fell out. The caller had to take vehicle back to dealer. The check engine light was on constantly. Vehicle will not pass inspection with the light on. Dealer said it will pass inspection with the light on. Manufacturer said they could not do anything to help the caller because the warranty expired. The caller said fuses blew out. He replaced the fuses over 200 times. The dashboard lights, headlights and other exterior lights went out.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012004

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Headlights failed at 40,000 miles. Low beams do not work, high beams will work if hold back lever. Fusues are fine, lamps are fine.

- Magnolia, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 012002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated both sides of the headlights are pointed in a upward position. Making it difficult to see at night.

- Homeland Pk, CA, USA

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