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Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio with mileage: all of their problems

About the reliability of these blockbuster we have Korean cars say a lot. And, surprisingly, it really is — checked expert “Behind the wheel”.Alexey Revin “driving”Expert

Kia Rio and Hyundai Solaris second generation sell well in our market.

In many respects the ground for such performance prepared cars of the previous generation. They began to sell in 2011, and during the operation they have proven to be highly reliable. No wonder a huge number of them works in a taxi.

Nevertheless, on specialized forums a lot of information about various problems faced by the owners of the first generation Solaris and Kia Rio platform.

Engine

The motor produced in China at the factory, which belongs to the Korean concern of Hyundai/Kia. Therefore, all quality standards are met. A feature of the engine is that it is devoid of lifters, and will need to adjust the valve clearance. And is its biggest drawback. According to the regulations, the adjustment should be performed after 90 000 km. This work is quite complex, as is associated with the dismantling of the camshafts. And another 200 000 km on the replacement ask for the chain. The procedure is also quite labor-intensive.

Check the clearances with a feeler gauge is easy and inexpensive. But if the gap “left” to avoid a knock or burnt valves need adjustment.Check the clearances with a feeler gauge is easy and inexpensive. But if the gap “left” to avoid a knock or burnt valves need adjustment.

Inspect the circuit can be removed the valve cover, and replace — just parsed the whole front of the engine.Inspect the circuit can be removed the valve cover, and replace — just parsed the whole front of the engine.

In addition, in the vicinity of the motor is a node that is in a bad situation can kill the engine is the catalytic Converter. If the material is broken ceramic honeycomb gets into the cylinders, damage and piston scuffing on the cylinder walls is inevitable. And this leads to overhaul of the engine.

To prevent the problem, the Gulf fuel brand gas stations. The beginning of the destruction of the ceramic block is not late 80 000 km. To be safe, you need to inspect the surface of the ceramic through hole for the oxygen sensor and, if necessary, to change the Converter for repair.

The catalytic Converter is located only a few inches from the cylinder head. When chipping pieces of the ceramic catalyst can enter the cylinders and damage the work surfaces.The catalytic Converter is located only a few inches from the cylinder head. When chipping pieces of the ceramic catalyst can enter the cylinders and damage the work surfaces.

The stock cooling system of the motors is small, so the honeycomb with a clogged radiator may overheat. The same effect was caused by a strange fault with a loose impeller of the blower motor to the shaft. The problem was compounded by the fact that on some machines the family in a simple configuration was missing the dial pointer temperature. And when you see the red light symbol in the instrument cluster, it may be too late.

Nevertheless, this engine can be considered relatively reliable in compliance with (and preferably reducing) the replacement time of oil and regular diagnosis.

Transmission

Gear boxes, mechanical and automatic, are very reliable units. Only sometimes there were unfortunate instances of the “mechanics” of increased noise, and single copies of four of the machines broke down with mileage 50 000 km — quite acceptable by modern standards, the defect rate in mass production.

Suspension

Resource of hub bearings is very much dependent on the quality of the roads, but in General it rarely reaches 100 000 km.

Replacement front wheel bearing is no more difficult than domestic FWD cars.Replacement front wheel bearing is no more difficult than domestic FWD cars.

In Solaris and Rio is sometimes found leaking steering gear and a few more — backlash rack, followed by a thud. The reason is wear of the bushing that holds the right end of the rack. The bushing had to be replaced by more durable metal. Repairs carried out under warranty, and after warranty specialized services fixed the problem for an amount not exceeding 3,000 rubles.

The first batch of Solaris was poorly tuned rear suspension. Short-stroke and relatively weak absorbers have not contributed to exchange rate stability. Calibration of springs and shock absorbers were changed twice during the first year. The final solution is acceptable, but the capacity, which is able to provide rear springs, still considered insufficient. By landing three rear passengers and the trunk loaded “feed” sags too much. Many owners have installed reinforced spring.

Electrical equipment

Very reliable system came from Korean producers. Known cases, when the alternator brushes went about 300 000 km. the Owners of these cars didn’t do anything with the electrics, except for periodic replacement of worn lamps. However, the head light and on a new car is not so hot, and even the forest is deteriorating because of mutneyuschee caps of the headlights. Also, Solaris may need to replace the bumper because of a failed attachment protivotumanki headlights.

In the case of even a light contact of the bumper with an obstacle, or simply from excessive vibration PTF sometimes break off the mounting brackets of the bumper. The owner of this machine had to repair the bumper or replace it.In the case of even a light contact of the bumper with an obstacle, or simply from excessive vibration PTF sometimes break off the mounting brackets of the bumper. The owner of this machine had to repair the bumper or replace it.

Body

The metal outer body panels thin to such an extent that getting stone sometimes not only leads to paint damage but a small dent.

Paint prone to chipping, but the corrosion does not develop rapidly. In our version of the Hyundai Solaris is operated by the first generation of the early release, and the inspection confirms a fairly high corrosion resistance of the body. Only rust areas that were subjected to repair after the accident. Well, or chipped on the roof, which was not otsinkovanyy.

Hyundai Solaris last generation, as the platform Kia Rio was available in two versions: sedan and hatchback.Hyundai Solaris last generation, as the platform Kia Rio was available in two versions: sedan and hatchback.

With mileage approaching 100,000 miles, significantly weaken the latches of doors, so you need to be careful opening the door in the Parking lot next to another car.

Many elements of the interior are easily scratched and if treated soon become shabby appearance. The steering wheel too quickly loses a trade dress, scratched.

Car windscreen quite delicate. It happens that the crack spreading through him from contact with the stone. However, the market a lot of cars that have the windshield even weaker.

Cars collection Solaris/Rio few technical problems, and no one can not be called massive. Specialized forums like to pick to pieces the manufacturer with rare defects, but experience shows that the vast majority of motorists and taxi drivers exploit cars without colliding at all with any problems.

  • How to save money on maintenance of Solaris first generation, find out here and on this link you will find a selection of illustrated instructions for self-maintenance Rio.
  • Corrosion of the body is a problem often faced by owners of Hyundai Solaris, and many other cars. Experienced motorists have long been acquainted with Tsinkor — the best way to combat local pockets of corrosion.

Photo: Hyundai, Kia, “Behind the wheel”

Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio with mileage: all of their problems

About the reliability of these blockbuster we have Korean cars say a lot. And, surprisingly, it really is — checked expert “Behind the wheel”.

Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio with mileage: all of them проблемыHyundai Solaris and Kia Rio with mileage: all of their problems

About the reliability of these blockbuster we have Korean cars say a lot. And, surprisingly, it really is — checked expert “Behind the wheel”.

Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio with mileage: all of their problems

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