Something SCREWY with KIA RIO keys ? Anyone ?

05-04-2009, 09:13 PM
I bought a used 2003 KIA RIO for my daughter.

The keys are non-standard KIA !

Normal KIA RIO key blanks are mirror image ridges to what her keys are !

I modified the Key edges with Photoshop for privacy....

No-one seems to know why or how this happened.
I really doubt someone went and changed all the locks on this car !
That would cost a fortune....

Has anyone else had this problem ?

Her keys (2 doors, trunk and ignition) take a wider key and with mirror image ridges versus
what is in the books for 2003 RIO's....

Her Keys are - - ilco x269 KK5

and the Blank that is for that year KIA RIO is - ilco X253 KK3 - Narrower.

How the Hell can this be ?

Any KIA repair, parts, sales folk out there who know about this ?


05-16-2009, 02:54 AM
I just looked at my Key and its the same as yours. I bought my 2003 Kia Rio Cinco new so I know the locks have not been cahnged.

03-21-2010, 10:07 PM
Hi there Dr Bill, I recognize you from the Metro forum. I just bought a 2002 Rio, (to replace the '99 Metro) There is only one key and it is badly warn. So much so that I can take the key out while the engine is running. I've never seen that before.

04-15-2010, 09:53 PM
Old thread but for those that want to know the correct Key blank for an 01 thru 05 KIA Rio is ILCO plank number X253----KK3

I don't care what the guys makink the keys say this is the blank, spent too many years making keys myself.

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