Last post on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:30 PM
You are in the Kia Forte / Forte Koup
What is this discussion about?
Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda MAZDA3, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#53 of 72 Re: Just a FYI... [colloquor]
Dec 21, 2009 (2:06 pm)
Generally, all the Asian manufacturers use a cable-actuated clutch, whereas most European cars use a hydraulically-actuated clutch. Once you drive a car with a hydraulically-actuated clutch, the cable-actuated design simply doesn't measure up to the smooth operation of the hydraulically-actuated clutch. The comparison is night and day.
Um....my Mazda6 has a hydraulic clutch, as are all Mazda mtx's as far as I know...
#54 of 72 Re: Just a FYI... [aviboy97]
Dec 21, 2009 (3:00 pm)
according to KGIS for the Forte it states: Clutch operation method - hydraulic type (its the same whether is a 2.0L or 2.4L engine
Dec 21, 2009 (3:13 pm)
if anyone needs a summing up of this-drive them all for yourself and make your own mind up on your favorite's clutch operation. I know for sure that of any of the cars I'm interested in, the 2003+ Hyundai Tiburon's have documented big-time troubles with their clutches staying together. I am not interested in the Tiburon any more, but it's not because of the clutch trouble.
And Hyundai continues to deny Long-Haul Warranty claims and to say words to the effect of "you're not driving the car's right. You don't know how to work a clutch/manual gearshift operation, and, that's why your Tibby's broken down." That is very disconcerting and is really one of the very few knocks I've ever had with HyunKia.
As for the Civic, Forte, Maz3, etc. I would really test-drive them all silly before I bought. And I have a strong feeling that a manual-trannied Forte sedan would work out just fine with me. I've driven many a stick through the years and I'll bet it's just a matter of getting used to the clutch/stick operation on them.
Dec 21, 2009 (3:25 pm)
Sat in a dark red one of these today at the local BJ's and I was very impressed. Comfortable sport seats, nice thick steering wheel & nice interior fit & finish really caught my eye. Very impressed indeed but since I just turned over to 25k on the way to work this morning, no new car for me for a long while.
Dec 21, 2009 (7:47 pm)
yep, I have found my favorite rig ever in my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. After owning the car, taking great care of it and driving it like a Grandpa for 2 3/4 years I love the car even more.
Refresh me as to what car you are currently driving that just hit 25,000 miles, man.
Our Lancer GTS has about 47,000 miles on it.
#58 of 72 Re: Lancer GTS [sandman_6472]
Dec 22, 2009 (6:05 am)
Comfortable sport seats, nice thick steering wheel & nice interior fit & finish really caught my eye
I was a Lancer fan until I got inside it and actually started touching things. Turning the fan knob, etc - the car felt cheaper than the $20k+ sticker it carried. It was really a letdown after looking at it favorably before.
Then again, I may just be spoiled by my '06 Accord's interior.
#59 of 72 2010 kia forte EX sedan auto review update
Dec 22, 2009 (9:55 am)
hi folks,i purchased a kia forte EX over this past summer in august and thought i would give a 6 month update about how i feel about this car.first off,i never thought in a million years that i would purchase a kia product but i did.i test drove other cars in this class such as mazda 3,corolla,elantra,and civic just to name a few and the forte won out over these cars.the mazda 3 and civic sedan had way to much road noise for my likeing while on the otherhand the forte was very quiet with little wind or road noise.the other cars could not touch the forte's standard features.the forte's price to standard features ratio is unsurpassed in this segment and the long warranty was iceing on the cake for me.usually new model cars take a few years to work out the kinks but kia got this car right, right from the start.the dealership that i purchased my forte from keeps a 2010 toyota corolla s model on the lot so people can compare the forte with the corolla.salesmen told me that about 90 % of the people who test drove the forte then drove the corolla said they prefer the forte over the corolla i agree.forte smokes the corolla...
#60 of 72 Re: 2010 kia forte EX sedan auto review update [steven39]
Dec 22, 2009 (3:24 pm)
purchased a kia forte EX ... in august and thought i would give a 6 month update
How is the fuel economy? What are you averaging?
salesmen told me that about 90 % of the people who test drove the forte then drove the corolla said they prefer the forte over the corolla
Well, if a Kia salesman said it, it must be true!
#61 of 72 Re: 2010 kia forte EX sedan auto review update [autonomous]
Dec 22, 2009 (5:42 pm)
my fuel economy isn't as good as i had hoped for although i only have 5000 miles on the car and it's still breaking in.hopefully,the fuel economy will improve as i put more miles on the car...however it is i would say below 30 mpg all around and probably closer to about 25 which is what the mpg city estimates say on the window sticker.
Dec 23, 2009 (8:03 am)
Just hit 25k on Monday with 3.5 years of ownership. Obviously, I don't drive much and since my accident. I only drive to & from work. The wife's '05 M3 is close to 70k but she drives much more than I do. Just had both cars detailed at home and they look sweet and both are running well. I'll be happy to get her car up to 85k before the new search begins.
On another note, just picked up daughter #2's Hyundai Accent from their body shop...roommate sideswiped her car...and am still very impressed with it. Pretty powerful for the 1.6 engine and great brakes. Nice little 1st car for the $ and she's pleased.