fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,000 miles

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2002 Kia Rio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Car loses power. Belt continuously burns and snaps. Dealership replaced engine, alternator, two transmittions, 10 belts and nothing fixed the problems. I just got my car back on Friday, Tuesday ot broke and is now sitting worthless in my yard. I still have three more years of payment on it. Am now going through lemon law process.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 182003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Due to an electrical problem the dealer had my vehicle for approximately 25 days. The car just shuts down. Dealer placed four fusible links on line that leads to fuse #13. The dealer had spliced into wiring harness, and they a did sloppy job. The dealer and manufacturer refused to correct this defect. My wife and family are now fearful of driving this vehicle due to unpredictable nature of defect and potential for serious physical harm to us.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 022002


  • miles
The car has been towed on 9/2 and 9/6 due to the car shutting down they said first it was the alternator and fuel pump now they say it is the battery cable today is the 15th of Sept. And I still do not have the new car I bought please help before it shuts down in highway traffic and I get killed. Nlm

- Rockland, MA, USA

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