I am new to this forum. I bought a Kia Rio 5 door hatch in August 2002 and it is now coming up to three years of age. I have read a few owner reviews about them on the net, and some owners, (including me), like the cars but a few others have totally slammed them. One U.S. owner decribed his as "A Piece of S**t." They were his asterisks, I didn't censor myself. Notably, the worst of the owner reviews seem to come from the U.S., which makes me wonder if the cars sold there are made differently from the ones they sell in Australia. I know from what I have read in motoring reviews on the net that they have different equipment levels in the U.S. and other markets, so perhaps the cars are made to different standards. I even found a website that is devoted to people who want to complain about Kia products, which mentions class actions etc, but I have been very satisfied with mine. It has had a few things fixed under warranty, but the dealer has been extremely helpful and I have no real complaint. I'd be interested if anyone else would like to comment. One excellent thing about the Rio is the fuel economy- you couldn't catch the bus for the money it costs in fuel.