really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles

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2006 Kia Rio engine problems

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2006 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012011


  • 36,000 miles


Engine light stays on...dealer has done nothing to solve this problem except unplug battery and plug it back in. Light still comes on. Mileage per gallon is very poor.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 012008

Rio 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle behind her almost rear ended her vehicle. The contact was barely able to drive onto the emergency lane. The vehicle would not pick up speed, it would only coast very slowly. The failure happened twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they were unable to find a failure. The contact stated that the service manager of the dealership was rude and was banging his fist on the counter. She stated that she felt very intimidated by the ordeal. A diagnostic test was not performed. The vehicle was not repaired. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer. The contact also stated that the vehicle had electrical failures. The failure and current mileages were approximately 74,000. Updated 01/12/11 the consumer stated less than two weeks of owning of the vehicle she was involved in an accident and the air bags failed to deploy. Also, the radio/cd player did not work, and the shifter lights were inoperative. Updated 04/15/11

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 082009


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Rio. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall upon decelerating and the engine warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. Typically, the vehicle was able to restart immediately after the failure. In addition, the vehicle would vibrate abnormally when in fifth gear while driving between 40-60 mph. The dealer replaced the throttle body and the fuel pump, but the failure recurred shortly after the repair. The failure has not been properly remedied. The contact called the manager of the service department and is currently waiting for a response regarding the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000 and current mileage was 43,997.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 112006


  • miles
Consumer 2006 Kia Rio air conditioner blows hot air, heavy white smoke comes from underneath hood. The engine continued to run after the radiator cap was replaced.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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