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  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I would like to buy a used cinco, It's a 2003 with 30,000 miles on it and also 5-speed. Is there anything I should be looking for?
  • ptorsielloptorsiello Posts: 1
    I'm in NJ where are you at??? Just seen one also
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    and in the town I live in now I've seen one other Sportage, a black one. I have yet to see a Kia Rio Cinco yet. I have seen a Kia Sephia, too, it's similar to the original Kia I bought in May of 1999.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    Is it just me and the way I drive my 2004 Cinco? Are they all real suggish at first the pick up speed? Sometimes when I start off it moves slowly, then it really picks up. Also would it help if I turned off the O/D or should I kepp it on at all times?
  • We've had our Cinco a week, and the inside driver's door handle broke when I tried to open the door. Has anyone else had this problem? Otherwise, we like the car.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    Kia Rio5 takes over for the Kia Rio Cinco. It's a whole new design, with a wider stance and side and side curtain airbags standard. There's an orange-reddish one at my local Kia dealer that has a 5-speed transmission, A/C, power everything, for $14,095.

    It's pretty sharp looking. I'm taking a good look at it. It may be too small for us inside, we'll find out at test-drive time. I may take the one there at Robert Allen Kia (my local Kia dealer)for a test drive. The automatic transmission model gets 35 mpg and the manual transmission model gets 32 mpg(I believe these are averages of hiway/city driving). Also, the 1.6L 4-cylinder motors Kia installs in them are the new CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing)engines that give off less emissions and get better gas mileage.

    Early reviews of this new Kia Rio5 and Kia Rio sedan are very favorable. Thy have been given good press as to their handling capabilities. I also like the sedan(just named the 2006 Kia Rio sedan)and wouldn't mind a jet black 4-door sedan model, either. Kia went for the "European" look with the sedan and I really like it's raked up trunklid and the new Rio sedan taillight treatment. ;)

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • I am glad my local Kia didn't have the 2006 Rio 5's yet when I went to buy a Cinco. I wound up buy a 2004 Cinco with 1,917 miles. I think the Rio5 looks too much like a "hatchback" as opposed to the "station wagon" look of the previous generation.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    was going for...the hatchback look, more sporty and less conventional "station-wagonish". They both look good, really. chuck1959, I'm glad you like your 2004 Kia Rio Cinco. I like them, I remember sitting in one in 2001 when we bought our Sportage 4x4 and thinking it felt kind of cramped in the cabin. That was the first model year for the Rio Cinco if memory is serving me correctly. I wasn't in there long, though, my wife wanted the Sportage 4x4 and that was the rig I wanted the most, too, so I was very distracted. I may test drive soon at my nearby Pocatello dealer and see how the new Rio's rate for inside room. It looks like it would be big enough for us.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • I have a 2004 Kia Rio Cinco. It seems to hit bottom when I go down a low drive or hit a dip. Does this happen to anyone else? Also has anyone got better MPG by turning off the o/d while city driving and turn it back on when in the freeway/highway? I have also found it to have better pick up with the o/d off.
  • My son bought an RXV last month with 36,000 km on it. When driving down the highway on Monday the front wheel broke off the axle.
    Know of anyone whom has has this problem?
  • corbekacorbeka Posts: 5
    I have an 03 purchased new in 04. So far so good. I haul around grandsons and all their equipment and it works out fine. VEry dependable. Had a window problem and it was fully repaired at no charge. My question to all is: when the car was in the shop I rented a car from a rental agency. I forgot all my manuals, car papers, title and many other things in the glove box. I've been trying to trace it but no luck. That car has been to so many places. How do I replace a manual for the Kia? I have the 100,000 guarantee and don't have any of the [phone numbers or contacts for that. Also have the satellite location thingy and all that paper work is gone. Any idea how I replace these things? Thanks.
  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    Oddly enough my owners manual :confuse: along with everything else was stolen out of my glove box when mine was broken into. I got my replacement on E-bay. Just do a search under "(whatever year) Kia owners manual and you should find one. I believe a '03, '04, and '05 are all the same. I got lucky and found one for my year model (2004).
    Good luck. By the way I was able to get it for 15 bucks.
  • corbekacorbeka Posts: 5
    Thanks Chuck, never thought of E-Bay. I guess I'll call the dealer to see if the other stuff is available - like copies of the 100,000 guarantee? Sorry you lost all your stuff. That happened to me with my other car. Months later the police dept. in the town next to mine called and said they had some of my paperwork. Sure enough, there it was. Just never know.
  • I just bought an 2003 cinco, w/18186 miles on it for 6900, it has A/C, Stereo, CD, auto trans,, seems to be in very very good condition... I figured by now, people who have the 03 should have all the problems figured out and what to watch for...any insight on this,,, was that a decent price?? thank you
  • I just bought an 03 Cinco and the drivers seat was worn by previous owner Very heavy set gentleman.. My question,,,will a seat from a 2004 0r 2005 , fit without any modifications,, Thank you
  • corbekacorbeka Posts: 5
    Been trying to answer but my computer doesn't like this site????You got a good deal on your Kia. You paid 1/2 of what I paid for the same car new. I've only had to change oil and filters. The window did fall into the door and had to be repaired but that was at no charge. Wish you well with your Kia. Oh, due to the car being so low, I finally lost the plate that was under the car - I assume to keep moisture and dirt out of the engine? iT WAS DRAGGING FOR A few days and a neighbor took pity on me and removed it. Hope its not one of those things that you "have" to have.
  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    Oh, due to the car being so low, I finally lost the plate that was under the car - I assume to keep moisture and dirt out of the engine?

