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#1013 of 1409 New Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings
Nov 04, 2005 (1:56 am)
I guess we all know that Consumer Reports didn't like the Amanti when it tested it against some other large cars. However, the owners of Amantis who also replied to the CR annual auto survey (I was one.) definitely did like their cars. The Consumer Report New Car Preview 2006 issue is now on the newsstands and in the Predicted Reliability charts on pages12-16, in the large car category, the Kia Amanti came in second only to the Buick Lacrosse. It received a 20% better than average rating which is double the Toyota Avalon's score. This just underscores that we're driving a well kept secret but also indicates that more and more people are noticing the Amanti as a good, reliable car that's a genuine alternative to more expensive vehicles with far fewer features. Let's make sure our dealers know about this so they can continue to spread the word.
#1014 of 1409 Ref:Follow up (MagMax)
Nov 04, 2005 (12:20 pm)
I got the same color and yes after 3 days, still love the car.
Nov 06, 2005 (11:37 am)
Just wondering if anyone had put steel winter rims on their Amanti and what tires were used.
#1016 of 1409 Re: Winter rims and tires.... [sailormannorth]
Nov 07, 2005 (11:00 am)
Don't put steel rims on they look cheap and you'll regret it later like my friend did.
He said that he is going to order alloy rims after christmas, and get rid of the steel ones.
#1017 of 1409 Re: Winter rims and tires.... [shadow99688]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:46 pm)
Yeah.... your right. Keep the original rims for winter and go new alloy next spring.
Has anyone tries Goodyear Triple Tread tires on their Amanti?
Nov 10, 2005 (9:20 pm)
I've had my 04 (cobalt/gray) Amanti since April or so. It is the nicest car I have ever owned. Never expected to be able to have a car this nice. It was a new old-stock car.
1) Several other cars which I have owned had the ability to change some of the settings in the computer. The service tech hooks up the shop computer and can change things like
- does the horn toot or headlights flash when you lock it?
- tire size compensation
- lock doors at a certain speed
- other similar settings.
My service guy claims he has never heard of any car having this capability.
The change I really want is to add Instant Mileage to the trip computer. From the manual it says that North American cars don't have the feature. I think that this would really help to see what moment to moment changes in driving style would have.
2) ebay always has several sets of nearly new OEM take-or wheels and tires. If I go to studs, I would do this so the perfect appearance of the car doesn't"t change.
#1019 of 1409 Re: New guy [mikeyg04]
Nov 11, 2005 (10:19 am)
Very interesting...my '04 does indicate instant MPG. Are you saying that your model does not have this feature?
#1020 of 1409 Re: New guy [topgear]
Nov 11, 2005 (12:39 pm)
My 04 does NOT have the instant MPG. In the smaller manual it describes the computer including instant MPG, then down below there is another entire description labeled "North America only" that goes through the entire explanation again, but entirely omitting any mention of instant MPG. (entirely) When I poke the button to cycle through the different functions, instant MPG doesn't appear.
Two different dealers didn't have any idea about this. This is about the only annoyance I have had with the car.
#1021 of 1409 instant mpg...
Nov 11, 2005 (5:14 pm)
Wow that's interesting about your missing instant MPG. I wonder why that was omitted. To tell you the truth, the average mpg is probably more accurate and useful. I never use the instant as it is too scary to watch (usually low numbers). Although it would have been nice for Kia to leave the feature in for those that want to use it. Anyone else notice this (or lack thereof) feature?
Just a tidbit -I was told that the very first Amanti's had a black instead of blue computer screen, (perhaps in Korea only?). Anybody with one of those or was that just a rumor?
#1022 of 1409 Re: instant mpg... [topgear]
Nov 11, 2005 (5:37 pm)
I know something about that.
In mid May, 2004 my good friend and I bought our 2004 Amantis at the same time so we could negotiate a better deal. We have compared notes on every little detail. Recently his computer screen was not functioning. He, like I and most, if not all of us had a blue screen. We also loved the instant MPG feature. When he brought the car to the dealer, they replaced the screen. Now he has a black screen with white numbers and he has two features missing: the instant MPG and the one that tells the distance traveled since the last fill up. He's not happy, but the dealer said that was the only replacement available. I had my own screen replaced when the car was only a few months old, and I got the blue one with all the same features.