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Advice: DO NOT BUY A KIA!!I bought this vehicle with 157 miles on it and the first week the check engine light was on. I took it in and they stated nothing wrong. I have never had so many problems with a new vehicle in my life!! One thing after another and all Kia says is 'There is a 10 year 100,000 mile warrenty for your vehicle'. Oh Sure, Everytime it goes in the shop (which has been plenty) I have to get a rental because Kia does not incude a rental during repairs. The most recent - I took my car in (lets not forget there were 5 other people with the same car in for service too) because when you step on the gas or break there is a loud rattling noise but Kia service says nothing is wrong with the car. I have owned the vehicle one year and I am now purchasing something else, but the not so fun part is that I still owe $10,000 on this car and other dealers will give me $4000.00 what it is worth. I will suck it up only to get this living nightmare out of my life! I would not wish this car on my worst enemy.
Pros: The style of the car.
Cons: Mostly everything.
Advice: DO NOT BUY THIS VECHICLEWhen I first took this car for a test drive, I thought it was the one. I took the car home and the first couple of days I noticed my curtain airbags were sticking out. I have the LX model and for some reason, my doors lock automatically( I think Kia put a curse on my car). Now my sensor on the dashboard telling me that my airbags are ON do not work and I called Kia and they stated that they knew of this problem but can not fix my problem no time soon. Kia refuse to fix anything down here in Dallas, so if you see this vechile, PLEASE DO NOT BUY IT!!!!!
Pros: the look
Cons: engine noise
Advice: Don't pay what you would pay for it's competitorI actually bought this car left over from 2004. Got it for less the $10,000. The car looks great inside and out, however, everything looks and feels paper thin. Shutting the trunk for the first time feels strange because it is so much lighter than you would expect. The engine light will come on if the gas cap is not VERY tight. The engine makes alot of noise, more than it should. Shifting it is not enjoyable at all. The engine seems to not want to decellerate during shifts. You can feel the front wheel drive power in the steering wheel during steering and accelleration. It does feel very sturdy and you get a smooth ride. The look is very nice. The warranty is great. I am pleased with my purchase because of the price. If I had to pay a price simular to Ford focus, corrolla, or civic, I would purchase one of those cars.
Pros: I like the car overall very well
Cons: gas mileage is not impressive for this type vehicle
Advice: Buy it if it fits your needs, it is the best value in its classthis vehicle feels very much like my wife's Honda Civic. It feels sold, handles well, and is very comfortalbe. I have had no problems with it after 1000 miles and the dealer personnel were very nice. I am not impressed with the gas mileage however. I find the power to be very adequate even though I have an automatic.
Pros: THE CD PLAYER
Cons: I DON'T LIKE THAT I DON'T HAVE POWER LOCKS AND WINDOWS
Advice: JUST BUY IT!I OWN THE NEW KIA SPECTRA LX. IT IS MY FIRST CAR, AND I BROUGHT IT BRAND NEW. THEY ARE VERY AFFORDABLE, AND A EXCELLENT FIRST TIME BUYERS CAR.
Pros: Low price and 10 year warranty.
Cons: After only 10000 miles while driving on open road rpms went between 5000-6000 and I had to pull over to put in park and then back into drive. Took to dealer and said no problems found but got papers from service center stating there was a problem.
Advice: If you plan to keep car for duration of loan period it's great. If you plan to trade it in, beware! Value greatly depreciates once driven off lot (about $6000)Car handles very well on the open road. Gas mileage slowly getting worse. Maintenance is current, but still doesn't help my mileage. Acceleration is not that great even when a/c is off but I learned not to pull out in front of anyone anymore.
Pros: Look, speed, gas mileage, and WARRANTY!!!!
Cons: I can't think of anything yet!
Advice: Get one! NOW they have a rebate right now. :-)I went to drive a Kia Spectra, Saturn Ion, and VW Beetle. Kia blew me away. It is a silent drive, mager head room and leg room. The color options are spectacular. The dealership, Temecula, was laid back and easy going. Top that with the 10 year warranty and it will knock your socks off!