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    2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: the radio

    Cons: the gas milage

    Advice: ture and just walk away

    I bought the car new and i have had i for a 1 year and it has been in the garage 3 times. I would not advise anybody to buy one. You'll just wast your money.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: sun roof and CD player

    Cons: reliability

    Advice: Go for less features and get another make of van

    I was thrilled to find this van with all the features, low price, and great warranty. Too good to be true? Yeap. I had my first Sedona that I bought in October 2001 towed to the shop at least 4 times. Finally, the dealership gave me another Sedona because the first one was a lemon and I spent a lot of my time in a compact rental car. Kia customer service would not respond and they will not even tell you who the Service Representative is. Needless to say, the new Sedona worked for a week before the check engine light started coming on. Transmission is mushy. Next time, spend the extra money on a Dodge or Honda. I have less than 1,000 miles on this newest one and I'm looking to trade it in on something reliable. Warranty is great...you'll need it. I am very disappointed in this manufacturer's customer service and workmanship.

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    2002 Kia Spectra - GSX (M5) Liftback

    Pros: Easy access to the controls

    Cons: It needs a keyless entry

    Advice: Kia may not be a 'big' name, but all you're paying for in other cars is the name.

    I purchased my Kia after researching and test driving more than 6 other cars in its class. It has all the features I want, a great warranty and it was the least expensive. I would like a little more power, the automatic engine doesn't seem to have enough torque at times. I also wish it had remote keyless entry, ah well, it was only $14,000. Overall, I am very pleased. I am confident that it will last me through college and beyond.

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    2002 Kia Sportage - (M5) 4x2 4dr

    Pros: I love the look of it

    Cons: You have to slam the back wheel an average of 3 times to get it to stay shut.

    Advice: If you plan on an alarm system, they usually come with automatic door openers. Don't spend the extra for that feature up front.

    I've owned my Sportage for a couple of months now. I really enjoy it and got a good price so I'm pleased overall. There is something that you should know before buying. The 10yr/100,000 bumper to bumper warranty that they offer is misleading. In truth, they only give you a 5yr/50,000 warranty and you have to purchase the other 5yr 50,000 at a steep price($1,200 or more if I remember correctly). That was a shock when we got into the finance department. Our dealer has been very helpful and has taken care of us well. I hope your experience is the same.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Seating Flexibility

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: EX models go quickly - be prepared to buy when you test drive.

    An amazing value. Sedona is comfortable, performs well, and costs $5-8K less than closest competitors that aren't as well equipped. We put 15,000 miles on it in six months and like it more now than when we first test drove it.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - LX

    Pros: Sound system, exterior and interior designs, sharp head light design, & comfort

    Cons: Quality of windshield - stress fracture. They should recall this! Many compartments can be a plus but they're so small it adds little to no value. AC button - the light is so dim I can't tell if I have the AC on or not.

    Advice: Ask what they will do if the windshield breaks before signing.

    I agree with most folks that it has a smooth ride. But I thought the acceleration could have more of a kick. I can choose to give it extra gas but I hate to drain more gas than it already does. Having owned subcompacts all my life, I really noticed the difference of 15 city & 20 fwy fuel mileage. As much as I like the car, it really is a gas guzzer, which I'm not too fond of.

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    2002 Kia Sportage - (M5) 4x4 4dr

    Pros: Price

    Cons: reliability

    Advice: Don't be so gullible to half-truth commercials

    My sister bought this heap last year. Every time a Kia advert comes on the t.v., comparing these bargain-basement vehicles to Hondas, I have to laugh. My sister, and apparently too many others, have to learn the hard way that 'you get what you pay for'. remember Lada? They sold like hotcakes for years because people somehow think a low-quality new car is better than a high-quality used. My sister is considering returning the car as per the new 'Lemon Law'.