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2003 Kia Rio

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Information shown for entry-level Wagon.

Fuel Economy:
City 22/Hwy 30/Comb 25 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2003 Kia Rio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.3
Out of 10

Based on 275 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.1/10
    Quality
    6.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.2/10
    Performance
    6.6/10
  • Comfort
    6.6/10
    Styling
    6.7/10

Worst Car Ever

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I don't think I will ever buy a Kia again. This car has been nothing but trouble. It hasn't even reached 100,000 miles and the engine is failing. The car shakes all the time. It does not like to accelerate which is a big problem when I try to drive on the interstate. I have to constantly take it to a shop to get it fixed. Plus I hate the manual locks and windows! Overall a terrible car!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

CHEAP!

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Electric Windows"

Cons: "Everything other than the windows"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This vehicle has been nothing but problems, especially with it's transmission. Of the year and a half I've owned it, I've only been able to drive it for half of that time, maximum. The rest it's been in the shop, being repaired. It's an extremely cheap vehicle, not even including cruise control. I was honestly surprised it had electric windows, probably the car's best feature. If you're on a budget and looking for a car that will at least work, this isn't it. I have a used 2005 Rio, but with my experience, I'm scared to try a new one."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Transmission about to give out. C V joints bad, al

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Transmission bad, makes loud noise when at traffic red light steering wheel shakes also CV joints are bad. left brake light is out also other problems unknown."

19 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Overall good car

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, maneuverable, and fuel efficient"

Cons: "no power windows"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is a fairly reliable car with comfortable interior and great fuel mileage. It has standard features for it's time and has the characteristic problems you'd expect with any car over 10 years old, all minor and fixable."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Interior elements prone to breakage

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Cheap"

Cons: "climate controls break frequently."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I have had to replace inside door handles, replace sun visors, repair door latches, and replace the climate controls (3 times now). It has also developed a short that I can not locate that blows the fuse to the right-tail light. Also has an issue where it will not start. Mechanic has not been able to isolate the issue because it happens at random."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Worst experience ever

By on Sunday, July 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gets you from a to b"

Cons: "can cost you alot of money to keep going"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Piece of junk car it was a waste of space and time I have it for sale now if interested for a teenager this is an okay car"

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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