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2008 Kia Rio Problems and Repair Histories

33 TrueDelta members own a 2008 Kia Rio. 12 of these members (36.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 32 repairs to 2008 Kia Rios--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2008 Kia Rio problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2008 Kia Rio problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2008 Kia Rio problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2008 Kia Rio repairs by problem area

22% of the 2008 Kia Rio repairs were to the engine, 13% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 19% to the suspension, 28% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 32 repairs.

2008 Kia Rio repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 Kia Rio repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 33% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, 17% between $500 and $999, and 17% more than $2500.

Chart based on 6 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2008 Kia Rio problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Rio5 in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2012 15000    
15700 100 Original battery died after 4 years, 4 months of ownership. All other systems good. 
16000  
Kia Rio5 in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 12400    
13020 0 overdrive switch 
32240  

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2008 Kia Rio

Engine not specified

Kia Rio in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2011 39000    
40000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 12000    
32700 0 CEL code P0496 high purge flow. Purge valve replaced under warranty. 
50700 40 Excessive brake noise. Powder/dust build up removed. 
65000  

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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Rio in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 36000    
36000 0 Wheel bearing grinding. It was fixed in 2 trips to the dealer. 
44000 0 Ignition coil replaced due to engine misfire. 
55000 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. 
65000  
Kia Rio in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 19000    
31000 0 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 0 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 0 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 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 300 Pad replacement and fluid flush. 
157000  
Kia Rio in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 28000    
62000 0 Harsh Shifting & rough idle that was improved by the AT software update. 
 
Kia Rio in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 14000    
15000 0 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 0 alternator went out had to be replaced 
25000 0 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 0 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 0 Sluggish with hot weather Air would fade in and out cool then run slow and warmer 
68000  
Kia Rio in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 17980    
18600 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 1000    
14000 0 Keyless remote will not work at times. Could not replicate. 
27000 0 Battery when dead and hood latch cable broke could not open hood to jump  
43000  

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