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2002 Kia Sportage - (M5) 4x4 4dr
Pros: The manuveratability
Cons: can't say much
Advice: Just make sure the dealer does the detailingWe bought the 2001 and we added the hard cover for the rear tire and cruise for $375.00. We have already gone over 13,000 miles and are going again for another 5,000. I change the oil and filters every 3,000 and add an oil enhancer for the 4 cylinder and the mileage is around 26 on the highway
2002 Kia Sedona - LX
Pros: table between the seats
Cons: to many small compartments all over the front cannot use cup holders
Advice: be cautious - the windshield will probably crack and it is $700.00 to replacewindshield cracked for no apparent reason. I know of 4 Sedona's that have this problem. KIA will not fix it. Other glass companies have told us the Sedona has a stress problem.
2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon
Pros: um...I didn't buy it
Advice: Pass this oneI rented this car for a few days. Wow am I glad I didn't buy it. It felt like it was about to fall apart at any second!
2002 Kia Sportage - (M5) 4x4 4dr
Pros: The price!
Cons: Under Powered....but I can live with it.
Advice: Make sure you drive it....and understand what it is your buying....its not a V8!I just bought my new Kia a week ago. I made the purchase because I wanted a SUV and they were the only people who would fincance me with no money down. Also I did not have a car, only a motorcycle....and its getting cold! Beggers cant be chooses. So with that in mind, I like the car so far. Yes its a little under powered and you have to slam the doors in order to get them to shut. The appereace of the vehicle is that of an egg. Its ugly. But it beats walking and its cheap!
2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan
Cons: the ride
Advice: It is only good for a 'first' new car. Never down grade to this.When I first Tested the car out before buying it, it drove nicely. I really liked the car and the way it 'scooted' around. It seemed like it was going to be a great car. Then after about 500 miles, the car started to drive poorly. It skips all over the road and the car vibrates when the brakes are applyed. It feels like I'm riding in a go-cart.
2002 Kia Spectra - GSX (M5) Liftback
Pros: comfortable ride
Cons: need a few more horse power
Advice: Make sure if you want remote controlled mirrors you ask for Electrically controlled!I bought a 2001 GSX with cruise option. Quieter than I had expected. Performance improved once it was broken in. Heat comes on faster than any other vehicle I have ever owned, even on very cold days. AC Worked great. A little low to the ground when entering and exiting. Comfortable for 4 with no problem. I love the hatchback since it keeps me from storing junk there like I would in a regular trunk.
2002 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan
Cons: Quality, Ride
Advice: Buy ANY other brand.My friend, who doesn't read before she buys, bought the p.o.s. Sephia, thinking she was saving money and not giving up quality in the meantime. I told her to buy a civic like anyone else who wants reliability, but she had to be cheap. In 6000 kms, her transmission went TWICE. Sure, the car is covered under warranty, but she's been left roadside twice. I would recommend reading Consumer Reports, the only non-subsidized source of advice out there, and they will tell you the truth about KIA's awful quality and worse ride. I just sold a 1995 Accord with 210,000 kms and had NO problems with it, EVER. I bought a new 2002 civic three months ago. It's already shown its value beyond the KIA, and you can only imagine what resale and quality will be like in 4 years or so!