really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,788 miles

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2006 Kia Rio steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 172014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


When I make a right turn the bell ring and it stay on I am not sure if it is in the door the right turn or steer wheel column.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172009


  • 53,000 miles
I was driving my Kia Rio. I knew there was a stop approaching. I hit the brakes, the brakes went all the way to the floor and when I tried to turn away from traffic the steering wheel would not move. I hit a Yukon and totaled my car. The airbags never came out.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 042007

Rio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Rio. While making a sharp turn at an unknown speed, the contact stated that the steering was harder than normal. The vehicle was aligned and the tires were rotated under warranty. The dealer test drove the vehicle twice and stated that the steering was normal. The manufacturer stated that since the dealer could find no steering failure, they would be unable to assist. The current mileage was 15,200 and failure mileage was 14,000. The consumer stated that steering makes it difficult to change gears because both hands are needed to steer the vehicle. Updated 12/12/07

- Lexingon, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 172006

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
I purchased this 2006 Kia Rio LX new from gracia Kia of albuquerque. After driving the vehicle for several days, I noticed that the car has a tendency to "walk" or "wobble" at freeway speeds of 65 mph or higher on primarily concrete freeways. This problem is not noticeable on paved road ways, just concrete freeways which have been grooved. I took the car to dealership and they checked the vehicle over and could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. I was told by the dealership that the mostly cause of the "walk" was the narrow wheelbase and the small tires that come on the car as standard equipment. On the service request, the fix was listed as "test drove the vehicle on freeway at higher speeds found vehicle to handle same as a new 06 Rio. Called tech line - no other info. Put on alignment rack - normal. Npf".

- Edgewood, NM, USA

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