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Kia Rio repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 107 repairs.

Kia Rio engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

3000 mi Knock sensor needed replacement 

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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

32700 mi CEL code P0496 high purge flow. Purge valve replaced under warranty. 
77000 mi

US $98
Check engine light came on and code reader indicated misfire on cylinder 3. Changed spark plugs but code remained. Substituting ignition coil revealed coil on cylinder 3 was bad. Replacement coil is not OEM AFAIK. 

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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

44000 mi Ignition coil replaced due to engine misfire. 
18600 mi Check engine light came on. Vehicle went into limp mode, ran rough with low power. Drove approx 5km to dealer. Checked codes right away, no wait. Found problem to be coil for #2 sparkplug was dead. None in stock, so they robbed a showroom car - very fast. 
62000 mi Harsh Shifting & rough idle that was improved by the AT software update. 
39000 mi I noticed there was oil covering the top of the #3 plug. When I pulled it out, there was oil on the plug tip, though it looked fresh. Dealer examined it, found no internal source - suspect oil overflow during oil change. 
66000 mi

US $40
Attempted replacement of fuel filter - discovered the plastic fuel pump assembly had warped slightly, preventing new fuel filter from being installed correctly. Will replace fuel pump assembly ($220) at a later date. 
162500 mi

US $1650
"Check Engine" light came on and engine would not rev over 4000 RPM. Code revealed MAP sensor and cranshaft position sensor both failed. Replaced. Also replaced timing belt and flushed transmission and radiator since they were due. 
174000 mi

US $300
CEL turned on intermittently, P0124 code returned from OBD-II. Mechanic replaced thermostat, no effect. Replaced coolant temp sensor personally, this solved the problem. 

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2007 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi Coil replaced 
21000 mi Ignition coil failed. 

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2006 Kia Rio

Engine not specified

96720 mi

C $20
fan belt 

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2006 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

40000 mi

US $300
Car was hard to start after filling up. Replaced purge valve. Engine light still coming on. Possible problem with canister. Had evap canister replaced still light comes on and months goes off. Mechanic said it may be the comupter. 

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Kia Rio Engine Problems

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