2011 Kia Rio engine NHTSA complaints: Engine

NHTSA — Engine Problems

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,565 miles

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2011 Kia Rio engine problems

engine problem

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2011 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 252016


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Kia Rio. While the vehicle was idling at any stop, the engine threatened to shut down without warning. The contact called a local dealer and was informed to have the vehicle towed to a shop, but the contact did not want to pay for the towing. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer advised the contact to tow the vehicle to the original dealer. The vehicle was not towed. The failure was not diagnosed or remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 012014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 89,130 miles
I'm really not sure what's wrong with it bit this is way happened. I was driving to workfrom lunch wasn't having any problems then all of a sudden the engine light stayed flashing. In the 4 mins that followed my car started loosing power so I pulled over to a gas station once I stopped the car I heard a knocking sounds and then the car shut off. There was oil, it wasn't black, it did not have white spots and there was no smoke V of any color coming from the hood or tailpipe. What was weird was that the antifreeze reservoir was completely bone dry. I had a oil change and fluids check and topped off the two months before and had checked the fluids myself the month before after my spark plugs were change. Needless to say finding no antifreeze in the reservoir was a little bit confusing. Had 3 mechanics look at it and they all said if the ass no oil they would have said the rod was thrown or piston broken but I need to pay someone to take the top off the engine to even get to where people guessing the problem is. Worse thing is the car is only 3 years old and maintenance is done on it so why I'm I having engine problems?

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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