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Kia Rondo, Wagon
#261 of 409 Re: KIA's Long Term Performance [wheelspin1]
Feb 28, 2008 (5:23 pm)
enter your location in your profile as it will show up when you hover of your name (kind of a dumb way of doing it), I am assuming you are from Canada - me too! I own a 2008 EX 5-seater model
4cyl - Chain
6cyl - Belt
this is correct, some of those dealers don't know the car very well do they! you should download the owners manual from the KIA Canada website, this will give you a lot of info, that what I did and was a tremendous help in answering a lot of questions as well as forums such as this.
2. This is a heavy vehicle empty, how does the 4cyl perform under load?
this vehicle is only about the same weight as a CR-V FWD with auto and only comes with a 2.4L engine. I have the 4 cylinder and I am more than satisfied with it. It out performs my previous vehicle that had a 2.8L V6. If you are getting the 7-seater and going to have it fully loaded a lot I suppose it may not be satisfactory, I guess its all what you are used to and expecting. You'll have to drive both (I didn't, because when I drove the four, that was much more than I expected and enough for me). The transmission is very smooth and quiet (but you can tell its a four) and the manual portion of the auto is a great feature, particular in bad weather.
3. How does KIA measure up with parts availability and cost over time
I would suspect that those 03/04 are dealer items, probably because the vehicle is still under warranty. You don't have to worry about repairs for 5 years (if you are in Canada). I can't answer your long term question as I have only had mine for 4 months, but my last vehicle was an '86, so I plan to keep this a long time too. Usually the biggest problem on any vehicle in Canada more than repairs is body rust and I plan on getting mine Krown rustproof shortly because if you get it done within 6 months of purchase you get a lifetime warranty. I research the Rondo for 9 months before purchase and there was quite a few other vehicles I considered too.
#262 of 409 Re: KIA's Long Term Performance [wheelspin1]
Feb 29, 2008 (1:08 am)
1 Yes I4=chain, V6=belt. And yep sales guy don't know their products all the time.
2. I've got the I4 7 seater and for most things it is great. I do mostly city driving and the 4 cylinder is fine. The only compliant with the I4 4 speed auto is that on "some" hill it will down shift when I don't think it needs to, I just pop the shifter into manual mode and it is fine. Today I was hauling 4 guys + Me to lunch at work. And it worked great I4 did its bit so that's 800 lbs of men on board? and no compliant about room. One of the guy, the boss, who was the smallest, did take the third row and he was okay.... Soooo...
3. As for parts, and longevity that is the big question.
Good Luck, KC
#264 of 409 Any modifications yet ?? Exhaust or better intake ??
Feb 28, 2008 (10:34 am)
Anybody made any mods yet ?? Exhaust or intake?? Aftermarket wheels ?? Anything ??
#265 of 409 2007 Prices
Mar 04, 2008 (11:29 am)
What are people paying for a left over 2007 Rondo EX V6 fully loaded?
#266 of 409 Re: 2007 Prices [tmurphy]
Mar 04, 2008 (1:11 pm)
On a loaded EXV6 with a $23,535.00 MSRP price I got a quotation of $20,812.94 which included tax, title and license. (in other words, Out The Door price)
I think I'm going to offer $18,500.00 out the door and see what happens. I'll go to $19,000.00 but that will be about it. Remember, a new car loses 20/25% of the value the minute you go off the dealers lot. Plus a 2007 is about 6 months off the average model changeover, even though the US dealers, other than the rental companies, are just now getting the 08s on their lots. So, IMHO, an 07 should carry a lot more off MSRP than an 08 model.
#267 of 409 Re: 2007 Prices [tmurphy]
Mar 05, 2008 (5:52 am)
Check out ebay (for american pricing).
Search for rondo
..too bad I can't get those prices here in canada
#268 of 409 Re: 2007 Prices [sra1]
Mar 05, 2008 (6:28 am)
Just curious...if they say no to $19,000 what is your plan to buy then?
#269 of 409 Answer to above question !
Mar 05, 2008 (1:16 pm)
See what kind of a deal I can make on a CX-7. Thats what I started out wanting, only problem with one of them is worse gas mileage than the Rondo and it has to use premium. So does my Vette, for that matter, but I want the Rondo/Mazda for a daily driver.
Did get 31.2 mpg with the Vette between Little Rock and Dallas - running about 80 or so on the cruise control. No where near that good in city driving, though.
#270 of 409 Re: Answer to above question ! [sra1]
Mar 06, 2008 (9:18 am)
Good hwy mpg...not much wind resistance with your vette!
So you don't really need a 3 row vehicle if you're also looking at the CX-7? Ever think about something smaller as a daily driver? Like a Matrix, Fit, Mazda3 5-door? They're all pretty practical like the Rondo (minus the 3rd row) and all get better MPG.