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Kia Rio repairs by problem area

Engine (28%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

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

Other (4%)

Chart based on 114 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.

2009 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

3000 mi Knock sensor needed replacement 

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2009 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

71920 mi crank positioon sensor 

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2009 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

114700 mi

US $400
Engine light came on started shuddering barely made it up a hill, coil and tune up required also belts loose 

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2008 Kia Rio

Engine not specified

40000 mi

US $19900
Engine light on, required spark plugs, problem was resolved. 

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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

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. 
66000 mi

US $160
Motor mount collapse 
62000 mi Harsh Shifting & rough idle that was improved by the AT software update. 
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. 
44000 mi Ignition coil replaced due to engine misfire. 

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2007 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

53320 mi

C $660
Replaced both Oxygen sensors 

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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. 
134300 mi

US $100
Replaced evap control solenoid 
2000 mi Check engine light came on. The car was brought to the dealer and they found that there was moisture in a O2 sensor. It was cold out at the time and think it could have come from that. No issues since then. 

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2006 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

109500 mi

US $700
Head gasket leak discovered during timing belt replacement 
98140 mi

C $15
Gauges would zero out when accelerating from a low RPM. Eventually, an engine hesitation accompanied this symptom. I did two consecutive fuel injector additive treatments, problem went away. 
101520 mi

C $600
Head gasket leak.Head gasket,spark plugs and coils replaced due to leak). 

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2006 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

96720 mi

C $20
fan belt 
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. 
144300 mi

US $130
fuel pump. I suspected worn pump and found it had metal fragments in the pan below. I replaced the pump for good measure. changed maf due to a irregular readings during examining system for vacuum leak. 
149000 mi

US $200
replaced downstream O2 sensor showed slow reaction under emission test. 
157000 mi

US $50
Replaced Evap canister solenoid at fuel tank and the purge solenoid in the engine compartment. 
176000 mi

US $42
The starter relay I replaced I think last year or maybe a bit longer suddenly failed. It started acting as if the battery was low and then suddenly would not start a day or two later. The phenolic end of the relay cracked off. 
185000 mi replaced downstream oxygen sensor it was reacting slowly. 
176000 mi

US $100
Coil pack went bad, causing misfire. 

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Kia Rio Engine Problems

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