    Does anyone know why the car is so low in the front? I have to be careful or the front hits. Is there a way to make it higher?I have a 2004.
  • Boy,, these Rio Cinco's must not be high mileage car,,looks like every one that was here, isn't paying att'n, must've "burnt" up the engine and got rid of 'em,,, cause nobody is talking,,,LOL thank you
  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    The only response I can think of is What the heck was that all about????
  • Like, it is probably a waste of time to ask a question here,, only 2 people answer and they don't have an answer,, just a little talk, whick is OK, but no answers. so I think they've Burnt out,, or don't have there kis's any more
  • corbekacorbeka Posts: 5
    Like maybe the Kia owners have little to say because they have little to complain about???Could that be it? My mileage is hard to decipher because I do mostly city driving with lots of stop and go. It is noisy on the open road - but so was my GrandAm and Olds. There were probably not two coats of paint on the outside - a primer and then the color - I know this by the scratches other cars leave me. So, what do you want to know about, complain about your Kia? I don't know didly about the motor, all the moving parts. Just turn on the key and let it roll. If it does that I am a happy driver. :confuse:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    I'm thinking you could buy seats from a 2004 or 2005 Rio Cinco and they would fit your 2003 Kia Rio Cinco. You could call a Kia dealer to ask them that specific question and then see about ordering the seats if they do.

    Shouldn't be that large of a project, but it sounds like it's worth doing for your driving comfort. It also sounds like one I'd attempt to do myself to save some money, too. :D

