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2008 Kia Rio Repair Histories

33 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Kia Rio. 12 of these members (36.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 34 repairs to 2008 Kia Rios--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 34 repairs.

2008 Kia Rio repair cost distribution

Chart based on 7 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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2008 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Rio5 in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
15700 mi US $100 Original battery died after 4 years, 4 months of ownership. All other systems good. 
Kia Rio5 in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jan 2014
13020 mi   overdrive switch 

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2008 Kia Rio

Engine not specified

Kia Rio in Florida, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
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

Kia Rio in Oregon, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2013
32700 mi   CEL code P0496 high purge flow. Purge valve replaced under warranty. 
50700 US $40 Excessive brake noise. Powder/dust build up removed. 

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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Rio in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2014
36000 mi   Wheel bearing grinding. It was fixed in 2 trips to the dealer. 
44000   Ignition coil replaced due to engine misfire. 
55000 US $200 Drivers side ball joint worn to the point of almost coming out. I advised dealer of problem in the past but they stated nothing was wrong. Independent shop showed me the the problem and fixed it right the first time. 
Kia Rio in Nevada, United States
Jan 2009 - Aug 2014
31000 mi   Car has been lightly shaking at high speeds (70+ MPH). Dealer suggested it might be the tires. Will replace tires in June and see if that resolves the problem. 
39000   TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light came on, indicating that a sensor wasn't reporting in. Dealer cleared the sensor. 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. 
47000   Transaxle began to slip when shifting between Park and Reverse. Took the car into the shop - turns out there was a leak in a gasket at the top of the transaxle, which was leaking transmission fluid. Dealer replaced transaxle - covered by warranty. 
66000 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. 
138300   Pad replacement and fluid flush. 
162500   "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. 
Kia Rio in California, United States
Jul 2009 - Nov 2013
62000 mi   Harsh Shifting & rough idle that was improved by the AT software update. 
Kia Rio in Arizona, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2014
15000 mi   Transmission was slipping which happened at no specific time hot or cold.  The outside molding was crumbling around all windows. Front end was vibrating - was told that was normal for kia rios. 
23500   alternator went out had to be replaced 
25000   knocking noise when turning steering wheel, right strut replaced Had front strut replaced. Next day car ran worse. They didnt replace both struts @same time, or chose not to. Now left strut needs replacing. Ordered. 
38000   Replaced left strut that royal kia had said they had replaced. Trunk lightswitch had a short light switch ordered and replaced When using air condition it would turn off intermittently then come back on. 
38000   Sluggish with hot weather Air would fade in and out cool then run slow and warmer 
67000   Had to take car back 3 times, check engine light on, they adjusted. I let them know it was sensor for the transmission, after 3rd time they said it was the sensor. 
Kia Rio in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2008 - Apr 2009
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. 
Kia Rio in Colorado, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2014
14000 mi   Keyless remote will not work at times. Could not replicate. 
27000   Battery when dead and hood latch cable broke could not open hood to jump  

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