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Kia Rio is Actually a Pretty Good Car by Matthew, Philadelphia and then Orlando on 10/09/2008. Trim: 2004 Kia Rio Sedan, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Amazing Turning Radius Cold A/C Amazing native Sound System that protects itself from over loud sounds Average comfort sitting for extended periods quiet engine warranty is amazing and the two things that ever went bad with it were a rattling rusted off heat shield on the under carriage from salt corrosion and a wheel alignment problem after I hit a curb dirfting in snow. The KIA service people routinely undercharge for their services. It has a nice sporty look to it, especially the classic red model (my model). Decent mileage @ 29mpg after 3 years and no tune up. (this was slightly above average for this year) Amazing driving control on snow and ice. 100mph max.
Cons: The acceleration trick has to be employed to get any pickup (Ie. revving the pedal half way real quick, letting go a tiny bit then pushing a little harder after it "Catches") The A/C gets too cold as even the lowest setting will eventually freeze you out (you need to adjust the temp dial) the A/C may smell funny at first in moist hot regions. little leg room for back seat passengers. 6 inches more would have helped immensely. after two years the engine starts to shake the whole car lightly. Your brother's ex-wife, if she's crazy, can take your car without your knowledge to a KIA dealership and get a copy of your car key made, no questions asked...
Overall review: THERE IS A RECALL on the rear child seat belt, go to your KIA dealer to have it fixed for free. I am biased and blinded because it's my first car, but driving other cars feels like riding an elephant, my kia rio is a sporty hot shot but also a svelt hummingbird. If you treat it right, keeping it tuned and oiled, it will perform in the coldest and hottest weather. I rates everything 7. everything is halfway between satisfactory and Perfect. Great is too strong a word, but "pretty good" is still too weak to describe it. Stylish, but not so desirable that it risks theft. Here is what went wrong during the three year life of my car. 1. check engine light for defective Oxygen sensor last week. $25 2. rusted screw on heat shield beneath car rusted out from salt corrosion in winter conditions fixed last week $25 3. wheel misalignment from doing donuts skidding on ice and hiting a curb at 3mph, fixed last april. $40 that's 3 years of work, not including oil changes . I still love my car.
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