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • well, that stirred up a few people,, serious,, My wife loves the cinco,,She is proud of it and brags to her fellow church-goers, after all these years,(aerostar, contour, escort, pontiac, & mazda,others) This is is HER car,, all the others were mine.. I just get on here, cause maybe what happens to the cinco happened to other people and they got a solution to it,, therefor I don't have to look like an idiot when i walk into dealer, and say, it's making a thumpity-thump under the middle rear end,,, cause, i already know answer thanks to other people,.. Thanking Y'all now for any help in the future.
  • wruplewruple Posts: 1
    I've had one Kia (marketed by Ford as the Festiva) and now another (marketed by Ford as the Aspire)and have had no problems. The first one, I put over 300,000 miles on before I finally sold it for $500 and a couple of years later I saw someone still driving it. All I ever did was keep the oil changed and replace some break pads and a CV joint. I regret selling it. I also had a fuel pump go out on me. This second vehicle now has 145,000 miles and still no problems but needs a CV joint. I don't think you could get those high miles out of a Ford without some "fix or repair daily" problems. A few years back I bought a new Kia Sephia from a Kia dealer in Birmingham, Alabama. I drove the car for three or four months, bought insurance but kept waiting on them to provide the paper work for a tag and address to send my payments. They kept making excuses and then one day I got a letter saying my credit could not be approved after several months and to please return the car! I later heard similar horror stories concerning their dealerships and wild claims (buy one get one free bs) and their in-house financing. I recommend Kia highly, just get a good used one and stay off their dealership lots and their mountains of bs.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    to take and drive and still hadn't approved your financing! That is a messed-up dealer, they don't know what one hand is doing while another is doing something else.

    I agree, Kia's are great rigs. The thing is, they're not expensive to buy them new(and you get that great Warranty that way), but if you wait and buy a used one you can really score a bargain. Something to ponder.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    I agree, Kia's are great rigs. The thing is, they're not expensive to buy them new(and you get that great Warranty that way)

    When you buy them used the remaining warrenty transfers to the new owner. When I went to the dealer (where I bought my 2002 Cinco...32,000 TROUBLE FREE miles....looking for a 2005 Cinco last August, (they were out of all 2005 Rios and Cincos). But they had a slightly used (1,971 miles) 2004 Cinco. Of course I checked it out of course and it was actual mileage. Saved a bundle and still had a majority of the warrenty.
  • Hey, I have seen to lost the owners manual to my Rio Cinco 2003 and I need to get some information, my hatch isn't currently locking I'm wondering if there is a button I'm able to press or if something is wedged in there to keep it from locking,any information links would be great or info period.thank you
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    no, I disagree. I have bought two Kia's. One is a 1999 Kia Sephia sedan and I traded that Kia in on a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4. Both have been fine vehicles and my Sportage 4x4 now has 111,300 miles on it and it's running like a champ.

    Just follow your owner's guide and service schedule carefully. You don't have to get service done by a Kia dealer but you do need to save all of your car's service receipts. Your Kia will be a fine rig.

    BTW-I sat in a 2001 Kia Rio Cinco, red to be exact, on the day I bought my Sportage 4x4. I liked it and really like the design of the hatchwagon. Sort of a predecessor to the Rio5. I wanted to test drive the '01 Rio Cinco but my wife wanted the Pepper Red Sportage 4x4 we had already spotted. It was not hard to want the Sportage, too, but I liked that Rio Cinco and, you know, reliability-wise I think it's held up very, very well for people.

    You can't beat the Long-Haul Warranty. I also think that Kia has a great body-design team, among the best in the world. Great body designs. Enjoy your Rio Cinco and be proud of it! :D

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    I bought an 03 Sorrento a year ago with 39000 miles on it.
    Budget car sales said the 03 had a transferable 10/100
    warranty.Is this true?If it is not then I will unload
    it at 60000 miles.So far the things that have been fixed
    under warranty are 1.lift struts for hatch replaced 2.
    drivers door seal replace,3.left headlight and both
    brake lights,4.Diode to fix dome light and door locks
    being erratic.This is all minor BS and it is better
    than the Explorer or Outback I have owned.$50 does not
    fill it up and that's an ouch!
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Never owned a Kia but I have owned a Hyundai. Believe they're the same.

    If I remember the power train warranty ends at 60,000 miles on transfers. All of the things you mention are non-power train related and would end at 60K anyway (do I remember this correctly, it's been almost 2 years).

    Question-- Why would you be unloading a high depreciation car because of the warranty if you'd had good luck with it? My Malibu Maxx stops at 36 thou. and I'm expecting to run it to 150.

    Crappy mileage is another thing, and do think these are gas hogs.

    BTW-- why are you posting this on the Rio boards?
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