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im so mad 2 weeks ago my timing belt slipped and f***ed the whole engine up bent several valves i just paid off my car 2 years ago it has just a little over 106,000 miles on it!! i had the timing belt done at the 70,000 mile mark along with all the other belts spent well over 1000 dollars. I found this site and started reading about kia rio timing belt problems knowing what i know now i dont think i would ever buy another kia. I was either thinking of shelling out the 3000 grand to get a new engine and have it put in or just buy another car all together. I bought my car brand new it has been loyal up to this point but i would kick myself if i went threw with getting a new engine only to have this happen again!!! I just not sure what to do... whats with terrible timing belts with these cars????:(:confused:
 

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It was the 05 and earlier Rios that had belt issues. 06-up have been ok. I'm not saying they never had belt problems, yours is proof that some did, but it wasn't consistent.

What you need to think about though, if you don't want a payment every month, is can you replace the car with something of the same or better condition for what it would cost you to fix that one? Probably not.
 

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tahoemist...
I found an 06 engine in another post in California on "car-part.com" with 47k on it for $600... Check them out...Rather than spend money on rebuilding you old engine spend it on a "drop-in" used.
Good luck...
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At the prices you can get them for it's worth repairing...
While the replacement has not been installed it's a good time to replace the TB to to make sure it won't happen again. Drain and refill the tranny also (if it's an automatic).
You may come in under $1000 and have a much lower mileage engine to boot..
Can't buy a "good" car for that price!
Keep us posted as it helps others to make similar decisions!
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Also take note that KIA Rio's are not the only cars having the timing belt/interference engine by far. Ford Escorts, and some Honda models used this type also.

Do you have an automatic or manual tranny?
 

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Timing-belt engine paradox

I own a 2003 Kia Rio and my timing-belt has destroyed my engine. I have decided to do drop-in with a new engine. My question is can I drop in a newer engine into my 2003? I was looking online and a 2003 engine costs around $1500 and has 90,000 miles on it. But a 2008 engine is around $500 and only has 40,000 miles. Could this cheaper 2008 engine fit into my 2003? Or any other newer year engine?
 

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Completely different engine...Nothing will bolt up.
Have you pulled the head? You might get lucky with a rebuilt head only.
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Thanks for the reply Dave - I have 2 broken valves sitting on the piston in the 2nd cylinder. I'm pretty sure the piston might be cracked. I'm trying to weigh the best cost effective methods of getting this taken care of. My regular mechanic is telling me it will take at least 9 hours of labor to take care of this and I have to see if labor and parts of fixing the head is worth it versus doing a drop-in.

And even if the engine is from a Kia Rio, same size and everything, but a newer year, it still won't work? I checked and it's split into generations, 1st generation is from 200-2005, so maybe a 2005?

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Shy...
This is a commonly asked question about using newer RIO engines in older RIOs...
Without MAJOR changes involving motor mounts/changing transmission/major electrical changes and wiring modifications to it.

The newer engine is the same one used in the Hyundai Accents the older engine was from an older engine design KIA was using up to that time.

The older engines are at a premium because of supply and demand caused by the major damage caused by the timing belt failures from owners not replacing them every 60k miles.. The newer engine (up till recently) still had a timing belt but failed less often from belt failure(s). It also was used in two brands so the "volume" of used engines is/was much higher. The newest version engine has a timing chain so a belt failure and head/piston failures will be a thing of the past.

If the cylinder walls have not been chipped or damaged...a new piston and rings/bearings/head may be the best solution "if" you chose to repair the car as un-damaged blocks are also in limited supply.

Dave
 
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