Kia Rio Transmission Problems

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Kia Rio repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (3%)

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Kia Rio transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (60%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 5 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

13020 mi overdrive switch 

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2008 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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. 
15000 mi Transmission was slipping which happened at no specific time hot or cold.  
38000 mi Sluggish with hot weather 
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. 

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2007 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

68200 mi Clutch plate got faulty. Shifter rod broke. 
71940 mi

Left front shaft went bad.  
74400 mi

I notice a tweeking sound when fully was fully turned to any direction. visited the workshop and was informed my shaft had gone bad. Shaft replaced and noise stopped. 

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2006 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

149000 mi

US $200
replaced both front axles (new) worn and slight vibration 

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2003 Kia Rio5 4dr Hatch

104-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

24800 mi Manual transmission was replaced under warranty. 

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2003 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan

104-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi

US $2500
Transmission failure, company failed to tell us that we were in a severe use area, and that our driving habits were not the maintenance schedule to follow. So since we didn't change the transmission filter and fluid at 30,000 miles they will not warranty 

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Kia Rio Transmission Problems

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