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Kia Rio, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#19 of 91 Re: Rio 5 2006 [lightout]
Mar 04, 2006 (8:43 pm)
I spent all day at the kia dealer. Took my ex with me, her 2000 Sephia needed some mechanical work and instead of fixing it she bought the Rio lx in olive/gray with biege interior. I also got a nice look at the all new 2006.5 Optima. I liked it so much I bought one in Grey. I took the LX 4 cyl engine. That 2.4 with 161 hp feels like a 6 cyl. My wife was most happy about the purchase because she gets to have my beloved Rio5 SX. I think we will share both cars because I am so attached to that Rio!!
#20 of 91 Re: Congrats! [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 16, 2006 (7:23 pm)
Oh, I'll keep everyone posted as to how my new Rio5 does. So far on the first day it's been a nice little car. The headlights and foglights work well, and the high-beams are quite bright. I noticed that the window buttons are illuminated at night - even the ones on the passenger doors. That's a touch you don't often see at this market segment.
Everything on the dash is well-lit at night too, making it very easy to operate. Kia put a lot of obvious thought into the ergonomics of this vehicle, and it shows. The heater is strong, and I have no doubts as to its abilities to hold up to Wisconsin's winters. I'll be interested to see how the air conditioning fares this summer.
So far, the more I drive this car, the more I like it. That's a good thing, I think.. Kia indeed has the power to surprise...two months ago I would have laughed at the thought of buying a Kia. But once I drove them and looked at the cars, I bought one. We'll see how she holds up over the long haul...she's going to be maintained at the dealership by the book, so I bet she does very well. Russ Darrow Kia has a superb service center, so I expect good things.
This is definitely a car to check out if one is in the market for a car in this class.
Todd in Beerbratistan
#21 of 91 Kia Rio5 AC
Mar 16, 2006 (8:16 pm)
The Rio5 AC is awesome. I live in Miami where even in the winter temps are in the 80's. I use AC all day long and this is my sixth Kia. It gets so cold on level one that I rarely max it out.
I know 2 people that bought '06 Rio LX and 1 other guy that bought Rio5. So far all of us are very impressed. It's hard to say that a 1.6 Litre 110 hp engine is sporty, however the car really has a sporty feel to it. The leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, the metal pedals and the metal trim really give the car that sporty look.
My friend Ally bought her Rio5 last weekend and she claims that the car is more fun to drive then her 2002 Mitsubishi Galant that she traded in. My buddy Dave also enjoys his Rio LX which he purchased after trading in his 2003 Hyundai Elantra.
Todd, anybody else out there that buys a Rio or Rio5, be prepared to be surprised by Kia, this car is great quality and a fun ride. It is fully loaded with features that are not always found in the mid-size segment. I dont think I have ever been as excited about any car as I have been about my Rio5. My wife feels the same way about her Rio5 BTW!
#22 of 91 Another possible Kia convert??
Mar 17, 2006 (1:42 pm)
My nieghbor Jimmy has a 2005 Scion XA. We were talking today in the hallway about cars and he asked to see my Rio5. I let him take it for a ride around the neighborhood. He was very impressed. He claims that the Rio5 seemed much larger, better legspace and hipspace. He says the engine was much more powerful and quicker and ten times quieter.
He told me that he was so amzed at the difference that he is going to go to the dealership this weekend and see what it will cost him to trade in for the Rio5. If he buys one that will be my third bird dog this month ($100 each customer).
#23 of 91 My New(?) Rio5 SX
Mar 19, 2006 (6:51 pm)
Bought my Rio 5 SX last Saturday. I REALLY like this car but have had a bad time with the dealer. The car was sold to me as a new car (it had 877 miles on it), the prep SUCKED (the car reeked of cigarettes and all they did was spray some awful cherry spray in it) and there was a cigarette burn in the front seat(They didn't even offer to replace the seat; just wanted to patch it). I have spoken to: the dealer, my lawyer and the state's attorneys office as well as Kia corporate. It's a shame that the experience of having a car as good as this has to ruined by a dealer that wants to save a few bucks. Amazing!! There's even more than that, but I won't bore you all with those details.
Like I said, the car is a delight. There was a problem I was having with some pretty sad gas mileage, but upon checking the pressure in my tires it was almost 50lbs (another part of the great prep done on the car) After adjusting the pressure (30lbs), mileage seems to be more in line with what it should be AND the ride seems to have smoothed out some. I'm interested in seeing how durable it is, having been a satisfied Toyota owner for years.
#24 of 91 Re: My New(?) Rio5 SX [yeddo]
Mar 19, 2006 (7:30 pm)
Congrats on the Rio5. Sorry about the dealership problems. Just wanted to encourage you to expect the car to be very durable. I have owned 5 Kias since '98 and never had a major mechanical issue. Worst problem was an axle that needed to be replaced on my '98 Sportage which they fixed the same day and gave me a free rental.
I am very confident in my new Rio5 (my wife and I have 2). Considering that Kia quality is ten times better now then it was a few years back and I never had a problem back then, then I can assume I should have no problems whatsoever with our 2006 Rio5's!
Before my '98 switch to Kia I was also a Toyota consumer. I am glad I switched to Kia and dont plan on leaving. I am sure that despite the dealer screwing you around, you will be satisfied with your Rio5. Good luck!
#25 of 91 Re: My New(?) Rio5 SX [riomike]
Mar 20, 2006 (6:12 am)
Thanks for the encouraging words. It's good to hear about the durability. I like driving this car alot.
#26 of 91 What a pleasant surprise
Apr 11, 2006 (12:16 pm)
Bought my son a 06 Rio5 3 weeks ago. Wasn't really looking for a new car, but when a local dealer advertised a brand new Rio5 with a MSRP of $14,110 as a "loss-leader" for only $6990 I couldn't resist. I hadn't done much research on the vehicle prior to purchase. I knew I was getting a great deal, but didn't realize I was also getting a great car. I am amazed by its refinement and by the advancements in quality KIA has made over the past few years. Love the sporty handling and comfortable ride.
Car did not have the power package (couldn't expect it for the price), so my son and I installed aftermarket power door locks. Installation was straight forward, but took most of a Saturday morning and afternoon.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with our Rio5 and feel fortunate that I lucked into such a great car.
#27 of 91 Re: What a pleasant surprise [rtimbo]
Apr 11, 2006 (1:00 pm)
$6990 for a new Rio5?? I think that must qualify as the DEAL OF THE CENTURY!!! Was that with just tax and license added? You (and your son) are very lucky people.
#28 of 91 Re: What a pleasant surprise [backy]
Apr 11, 2006 (1:55 pm)
It was $7740 out the door including tax & license. Believe me we feel very lucky as people were camped out at the dealer overnight to get this deal. When the dealer opened his doors at 8 AM it became a mad house. After a heated discussion with the sales manager and the gathered throng/mob it came down to a drawing of numbers from a basket to determine who who get the 1-only deal. I was fortunate enough to draw the number one which allowed me the get the Rio at the advertised price. Needless to say, there were several dissappointed would-be buyers. I felt badly for them since they had waited so long for the opportunity and I had only been there since 7:50 AM, but not badly enough to give up, as you so aptly put it, the DEAL OF THE CENTURY. The sales manager said that, as far as he was concerned, any customer who is at his door when he opens, can buy the sale vehicle.