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2008 Kia Rio repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 45 repairs.
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2008 Kia Rio repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (21%)

Chart based on 14 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 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Rio5 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

83000 mi

US $67
Engine light. Diagnosis described engine knock. 

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2008 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Rio5 in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jan 2014
Aug 2010

13020 mi
overdrive switch 
Kia Rio5 in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

15700 mi

US $100
Original battery died after 4 years, 4 months of ownership. All other systems good. 

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2008 Kia Rio

Engine not specified

Kia Rio in Florida, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
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 Hawaii, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

63000 mi

US $500
leaking freon 
Kia Rio in Oregon, United States
Jul 2009 - Oct 2016
Feb 2011

32700 mi
CEL code P0496 high purge flow. Purge valve replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2012

50700 mi

US $40
Excessive brake noise. Powder/dust build up removed. 
Nov 2014

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

Kia Rio in Nevada, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
May 2009

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. 
Sep 2009

39000 mi
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. 
Nov 2009

47000 mi
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. 
Aug 2010

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. 
May 2013

138300 mi

US $300
Pad replacement and fluid flush. 
Jul 2014

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. 
Dec 2014

171000 mi

US $400
Rear drum and shoes. 
Mar 2015

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. 
Sep 2015

182000 mi

US $350
Blower motor died, replaced. 
Sep 2016

200000 mi

US $50
Blower motor resistor died, replaced in driveway. 
Kia Rio in Ohio, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2016
Jun 2016

173000 mi

US $50
Replaced purge valve. 
Kia Rio in Colorado, United States
Jun 2008 - Oct 2014
Aug 2009

14000 mi
Keyless remote will not work at times. Could not replicate. 
Mar 2011

27000 mi
Battery when dead and hood latch cable broke could not open hood to jump 
Oct 2014

44000 mi
Remote keyless problem never fixed. It would still come and go but only when the inside of the car got very hot. But never when it went to the dealer. 
Kia Rio in Arizona, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2016
Feb 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

23500 mi
alternator went out had to be replaced 
Jan 2011

25000 mi
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. 
Apr 2012

38000 mi
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. 
Jun 2012

38000 mi
Sluggish with hot weather Air would fade in and out cool then run slow and warmer 
May 2014

54000 mi
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. 
Mar 2016

66000 mi

US $1510
Replaced right passenger side door mechanism Motor mount collapse Front struts replaced 
May 2016

67000 mi

US $399
Right motor mount replaced Air condition going on and off 
Kia Rio in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2015
Apr 2011

36000 mi
Wheel bearing grinding. It was fixed in 2 trips to the dealer. 
Dec 2011

44000 mi
Ignition coil replaced due to engine misfire. 
Nov 2012

55000 mi

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 California, United States
Jul 2009 - Nov 2013
Mar 2011

62000 mi
Harsh Shifting & rough idle that was improved by the AT software update. 
Kia Rio in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2008 - Apr 2009
Sep 2008

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. 

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