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#435 of 464 Good article about KIA in Detroit News
Apr 14, 2006 (12:39 pm)
Here's a good article from the Detroit News (no less!) regarding the perceived and real state of KIA these days.
The whole article's worth a read. Here's an excerpt:
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/OPINION03/604050376&S- - earchID=73241546650235
It's time for Kia owners to stand up for their choice
"The initial reaction of many who have driven the restyled Sedona minivan and all-new Optima mid-sized sedan is one of pleasant amazement. The ride, handling and performance are on par with any of high-quality competitor. The fit and finish aren't shoddy or cheap, but well-thought out and tasteful. Kia loads a lot of safety features and comforts in the vehicles but the price is significantly less than competing brands.
But today Kia still ranks low in the minds of consumers as a premium brand and will continue to be the butt of jokes -- whether deserving or not. And Kia owners are constantly defending and explaining why they bought a Kia.
If Kia continues on the road of quality improvement with an eye to value pricing, then the number of satisfied owners should continue to swell. Kia owners and intenders will begin to publicly display Kia pride. And one day Kia owners may be counted among the group of discerning buyers who know how to look fashionably fabulous at a competitively low price.
And when that day arrives, who will be laughing then?"
#436 of 464 Leno's Kia comments Stinx but he is only a comic
Apr 16, 2006 (10:01 am)
Kia makes as good a product(for the $)as ANYONE in the car industry. If and when this is seen as the truth depends upon the quality of their service and commitment to the great warranty offered in U.S. The best way to vote is with loyalty in purchase and honestly saying that our cars seem great to us. The old Rio was not the car the new one is, but it was a great value for price. I miss it being offered just as I miss the VW Beetle even though the Rabbit/Golf is a "better car" - at a higher price. Kia should bring the Picanto or a similar vehicle into the U.S. to fill the spot the Rio used to occupy.
I am very happy with the 2005 Spectra but still love my 1982 VW camper which is a completely different driving experience. IMO the Spectra is as a better car than an equivalent Japanese car, dollar for dollar. BTW I am seeing a huge number of Kias and Hyundais locally but not as many when I travel. Good local dealers make a huge difference in perceived quality. George in Wisconsin.
#437 of 464 Re: Check Engine Light [alesha]
Apr 17, 2006 (9:46 am)
My car is not accelerating as good now did they fixed that or what happen.
#438 of 464 Re: Check Engine Light [picu]
Apr 17, 2006 (4:46 pm)
They completely replaced the transmission, it was stuck in third gear.
#439 of 464 Re: 2006 Spectra EX Check Engine Light
Apr 20, 2006 (9:56 am)
I bought my Spectra as a replacement vehicle. I lost my car when I evacuated from Katrina on my motorcycle.
I drive alot, and was very very happy with my new purchase. I've read some of the horror stories here about the gas milage and except for the first two tanks of gas I get about 475 miles to a tank of gas (HWY), and about 400 (CTY). The braking system 4 wheel disc brakes are incredible. The handling could be is terrific for the car.
I've had the car since November 1 and have put somewhere near 26,000 miles on it. As I said I drive alot.
Anyway, this morning to my suprise I got in and my check engine light came on, and killed my day.
I have a manual transmission, and have scheduled an appointment with the dealer for tomorrow. Should I be concerned or what?
#440 of 464 Re: 2006 Spectra EX Check Engine Light [aleckia]
Apr 20, 2006 (9:59 am)
Since the dealer will probably charge a diagnostic fee (should be refunded if the car has a problem covered by warranty), if the car drives fine you might want to check the gas cap to make sure it is on tight (3 clicks at least) and wait a few days to see if the light goes off by itself. That light can go on for any number of reasons. I had the engine bay of my Elantra washed the other day, and the check engine light came on. After a few days it went off.
#441 of 464 Yeah I recommend the same thing
Apr 20, 2006 (10:03 pm)
backy does..drive it and see if it will cycle off on it's own. Or go to your dealer and keep your appointment. I know what you mean about it killing your day because you don't know what is wrong with your car. Don't worry, I have found the Long-Haul Warranty to be very comprehensive and covering everything I've needed. If it's a recall item Kia will also fix it for free.
If it's not anything your dealer shouldn't charge you either, however, the fact that your check engine light is now on means that something is no doubt wrong. But don't worry, it's probably an item that can be fixed pretty easily and quickly and not cost you anything but an hour or two of your time. I never minded-I just walked the Kia lot and enjoyed going over all of the Kia vehicles and talking to the salesmen about them. I'm kind of a Kia nut though, so, there you go.
Do come back and post what you found out, OK, aleckia?
#442 of 464 Re: Yeah I recommend the same thing [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 21, 2006 (5:19 am)
... the fact that your check engine light is now on means that something is no doubt wrong.
No, not quite. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap (or something like my car's wet engine). If that is the case, if there's not a warranty-related problem, the dealer can charge you a diagnosis fee. At my dealer that is $89. Now, if this is your first time in with a loose gas cap, they might be nice and waive the fee. But you can't count on that.
#443 of 464 Re: Yeah I recommend the same thing [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 21, 2006 (7:02 am)
Well, i took the car in yesterday, late afternoon, they threw it on the computer, and what do you know GAS CAP. I forgot I lent my car to a friend the day before, and the good friend he is he filled my tank and didnt secure the cap. Great friend indeed. Anyway, while sitting in the waiting area for my ride the service manager comes and tells me my car is ready. No charge or anything, and I'm a very happy Kia owner again.
#444 of 464 Re: Yeah I recommend the same thing [aleckia]
Apr 21, 2006 (7:48 am)
Sounds like a dealer worth sticking with.