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Kia Rio, Sedan, Wagon
#437 of 614 Re: Rio or Spectra? [backy]
Mar 31, 2006 (10:20 am)
The Spectra has cruise (available), the Rio does not.
I am not trying to be petty here. But there is a good aftermarket cruise for the Rio available. I have it and it works well. However, I believe the 2006 Rio has it as an option now. I never understood why Kia never offered it until 2006. If your 2004 gave such good service why are you not considering replacing it with a NEW Rio. I would think new would be better than used.
#438 of 614 Re: Rio or Spectra? [chuck1959]
Mar 31, 2006 (11:37 am)
Well, I guess to make it absolutely crystal clear to everyone I should have said that "cruise is not available on the Rio as a factory option". I thought that was understood, however. Shoot, you can't get a Monsoon audio system from the factory on a Rio either, but I'm sure you can find some stereo shop that will install one for you. And leather seats. And 17" wheels. And a moonroof. And lots of other things.
I can't find any mention of cruise being an option on the 2006 Rio. If you find information to the contrary, I know you will tell us.
I agree that for the same price, new is better than used--for the same model of car.
#439 of 614 Don't think cruise is an option yet on the '06
Mar 31, 2006 (11:40 am)
but my dealer tells me it's in the works, since people apparently are pestering Kia for it. I too find it curious that it wasn't offered to begin with, and not just the Rios, but the base Fit, xA, xB, etc. The existing aftermarket cruise doesn't get along with the '06 Rio's computer, so a different solution is being cooked up, according to my dealer.
Todd in Beerbratistan
#440 of 614 Re: Don't think cruise is an option yet on the '06 [b3nut]
Mar 31, 2006 (11:51 am)
I recently priced out a Versa with cruise, ABS, side bags/curtains, A/C, power package, 6-speed tranny, and CD stereo for $13,805. Kia should add that cruise pretty quick. Maybe they will do what Hyundai is doing with the Accent and introduce the 2007 Rio early, with some tweaked options.
#441 of 614 Re: Don't think cruise is an option yet on the '06 [b3nut]
Mar 31, 2006 (3:30 pm)
Don't think cruise is an option yet on the '06 but my dealer tells me it's in the works, since people apparently are pestering Kia for it.
Yes and I was one of those people! I did it when I bought my 2002 Rio Cinco and again in 2004 Rio Cinco.
#442 of 614 Re: Rio or Spectra? [backy]
Mar 31, 2006 (3:37 pm)
Sorry , I stand corrected. I don't know where I thought I saw that!
#443 of 614 Traded '06 Spectra for '06 Rio5
Mar 31, 2006 (7:02 pm)
My grandfathers '06 Spectra stalled on him a few times last week. It's 1.5 months old with 2000 miles. He brought it in to the dealer, they gave him a loaner and after 24 hours of testing told him there is a valve problem. They fixed it but two days later he had the same problem. This time he brought it to the dealer and said he does not feel safe in the Spectra, he was cruising on I-95 at 70 MPH and the car died, he had no power steering and no power brakes working, he let it roll until it came to a stop on the shoulder.
I felt guilty because I pushed him for many years to get a Kia and after 20 years with Mercury he decided to join me in February. Anyway the dealer was nice and when he demanded they give him a fair amount back for the Spectra they offered him $12,700. Not bad considering he bought it 6 weeks earlier for $14,700. He drove off the lot with a new Rio5 (black) instead. He says that after 1 week of driving the Rio5 he does not regret his decision. He admits it has less power but he loves the peppy handling and suspension, body style, hatch and dark interior as opposed to the Spectras Beige interior which gets easily stained! He also likes the leather wrapped steering wheel and metal pedals and metal trim (as I do!). I'm glad it worked out well for him, I was worried he would never trust me again!
BTW Gunther Kia in Fort Lauderdale where I buy all my cars from has been sold out of Rio5 for 10 days now, my grandfather got the last one. My friend who works there says they have a waiting list of customers eager to buy one. They do have dozens of Spectras which the sales manager is willing to give away at cost. Kia better start shipping those cars in soon while they are still in high demand here, especially with that car and driver report that came out this month!
#444 of 614 That's odd about the Spectra
Mar 31, 2006 (8:32 pm)
since that uses the Elantra engine, which has been really solid the last few years by all reports...sorry to hear about that. But I'm glad he got into a Rio5, they are a great little car. My dealer ironed out my one minor gremlin in a hurry, and it's doing great now. I was bummed when I got home tonight that my drive home was over, I was having an enjoyable drive. Really enjoying driving this little hatch.
Russ Darrow Kia in Madison has been reordering Rios and Rio5's left and right, they keep around a couple dozen in stock, they're still selling 3-5 Spectras a week and they're selling 3 Rios for every Spectra! I think Kia has a hit with this one...
Todd in Beerbratistan