"Had timing belt replaced at about 70,000 miles. One spark plug coil went bad at 80,000, so I replaced the spark plugs at that time also.
Only other issue was the condensation drain for the A/C plugged up, resulting in wet carpet on right side floor. Pretty simple fix.
Really, excellent transportation for the money."
"It's an ok car... She gets great gas mileage. I can drive from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake on one $27 tank of gas. Don't even try getting up any kind of incline without getting significant momentum or you'll be in 4th gear going 15mph. If you live in a flat city and never plan on leaving, this car is ok. For anyone who even has a steep driveway..... keep looking."
Pros: "lowest price by far when comparing new cars."
Cons: "Lowest quality driving experience, by far."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I have the 5 spd so it is powerful enough if I floor it. Light weight REQUIRES winter tires with any snow. M & S rated are worthless for the Rio. My mileage is 32 - 34 in the winter and 36 to 37 in summer. Torque steer in 1st is considerable. Disappears by 3rd. Buzzy like a chainsaw over 60 mph, yes in 5th. Kia only filled the tranny with half the oil needed initially. Dealer couldn't explain why shifting to 5th created sychro grinding until I waited a second to go from 4th to 5th. Warranty didn't cover 'noises' from tranny. Found out when changed out fluid at 60k miles."
"This is not the Kia of yesteryear.. My 5 speed 2009 Rio is a little jack rabbit! It feels tight and handles like a sports car. It can accelerate through turns without throwing your body into the passenger seat. The engine is spirited yet gets 33-34 mpg city/hwy mix. I imagine that a long trip could reach into the 36+ mpg range. The turning radius is amazing. This car can make U-turns like the wind and is a dream to park. Manual windows, door locks, mirrors...not a big deal for me. Less things to fail and cost you money."
Cons: "Nothing fancy, slow pickup, shakes at high speeds."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This is a nice little car that does it's job very well. Nothing too fancy or crazy, but just your perfect run-of-the-mill little car that'll get you here and there without any major problems. Sound system is great especially if you install satellite radio and AUX cable port."