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Pros: The look of the car and the cost, so resonable.
Cons: The seatbelt mechanism that goes into my hip when I buckle the seat belt.
Advice: BUY IT.I test drove a 2003 Rio and was very disappointed. Then I went to another dealership and drove the 2004 Rio Cinco and I was impressed over all. What you get with the car is astounding.
Cons: Suspect fuel economy
Advice: go aheadI love this car. It seems that we got much more than we paid for. (very good Price). My only concern is the fuel economy. The manual states that it gets 8.6L/100km city, or around 550 km's per tank. To Date 1900km's on the car we are only getting around 375km's with about 1/8 of a tank remaining. We have not talked to the dealer about it yet as I have heard that it could take up to 6000km's to fully break in the engine. Any comments?
Cons: Everything else. Piece of Junk
Advice: Buy Japanese, Toyota, etcThe Rio is the worst piece of junk I could have ever bought. I made the biggest mistake in my life purchasing this car. I bought this car brand new. The first weekend after the purchase it rained. My car had a flood of water inside. Turns out there was a huge hole under the dash which was only found and mended the fourth visit to Kia. They tried to fix the problem with new carpets. But the mold had already seeped everywhere. They ulitmately put this nasty deodorizer in the car, which was a disgusting orange. This never went away. We got to a crossroads where they could do no more to rid the moldy smell and they had a rep come see the car. The rep had the audacity to tell me the nasty orange/moldy smell in my car was not unusual and he could not help me out. I got a call from there customer service team who argued with me over the phone of whether there could be mold in the car. She claimed that Kia had magical fabric on the roof and the benches which could not be havens for mold. Meanwhile they devalued my car considerably with a nasty smell. The customer service team of Kia is worthless and defensive. My dad begged me to buy a Toyota, and I wish I did. I implore anyone who reads this NOT to buy Kia. It is a bucket of bolts on wheels that is worth nothing.
Pros: styling, grace, PRICE, entrance&exiting, EXTREME HEADROOM
Cons: REALLY small space behind the back seat for cargo when hauling people
Advice: take the dealer invioce price and work from there, don't start at the price they tell youit picked up speed like none other, though it did make some odd noises. handles very well. it didn't have cruise but that can be adder on later, dealer installed. along with fog lamps, something needed for my driving. i enjoyed the vehicle and plan to go make it my final purchase within the week.
Pros: Selling it a year and a half later with only 15,000 miles and getting $2,500.
Cons: The strange noises it made all the time.
Advice: Life is short, so don't waist your time.I purchased this car for a cheap car to get back and forth from work, but it spent about a total of three months in the shop over a year and a half. Every day it seemed to get loader and the wind noise drove me slowy insaine. If you care little about your time and even less about comfort I have found the car for you.
Cons: too much standard equiptment raised the price too high
Advice: stay away from the ugly brown colored interiordrove well and corners like a sports car; I can get on the freeway at a much higher speed going around the cloverleaf on-ramp than I can with some of my old muscle cars.
Pros: The huge trunk space.
Cons: Doesn't pick up speed as fast as I would like.
Advice: Buy one. You won't be disappointed.I signed a five year lease on 2003 KIA Rio RS last October after test-driving about eight other cars. By far, the KIA surpassed all others in price, appearance, size, trunk space, features and little extras (i.e. the lumbar support and sunglasses storage case/dual ceiling lights). It runs smoothly and quietly, has never failed to start in bitterly cold weather and gets great gas mileage. The five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and road side assistance sealed the deal. I have only one very small complaint. It doesn't respond as well as I would like when I have to pick up speed very quickly in order to merge with highway traffic. However, this really wouldn't be an issue if I were a better driver. ;-) I strongly encourage anyone with lots of class but not much cash to buy or lease a KIA Rio. It's a really sexy luxury-styled vehicle selling at a bargain basement price! Kelly J. Compeau