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Kia Rondo, Wagon
#267 of 409 Re: 2007 Prices [tmurphy]
Mar 05, 2008 (4:52 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 (5:28 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 (12:16 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 (8:18 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.
#271 of 409 Need an auto trans.
Mar 06, 2008 (1:45 pm)
I'd like a MazdaSpeed 3, but, my GF doesn't do well with a stick, that is why the Vette has an auto. Don't want any more than the two seating levels but think it would be nice to have something to haul stuff in, thats why the CX-7 or the Rondo. Like the Rondo better than the Mazda 5. Seems like quite a bit of vehicle for the money. Imagine the depreciation is pretty tough but would keep it until it almost died, so that isn't a big factor.
I'd get a Yaris 2 door (which I think is the best looking of the "pygmy" cars) but it doesn't have appreciably more hauling space than the Vette. Plus it's pretty anemic, power wise, although for a daily "beater" it probably would not make a lot of difference.
#272 of 409 Re: Need an auto trans. [sra1]
Mar 07, 2008 (5:08 am)
How about a Matrix, Fit or Versa?
And I'm surprised you like the Rondo over the Mazda5, since from everything I've read, the driving dynamics are better in the Mazda5.
#273 of 409 Re: Need an auto trans. [bobw3]
Mar 07, 2008 (7:13 am)
Yes, I would highly recommend taking a look at the fit. Great price, exceptional gas mileage, Honda name, and good cargo room (back seats fold flat). Also, the sport package looks very nice. The Versa (hatchback) is a good option too: more seating room than the fit, cheaper, but less gas mileage and the seats fold, but not flat. Of course, you can get a lot more room for not much more with the Rondo (I am a Rondo owner myself). Any of these options, including the Mazda 5 or the Matrix would be better than that Yaris.
#274 of 409 Any Previous Kia Owners out there?
Mar 07, 2008 (10:39 pm)
Okay obviously the Rondo is still a newer vehicle, but after speaking with some of the aftermarket parts places it seems the only place to get parts for Kia's is the Dealer, which may explain why they want $600+ for the alternator on the 2.4L Rondo. I know there is warranty for 5 years (Canada), but how about other parts like brake rotors, I spoke with someone with an 05 Sportage and apparently he ran into a similar issue when he did his brakes, no one carried aftermarket rotors or pads.
Also as far as maintenance goes, do Kia's tend to require a little more TLC. I'd hate to get one thinking I was getting a great car for a good price only to find I'm getting hammered on the maintenance later. After all you have to figure the reason the warranty is so good is because they know that in order to keep the warranty valid you have to keep up with the recommended service which most people will go back to them to do, espceially if you are required to use OEM parts and you can only get them from the dealer.
#275 of 409 Re: Any Previous Kia Owners out there? [wheelspin1]
Mar 08, 2008 (4:41 am)
"I'd hate to get one thinking I was getting a great car for a good price only to find I'm getting hammered on the maintenance later."
Well, I am not sure about that statement, wheelspin1. Last month, I had my 2007 EX V6 to the dealer for an oil change, filter, and the 8,000 km scheduled maintenance. The tab was $34.
My last car, a 1998 Legacy AWD wagon bought new, cost a lot more than that at 8,000 km, and even my 1991 Civic Si, bought new, cost more for the same service. I don't recall the costs for these two, but it was way more than $34!
#276 of 409 Re: Any Previous Kia Owners out there? [bgw]
Mar 08, 2008 (6:34 am)
Just had our 2007 EX V6 in for the 15,000 mile service. $199.95 Seemed like they through in a lot of stuff just to jack the price up. New air filter, fuel injection service, oil treatment, rotate tires, lube and oil change and a lot of checks (check this & that). I looked on the service board and the 30K service is twice the price but they do a transmission flush and a coolant flush.